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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.

Connecticut DFS Legislation Could Endanger Tribal Rev Sharing Compacts, Says AG

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen warms state off DFS bill

Connecticut’s plans to pass legislation authorizing daily fantasy sports hit a snag this week when attorney general George Jepsen warned that the proposal may be in violation of the state’s revenue-sharing compact with its tribal operators. At issue is the 8.75 percent surcharge on total entry fees that Connecticut’s DFS bill wants to charge sites…Read More

Harrah’s New Orleans Blames Cigarette Ban for Declining Revenues, Pennsylvania Casinos Set Record

Harrah's New Orleans smoking ban

Harrah’s New Orleans says the cigarette ban imposed by the city a year ago this week has negatively impacted its gambling revenues and needs to be held accountable for the casino’s downward spiral. Statistics provided by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board seem to back up those claims. Gross gambling revenue at Harrah’s New Orleans totaled…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Shows Signs of Stabilizing, Online Gambling Thriving

Atlantic City casino revenues

Atlantic City casinos might have finally weathered the storm and begun to stabilize the gambling industry for the eight remaining resorts. After ten years of declining revenues due to America’s Great Recession and neighboring states pushing gambling legislation in response to abating tax bases, Atlantic City has seemed to reach a new norm. Less than…Read More

DFS Federal Hearing Scheduled for May 11

New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone gets federal hearing for DFS

DFS is to get its day in Congress, although whether this will be a good or bad thing for the embattled industry is anyone’s guess. On May 11 the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will debate the legality of DFS contests and sports betting, according to a source from within the subcommittee who spoke…Read More

David Gest Blew His Fortune on Slots, Say Friends

David Gest was Slot Addict

David Gest, the showbiz promoter and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was addicted to slot machines and almost broke by the time of his death, according to British tabloid The Sun. Gest, 62, was found dead in a hotel room in the Canary Wharf area of London on Tuesday. “Friends” of Gest told the newspaper…Read More

Reno Casinos Off the Hook for Nearly $5 Million in Back Taxes, Washoe County Takes Responsibility

Reno casinos Washoe County taxes

Reno casinos and other gambling venues spread throughout Washoe County won’t be held responsible for $4.8 million in unpaid taxes that the county is technically owed. The Washoe County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to forego trying to recoup back taxes from the jurisdiction’s casinos that stem from the county’s miscalculation and under-collecting of gaming…Read More

Bellagio Craps Cheaters Get Lengthy Sentences

Mark Branco, former Bellagio dealer, sentenced for craps cheating scam

Bellagio craps cheaters Mark Branco, Jeffrey Martin and Anthony Granito were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a long-running craps scam that conned the Vegas Strip casino out of more than $1 million. Mark Branco, a croupier at the Bellagio and the alleged ringleader of the scam, was handed ten years while his two accomplices…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Criminal Land Trial Begins, Proposed Brockton Casino Suffers Setback

Wynn Boston Harbor land deal trial

The Wynn Boston Harbor, a proposed $2 billion five-star resort located just across the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts, will soon begin construction on land that is alleged to have been partially owned by mobsters. Former landowner Anthony Gattineri has repeatedly denied those allegations, but federal prosecutors believe they have more than enough evidence to…Read More

PGA Tour Reportedly Interested in Permitting Sports Gambling on Golf Tournaments

PGA Tour sports betting data

The PGA Tour is rumored to be considering venturing into sports gambling and granting bettors with the right to wager in real time on the outcome of its tournaments and matches, though officials are largely staying quiet on the reported developments. According to Bloomberg News, golf’s most predominant circuit in the world recently sent out…Read More

Philippine Casinos Targeted by Government Officials Trying to Recoup Stolen Money Related to New York Fed Heist

Philippine casinos $81 million heist

Two Philippine casinos and their parent companies are being targeted by government leaders trying to recoup the $81 million in stolen funds hackers swindled in February from a bank account held by Bangladesh at the New York Federal Reserve in Manhattan. A total of $101 million was successfully withdrawn though $20 million was recovered by…Read More

Donald Trump Gets Heat from Las Vegas Hotel Workers as GOP Race Moves Towards Contested Convention

Donald Trump Las Vegas hotel unionizes

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s chances of avoiding a contested convention have narrowed, following a pounding from Ted Cruz in Wisconsin in Tuesday’s primaries. Cruz took down the Badger State in commanding fashion with nearly one in two Wisconsin voters picking the Texas senator over the increasingly controversial Trump. The evangelistic candidate received 48.2 percent…Read More

Quebec Net Neutrality Advocates Decry Planned Block of Online Gambling Sites

Carlos Leita Quebec to Block Online Gambling Sites

Net neutrality supporters in the Canadian province of Quebec are outraged over the regional government’s plans to force Internet service providers (ISP’s) to block access to unlicensed online gambling sites. Critics of the plan say it is an unconstitutional violation of the freedom of expression, and possibly even illegal. Bill 74, which is quietly beating…Read More

Italian Anti-Mafia Police Bust “Rigged” Online Gambling Network

Mafia Online Gambling Ring Busted

Italian police have broken up a vast Mafia-linked online gambling operation, based in Salerno, which prosecutors say was rigging games to make it “impossible for players to make significant winnings.” In all, eighteen people have been arrested, with 64 in total still under criminal investigation, police said. The alleged ringleader of a group described by…Read More

DoubleDown Social Casino Illinois Customer Lawsuit Dismissed, Angry Patron Lost $1K in Virtual Chips

DoubleDown Illinois lawsuit dismissed

IGT’s DoubleDown multiplatform social casino site has survived a class action lawsuit attempt from a disgruntled Illinois customer who claimed that the free gaming platform offers “nothing more than camouflaged unlawful games of chance.” Plaintiff Margo Phillips blew $1,000 in real money on virtual, value-less chips on the site before deciding she wanted to claw…Read More

NCAA Final Four Odds: Will Syracuse’s Cinderella Story Continue?

NCAA Final Four odds March Madness

The NCAA Final Four odds are set, and if Las Vegas is correct, fans are in store for a nail-biter and one that might get a little bit ugly. After two weeks of tournament play, March Madness is down to #1 North Carolina out of the East region, #10 Syracuse out of the Midwest, #2…Read More