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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

Standard and Poor’s Lowers Caesars Entertainment Credit Rating

S&P Standard and Poor's Caesars Entertainment

In recent weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the steps that Caesars Entertainment has taken to deal with their crushing debt. They’ve sold properties to subsidiaries and played around with their debt structure in an attempt to protect their most valuable assets and secure the company’s long-term future. But despite these moves, not everyone believes…Read More

New Hampshire Senate Sends New Casino Plan to House

New Hampshire land gaming

The New Hampshire House soundly defeated a proposal that would have brought a casino to the state just a month ago. Now it looks like it’s already time for them to debate the issue again. New Hampshire’s Senate passed a new casino gambling bill last week – one that they hope might get enough support…Read More

Macau Profits Continue to Rule the Casino Universe

Macau profits

Ten years ago, when Las Vegas Sands chairman and i-gaming-hater Sheldon Adelson first invested in Macau, he claimed it would become the “Vegas of the East”. Today, it looks like it’s gone a step farther. While gambling revenue in Las Vegas has been falling short of expectations these days, Macau continues to go from strength…Read More

New York State Online Poker Bill Introduced by Bonacic

New York online gambling

Start spreading the news: New York may be the next state to take a serious run at regulating online poker. A bill that would do just that was introduced in the New York Senate on Friday, opening the door to Internet poker in the Empire State. The bill – introduced by State Senator John Bonacic…Read More

Downtown Las Vegas Prepares for Casino Worker Strike

The last time unions representing Las Vegas casino workers opted for major industrial action, it resulted in members of five unions picketing the now-defunct Frontier Casino for six years. Now, 20 years since the end of that particular stand-off, members of Culinary Union Local 226 – Nevada’s biggest union – have voted to authorize a…Read More

Neteller Return to Borgata Should Benefit Online Gamblers

Neteller Borgata e-Wallet

Recently we reported on the triumphant reemergence of e-Wallet Neteller to America. Those of you who don’t remember the pre-2006 online gaming landscape might wonder why we got quite so excited about a mere e-wallet – and we wouldn’t blame you. But the thing is, Neteller was once synonymous with online gambling, and its return…Read More

Russia Blacklists PokerStars, Other Online Gambling Sites

PokerStars Russia blacklist

It seems like PokerStars isn’t finding a lot of hospitality around the world this week. At the same time that the company is facing opposition to its inclusion in the California online gambling marketplace, Russia has apparently moved to block their website as well, along with dozens of other Internet betting – and even some…Read More

Suffolk Downs Goes Head to Head with Massachusetts Historical Group

Historic barns Suffolk Downs Casino Revere, Massachusetts

Racetrack operator Suffolk Downs and casino outfit Mohegan Sun knew they had a lot of obstacles to overcome when they proposed a new casino in Revere, Massachusetts. They had to win over voters, overcome opposition groups in both Revere and Boston, work through state regulations, and beat a competing bid from Wynn Resorts aimed at…Read More

James Packer Crowns Australian Betfair as Latest Business Conquest

James Packer Crown Casinos Betfair Australia

Looks like James Packer has his eye on the lucrative Australian online sportsbetting market. The chairman of Australia’s high-profile Crown Ltd casino group is rumored to be buying up 50 percent of online betting exchange Betfair’s Australian operation – namely, the 50 percent he doesn’t already own. The pioneering British betting exchange currently runs as…Read More

Mandalay Bay Slapped with $500K Fine After Undercover Vice Bust

Mandalay Bay Foundation Room House of Blues

When it comes to misbehaving, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, they say, unless it “happens” to an undercover cop; then it’s splashed all over the news. And now MGM Resorts International-owned Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip has agreed to pay a $500k fine, after several employees were busted for procuring narcotics…Read More

European Parliament Approves Controversial Anti-Money Laundering Bill

European Parliament European Union money laundering

The European Parliament has approved a proposal that will tie all gambling operators to stringent anti-money laundering measures and require all beneficial owners of online gambling companies in EU countries to be listed in public registers. Beneficial owners are individuals who ultimately own an investment, rather than simply hold it on behalf of the real…Read More

Former US Rep Mike Oxley Says Online Gambling Ban Would Be Misguided

Mike Oxley C4COP regulated online gaming

Former Republican US Representative Mike Oxley has issued a stern warning that the full-scale banning of online gambling in the US would be the “wrong policy” and misguided, and that it would leave Americans exposed to the potential dangers of using unregulated operators. Oxley – who said he examined the question of online gambling regulation…Read More

Ohio Casinos Fall $1 Billion Short of Year One Projections

Ohio casino revenues

There could be some cause for alarm in the Buckeye State: Ohio casinos have generated far less revenue than initially estimated during their first full year of operation, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and experts say it could be down to a failure to market themselves effectively. Huge Shortfall for Year One Regulatory…Read More

California Online Poker Legislators Duke It Out with Two Pending Bills

California poker bills Sen. Lou Correa

A political showdown is underway between rival groups proposing the legalization of online poker in California, which has the potential to become one of the world’s biggest online gambling markets, worth hundreds of million dollars annually. Duking It Out for Online Poker Bills In one corner, we have Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) with AB…Read More

Downtown Grand Sued When Man Loses $500K in Alleged Blackout State

Downtown Grand Super Bowl 2014 Mark Johnston

Did you have a rough Super Bowl weekend, wagering-wise? Perhaps you bet on the Broncos, or maybe the blowout took all the life out of your Super Bowl party. Whatever the case may be, chances are you didn’t have the kind of issues faced by one serious gambler in Las Vegas, who says he lost…Read More