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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

Ladbrokes Coral Looks to Spoil Tabcorp-Tatts Merger Party

Ladbrokes Coral Considers Tabcorp Bid

Is Ladbrokes Coral about to gatecrash the biggest merger in the history of Australia’s gambling industry? The UK betting powerhouse is believed to be preparing a $2 billion-plus bid for Tabcorp, the Australia’s biggest bookmaker, which itself is negotiating a merger with its closest homegrown competitor, Tatts. The problem is, Ladbrokes Coral, which completed its…Read More

Who Spends Thanksgiving in Las Vegas? You Might Be Surprised

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas things to do

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas might not sound like the most ideal destination for the wholesome family holiday. But as may expect, Sin City doesn’t shut down for turkey day and actually provides an assortment of activities and dining options for travelers. While Vegas is a little quieter than normal over Thanksgiving, the reality is that…Read More

Seminole Tribe Finds Ally For New Compact in State Senate President Joe Negron

Seminole Tribe compact Florida Joe Negron

The powerful Seminole Tribe is operating blackjack tables at its six land-based casinos in Florida without an appropriate state gaming compact. That is something incoming State Senate President Joe Negron (R-District 25) hopes to change in early 2017. Shortly after being sworn in as Florida Senate President, Negron told reporters that he’s optimistic a new…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports Merger Expedites Push for Sports Betting Legalization, AGA Says

daily fantasy sports merger PASPA

The daily fantasy sports (DFS) merger between DraftKings and FanDuel is added reason to legalize sports betting and repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). That’s according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Washington-DC based lobbying firm that believes regulated sports betting would provide safeguards for consumers who are already…Read More

Nevada Regulators Reemphasize Stance on Marijuana: Casinos Steer Clear

Nevada Regulators restate marijuana stance

Nevada gaming regulators this week reiterated their stance on cannabis and casinos: licensees must avoid it like the plague. Despite the state’s voters supporting the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use on November 8th, licensees are advised to steer clear of permitting it on their premises or engaging with any legal marijuana businesses, as long…Read More

No, Donald Trump Isn’t Turning USS Enterprise Into a Riverboat Casino

Donald Trump USS Enterprise fake news

Donald Trump isn’t going to turn the USS Enterprise into a floating riverboat casino. To those who find that revelation surprising, the use of more reliable news sources might be needed. This week Duffel Blog, an American satire fake news website, published an article that claimed President-elect Trump was planning to turn the USS Enterprise…Read More

PokerStars Likely to Pull Out of Australia, Says Amaya, But India Beckons

PokerStars Likely to Pull Out of Australia

PokerStars may withdraw its services from Australia in the wake of a new law that will transform the country from a gray to a black market, Amaya CFO Daniel Sebag said this week. PokerStars is eager to keep its nose clean in order to protect its licenses around the world. But the introduction to the…Read More

Rapid India Demonetization Cripples Goa Casinos, Could Impact Las Vegas Tourism

India Prime Minister Narenda Modi cash ban Goa casinos

In India, the government’s jolting decision to scrap 86 percent of all rupees in circulation has sent shock waves through Goa’s casino industry. In an unscheduled broadcast to the nation last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced without warning that all high-denomination 1,000 and 500 rupee bills in circulation would be culled, a desperate measure…Read More

Raiders Bets On Nevada Sports Books Despite Move to Vegas

Tony Alamo Would OK Raiders Betting

Bettors will still be able to have their money on the Raiders at Nevada’s sports books if the team makes a proposed move to Las Vegas, even if the NFL requests otherwise. That’s according to Chairman of the Gaming Control Commission, Tony Alamo, who gave his unofficial verdict on the matter to the Las Vegas…Read More

Japan Casino Legalization a Long Shot This Year, Says Morgan Stanley

Shinzo Abe’s Casino Bill Unlikely to Pass this year

Japan’s renewed political push to legalize casinos has had gaming giants scrabbling to gain a foothold in a potentially huge market, but Morgan Stanley poured water on their aspirations this week. Despite revived optimism about the chances of a casino bill passing this year, the investment bank has said it believes the odds are low….Read More

Five States Join New Jersey Sports Betting Appeal as It Considers Its “Nuclear Option”

Five states join New Jersey sports betting fight as Burzichelli considers nuclear option

New Jersey is not done yet in its quest to authorize sports betting within its borders. A new bill introduced to the legislature two weeks ago has been described as the state’s “nuclear option” in its quest to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The federal law bans sports betting outside of…Read More

Los Angeles 2024 Olympics Bid on Damage Control Following Trump Win

Los Angeles 2024 Olympics Donald Trump

The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic board (LA 2024) will present its case to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week in Qatar. The US group is expected to address the elephant in the room, Donald Trump. Trump’s historic win on November 8th will be looming over the United States Olympic Committee and LA 2024 organizers….Read More

China Releases Crown Resorts Employee, But VIP Exec Still Detained

Crown Resorts China James Packer

China has released a Crown Resorts employee connected to last month’s investigation into possible illegal gambling crimes committed by the Australian resorts company. In total, 18 Crown employees were detained in China. Three were Australian citizens, while the 15 others were Chinese nationals. Crown confirmed over the weekend that Jenny Chiang, a 33-year-old executive assistant,…Read More

Tropicana Repays Penn National’s Faith

Tropicana Pays Dividends for Penn National

The Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip is proving to be a shrewd purchase for Penn National. The company acquired the property last year for $360 million, the first foray into Las Vegas for a fast-growing but largely regional casino operator. Penn National currently operates 26 casino, racinos and racetracks in 18 states, the majority…Read More

MGM CEO Jim Murren Frets Over Donald Trump Asian Diplomacy Impact

MGM Resorts Jim Murren Donald Trump Asia

Following Donald Trump’s astounding victory heard around the world, Murren is now publicly stating that he’s concerned with how the 45th US president might impact relations with Asian nations, specifically China and Japan. Talking with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Murren said, “There’s no doubt that China and America disagree on many, many topics, but…Read More