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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809 stories by Steve Bittenbender

college football 2020

US Sportsbooks Halt College Football Betting as Big Ten, PAC-12 Reportedly Suspend Fall Seasons

Right now, there are more questions than answers when it comes to the upcoming college football season. Sports radio host Dan Patrick reported Monday morning on his show that there’s no consensus between the Power 5 conferences in the sport. Reports came...

Steve Bittenbender August 10, 2020
Tiz the Law Derby

After Great Travers Run, Tiz the Law Likely to be Heavy Kentucky Derby Favorite

The Kentucky Derby is now less than four weeks away, and the final major weekend of prep races produced a couple of dominating performances. On Saturday, Tiz the Law cemented his status as the Derby favorite with an electric stretch run in...

Steve Bittenbender August 10, 2020
BetAmerica Pennsylvania

BetAmerica Announces $250K Online Slot Winner, Launches Virtual NBA Game

A Pennsylvania woman is a quarter-million dollars richer, thanks to playing BetAmerica’s online casino in her home state. The $250,000 cash prize is the largest single-spin win since the online sports betting and gaming company owned by Churchill Downs Inc. launched its...

Steve Bittenbender August 9, 2020
DraftKings Illinois

GeoComply Technology Allows DraftKings Illinois Customers to Enroll from Casino Parking Lot

When DraftKings launched its mobile sports betting product in Illinois earlier this week, some raised concerns about visiting a casino during a pandemic in order to register. However, thanks to a technology vendor, customers can sign up for mobile anywhere at the...

Steve Bittenbender August 9, 2020
Sahara COVID-19

Sahara Accused of Violating COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines After Reopening

Sahara Las Vegas faces potential fines from the Nevada Gaming Commission after the Gaming Control Board filed an 18-page complaint this week. The board charged the Strip resort for not upholding state guidelines on social distancing or crowd control. Like other Strip...

Steve Bittenbender August 8, 2020
Max Player Travers

Bettors and Investors Take Stock of Max Player Entering Saturday’s Travers Stakes

There are a couple of ways you can show your support for your horse on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. You can bet on them when they enter a Derby prep race, like Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Or you can...

Steve Bittenbender August 8, 2020
Kentucky cockfighting

Animal Welfare Group Wants Feds to Investigate Seven Kentuckians on Cockfighting Allegations

For years, Kentucky has been known as the epicenter of horse racing, as numerous champion thoroughbreds have been born and bred in the Bluegrass State. However, on Thursday, an animal welfare group said the state is also a top breeding hub for...

Steve Bittenbender August 7, 2020

ZenSports Acquires Option to Buy Nevada Casino, Sets Stage for First US Sports Betting Exchange

The goal to get a sports betting exchange in the US took one pretty significant step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday. That's when ZenSports, an American company that runs an international online exchange, announced a deal with Strategic Gaming Management (SGM)....

Steve Bittenbender August 6, 2020
DraftKings Illinois

DraftKings Launches Retail, Mobile Sports Betting in Illinois, William Hill Opens Chicago-Area Sportsbook

On Wednesday, after much fanfare and anticipation, DraftKings became the fourth sports betting operator to go live in Illinois, as the sports gaming technology company opened a retail sportsbook at the DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis. DraftKings also became...

Steve Bittenbender August 5, 2020
PointsBet Bally's

PointsBet Sets Online Casino Deal in New Jersey, Lands Indiana Pacers Partnership

Australian-based gaming company PointsBet has been busy making announcements for its American-based operations. On Thursday, it said its New Jersey subsidiary reached a 10-year agreement with Twin River Management Group to serve as an iGaming skin in New Jersey. The deal, however,...

Steve Bittenbender August 5, 2020