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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.

East Coast Gaming Congress Talks Online Gambling

East Coast Gaming Congress 2015

The East Coast Gaming Congress (ECGC) is one of the most important conferences in the gambling world, so the topics discussed there each year paint a picture of what’s on the mind of industry leaders. This year, the ECGC started off by talking about what’s been the hottest gaming issue for lawmakers, citizens and casino…Read More

Crime Figures Soar In Macau As Junket Revenues Tumble

Macau, crime, triads, VIP junkets.

Beijing’s financial crackdown on Macau has hit the gambling hub where it hurts, clamping down on the VIP junkets that once accounted for 60 percent of its revenue. This tactic is putting the squeeze on its criminal underbelly, with security chiefs reporting a sharp rise in triad-related crime, according to a report by the South…Read More

Stockton University Battling Caesars In Bankruptcy Court Over Showboat Purchase

Stockton Showboat Caesars bankruptcy court

Stockton University was hoping that the purchase of the Showboat casino in Atlantic City would give the school a new satellite campus for students to enjoy. Now, the university is battling Caesars in court, saying that the company defrauded them by withholding important information during the sale. The university is seeking up to $22 million…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Wrongful Termination Lawsuit To Be Heard In US Court

Sheldon Adelson Sands lawsuit Macau

Sheldon Adelson has been fighting tooth and nail to have a wrongful termination suit dismissed. It was brought by a former employee and heard in Macau’s court system, as the case involved allegations against the Sands’ operations in the Chinese enclave. But a judge has ruled that the case will instead be heard in Nevada,…Read More

Kansas Legalizes Fantasy Sports As Games Of Skill

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, fantasy sports leagues

Kansas has legalized Fantasy Sports leagues following the passage of a bill, HB 2155, that officially declares them to be games of skill. The new legislation, which was passed by a large majority in each chamber, was signed into law this week by Governor Sam Brownback and puts an end to years of legal opacity…Read More

Kambi Investigated For “Illegal Gambling” In Philippines

Kambi logo, online gambling Philippines.

Swedish online gambling software provider Kambi is being probed by Philippine police for illegal gambling activities, it emerged this week. Kambi said that it was served with a notice that the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation is investigating the allegations and in the company’s office in Manila operations have been suspended. Last year, William Hill…Read More

Deutsche Bank Report Says New Jersey Should Open Casinos Beyond Atlantic City

Report New Jersey northern casino

New Jersey has toyed with the idea of opening a casino in the northern part of the state, a move that would mark the first time casinos in the state had spread beyond Atlantic City. That effort may get more support following a report by Deutsche Bank that says such a casino could be just…Read More

Qatar World Cup Worker Abuse Allegations Follow BBC Journalists Arrest

Qatar World Cup 2022 worker conditions

The 2022 Qater World Cup appeared to be on shaky ground ever since it was first announced. Even when voting took place to select a host country in 2010, there were questions of corruption and bribery when Qatar was chosen over what appeared to be more reasonable bids from the United States and South Korea….Read More

Casino Magnate James Packer Says Macau Downturn Worse Than Anyone Imagined

James Packer, Robert De Niro, Macau revenue slump, Nobu Manila

James Packer, the Australian billionaire and casino mogul, has admitted that Macau’s economic downturn has been “more severe” than any of the gambling hub’s operators could have foreseen. Packer’s Crown Resorts derives 50 percent of its revenue from a 34 percent stake in Melco Crown, which owns properties on the Cotai Strip, including the lavish…Read More

GVC Launches Bid for Bwin.party 

Kenneth Alexander, GVC Chief Executive, Sportingbet, ParadisePoker, bwin.party

GVC Holdings, the company that owns Sportingbet, announced today that it had made a bid to acquire its larger rival, bwin.party, for an undisclosed sum. Should the sale go ahead, GVC said it would be a reverse takeover, as bwin.party’s market value, currently around $1.15 billion, is more than double that of GVC. However, GVC…Read More

Brockton Voters Narrowly Approve Casino Plan

Brockton casino vote Massachusetts close

Casinos only need a small edge over their players in order to score a win in the long run. Backers of a proposed resort in Brockton, Massachusetts are hoping that the same can be said for casino referendums. Voters in Brockton narrowly approved a plan to bring a $650 million resort to the Brockton Fairgrounds,…Read More

Amaya Receives Danish License for FullTilt.dk 

Gus Hansen, Full Tilt Danish license

FullTilt.dk will launch in Denmark, having been granted a license to offer poker and casino games from the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA). PokerStars has been operating licensed gaming in the country since the beginning of 2012, well before Amaya Inc acquired the two poker sites from the Oldford Group. This represents just the second time…Read More

Pentagon “Charge of the Sex Brigade” Scandal Shows Employees Using Government-Issued Credit Cards to Pay for Gambling, Hookers

Pentagon credit cards reimbursements for gambling and sex

An audit of the Pentagon has revealed that revelry appears to be part of the culture in America’s Defense Department headquarters. Pentagon employees can consider themselves totally busted this week for funding gambling sprees and “adult entertainment services” via their government-issued credit cards. An internal Defense Department audit, soon to be published, found that both…Read More

California Online Poker Bill AB 431 Passes State Committee

California State Assemblyman Adam Gray online poker bill

California online poker got a shot in the arm last week, as Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) added amendments to the language of his measure AB 431, which was then passed by the state’s Governmental Organization Committee. The amendments came as a surprise, because the bill had very little language to speak of in the first…Read More

Manny Pacquiao Faces Lawsuits in Aftermath of Mayweather Fight

Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury lawsuit

Manny Pacquiao was soundly defeated in his “Fight of the Century” battle against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend. But the future Hall of Famer is now facing what could be an even tougher battle: a series of lawsuits that have emerged in the aftermath of that fight. At least five class-action lawsuits have been filed…Read More