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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:

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Major League Baseball Partners with EquiLottery Games to Offer Quick-Draw Parlay-Style Game

EquiLottery Games CEO Brad Cummings believes the new lottery draw game his company has developed in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) will hit a home run. “Pretty cool, isn’t it? It’s certainly exceeded… Read More

Andy Beshear, Kentucky Candidate for Governor, Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State

Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear unveiled his plan Thursday to expand gaming and bring casinos, sports betting, fantasy sports, and potentially online poker into the Bluegrass State. Long known as a proponent of… Read More

Pokagon Band Wants Class III Gaming Compact with Indiana for Expanding South Bend Casino

The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians broke ground earlier this week on an expansion project for the tribe’s Four Winds Casino South Bend. However, that’s not the only change the tribe wants to… Read More

Omaha Beach Returns to Headline Churchill Downs Record Breaking September Meet

Churchill Downs resumed racing on Friday, starting its three-week September meet, and the track’s scheduled races are set to offer an average purse of $76,275, a 63 percent increase from last year’s record amount…. Read More

Paul Hornung, NFL Legend, Helps Horseshoe Southern Indiana Open Sportsbook

ELIZABETH, Ind. – Horseshoe Southern Indiana celebrated its entry into legalized sports betting Thursday, as more than a hundred people lined up in the riverboat casino to be among the first to make a… Read More

Justify Trainer Bob Baffert Denies NY Times Allegations of Doping 2018 Triple Crown Colt

A report by the New York Times late Wednesday rocked the horse racing world, when it stated 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test after the Santa Anita Derby that should have… Read More

Milwaukee Brewers See World Series Odds Lengthen After Christian Yelich Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the hottest teams in baseball this month, as Major League Baseball’s pennant races heats up with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. But the… Read More

Boyd Gaming Sees Value in FanDuel Retail Sportsbooks, Customer Base

FLORENCE, Ind. – There’s a long corridor between the FanDuel sportsbook and the Belterra Casino Resort’s riverboat. But Peter Chu sees a corridor of opportunity at the Indiana venue. In the coming weeks, Belterra… Read More

US Sports Betting Exchange Needs to be in Multiple States, Smarkets VP Says Wire Act an Issue

When Smarkets announced late last week that it had secured its first deal with a US casino partner to launch a mobile sports betting application, it also just happened to raise a few eyebrows… Read More

South Dakota Tribal Casino Expansion Work Subject to $480K Excise Tax, Circuit Court Rules

A federal appellate court ruled last week that the state of South Dakota had the right to apply an excise tax on a nontribal contractor who renovated and expanded a casino for the Flandreau… Read More

FanDuel Opens Indiana Sportsbook at Belterra as CEO Considers US Political Betting Opportunities

FLORENCE, Ind. – FanDuel on Monday celebrated the opening of its second sportsbook in Indiana, as executives from the online sports entertainment company and its casino partner, Boyd Gaming, cut the ribbon at the… Read More

Danville, Illinois Officials Down to Two Finalists for Proposed Casino, Both Seek Same Site

And then there were two. That’s how many finalists the city of Danville, Ill., has for its proposed casino development, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. told the City Council at a meeting last week. The… Read More

Monday Night Football Doubleheader Offers a Super Bowl Contender in New Orleans but No Antonio Brown in Oakland

The first week of the National Football League wraps up on Monday night with a primetime doubleheader. The first game features a team considered by many as a likely pick for the Super Bowl…. Read More

Smarkets US Sports Betting App Will Launch in Indiana and Include Social Interaction Options Among Bettors

English-based sports betting exchange Smarkets has announced its entry into the US market and has landed its first partnership. The company will provide its recently developed SBK online sportsbook to Full House Resorts, serving… Read More

Sports Betting Projection Site, Sidelines.Io, Launched by Former Google Employees in Time for NFL 2019 Kickoff

A new online service launched this week, aimed at helping sports bettors make better decisions about the games they’re playing. Created by former Google staffers and gaming industry workers, Sidelines.Io strives to do that… Read More