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Steve Bittenbender

Steve Bittenbender

Reporter: Horse Racing, Sports Betting, Gaming Legislation, Midwest and Gulfport Casinos. Steve Bittenbender is a veteran reporter, and brings more than two decades of experience covering sports, gaming business, and politics and legislation to, which he joined in 2019. Based in Louisville, Kentucky -- the epicenter of the US horse racing industry -- Steve has also covered major collegiate and professional sports for the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier Journal. A Reuters contributor, he has also previously served as editor for Government Security News. Steve lives with his wife and son in Louisville and is an avid poker player, having learned from his uncle as a wholesome after-school pasttime with cookies and milk. Email:

Raptors on the Cusp of NBA Finals, but Handicappers, Bettors Not Quite Convinced

Toronto overcame a 14-point first half deficit and needed a big rally in the fourth quarter to win Thursday night’s Game 5 105-99 at Milwaukee. Now, after losing the first two games of the NBA’s Eastern Conference final, the Raptors find themselves on the brink on their first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. But, while…Read More

West Virginia Approves DraftKings for Mobile Sports Betting; Lottery Director Expects Launch Next Week

West Virginia could be back in the mobile sports betting business as soon as next week as the state’s Lottery Commission gave approval for the DraftKings app to launch statewide. Randy Burnside, the lottery’s public relations manager, confirmed to that the commission made the decision at its monthly meeting on Wednesday. In an interview…Read More

Blues Set to Face Bruins for Stanley Cup; St. Louis Bettor Four Wins Away from $100K

The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final starts on Monday with a pair of teams that seemed unlikely participants as recently as early January. The Boston Bruins will host the St. Louis Blues for Game 1 on Memorial Day. On Jan. 2, the Bruins found themselves in third place in the Atlantic Division. While they…Read More

Oddsmakers Make Pacquiao an Underdog Against Thurman in July Title Bout

Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring this summer almost assuredly as an underdog in his fight against fellow champion Keith Thurman, but the 40-year-old Filipino boxing legend said he’s looking forward to the fight. Pacquiao, who holds the World Boxing Association’s World Welterweight belt, is 61-7-2 in his career. However, he’s going…Read More

Latest College Football Odds Show Alabama, Clemson Once Again as Title Favorites

The first college football games of the 2019 season are still three months away from kicking off. However, the Westgate SuperBook has released updated odds this week on who will take home the national championship. Here’s a hint: the two schools who have faced each other in three of the last four College Football Playoff…Read More

MGM, Wynn Agree to Back Down from Talks Regarding Encore Boston Harbor

MGM Resorts will not end up buying Wynn Resort’s soon-to-open Encore Boston Harbor after all. Both companies announced the decision Tuesday night, less than a week after they jointly announced the start of discussions regarding the $2.6 billion casino resort in Everett, Mass. The fleeting negotiations had a couple strikes going against them. For starters,…Read More

Despite Injuries, Warriors Advance to NBA Finals, Favored to Win Third Straight Title

The Golden State Warriors are once again going to the NBA Finals. The Warriors earned their fifth straight trip to the championship series by beating Portland 119-117 in overtime Monday night to sweep the best-of-seven Western Conference Final. Steph Curry scored 37 points while posting 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Warriors, and…Read More

Disney Now Part Owner of DraftKings After 20th Century Fox Acquisition

The Walt Disney Company is now a part owner of DraftKings. When the global media giant announced its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox two months ago, it also received Fox’s share of the daily fantasy sports company, which started its own sportsbook in August. The news was first reported by John Wall Street,…Read More

British Ad Panel ASA Boots William Hill’s Tinder Ad for Being Too Suggestive

A British regulatory panel last week banned an advertisement posted by sportsbook William Hill on the dating app Tinder saying it went against standards for marketing communication materials. In March, William Hill posted a paid message on the popular application, which drew one complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA is an industry-backed…Read More

Brooks Koepka Avoids Disaster to Win PGA; Now Becomes US Open Favorite

Brooks Koepka made history entering Sunday with a seven-stroke lead after three rounds at the PGA Championship. He nearly made history again on Sunday, although not nearly in a good way. Koepka bogeyed four straight holes on the back nine Sunday and watched his seemingly insurmountable lead evaporate to a single stroke. Nonetheless, he was…Read More

Pimlico Posts Record Handle for Preakness Stakes Card With Nearly $100M in Bets Placed

Saturday served as another record-breaking day for Pimlico Race Course. The Stronach Group, which owns the Baltimore horse track, announced that nearly $99.9 million was bet on Pimlico’s 14-race card, highlighted of course by the Preakness Stakes. That’s an increase of about 2.7 percent over the previous record handle from all-sources. That was set two…Read More

No Objection: War of Will Wins the 144th Preakness Stakes After Late Move Inside

No interference. No objections. And, most of all, there was no doubt about the winner of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. War of Will made a late charge from the inside to capture the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. Trained by Mark Casse, War of Will was in position to…Read More

Parx Anticipates June Rollout for Mobile Sports Betting; Penn. Board OKs Mohegan Sun Sportsbook

Pennsylvania is getting closer to offering mobile sports betting and other online gaming activities. Earlier this week, representatives from Greenwood Racing gave a presentation to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in seeking a renewal of its gaming license. The company runs Parx Casino and Racetrack in Bensalem Township, which is about 20 miles northeast of…Read More

Thoroughbred Think Tank Thinks Fixed-Odds Betting Can Give Racing Fresh Blood and Makes Its Case

Saturday marks one of the biggest days in horse racing: the running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. And it gave the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) an opportunity to showcase what it believes is the future of the sport. On its blog this week, the Foundation — a think tank that seeks to improve the…Read More

Durant Still Out, But Winning Warriors See NBA Title Odds Continue to Improve

Golden State forward Kevin Durant is expected to miss at least two more games as he recovers from a strained right calf. However, this time it doesn’t appear the injury news will affect the Warriors title odds. The news came out Thursday night during Golden State’s 114-111 victory over Portland, allowing the Warriors to take…Read More