Steve Bittenbender

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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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702  stories by Steve Bittenbender

Reports Claim Baffert Horses, Including Kentucky Derby Prospect, Failed Drug Tests in Arkansas

Reports circulated Tuesday that two thoroughbreds from trainer Bob Baffert’s stable tested positive for a banned substance after they raced at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Arkansas earlier this month. The New York Times identified the horses as Gamine, a 3-year-old filly...

Steve Bittenbender May 27, 2020
NHL Stanley Cup

NHL Announces Plans to Resume Play, Move Forward with Stanley Cup Playoff This Summer

It wasn't quite Wayne and Garth saying “Game On!” But the National Hockey League announced on Tuesday how it plans to move forward with the conclusion of the 2019-20 season and award the Stanley Cup. As it stands now, the top 12...

Steve Bittenbender May 26, 2020
Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs

Maxfield, Attachment Rate Hope Matt Winn Stakes Helps Them Catch Up on the Road to the Kentucky Derby

This year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby hit a speed bump because of COVID-19. But the four-month delay in the race now gives some promising horses a chance to catch up and earn a spot in the Sept. 5 race. A couple...

Steve Bittenbender May 23, 2020
Rising Star PPP casino

Rising Star Using PPP Loan to Bring Back Workers as Indiana Casino Prepares for Possible Mid-June Reopening

UPDATE (8:45 pm PT, May 25) - This article has been updated to clarify any confusion about the term "laid off," which typically represents a permanent reduction, as opposed to a furlough, which is a temporary reduction. it also adds a line...

Steve Bittenbender May 23, 2020
Keeneland July racing

Keeneland Requests Five Race Days in July After COVID-19 Canceled Spring Meet at Kentucky Track

Keeneland announced Friday evening it submitted a request to the Race Dates Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to run an abbreviated meet in July to make up for the dates the Lexington track lost in April because of the...

Steve Bittenbender May 22, 2020
Slot machine jackpot tax

American Gaming Association Wants Trump Administration to Revise Tax Threshold on Slots

President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order calling on federal agencies to review and rescind – either temporarily or permanently – regulations that may stagnate the economic recovery coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. That led the American Gaming Association (AGA)...

Steve Bittenbender May 22, 2020
Caesars Vegas reopening

Caesars Entertainment: Caesars Palace, Flamingo Will Be Its First Vegas Properties to Reopen

We still don’t know exactly when Nevada will let casinos open in the state. But once Gov. Steve Sisolak gives the order, Caesars Entertainment will be ready to open the doors at two of its Las Vegas properties. In a press release...

Steve Bittenbender May 21, 2020
Indiana casinos reopen COVID-19

Indiana COVID-19 Casino Reopening Plan Requires Masks at Table Games, Encourages PPE for All Guests

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday announced that the third stage of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan would take place a couple days sooner than expected. However, that doesn’t translate into the state’s casinos opening sooner. Officials from the Indiana Gaming Commission...

Steve Bittenbender May 21, 2020
Gold Rush Stellas

Gold Rush Files Countersuit in Illinois Case, Alleges Conspiracy by Gaming Cafés and Rival Vendor

Gold Rush Gaming, Inc., a gaming terminal operator embroiled in an Illinois civil lawsuit filed by the Stella’s and Shelby’s chain of gaming cafés in Illinois, has amended its counterclaims in the case. It now alleges gaming businessman Daniel Fischer paid just...

Steve Bittenbender May 20, 2020
DiamondJacks Louisiana casino

Peninsula Pacific: ‘No Plans’ for DiamondJacks License or Relocation in Louisiana

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, which announced last week it would not reopen a Louisiana casino after the state began easing restrictions put in place by the coronavirus, has no plans for the casino's license at this time, a company official told in...

Steve Bittenbender May 20, 2020