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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.

Horseshoe Baltimore Spending Millions of Dollars Buying Nearby Property

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Horseshoe Baltimore is spending millions of dollars in purchasing nearby property, as the Caesars-owned casino looks to create a more appealing entertainment district. The Baltimore Sun reports this week that Caesars recently spent about $8 million in acquiring a vacant warehouse and office building near its Maryland venue. Located southwest of Inner Harbor, Horseshoe Baltimore…Read More

SLS Las Vegas to Undergo $100 Million Renovation, as North Strip Optimism Continues

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SLS Las Vegas, the north Strip casino resort that has struggled financially since it was re-envisioned from the Sahara in 2014, is undergoing further changes in what will hopefully reverse the property’s recent fortunes. New owner Alex Meruelo told the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) last week that he’s going to spend $100 million to revitalize…Read More

Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500

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Japan casinos will be required to file currency transaction reports on customers who deposit and/or withdrawal amounts exceeding ¥1 million ($9,500) in any given 24-hour period. According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to complete a document revealing their name, address, and…Read More

Philippine Border Police Placed on Alert for Pachinko Billionaire Kazuo Okada

Kazuo Okada in trouble in the Philippines

The Philippine Department of Justice has ordered border guards at the country’s airports and seaports to be on the lookout for billionaire Japanese gambling magnate Kazuo Okada. Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment (TRLE), the Universal Entertainment subsidiary that runs the Okada Manila resort in the Philippines Entertainment City, has filed a criminal complaint against Okada…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Budget Finalized at $1.8 Billion

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The Las Vegas Raiders football stadium will cost $1.8 billion to construct. The official price tag doesn’t include a $100 million training facility. At a Las Vegas Stadium Authority (LVSA) meeting this week, the Oakland Raiders and general contractor Mortenson Construction said the $1.8 billion total is guaranteed, meaning they will be on the hook…Read More

MGM Resorts Says ‘The Show’ Must Go On, Relaunches Suspended Marketing Campaign

MGM Resorts Las Vegas marketing commercial

MGM Resorts has relaunched a slightly tweaked version of its “Welcome to the Show” branding campaign, which the company suspended in the days following the October 1 massacre. The roughly three-minute spot begins by telling viewers with on-screen text that “Mankind was not born to be bored.” Paired with thrilling music, the promo features various…Read More

Galaxy to Move Ahead with Casino on Philippine Resort Island Despite Duterte Shut-Down

Boracay Casino to continue despite Duterte closure

Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment is pressing ahead with the construction of a $500 million integrated casino resort on Boracay Island in the Philippines, despite the country’s president Rodrigo Duterte recently describing the island “a cesspool” and ordering it to be closed. On March 15, army general turned environmental secretary Roy Cimatu seconded his boss’ appraisal. “For…Read More

Pamunkey Tribe’s Plan for Virginia’s First Casino Will Spark War With MGM

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The Pamunkey of Virginia – the tribe of Pocahontas, no less – believe a $700 million casino resort could be just around the riverbend. It would be the first in the state. But MGM Resorts International, which has a history of using its political influence to oppose new regional threats, is less than thrilled by…Read More

March Madness Opening Rounds Slam Dunk for Las Vegas Sportsbooks

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March Madness made plenty of sports bettors go crazy during the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament. Numerous highly wagered upsets went in favor of the house, as the 68-team bracket was dwindled down to 16. The biggest upset was #16 UMBC defeating #1 Virginia, the top overall seed in the entire competition. Before Friday’s game,…Read More

Tiger Woods Says ‘Gamble-oholics’ Make Him Las Vegas Masters Favorite

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Tiger Woods now has the shortest line of any golfer to win the 2018 Masters. The Westgate SuperBook has the 14-time major winner at 8/1 to don his fifth green jacket early next month in Augusta, Georgia. The game’s #1 and #2 ranked golfers, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, trail closely at 9/1. Johnson and…Read More

New Russian Online Gambling Regulations Cause Stars Group Concern, Projected Growth a Mixed Bag

Stars Group Russia

The Stars Group pointed to Russia as a potentially troublesome market for 2018 as part of the company’s 2017 earnings report. The report included guidance on what the online gambling giant, formerly known as Amaya, is expecting in terms of earnings for 2018. Those figures included an assumption that Russia will implement new online gambling rules…Read More

‘Sin City Justice’ DA Steve Wolfson Quizzed Over Hushed Up Embezzlement

Clark County DA Steve Wolfson

Clark County DA Steve Wolfson has been forced to defend to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week his decision not to prosecute a gambling-addicted employee for embezzling $42,000 from his 2014 campaign fund. Sleuthing by LVRJ reporters has revealed that Nevada’s top prosecutor suppressed the theft by his long-time community liaison and spokeswoman, Audrie Locke, 45,…Read More

Saipan Casino Imperial Palace Reportedly Raided by US Agents

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Saipan casino Imperial Palace has been making headlines for the all the wrong reasons, and that continued this week after news broke that US federal agents recently raided offices of the resort’s parent company. Bloomberg reporter Matthew Campbell has been at the forefront of the Saipan casino scandal. In a new article, he says local…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Founder Sheldon Adelson Wants to Build More in Macau

Las Vegas Sands Macau Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands already controls about 35 percent of Macau’s available four and five-star hotel rooms, but the billionaire still isn’t content and is reportedly looking to expand his company’s presence. Chatting last week in Las Vegas at the 2018 JP Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant and Leisure Management Access Forum, Sands Senior Vice…Read More

Plans for $100M LINQ ‘Kind Heaven’ Project Mushroom in Las Vegas, Strange Bedfellows Join Forces in Caesars Entertainment, Lollapalooza Creator

Perry Farrell LINQ Promenade Kind Heaven

Partnering up to create a new Las Vegas LINQ Promenade “immersive entertainment” vehicle, former Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollopalooza music festival creator Perry Farrell and Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that they are creating a “groundbreaking new destination” that will combine “leading-edge technology and Hollywood-style storytelling.” The $100 million,100,000-square-foot Southeast Asian-themed venue will have the somewhat unlikely name…Read More