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Katie Barlowe

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.

Legalizing Gambling for Vietnamese Citizens May Solve Budget Deficit, But Players Must Prove They Can Afford the Risk

It’s a taxing problem, but the leader of Vietnam believes he has a solution to the budget deficit the country is facing. Let its citizens into the country’s casinos that presently are only open to foreigners. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued two decrees that he said would bring more money into the country…Read More

Italian Mob Cleaning Up with Bitcoin Gambling Sites, Country’s Senator Claims

Italian mob Bitcoin gambling sites money laundering

Bitcoin gambling sites have become a preferred method for laundering money by the Italian Mafia. That’s according to one of the country’s lawmakers, who believes Italy needs to take additional steps to oversee its online casino platforms in order to crackdown on illegal operations. Bitcoin is a decentralized (not controlled by a bank) anonymous digital…Read More

Czech Court Rules Online Gambling ISP Blocking is Constitutional

Adrej Babis’ ISP online gambling blocking ruled constitutional

The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled controversial provisions within the country’s new gambling act, which demand ISP blocking of unlicensed online gambling sites, to be legal and constitutional.    The act, signed into law in July by President Miloš Zeman, and effective from January 1, 2017, requires any operator wishing to offer its services to…Read More

Trump Taj Signage eBay Auction Ignites Legal Battle

Trump Taj sign ownership dispute

Donald Trump’s name may have become synonymous with lawsuits over the years but now it has, quite literally, become the subject of its own legal squabble. Litigation has erupted between two companies over ownership of the iconic “Trump” signage which, until recently, adorned the front of the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The…Read More

Plunging Profits of Standing Rock Sioux Casino Blamed on Dakota Pipeline Protests and Frigid Winter

Standing Rock Sioux Prairie Knights casino North Dakota pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota says a brutally cold winter, as well as massive protests over the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, are responsible for a budget shortfall of nearly $6 million. Tribal leaders say business at the Prairie Knights Casino has dropped sharply of late, and were unsure when it would pick…Read More

Oscar Oddsmakers Weep Along with ‘La La Land’ Producers at Erroneous Best Picture Snafu

Academy Awards Best Picture Moonlight

Online and overseas sportsbooks taking bets on the Best Picture winner at Sunday night’s Oscars in Hollywood naturally assumed their predictions had come true, as the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone picture was the heavy favorite for the momentous award. William Hill, Paddy Power, and Coral all had “La La Land” at a 1-6 sure thing….Read More

Las Vegas Convention Center Puts Its Money on Expansion to Attract More Visitors

Las Vegas Convention Center

For a town where big, glitzy productions are the norm, even the Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansion plans are impressive. Members of the Oversight Panel for Convention Facilities got their first glimpse of the vision officials at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have for updating the buildings on Thursday. This was the…Read More

Florida Gambling Bills At Odds with Each Other Enter State Senate and House

Seminole tribe florida gambling bills

Two Florida gambling bills are making their way through the chambers of the state legislature, but the pieces of legislation contradict each other and have different goals in mind. The House gaming legislation, authored by Rep. Mike La Rose (R-District 42), who also chairs the chamber’s Tourism & Gaming Control subcommittee, is trying to keep…Read More

Gambling on Soccer Prevalent Among UK Players, BBC Finds

Soccer players like Joey Barton betting on matches

Gambling on matches is “rife” in soccer, according to figures obtained by the BBC. The claim comes just days after Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw resigned after being spotted by the BBC’s own TV cameras eating a pie on the substitute bench. Bookmaker Sunbets had offered odds of 8-1 against him doing this, a…Read More

Crown Resorts VIP Business Nosedives After China Arrests

John Alexander to Become Crown Resorts CEO, as VIP revenues fall

Crown Resort’s VIP revenue plummeted 45.3 percent in the first half of the year, according to the company’s first earnings call since 18 of its staff were arrested in China for alleged “gambling crimes.” The drop in Chinese high-roller business drove down overall normalized profit by 9.1 percent on the corresponding year, the company said…Read More

North Korean Online Gambling Operator Reportedly Kim Jong-nam Assassin

North Korean online gambling Ri Jong-chol

North Korean online gambling operator Ri Jong-chol is currently in custody for his alleged participation in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of former Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il and brother of current dictator Kim Jong Un. Jong-chol has been identified as one of the assassins who played a role in the events that…Read More

Idaho Anti-Slot Legislation Fails to Hit the Jackpot

Idaho Rep Tom Loertscher’s anti-gambling bill

A bill in the Idaho legislature seeking to prohibit electronic gaming machines at the state’s tribal casinos received a pounding this week from state AG’s office. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, tribes have the right to offer class II gaming, defined as bingo and non-”house-banked” card games like poker, without permission from…Read More

Sutton United’s Roly-Poly Pie-Eating Goalie Investigated by Gambling Commission

Sutton’s Wayne Shaw eats pie

Sutton United’s inspirational “giant-killing” run in English soccer’s prestigious FA Cup came to an end on Monday night when they crashed out in the Fifth Round to Arsenal, losing a respectable 0-2 to a team of multi-millionaires ranked 105 places above them. For the semi-professional minnows, languishing near the bottom of the fifth tier, it’s…Read More

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Prepared to Spend $10 Billion in Japan, Asian Market Seen as Potential Cash Cow

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands Japan casino

Sheldon Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casino empire says they’re ready to invest up to $10 billion on building a resort in Japan, should the country legalize the market. LVS is known for its famed Venetian and Palazzo properties on the Las Vegas Strip, but the company is much more heavily invested in…Read More

Sorry, Under-21ers: Nevada’s Minimum Gambling Age Not Expected to Decrease

Nevada gambling age Jim Wheeler

Nevada’s minimum gambling age will likely remain at 21, despite Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s (R-Gardnerville) efforts to slash the entry requirement to just 18. Passed in 1931, Nevada law has mandated that patrons wishing to gamble be at least 21 years old. Assembly Bill 86 would amend that order, but Wheeler seems to be spinning his wheels….Read More