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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.

Carl Icahn Stands Behind Billionaire Pal Donald Trump, as Others Abandon Ship

Carl Icahn Doanld Trump 2016 election

Billionaire casino owner Carl Icahn is coming to the defense of his longtime friend and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. After consecutive weeks of controversy and falling polling numbers for The Donald, Icahn is making the media rounds in an effort to bolster Trump’s campaign. Of course, Icahn himself hasn’t had the best few weeks….Read More

UK Regulator Permits Digital Currencies for Use in Online Gambling

UKGC to accept digital currencies

The UK Gambling Commission has quietly become the first major online gambling jurisdiction officially to permit its licensees to accept bitcoin and other digital currencies. The announcement was made without fanfare, as an updated clause in its most recently published License Conditions and Codes of Practice. It states: Licensees, as part of their internal controls…Read More

DFS Industry Spent $800,000 on Lobbying in New York

DFS sites were spending big on lobbying to counter Schneiderman’s threats

The daily fantasy sports industry’s victory in the New York legislature last week didn’t come cheap. Just days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s DFS bill into law, heralding a new era of licensed and regulated fantasy sports contests, the New York Daily News revealed the true cost of DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s…Read More

Trump Taj Mahal Workers Could Find Plenty of Competition for New Jobs at MGM National Harbor

Jim Murren CEO MGM Resorts Trump Taj Mahal

The Trump Taj Mahal will officially terminate roughly 2,000 casino workers when the Carl Icahn-owned property closes its doors for good after the Labor Day weekend next month. Unite-HERE Local 54 workers union launched a strike at the Boardwalk property on July 1, and after becoming the longest casino walkout in Atlantic City history, owners…Read More

Zika Virus a Boon to Vegas, Says MGM

Zika virus good for business in Vegas

The Zika virus, as horrible as it is, could be a boon for the Vegas tourism and gambling industry, so says Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International. Murren was speaking at a conference call to publicize his company’s Q2 financial results, during which he announced that last month had been the “best July we’ve…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Finally Begins Construction After Legal Hurdles

Wynn Boston Harbor construction begins

Wynn Boston Harbor is officially under construction. After three years of legal challenges, primarily from nearby Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone (D), Steve Wynn’s first domestic property outside of Nevada has broken ground. Construction equipment moved onto the 33-acre site and roughly 500 workers were reported to be on the job as of August 4th. “After…Read More

Summer Olympics Underway in Rio as City’s Preparation Takes Center Stage

2016 Summer Olympics Rio Brazil security

The 2016 Summer Olympics officially kickoff this evening in Rio de Janeiro, and while the athletes, fans, and media are ready for the competitions, it isn’t quite so clear that the city itself is. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 pm local time in Rio. The Brazilian city is one hour ahead of the United States’…Read More

After Long Union Fight, Trump Taj Mahal Ironically Closing on Labor Day Weekend

Trump Taj Mahal closing September 4 2016

The Trump Taj Mahal is about to become the fifth Atlantic City casino to close its doors for good in 3 years. Its closure will signal an end to the Trump casino brand once and for all. In the midst of industrial action by members of the Unite Here Local 54 Union, who have been…Read More

Oklahoma Casinos Shutter Dallas Market From A-List Entertainment Through Non-Compete Clauses

Oklahoma casinos non-compete entertainment WinStar

Oklahoma casinos located near the Texas border are forcing certain A-list entertainment acts to sign non-compete agreements barring them from performing in the nearby Dallas metro area leading up to and following their scheduled dates. The Sooner State is home to dozens of Native American tribal gaming casinos and facilities. On the other hand is…Read More

Counter Strike: GO Betting Site to Pursue Gambling License as Skins Gambling Seeks Legitimacy

CSGO Lounge to apply for gambling license

CSGO Lounge, the largest skin-betting site in the world, has announced it wants to go legit. The site went down for “routine maintenance” around the time that the 10-day ultimatum to cease operations, issued by creator of the game Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Valve, expired, leading to speculation that the site’s operators had pulled the plug….Read More

Plaintiffs in Borgata Winter Poker Open “Bogus Chip” Case See Appeal Dismissed

Borgata counterfeit poker chip case appeal dismissed

Poker tournament players who sued the Borgata and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) over the cancellation of the tainted 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack event had their appeals case dismissed this week. The $560 buyin event, which had a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, was suspended with 27 players left…Read More

Macau Casino Revenue Down in July but Tops Earnings Forecasts

Macau casino revenue Sands The Parisian

Macau casino revenue is in the red for the 26th straight month. Revenues for the area’s nearly three dozen casinos totaled $2.22 billion in July, a 4.5 percent drop compared to July 2015. The gambling epicenter of planet Earth hasn’t posted a positive gain since May 2014, and while economists and business media have been…Read More

Quebec Government Sued by Telecoms Association over ISP-Blocking Plan

Quebec online gambling ISP-blocking

Quebec’s plan to order ISPs to block unlicensed online gambling sites is facing a legal challenge from the Canadian Wireless Telecoms Association (CWTA). The filing in the Quebec Superior Court asks for Bill 74, the controversial legislation passed in May that authorizes ISP-blocking, to be declared unconstitutional. Bill 74 has been bombarded with criticism from…Read More

FanDuel to Launch in United Kingdom Next Month

Nigel Eccles and FanDuel return to UK

FanDuel has received a UK license and plans to go live there early August, in readiness for the start of the domestic soccer season. It was, said the daily fantasy sports giant company, the “first step in its international expansion plans.” These are plans that have been incubating for some time; in 2015 the company…Read More

Ladbrokes / Gala Coral Merger Approved but Shops Must be Sacrificed

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Must Lose 400 Shops Before Merger

The merger of Ladbrokes and Gala Coral can go ahead but the combined company must agree to sell 350 to 400 of its bookmaking shops in the interests of fair competition. That’s the word from the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the regulatory body that oversees the promotion of competition for the benefit of consumers and the health…Read More