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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.

FBI Used Taxpayer Funds in Undercover Legends Sports Sting

Some interesting new reports are shedding light on the U.S. Department of Justice’s indictments against 34 individuals and 23 companies in connection to online gambling operator Legends Sports, alleging that those indicted were offering online and telephone sports betting services from Costa Rica and Panama. The companies indicted have been accused of assisting the Legends…Read More

Rational Group Still Intent on Atlantic Club Deal

Rational Group, the British parent company of PokerStars, the online poker site, has declared it’s still interested in purchasing the Atlantic Club, in New Jersey’s Atlantic City, despite earlier deal negotiations falling through for the company. The deal struck with Rational Group back in December was apparently contingent on the firm obtaining its license from…Read More

Federal Online Poker Bill Back on Table, While California Has Its Own Plans

Just when you thought the corpse of federal gaming regulations was dead and cold, along comes New York State Representative Peter King (R-Long Island) with a new federal online poker bill that he intends to present to Congress shortly.  Apparently frightened at the prospect of state-by-state gaming expansion (we’re not entirely sure why), he wants…Read More

How to Lose Ten Million Bucks in Ten Years

Admit it: you’ve fantasized on occasion about what you would do if you won the World Series of Poker, or Megabucks, or heck, even the Publisher’s Clearinghouse, haven’t you? Sure, we all have. But we hear story after story of people who actually have won big bucks, and somehow can’t figure out how to hold…Read More

Vegas Strip and Macau Push MGM Resorts into the Black

Things are looking green over at MGM Resorts International: after some dicey P & L statements for the past few years, the first quarter of 2013 put the casino conglomerate in the black. They can applaud performances by their Las Vegas Strip CityCenter development,which pulled in an all-time earnings record, and its Macau cash cow,…Read More

“All In for Hope” Celeb Poker Tourney to Benefit Cancer Patients

City of Hope, a Los Angeles cancer research hospital and treatment facility, has announced an upcoming celebrity poker tournament that will raise money for its foundation, funds from which help treat cancer sufferers. The “All In For Hope” Celebrity Poker Tournament kicks off on May 31st and will be hosted by City of Hope at…Read More

Support Grows for Canadian Sports Betting Bill

The bill to legalize single sports betting in Canada may look tired and defeated at this point, but the support for the Bill C-290 is still seeing growth throughout the country as the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has now voiced their full support in favor of the legislation. They join a number of other…Read More

Think Your Job’s Tough? Try Being Nevada’s New Online Gaming Commissioner

As Day One of UltiimatePoker.com’s legal online poker wraps up in Nevada – the first of the racing U.S. states to get ‘er done (with New Jersey panting and out of breath now, we’re sure) – you can bet that Las Vegas attorney John Moran, Jr. is exhausted and relieved. He’s the guy who’s been…Read More

Sports Betting Coates Family Makes the British Rich List

As the family behind one of the world’s largest online sports betting sites, bet365, the Coates family are reportedly set to become Britain’s first gambling billionaires after amassing a fortune of £925 million (that’s something like a billion and 4 million more in change in dollars) and have been featured in the 2013 London Sunday Times…Read More

Betfair Rejects Takeover Bid

Formula 1 owner CVC Capital Partners’ takeover bid of Betfair has reportedly been rejected by the sports betting exchange and online casino operator, after UK newspaper The Telegraph reported that the £912 million ($1,413,600) bid was too low. The preliminary offer of 880 pence ($13.60) per share was received last Friday from CVC Capital Partners,…Read More

Joe Sebok Sextortionists Sentenced to Multi-Year Prison Terms

It was back in 2010, and poker pro and TV commentator Joe Sebok was winding out of his poker career anyway, due to a series of  bad professional decisions, or simply due to not winning enough money, depending on who you ask. It wasn’t over yet, but the writing was on the wall. In the…Read More

Charges Dismissed Against Bronco’s Safety Quinton Carter; Bail Forfeited

First, the good news: charges filed by Las Vegas casino Texas Station against star Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter have been dropped. Now the bad news: he’ll be forfeiting the $1,000 in bail money he had to pay when initially arrested. But hey, what’s $1K to a pro football player? As long as he keeps…Read More

Las Vegas Cab Drivers Taking Tourists for a Ride

Most tourists who come to Vegas to gamble expect to leave some money behind in the casinos. But most who ride cabs in from the airport don’t expect to be vastly overcharged by going a scenic route, a practice that typically tacks on about $10 per fare.  A recent legislative audit, however, shows that’s exactly…Read More

Macau Baccarat Revenues Pulling Their Weight

What’s a little H7N9 virus, or a loss of mainland China gambling junkets, when you’re Macau, the most lucrative gambling region in the world? Even dings like that, which might affect less stellar revenue-creators than the Special Administrative District that draws some of the world’s biggest whales to its casinos, have not dimmed Macau’s first…Read More

Texas Gaming Reexamined; Trump Plaza Deal on Hold

Texas lawmakers – who for years have rejected measures aimed at legalizing slot machines and allowing full-scale casinos to be built in the state for which poker’s most famous game is named – may finally have to budge, after a study by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) showed that expanding legalized Texas gaming in…Read More