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, 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 with his wife and son, 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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1334 stories by Steve Bittenbender

New York sports betting

New York Sets Final Tax Rates for Online Sports Betting; Amended Bids Due Monday

New York has moved one step closer to rolling out statewide mobile sports betting. But questions still remain about the number of operators that will be selected and just how high the tax rate will go. Tom Precious, Albany bureau chief for...

Steve Bittenbender October 20, 2021
Bally's Evansville

Bally’s Evansville Reopens Casino After Tech Outage Forced Closure

Bally’s Evansville reopened late Tuesday morning after the Indiana casino closed down unexpectedly on Monday. Diane Spiers, the executive director of public relations for Bally’s Corp., told Tuesday that the casino reopened at 11 am CT. The Evansville Courier & Press...

Steve Bittenbender October 19, 2021
Florida sports betting

Federal Judge Dismisses Florida Sports Betting Lawsuit Against Gov. DeSantis

A federal judge in Florida late Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by two pari-mutuel operators. That lawsuit sought to stop the state from enforcing a revised gaming compact that allows the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer sports betting across the state....

Steve Bittenbender October 19, 2021
Yaamava casino career expo

Yaamava Casino to Hold Virtual Forum on Gaming, Hospitality Careers

The Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel will hold a free virtual career development event on Monday and Tuesday for people considering careers in the gaming and hospitality sector. The Highland, Calif., casino is owned and operated by the San Manuel...

Steve Bittenbender October 17, 2021
Terre Haute casinos

Indiana Gaming Commission Reveals More Data About Terre Haute Casino Candidates

New information was released this past week by the Indiana Gaming Commission on the Terre Haute casino license project. It shows that the four bidders project their proposed developments will create between 400 to 800 new jobs. Additionally, it will generate adjusted...

Steve Bittenbender October 17, 2021
Caesars Southern Indiana

Caesars Southern Indiana Ushers In Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to Commercial Gaming

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), the new owners of Caesars Southern Indiana, celebrated their first venture into commercial gaming with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the casino resort across the river from Louisville. EBCI Holdings, the tribe’s commercial gaming arm, took...

Steve Bittenbender October 14, 2021
Southwest cancellations

Southwest Airlines Cancels Nearly 2,000 Weekend Flights, More Than 200 in Vegas

A long weekend was made even longer for thousands of people who booked flights with Southwest Airlines. The popular low-cost carrier canceled more than 1,900 flights on Saturday and Sunday, with 2,250 more delayed. A post on the airline's Twitter feed Saturday...

Steve Bittenbender October 10, 2021
MLS player sports betting

MLS Suspends Felipe Hernandez for Betting on League Play; Sporting KC Offers Support

Major League Soccer on Friday announced that it suspended a player from Sporting Kansas City for at least the remainder of the season. That's after he admitted to betting on two league matches that did not involve his squad. An MLS statement...

Steve Bittenbender October 9, 2021
Hard Rock Chicago

Hard Rock Reconsidering Chicago Bid, Also Open to Las Vegas Casino Purchase

LAS VEGAS – Could there be a second company interested in bidding for the Chicago casino license? If so, that second company could be Hard Rock International. Jim Allen, Hard Rock’s chairman and Seminole Gaming’s CEO, told reporters at the Global Gaming...

Steve Bittenbender October 7, 2021
Terre Haute casino support

Hard Rock Terre Haute Casino Proposal Supported By Indiana Community’s Leaders

If officials in Terre Haute, Ind., had their way, the casino that would be coming to the west central Indiana town would be a Hard Rock. Last month, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, the Vigo County Council, and all three members...

Steve Bittenbender October 5, 2021