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Lauren Harrison

Written by: Lauren Harrison

Having specialized as a copywriter, casino critic, and analyst for multiple gambling jurisdictions over the last eight years, Lauren came on board to help execute the cabbie vision in early 2020. Charged with populating and editing the site, undertaking the research, and collecting the data that is the backbone of Casino Cabbie, you can find out more about Lauren or get in touch with her via LinkedIn.

how casino cabbie started

How Casino Cabbie Started

I'd worked closely with Alex freelance for about two years before he approached me regarding Casino Cabbie. He already had the brand nailed, and we conjured up a pretty swish content strategy for a gambling review site built on reliable data and analysis alongside expert gaming advice. All that was needed were a hella load of words, a lot of primary data creation, and some downright demon coding and networking with basically zero funding - no problemo, right? 

Alex is the kind of get-things-done guy - hence he's at the helm of Cabbie affiliate connections. As a perfectionist who loves to learn. He knows content and SEO inside out (having managed a site for a top firm for years), but he's built to code whatever we can conjure up to help US players get a better deal. 

As Cabbie's content editor, I'm more of a get-to-the-gritty-details copywriter who'd take hard facts and legal data over opinion any day of the week. While that might not sound appealing, it makes for grade-A content and some wicked data analysis alongside a lot of counting and firsthand testing - everything you see on Casino Cabbie is created or based on primary data that we collect.

There's no avoiding the fact that between us, we're a small break-away brand and a start-up lacking experience (we've been learning as we go, so we won't say zero), but this is what's different about us, and makes Casino Cabbie a standout review site.

We're incredibly proud to be licensed to legally recommend casino sites in the US; it's a sign of our authority on the matter and that our content and recommendations are legitimate.

background and education

Background and Education

If you know about European gambling, you'll be aware of the Malta Gambling Authority. It's one of Europe's biggest gambling licensing bodies, and it opens the door to the free market for iGaming operators. What you might not know is that this small Mediterranean island also has business-friendly tax laws, meaning shareholders can claim a 5/7 rebate. These factors make it the perfect European home for gambling operators, suppliers, and secondary industries. It was also where I found myself living in 2016.

In Malta, the iGaming industry employs over 10,000 people, bringing over €1.5 billion a year in revenue to the Economy, not including the secondary industries that serve the iGaming market.

Naturally, living there and with a working background in teaching (and, therefore, a sound understanding of language construction), plus a lifelong love of language, I quickly found myself drawn into the content creation and affiliate industry, working freelance at the same company as Alex. 

Eight years down the line, I've worked on some pretty big casino contracts, featured regularly on the industry's top news sites, written literally hundreds of casino reviews, and currently work as the editor of Casino Cabbie. It's been a pretty wild ride.

Education

  • 2011-2014: University of Northampton: BA International Development - First Class.
  • 2017-2018: University of Malta: MA Diplomatic Studies - Honors.
quick fire question round

Quick Fire Question Round

Years working in iGaming

Eight+

Favorite slot studios

Booming Games, 4 The Player, ReelPlay, High5Games, and Fantasma.

What was the first casino game you fell in love with? 

Blackjack is a game I've loved since childhood and played during family holidays, betting match sticks in a tent.

Favorite real money game now? 

Blackjack, especially live dealer games, has a special place in my heart, but a big part of my job now is following slot releases. I play a lot of new slot games and get to stay on top of all the latest trends, which makes me a pretty keen spinner.

Favorite US casino and why

Uhh, I have a few: I'm a big fan of no wagering bonuses because of the freedom they provide, so I love BetRivers and FanDuel for this; no minimum banking limits are great, so StarDust and DraftKings for that, but all-round gaming experience and lobby size, I'd pick Borgata or BetMGM every time as they have hundred more games than competitors and always have exclusive options.

Most money you've won on a casino game

I'm not a high-stakes gambler; I like cheap games and casual punts - I'm not about playing the game. While this tends to mean I bet low, I did win around $250 on an online slot machine bonus round once. 

Tournaments - take them or leave them? 

There's one high-stakes area of an online casino I can't resist, and that is tournaments. I usually join when there's a promo to make things even more appealing!

Why the USA? 

