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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

New Jersey Voters Could See Casino Expansion on Ballot

New Jersey State Senator Steve Sweeney, casino referendum

In New Jersey, the official party line (of pretty much all parties) has been unwavering support of Atlantic City. Governor Chris Christie and legislators have made it a point of emphasis to give the gambling resort city a chance to recover over the next few years, and have offered help ranging from the introduction of…Read More

Caesars, Genting File Applications for New York Casino Licenses

New York State, casino licenses, Catskills

If you want to operate a casino in New York State, you’re going to have to compete against some real heavyweights to do so. Major casino firms including Caesars Entertainment, the Genting Group and Penn National Gaming are among 17 applications that have been received by the New York State Gaming Commission in the race…Read More

IRS Steps Up Investigation of Macau Casinos

IRS, Macau casinos. Cotai Strip

The amount of money that is passed around in a single day in Macau would boggle most minds. While the growth of Macau casinos has slowed, revenues continue to rise, with the enclave’s gaming take coming in at $45.2 billion. But some fear that this money isn’t just being played around with in the casinos,…Read More

Ray Lesniak, New Jersey Not Giving Up on Sports Betting

New Jersey, State Senator Ray Lesniak, legal sports betting

Typically, an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States is a last resort. After all, there’s no higher legal authority in the country. Even in the case of New Jersey’s push to legalize sports betting in the state, it appeared that the Supreme Court would be the final stop: Governor Chris Christie even…Read More

New Jersey Clears Golden Nugget in Case of Unshuffled Cards

Golden Nugget, New Jersey, Atlantic City

A New Jersey State Superior Court judge has ruled that the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City does not have to pay out almost $1 million in disputed winnings resulting from a deck mix-up during a game of mini-baccarat. The incident occurred in 2012, when gamblers realized that a new pack of cards used in…Read More

IGT Rumored to Be Up For Sale to GTECH


International Game Technology (IGT) could be on the verge of a buyout by Italian gaming group GTECH SpA. IGT, the Nevada based company that manufactures roughly half of the gaming machines in the United States and owns online gaming software developer Wagerworks, is believed to be in preliminary acquisition talks with GTECH after releasing a…Read More

US Casinos Must Refuse Bets from Medical Marijuana Proceeds

medical marijuana, US regulators, US casinos

America’s casinos must refrain from accepting bets from workers in the medical marijuana industry, a group of federal regulators told gaming executives at the 2014 Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas recently. Just as the clash between federal and individual state law has hindered the processing of online gaming transactions in the newly regulated states,…Read More

Bitcoin-Based Businesses to Be Promoted by Isle of Man

Bitcoin, Isle of Man

It may be a tiny, windswept island in the middle of the Irish Sea, but the Isle of Man is also one of the world’s premiere online gambling regulatory jurisdictions. It also has a rather progressive attitude towards technology, as was apparent by the island government’s declaration earlier this week that it would establish safeguards…Read More

MGM Awarded First Massachusetts Casino License

MGM Springfield Springfield, Massachusetts

After years of debates, delays, protests and meetings, it’s official: today, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave approval to issuing a license to MGM for the company’s $800 million casino resort proposal in Springfield. But in one of the more contentious gambling expansions in the United States, even that is coming with some contingency plans just…Read More

Support Dropping for Massachusetts Casinos, Poll Says

Massachusetts casinos, Anti-casino sentiment

Even in the best of times, the idea of allowing large casino resorts in Massachusetts was a controversial one. Still, the residents of the state seemed to generally support the idea – at least until recently. Now, a new poll has shown just how far support for the casino law has fallen. According to a…Read More

Connecticut Sends Cease and Desist to Non-State Betting Sites

State Attorney General George Jepsen Connecticut

Connecticut got tough on operators offering horserace betting from outside the state in the lead-up to last weekend’s Belmont Stakes in New York, it’s emerged. State Attorney General George Jepsen and William Rubenstein of the Department of Consumer Protection sent cease-and-desist letters to 28 websites, many of which are licensed to offer legal betting in…Read More

Catskills Casino Plan Folds in Face of Downstate New York Rival

Catskills New York State casino license Orange County

When the New York casino market opened for business, the Catskills Mountains looked to be one of the favorites among upstate areas to host a resort. It was once a thriving tourist area in the past, and casinos were seen as a potential way to reinvigorate that spirit. And while a casino in Orange or…Read More

Macau Revenue Up, But Short of Expectations

Macau revenues

If Las Vegas saw its gambling revenues grow by more than 9 percent, it would be considered a sign of a major gaming boom in the city. A similar growth rate in Atlantic City would not only be seen as a miracle, but would probably have the entire world double-checking the numbers just to make…Read More

Golfer John Daly Says He Lost $55 Million Gambling

John Daly PGA Tour British Open

Back in the 1990s, John Daly was one of the best golfers in the world. He won the PGA Championship in 1991, and later took home a British Open title in 1995. He was one of the longest hitters on tour, and was known for his loud personality (and louder golf pants). But over time, his…Read More

Japan Casinos May Not Get Approvals in Time for 2020 Olympics

Diet of Japan Japan casinos

It all seemed like such perfect synergy: with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, millions of tourists and sports fans from around the world would be visiting Japan, all looking for ways to spend their travel money. It would be the ideal time for the nation’s first casinos to open, in what might be the…Read More