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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

Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Merger with Hakkasan Group Not a Dead Deal, SLS Sale Could Be Cause of Holdup

Sam Nazarian SLS Las Vegas

Privately held by Iranian-American businessman Sam Nazarian, SBE Entertainment had announced in March that it was partnering with Hakkasan Group, a luxury hospitality company best known in Las Vegas for its nightclub inside the MGM Grand. The merger was expected to be completed by the end of May, but here we are in August, and…Read More

Seven Years In, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Ready for $100 Million Overhaul

Chandelier Bar $100 million makeover Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

As executives at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas get ready to spend more than $100 million in renovations to 2,895 of the property’s 3,027 rooms, they must be taking stock of how different the economic climate is in 2017. When the $3.9 billion property opened on December 15, 2010, it was at the height of…Read More

NFL Anticipating Legalized Gambling, Hires Full-Time Refs to Improve Officiating

NFL referees full time

In an effort to improve the game and with an eye on the possible legalization of sports gambling nationwide, the NFL announced Wednesday that it will hire up to 24 full-time referees. The NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) confirmed the news and said between 21 and 24 officials from its current roster of 124 who already…Read More

Partnership Approved for Development of Three Toronto-Area Casinos

Woodbine Racetrack and future casino

Two Canadian companies won a bidding process to expand a Toronto-area race track into a full-fledged casino, as part of a plan to modernize gambling options in Ontario. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners to operate a trio of facilities, including the Woodbine Racetrack. OLG…Read More

Proposed Second Philadelphia Casino Receives Blessing of State Gaming Board

Philadelphia casino Live! Pennsylvania

The long-delayed second Philadelphia casino is one step closer to breaking ground after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously that the financial backers behind the proposed resort are in full compliance with the state’s Gaming Act. The issue at hand is whether businessman Bob Manoukian, who owns a controlling 86 percent stake in…Read More

Caesars Goes After Chinese Gamblers in Las Vegas With WeChat Pay

Caesars Las Vegas WeChat Pay China

Caesars Entertainment is hoping to win over some incoming Chinese travelers to Las Vegas by accepting payments via WeChat Pay, a popular social media platform with mobile transaction capabilities. Unlike Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Wynn Resorts, which all have a substantial presence in China’s gambling hub of Macau, Caesars is far less known in…Read More

Aussie Gambling Habits Decoded, Concerns Growing on Survey Results

Responsible gambling in Australia

Nearly 200,000 Australians struggle with problem gambling, an annual study of the Aussie population found. That figure represents 1.5 percent of men, and 0.8 percent of women in Australia. According to the latest Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, a regular assessment of socioeconomic factors affecting Australian citizens and families, gambling is…Read More

In Small Ghana Villages Invaded by Chinese Slot Machines, Locals Learn to Love Gambling a Bit Too Much

Ghana slot machines Chinese entrepreneurs

The population of Ghana has seen economic benefits from its nearly 60-year relationship with China, but has also recently had to confront the reality that modernization and financial influx can bring. Chinese slot machines have been invading small villages in the West African coastal country, installed in not much more than shacks by Chinese entrepreneurs….Read More

Floyd Mayweather Finally Starting to Get Some Love from the Bettors as Fight with Conor McGregor Approaches

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is already dominating Floyd Mayweather, but not where it matters most. Approximately 90 percent of the action in Las Vegas sportsbooks has been wagered on the UFC fighter to win the August 26 fight. But as the line shifts, bettors are starting to jump on the undefeated boxing champion. CG Technology, operator of…Read More

New England Patriots Favored to Repeat as Super Bowl Champs, Set Record for Biggest Divisional Favorites in NFL History

New England Patriots Brady

The New England Patriots are favored to conclude the 2017 season the same way they last year: hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Tom Brady, now a 40-year-old quarterback, doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down, and coach Bill Belichick is still the best in the game. Arguably the greatest dynasty in the NFL, the…Read More

Trump Brand Trademarks Name in Macau, Could Chinese Casino Be on Pass Line?

Donald Trump Macau casino trademark

An LLC controlled by Donald Trump’s company has filed four trademark applications in Macau that seek to protect the president’s surname, with one designated for “gambling and casino services and facilities.” The revelation is causing plenty of speculation on whether The Trump Organization is considering buying into the world’s richest gambling hub when licenses may…Read More

World Poker Tour Announces WPT Japan, Plants Flag with ‘Special’ Event

WPT Japan

The World Poker Tour will be holding the first ever live, televised poker tournament series in Tokyo later this year, even though legal casino gambling in Japan is still several years away. The WPT issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that the inaugural WPT Japan will consist of four tournaments, held Nov. 23-26, with…Read More

WannaCry Ransomware ‘Hero’ Arrested in Las Vegas on Hacking Charges

Marcus Hutchins arrested in Las Vegas

Marcus Hutchins, the man who was hailed this past May as a hero for stopping the spread of WannaCry ransomware, will be in a Las Vegas courtroom on Friday afternoon, facing Department of Justice (DOJ) charges. Hutchins stands accused of being a co-conspirator in the creation of another malware system aimed at hacking bank accounts,…Read More

AGA Seeks Clarity from Feds on Handling Marijuana Money in Casinos

AGA on marijuana

With marijuana now flying off the shelves at Nevada dispensaries, the American Gaming Association is seeking clarity from federal authorities on how casinos should handle a new influx of cannabis-derived cash. AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman sent a letter last week to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin asking for guidance on how the…Read More

AGA Introduces New Responsible Gaming Standards for Digital Age

Responsible Gaming Education Week 2017

The American Gaming Association kicked off the 20th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week by speaking a new code of conduct for the casino industry. The AGA called on industry leaders to pledge their commitment to consumer protection, transparency, and employee training in our emergent digital age. On Tuesday, AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman led a roundtable…Read More