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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.

Judge Rules Against New Jersey Sports Betting Plan

New Jersey sports betting case

New Jersey’s sports betting aspirations took another hit on Friday, as a judge ruled that the state can’t partially remove restrictions on the activity and still comply with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The ruling, which came from Federal District Court Judge Michael Shipp, was a predictable one, as Judge Shipp had…Read More

Live! Hotel and Casino Wins South Philadelphia License

Live! Hotel and Casino South Philadelphia

Live! Hotel & Casino has been awarded Philadelphia’s second casino license. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded the license on Tuesday. A joint project between Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns the Parx Casino in Bensalem, the proposed 200,000-square-foot casino will host 220 hotel rooms, have 2,000 slot machines and 125…Read More

Jose Canseco Loses a Finger, While Daniel Colman Wags One at Hellmuth

Jose Canseco Daniel Colman Hellmuth

Jose Canseco was the central figure in a weekend for the poker world that was filled with fingers: some lost, some pointed at prominent names in the poker community. In Canseco’s case, he seems to have lost the same finger for the second time in about a month, something that few people (with any luck)…Read More

Ultimate Poker Shuts Down Nevada Online Poker Site for Good

Danielle Andersen Ultimate Gaming shutdown NV

Ultimate Poker has shut down its Nevada online poker site, ending a 19-month run after becoming the first regulated Internet poker site in the United States. The company has now also become the first to end operations in Nevada, leaving just two other poker providers active in the state. The Ultimate Poker closure will, at…Read More

Martin Jacobson’s Past Led Him to Make WSOP Main Event History

Martin Jacobson winning Main Event WSOP 2014

Martin Jacobson is your 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion, which, if you didn’t know by now, our sincere apologies for the spoiler. Before this year’s $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, few had heard of the 27-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden. Some 6,683 players from 87 countries entered poker’s biggest tournament, but in the…Read More

Ontario Lottery Ready with First Regulated Online Gambling Site

PLayOLG.ca logo Ontario Lottery

A new Ontario lottery will shortly make the Canadian province the fifth  to launch a fully regulated online gambling platform, with the announcement that PlayOLG.ca, operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), is to launch “in the coming weeks.” PlayOLG.ca is already available to the 50,000-odd players of OLG’s Circle Rewards Program, who…Read More

All Around the EU, a License to Deal

EU regulatory changes

The EU, AKA the European Union, is having something of a licensing and regulatory frenzy of late. The European gambling industry has been busy with a flurry of announcements regarding licenses, revenues and new legislation, many making headlines across the continent. From the UK to Romania, changes are in store for players and operators alike…Read More

Massachusetts Pro-Casino Referendum Takes the Day

Steve Wynn Everett Massachusetts casino

Residents of Massachusetts have chosen to uphold the state’s three-year-old casino law, voting overwhelmingly in yesterday’s midterms in favor of maintaining the fledgling casino market, as the polls had predicted. Somewhat confusingly, “no” meant “yes” for casinos on this ballot, as voters were asked whether the law should be repealed, with 59.5 percent to 40.5…Read More

South Africa Online Gambling Ban Stirs Debate

South Africa online gambling ban

South Africa’s government is proposing a ban on a wide range of gambling activities, including all forms of online gambling and other activities such as dog racing. That proposal is being discussed by the National Gambling Policy Council, which features members from both the national and provincial governments, as well as the Department of Trade…Read More

California Chukchansi Casino Still Closed as Tribal Gaming War Continues

California Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

California’s Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino should stay closed for the safety of its own customers and employees: that’s the word from the state’s Deputy Attorney General, as a dispute between two rival tribal factions shows no signs of abating. The AG’s office this week asked a federal judge to keep the gaming property shut…Read More

Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar in Ill Health and Near Destitute, Allen Cunningham Says

Ray Bitar health Allen Cunningham

Poker pro Allen Cunningham says that former Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar is struggling with health problems and hasn’t been living the high life at all since his sentencing last year, despite what some poker fans may think. Those comments came in the middle of a TwoPlusTwo.com forums thread discussing the details of the assets…Read More

Caesars Focuses on $1 Billion Philippines Casino Project

Caesars Philippines casino

Caesars Entertainment is hoping to build a $1 billion casino complex in the Philippines in an attempt to become the first major international gaming brand to build in that country. While the company hasn’t yet made a formal announcement of any plans to do so, it did confirm that it has held preliminary talks with…Read More

James Packer Blames Crown Punters for Massive Profit Loss

James Packer, Chairman and CEO of Crown Resorts

James Packer’s Crown Resorts in Australia has been hit by some negative variance at the VIP tables, it seems. Packer told fellow shareholders at the company’s AGM (annual general meeting) last week in Perth that VIP operations were A$100 million below expectation, thanks to a number of high rollers getting lucky at the tables, or,…Read More

Caesars Entertainment in Debt Restructuring Talks, Again

Caesars debt restructuring plan talks

Caesars Entertainment says that it will begin talking with its creditors in an attempt to restructure its $24.2 billion debt load, the highest figure in the entire gaming industry. The move would look to restructure $18.3 million of that debt, and could result in a January bankruptcy filing. In the days since the Friday announcement,…Read More

Social Media Games Approved for Real Money NJ Online Play

Farmville real money social media games

Social media games like Words with Friends and Candy Crush could be the surprising next big moneymaker for New Jersey online gamblers, if the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has its way. The DGE has announced it will now be accepting submissions for skill-based and social games from developers and that it is eager…Read More