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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912 stories by Steve Bittenbender

Jason Robins DraftKings

DraftKings Robins Honored as US Executive of the Year at 2020 Global Gaming Awards

On Wednesday, Jason Robins, the co-founder, CEO, and chairman of the board for DraftKings, turned 40. The day before he tweeted how his life changed over the past decade, which included creating the fantasy sports company that’s now become a sports betting...

Steve Bittenbender October 29, 2020
Baffert drug testing

Another Baffert Horse Tests Positive for Banned Substance, California Board Calls Justify Hearing

Less than a week after reports that one of his top fillies failed a drug test after the Kentucky Oaks, legendary horse racing trainer Bob Baffert was again in the news Tuesday. Reports revealed another horse tested positive for an illegal substance....

Steve Bittenbender October 28, 2020
Tropicana Evansville Twin Rivers

Twin River, GLPI Buy Tropicana Evansville from Caesars in $480M Deal

Caesars Entertainment Inc. announced Tuesday that it has reached a deal to sell its Tropicana Evansville casino in Indiana to Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) and Twin River Worldwide Holdings. The complex deal is valued at nearly half a billion dollars. Under...

Steve Bittenbender October 28, 2020
G2E Miller

AGA’s Miller Kicks Off Virtual G2E, Says US Gaming Strong Despite COVID-19

Even as COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty to the country, the economy, and the gaming industry in America, the head of the country’s leading trade organization for casinos opened the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and said he sees a bright...

Steve Bittenbender October 27, 2020
Vegas casino layoffs

Penn National Gaming’s M Resort, Tropicana Las Vegas Announce More Layoffs

A Nevada economy still in the doldrums from the COVID-19 crisis received some more bad news in recent days. Two Las Vegas-area casinos operated by Penn National Gaming announced more layoffs. Last Wednesday, the M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson reported to...

Steve Bittenbender October 27, 2020
Boyd cashless gaming

Boyd Debuts Cashless Gaming at Blue Chip, Plans Casino Expansion, Mobile Apps

On Monday, Boyd Gaming has taken its first step into cashless gaming. The casino partnered with Aristocrat Technologies for a pilot project at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind. Depending on how the Blue Chip initiative fares, and with proper...

Steve Bittenbender October 27, 2020
Washington sports betting

DC Appeals Court Tosses Lawsuit Against $215M No-Bid Intralot Sports Betting Contract

An appeals court panel in the District of Columbia on Thursday ruled that a case brought by a Washington resident against the District regarding its sports betting contract with Intralot should be dismissed for lack of standing. Dylan Carragher brought forward the...

Steve Bittenbender October 25, 2020

Baffert’s Attorney Calls for Changes in Horse Racing Drug Policies After Gamine Test

An attorney for legendary thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert issued a statement Friday claiming a New York Times report regarding a failed drug test for Gamine after the Kentucky Oaks was “inaccurate and needs to be cleared up.” Craig Robertson, a Lexington, Ky....

Steve Bittenbender October 24, 2020
Big Ten IU football

DraftKings Refunds Some Penn State Bets After Indiana Pulls Out Upset

The first weekend of Big Ten college football action provided some big upsets – attaboy, Rutgers -- as well as a dramatic and controversial finish that ended up prompting DraftKings to refund some bets. Perhaps the game of this season took place...

Steve Bittenbender October 24, 2020
social casino lawsuit

Federal Lawsuits Claim Apple, Google Profit from Social Gaming Apps Illegal in Alabama

Two lawsuits were filed in an Alabama federal court Wednesday against Google and Apple. The matters claim the tech giants allow residents in the southern state to download apps and gamble illegally. The plaintiffs want a judge to grant class-action status to...

Steve Bittenbender October 22, 2020