Steve Bittenbender

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Steve Bittenbender covers Midwest and Gulport news for He also specializes in sports betting and horse racing. Steve is a veteran reporter and brings more than two decades of experience covering sports, business and politics. He joined in 2019.

Steve has also covered major collegiate and professional sports for the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal and is frequently featured on local network TV newscasts and podcasts for his horse racing business and legislative expertise. A Reuters contributor, he has also previously served as editor for Government Security News.

Steve lives in Louisville, Kentucky -- the epicenter of the US horse racing industry -- with his wife and son. He is also an avid poker player, having learned from his uncle as a wholesome after-school pastime with cookies and milk.

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1624 stories by Steve Bittenbender

New York City

New York Legislation Would Establish Problem Gambling Advisory Council

New York has already taken a couple of big steps with gaming this year as it has launched online sports betting and seen state lawmakers expedite the approval process for downstate casinos. However, another measure legislators approved earlier this month regarding problem...

Steve Bittenbender June 27, 2022
Venice Beach

California Online Sports Betting Petition Gathers Enough Signatures for November Ballot

The California Secretary of State’s office announced Monday evening that a petition seeking a constitutional amendment to legalize online sports betting cleared the necessary signature threshold. That makes it eligible for placement on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. With 57 of...

Steve Bittenbender June 27, 2022
Los Angeles

California Sports Betting Update: Monday Likely a Pivotal Day for Online Measure

By the end of Monday, we should know if California will have one or two sports betting initiatives on the November ballot. Per the Secretary of State’s office, Monday is the deadline for county election officials to conclude random sample signature checks...

Steve Bittenbender June 26, 2022

DraftKings, JACK Entertainment Latest to Seek Ohio Sports Betting Licenses

The number of companies that have submitted their sports betting license applications in Ohio is now up to five. On Friday, the Ohio Casino Control Commission reported that DraftKings submitted its license application to serve as a mobile management services provider in...

Steve Bittenbender June 25, 2022

Gold Rush Sues Accel as Illinois VGT Rivals Feud Over $30M in Loans

Accel Entertainment, the largest operator of video gaming terminals (VGT) in the US, faces a lawsuit from a competitor in Illinois. The lawsuit claims “illegal and tortious conduct” by Accel as it tried “to dominate and control the video gaming industry in...

Steve Bittenbender June 25, 2022
Red Rock

Station Casinos Feels ‘Vindicated’ But Fined $80K for Post-Game Betting Issue

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday fined Station Casinos $80,000 for accepting bets on sporting events when the outcome was already determined. Last September, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) filed a complaint against the Las Vegas-based gaming company. That came after...

Steve Bittenbender June 25, 2022
Legends Bay

Legends Bay to Hold Job Fairs, Plans August Opening After NGC OKs Sparks Casino

As Legends Bay Casino prepares for an August opening, the first newly built casino in the Reno-Starks area in more than 20 years plans to hold a series of job fairs starting next month. The goal is to find workers for the...

Steve Bittenbender June 24, 2022

North Carolina Sports Betting in Jeopardy After Split Vote, College Ban

Legislation to legalize sports betting in North Carolina is on the ropes after a dramatic couple of hours in the state legislature Wednesday evening. The state House of Representatives voted on two sports betting bills Wednesday. One was Senate Bill 38, which...

Steve Bittenbender June 22, 2022
Queen of Terre Haute

Terre Haute, Churchill Downs Officials Break Ground on $260M Indiana Casino Project

A day six years in the making finally arrived for Terre Haute, Ind., on Tuesday. Community leaders gathered with representatives from Churchill Downs Incorporated to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Queen of Terre Haute, a $260 million casino resort on the east...

Steve Bittenbender June 21, 2022
Calder Casino

Churchill Downs Completes Calder Land Sale, Plans $291M Toward P2E Deal

Churchill Downs Incorporated closed on the sale of nearly 116 acres of land it owned in Florida on Friday. The company said the proceeds from the transaction will go to cover acquisitions it announced earlier this year. The Louisville-based gaming company first...

Steve Bittenbender June 20, 2022