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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1004 stories by Steve Bittenbender

Powerball Mega Millions

More Than COVID Keeping Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots From Getting Bigger

On Wednesday, Powerball holds its 36th drawing since the multi-state lottery produced a jackpot winner. That four-month span, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association that operates the game, represents its longest dry spell ever. Yet, while Wednesday’s estimated $730 million jackpot is...

Steve Bittenbender January 18, 2021
California horse racing purses

Pact Bolsters California Racing Purses by $15M, Horse Owners Eye Sports Betting for More

California horse racing received a major boost last week after several key stakeholders reached an agreement on a purse enhancement program. The accord between the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, The Stronach Group’s 1/ST Racing, and TVG means $15...

Steve Bittenbender January 18, 2021
John Dowd Billy Walters

NY Times Report Indicates John Dowd Pushing Trump to Pardon Billy Walters

The New York Times reported Sunday that as the Trump Administration counts down its final days, a “lucrative market for pardons” has emerged. Lawyers and others connected with President Trump have used that access to cash in and offer their access to...

Steve Bittenbender January 17, 2021
Score Media sports betting

Score Media CEO John Levy Says Company in ‘Pole Position’ for Canadian Sports Betting

As Score Media and Gaming Inc. announced its 2021 fiscal year first-quarter results this past week, the Canadian-based publicly traded company also kept an eye on the future. That not only means single-game betting in its home and native land, but a...

Steve Bittenbender January 16, 2021
Mega Millions

No Winner Friday, So Mega Millions Grows to $850M, Saturday’s Powerball Worth $640M

The Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing. No one matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball in Friday’s drawing, and that means Tuesday’s jackpot is worth an estimated $850 million. That would make it the second richest Mega Millions grand prize in...

Steve Bittenbender January 16, 2021
Brett Favre

Favre Becomes Pitchman for TwinSpires as Sports Betting App Awaits OK in Michigan (VIDEO)

Churchill Downs Inc. has made another move to show it's ready to step up its sports betting business. On Thursday, the company’s TwinSpires division announced Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre would star in an upcoming campaign for its sportsbook. According...

Steve Bittenbender January 14, 2021
Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Raiders Owner Mark Davis Agrees to Buy WNBA Aces from MGM Resorts

The Las Vegas Aces are set to get a new owner. But don’t expect the WNBA team to be on the move. The women’s basketball team announced Thursday that Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis has agreed to buy the franchise from...

Steve Bittenbender January 14, 2021
Rod Ratcliff

Indiana Gaming Commission Says Suspended Ratcliff Has Not Resolved Trustee Issue

A trustee to oversee Rod Ratcliff's ownership stake in Spectacle Entertainment has yet to be appointed, the Indiana Gaming Commission told It has been three weeks since the commission suspended his gaming license and ordered the longtime casino executive to refrain...

Steve Bittenbender January 14, 2021
Nevada mail fraud

Las Vegas Woman Gets Three Years in Federal Prison for Role in Sweepstakes Scam

A 50-year-old Las Vegas woman received a three-year federal prison sentence Wednesday for her role in a $9 million criminal scheme. The action targeted mostly elderly and other vulnerable victims who received fraudulent mailers claiming they won prizes. In addition to the...

Steve Bittenbender January 13, 2021
Indiana welcome sign

Indiana Lawmakers File iGaming Legislation as Sports Betting Continues to Grow

Indiana lawmakers have filed bills to open the door to online casino gaming in the state, as many have expected. State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) told Tuesday that the legislation is a “natural progression” for gaming in the Hoosier state....

Steve Bittenbender January 13, 2021