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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1900 stories by Steve Bittenbender


FanDuel, DraftKings May Cut New York Spending If 51% Sports Betting Tax Stays

Top executives from FanDuel and DraftKings told New York lawmakers on Tuesday their companies will need to make drastic changes to operations in the largest US sports betting market if the state’s 51% tax on revenues remains in place. DraftKings Co-Founder, CEO,...

Steve Bittenbender January 31, 2023
Ohio Casino Control Commission

DraftKings, Penn Seek Hearings in Ohio Over Sports Betting Rule Violations

Two gaming operators facing six-figure fines from the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) for violating the state’s sports betting regulations have requested hearings for their cases, an OCCC spokesperson tells Penn Sports Interactive, which operates Barstool Sportsbook, and DraftKings have made...

Steve Bittenbender January 31, 2023

GeoComply Seeks Injunction Against Geolocation Rival XPoint in Federal Court

UPDATE (1/31, 12:45 pm ET) - This story has been updated to include a comment from XPoint on GeoComply's motion for an injunction. GeoComply Solutions, a technology company that provides cybersecurity solutions to verify a user’s identity and location, is seeking an...

Steve Bittenbender January 30, 2023

Bob Baffert Seeks Injunction to Enter Horses in Kentucky Derby 149

The 2023 running of the Kentucky Derby, the biggest spectacle in US horse racing, is now less than 100 days away. However, there are a couple of key events taking place over the next month that will help shape the field. The...

Steve Bittenbender January 29, 2023
Jake Paul

Jake Paul Favored Over Tommy Fury in Feb. 26 Saudi Arabia Bout

It looks like the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight is finally back on again. Media reports Friday indicated the two sides have agreed to an eight-round fight on Feb. 26 in Saudi Arabia at 185 pounds. The two undefeated fighters were supposed to...

Steve Bittenbender January 28, 2023
Betfred Mohegan

Betfred Sportsbook at Mohegan Las Vegas Approved Two Years After Casino Opening

Mohegan Casino Las Vegas will finally get a sportsbook nearly two years after the property opened. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) awarded a sports betting license to Betfred. That decision came one day after the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended...

Steve Bittenbender January 27, 2023

PredictIt Gets Reprieve, for Now, as February 15 Liquidation Deadline Halted

Trades on political futures at PredictIt will be allowed to continue past February 15, at least temporarily, after a federal appeals court granted the online exchange an injunction on Thursday. The move by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals comes a...

Steve Bittenbender January 26, 2023
GeoComply Sainsbury

GeoComply Lands Investments to Help Tech Company Expand

GeoComply announced Wednesday that the company has received funding from venture capital firms. The moves will help the Canadian-based technology firm grow into new segments, the company stated. Norwest Venture Partners and Arctos Sports Partners were the firms providing the capital. The...

Steve Bittenbender January 25, 2023

Betfred Pays Out Bengals Super Bowl Futures Bets Weeks Before Big Game

Betfred placed a big bet for its launch in Ohio, and now the sports betting operator appears to be doubling down. On Wednesday, the British-based company announced that it would pay out all Super Bowl futures bets on the Cincinnati Bengals. That's...

Steve Bittenbender January 25, 2023

Adam Koenig, Ex-Kentucky Lawmaker, to Lead State Quarter Horse Group

With quarter horse racing about to start in Kentucky, an industry trade group had tabbed a former state lawmaker to serve as its first executive director. Adam Koenig has been hired to head up the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association (KQHRA), according...

Steve Bittenbender January 24, 2023

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