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Katie Barlowe

Katie has forgotten more about slots than most people know. Not only does she follow the latest online happenings and developments, but she also knows her way around offline slots too. She's a collector too and enjoys restoring old slot machines when she's not writing news stories for Casino.org.

Nevada Regulators Look to Extend Account Wagering Across the Casino Floor 

AG Burnett to discuss expanding wagering accounts with fellow regulators

Nevada regulators are considering expanding the use of wagering accounts at land-based casinos to cover more forms of gambling, not just sports betting and a smattering of online games, as is currently the case. The proposed changes would permit players to bet on slots, video poker and bingo using their casino accounts. The proposal has…Read More

Beijing ATM Restriction in Macau Causes Casino Stock Plunge

Macau ATM restrictions cause casino stock cascade

Just in case Macau was getting too comfortable with the idea of an economic revival, Beijing announced on Thursday that the withdrawal limit at ATM machines in the enclave would be slashed by 50 percent, effective from Saturday. The announcement caused the stock of US casino companies with presence in Macau to tumble. Shares in…Read More

Pennsylvania Senator’s Attack on Online Gambling and DFS May Have Helped Stall Regulation Push

Senator Tomlinson Online Gaming Letter

Pennsylvania ran out of time to legalize online casino gaming and online poker on November 30, when the state’s legislative session came to an end. There were times, though, when it really seemed like it might happen this year. In early summer, the state’s online gambling bill became attached to a broader gambling expansion package…Read More

Poker Players Win Civil Forfeiture Case against Iowa Police

William “Bart” Davis (left) and John Newmerzhycky Receive Damages from Iowa

Two California poker players have won their longstanding battle with the state of Iowa after they had their bankrolls confiscated during a warrantless search by two state troopers in 2013. William “Bart” Davis and John Newmerzhycky claimed that $100,020 was seized unlawfully from the trunk of their car under the controversial civil forfeiture scheme, which…Read More

Say Bye-bye to Baazov, Shareholder Urges Amaya

Jason Ader Urges Amaya to Ditch Baazov

Activist Investor Jason Ader, who owns one percent of Amaya Inc. through his company SpringOwl Asset Management, has called on the PokerStars parent to forget about David Baazov. Baazov, the former chairman and CEO of Amaya, launched a $4.1 billion bid to take the company private several weeks ago. But in a letter to the…Read More

Nevada Congresswoman Asks Pence to Consider Online Gaming Facts, Not Fiction

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus online gaming

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus (D) has penned a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence asking him to avoid rushing to conclusions or legal judgments when it comes to online gambling. Titus’ request is in direct response to a document signed by 10 Republican state attorneys general sent to the incoming Trump administration in mid-November. The…Read More

Paddy Power Founder Secretly Lobbied Against FOBTS, Contrary to Own Interests

Paddy Power chief Stewart Kenny lobbied against FOBTs

Stewart Kenny, former CEO and co-founder of Paddy Power, fought the introduction of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to Ireland, contrary to his company’s own interests, according to documents seen by UK newspaper The Times. Despite Paddy Power today owning almost 1,400 FOBTs in roughly 350 betting shops thoughout the UK, and positioned to benefit greatly…Read More

$1 Billion In Lost Value As UK Watchdog Targets Financial Spread Betting

Financial spread betting industry shake-up causes stock to plunge

Shares in the UK’s financial spread betting industry plunged today, with more than $1 billion wiped off the value of market-leader IG Group in a matter of minutes, as the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised to crackdown on the lightly regulated industry. The authority believes that too many consumers are being drawn towards spread…Read More

Alabama Crimson Tide Expected to Roll Through College Football Playoff

Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Playoff

The Alabama Crimson Tide is expected to roll through the College Football Playoff (CFP) and successfully defend their National Championship. The CFP Selection Committee revealed their final rankings on Sunday, and those in Columbus, Seattle, Clemson, and State College were on the edges of their seats awaiting the results. But in Tuscaloosa, there was no…Read More

Bring Back RAWA, 10 State AGs Direct Trump Administration via Letter

Mike Pence Us state AGs online gambling ban

Just when you thought RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, was on its last breath, 10 US state attorneys general are resuscitating the measure that would bring the 1961 Wire Act back to its original interpretation. Donald Trump’s stance on online gambling may not yet be completely clear, but these state AGs are putting…Read More

Antigua Gives US End-of-Year Ultimatum on Online Gambling Dispute

Antigua-US online gaming trade dispute

The tiny Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has been engaged in a David and Goliath trade war with the United States for the past 15 years over online gambling, and now it appears its patience is finally wearing thin. Whether this will register on the consciousness of its all-powerful neighbor remains to be…Read More

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Still Believe in Tiger Woods, Now Ranked 898th

Las Vegas oddsmakers Tiger Woods

Las Vegas oddsmakers still believe in Tiger Woods. The former golfing great hasn’t played a competitive round in 15 months, but makes his return to the course today at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Though there are only 18 players in the Hero World Challenge, an offseason tournament hosted by Woods that benefits the…Read More

Casino Executives Have Strong Presence on Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board

casino executives Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board

Casino executives are expected to make up one-third of the Clark County Stadium Authority Board (SAB) when the nine-person panel is finalized at its first meeting next week. While locals have mixed feelings on bringing a professional NFL franchise to Las Vegas, the majority of casino representatives seem to support the proposal to relocate the…Read More

UK National Online Lottery Hacked

UK online lottery hacked

The UK National Lottery operator, Camelot, admitted today that the personal details of 26,500 online lottery players may have been accessed by hackers. Camelot said it became aware of suspicious activity on the accounts on Sunday during routine security monitoring. While the operator claimed there had been no unauthorized access to core National Lottery systems,…Read More

Online Gambling Now Dominant Sector in UK

Online gambling is UK’s biggest gambling sector

Online gambling is now the largest sector of Britain’s gambling market, according to figures published this week by the UK Gambling Commission. The regulator said that, between April 2015 and March 2016, online gambling operators generated a gross gambling yield (the amount wagered minus winnings paid out) of £4.5 billion ($5.62 billion), representing a 33…Read More