Affiliate marketing is wild and filled with well-resourced companies. To have a fair shot at getting into the iGaming market, we needed to enter somewhere fresher and, due to the requirement of an affiliate license, less competitive. The idea of making a mark on a newer market also appealed as there is lots happening 24/7 with new states legalizing gambling and new games, software, and operators hitting the market. 

get in touch

Get in Touch

We love hearing from interested parties. Whether it's cause you like what we're doing or want to come on board for an interview, you can reach out to me via my Linkedin profile or send me an email at: [email protected]

Content Types

Content Types

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #184

Buckle up because it’s been one heck of a week in US gambling news as: - The fourth suspect in the NBA betting ring was arrested - Bovada gets marching orders from Michigan - DC’s new budget looks set to include the Sports Wagering Amendment Act of 2024 - New York sports bettors spend almost $2bn in May - And North Carolina‘s sports betting GGR plummets in second month of legal gambling
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #184

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #184

Buckle up because it’s been one heck of a week in US gambling news as: - The fourth suspect in the NBA betting ring was arrested - Bovada gets marching orders from Michigan - DC’s new budget looks set to include the Sports Wagering Amendment Act of 2024 - New York sports bettors spend almost $2bn in May - And North Carolina‘s sports betting GGR plummets in second month of legal gambling
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #183

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #183

Tune into this week's hottest iGaming headlines from the USA: - Illinois increases sports betting taxes from 15% up to 40% - Evolution Gaming sues Light&Wonder - US Supreme Court schedules the West Flagler decision for June 13th. - New Research shows the scale of illegal gambling in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota. - The legality of sweepstakes casinos is challenged in Georgia.

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #182

Welcome back for another week of the Cabbie Digest, the place to get all the juiciest iGaming headlines from across the USA—from legal news to new games, apps, and partnerships. This week: - The American Gaming Association releases new economic data round-ups showing massive all-around growth. - Delaware’s Competitive Sports Betting Bill gets a committee reshuffle. - WSOP.com launches, making good on the multi-state poker agreement and accessing a vast potential pool of players. - And evoke continues its US exit - reporting on SI Michigan.
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #181

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #181

It’s all go this week in gambling news as: - The American Gaming Association reports the US gambling industry’s 13th consecutive quarter of growth, including a record-breaking March. - Entain secures unconditional licensing from the Nevada Gaming Commission - Virginia’s Governor Youngkin vetoes bill on games of skill - Minnesota’s legislative session ends in a complete meltdown and no sports betting bill - New Jersey and Pennsylvania report booming revenue for April - And 4ThePlayer goes live in the Keystone State
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #180

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #180

Welcome back to the Casino Cabbie News Digest, where you get all the latest headlines wrapped up in one neat package. This week: - 888 Holdings emerges with a new name and new hope. - FanDuel takes the top spot in the US gambling market. - New York’s monthly betting handle hits new highs. - Senator Addabbo is at it again. - The DoJ weighs in on the side of the Seminoles in Florida’s Supreme Court betting case. - 1x2 Network goes live at BetMGM Michigan. - And Vegas’ Mirage Hotel & Casino is getting a revamp and a new name.
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #179

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #179

Welcome back to another edition of the Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest, where we bring you the most pivotal gaming news from the USA. In this week's headline news: - US sports betting advertisements drop by a third. - New YouGov polling data puts Bet365 ahead with young US bettors and reveals live-streaming trends. - DraftKings and Rush Street Interactive report astonishing Q1 revenue growth. - ESPN Bet and PGA Championship partner up for three-year deal.
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #178

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #178

Welcome back for another week of the hottest industry news headlines from the US iGaming industry. In this edition, we’re discussing: - The American Gaming Association's latest Gaming Industry Outlook Report for Q1 2024. - How Senator Nicole Mitchell’s arrest is threatening the future of online sports betting in Minnesota. - Caesars’ brand new and lightning-fast iOS and Android app for US players. - And Fanatics new partnership with Continent 8 Technologies.
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #177

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #177

Buckle up and welcome back to this week's edition, where we'll be covering the latest iGaming news from the USA, including: - Missouri residents rise up and take sports betting legalization into their own hands - DraftKings is back at the judge's bench in another class action suit regarding bonus terms - idPair has announced the summer launch of the USA’s first countrywide self-exclusion scheme - And Colorado has launched a new RG awareness campaign against illegal casinos - “Play Legit. Gamble Only Where Legal”.
Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #176

Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest #176

We're back with another week's worth of the biggest and most interesting US iGaming news! Get the latest on: - MGM's beef with the US Federal Trade Commission - New Jersey's latest revenue figures - Delaware's new bill that seeks to open the market - Why New Jersey casino works filled the chambers of the State House Annex with smoke - And Connecticut's latest attempt to restrict gambling ads and ban affiliates
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