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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.

NFL Forced to Defend Anti-Sports Betting Stance Following Games in London

NFL defends anti-sports betting stance after London games

The NFL was facing accusations of hypocrisy this week over its much-publicized incursion into the UK. On Sunday, 84,000 people turned up to London’s Wembley Stadium, usually the reserve of the England soccer team, to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars face off against the Buffalo Bills, hardly prime time viewing for even the most fevered of…Read More

Christian Lusardi Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Chip Scandal

Christian Lusardi prison counterfeit

Christian Lusardi’s royal flush was a royal mistake. On Thursday, a judge sentenced Lusardi to five years in prison and ordered him to pay $463,540 in restitution for bringing millions of dollars worth of counterfeit chips to a tournament at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City in 2014. After getting cold feet during the…Read More

German Online Gambling Plans in Disarray Following Hesse Court Ruling

German online gambling disarray after Hesse ruling

Germany’s online gambling reforms lie in ruins this week. An administrative court in the state of Hesse has upheld a previous ruling that 20 online sports betting licenses issued as part of its 2012 gambling bill are illegitimate. That decision is likely to be final and the licenses are expected shortly to be declared void….Read More

StarsDraft Scaled Back to Four States as Daily Fantasy Sports Questions Mount

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StarsDraft is scaling back its operations in the United States from 45 states to just four. In a press release issued this week, parent company Amaya announced that due to recent developments surrounding daily fantasy sports (DFS) including probes by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations, StarsDraft would be taking its platform…Read More

US Appeals Court Agrees to Review New Jersey Sports Betting Case

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The US appeals court for the Third Circuit has agreed to reconsider a New Jersey sports betting case less than two months after two of its judges upheld a previous ruling preventing the state from legalizing such wagering. In late August, Judges Marjorie Rendell and Maryanne Trump Barry decided New Jersey’s wishes to legalize sports betting…Read More

Nebraska Pro Casino Group Raises $250,000 as Race Begins for Signatures

Nebraska casino push looks for signatures

Keep the Money in Nebraska, the movement pushing for casino expansion in the state, has raised $250,000 to fund an effort to collect thousands of signatures from Nebraskans who support the cause. The group needs to amass ten percent of the state’s registered voters, or around 113,900 people, to initiate a public referendum on casino…Read More

Station Casinos Files IPO Registration with Securities and Exchange Commission

Station Casinos Fertitta brothers IPO 

Station Casinos is eyeing a return to the public market, announcing this week it has filed the required registration documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to prepare its company for an initial public offering (IPO). Though it’s not technically “initial,” as Station was a public entity from 1993 to 2007 before going private,…Read More

Federal Grand Jury Likely to Bring Charges Against Daily Fantasy Sports

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A federal grand jury in Florida is rumored to be listening to testimony from prosecutors on why charges should be brought against daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators in violation of current law. The Middle District of Florida of the United States Attorney’s Office hasn’t confirmed the proceedings, but Daniel Wallach, a prominent gaming counsel in…Read More

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Suspended 90 Days, Soccer’s Governing Body in Complete Disarray

FIFA president Sepp Blatter corruption soccer football World Cup

Sepp Blatter has worked with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1975 and been its president for the last 17 years, but today the most powerful man in the sport has been stripped of his governing authority and been forced to relinquish all ties to the organization and the game of soccer. Following…Read More

Kevin McCarthy Off the House Speaker Ballot, Successor Still Unclear

Jason Chaffetz House Speaker Kevin McCarthy out

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) was the frontrunner to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), but he’s withdrawn his candidacy following a series of poor interviews. The most infamous of those was one politicizing the Benghazi attack by hinting that the special investigation committee formed by House Republicans was done so to diminish Democratic 2016 favorite…Read More

DFS Alleged Insider Trading Fiasco Now Under New York State Attorney General Investigation, Protocols to Be Reviewed

NY AG Eric Schneiderman DFS fraud

DFS alleged insider trading of information is now under scrutiny from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The move comes within the same week that daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel came under fire for what appeared to be extremely irregular, and some would say illegal, practices. In those instances, employees of the two companies…Read More

Daily Fantasy Overlays Being Targeted by Gambling Pros, Skill Necessity Questioned

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Daily fantasy sports (DFS) is currently the hottest wagering ticket in the United States, hundreds of thousands of users signing up to place bets on one-day and weekly contests. The commercials are flooding broadcasts, and the marketing campaigns all signal how easy it is to win. “Fantasy baseball on FanDuel is easy,” one spot says….Read More

Bellagio Croupiers Indicted in $1 Million Craps Cheating Scandal

Bellagio craps cheating scam

Two former Bellagio croupiers were indicted this week on charges of swindling their ex-employer for more than $1 million in a rigged craps game. James Russell Cooper Jr. and Mark William Branco will stand trial along with their pals Jeffrey D. Martin and Anthony Grant Granito on a 60-count indictment that includes cheating at gambling…Read More

Macau Junket Operator Neptune Group Pleads With Chinese Authorities as Revenues Plummet

Xi Jinping Chinese junket operator crisis

Macau junket operators are folding faster than poker players with 7-2 offsuit, with one of the gambling mecca’s largest operators stressing this week that times are indeed grim there. The Chinese government is on a crusade to crackdown on its residents, with the goal of preventing the laundering of money through the peninsula, which is…Read More

Global Gaming Expo Casino Skill Gaming Among Hot Topics in Las Vegas

CEO DraftKings Jason Robins G2E casino skill gaming

The Global Gaming Expo 2015 (G2E) hits the Sands Expo in Las Vegas this week, opening today, and it’s the most anticipated casino and gambling exhibition of the year. And as casino industry stakeholders descend from all four corners of the earth to check out the exciting new tech gadgets and gizmos on the expo…Read More