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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California Tribal Gaming Group Supports Mobile Sports Betting Measure for ’22 Ballot

California tribal gaming leaders have officially endorsed a second sports betting measure that proponents want to put before voters later this year. The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) announced Tuesday that its members backed “The Age-Verified Tribal Online and In-Person Sports...

Steve Bittenbender February 15, 2022

New York Mobile Sports Betting Nearly Hits $2B in Handle in First 30 Days

New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow believes it’s time to give the state another nickname: “The Sports Betting Capital of the World.” The world might be an exaggeration. However, in the first 30 days, New York has definitely lived up to the expectations...

Steve Bittenbender February 14, 2022
Aaron Donald celebrates

Super Bowl Bets: More Than 5.6M Legal Accounts Accessed, According to GeoComply

Data from a leading technology vendor to mobile sports operators shows that 5.6 million legal sports betting accounts were accessed over Super Bowl weekend. That’s nearly double the total from last year, according to cybersecurity solutions provider GeoComply. Accessing an account does...

Steve Bittenbender February 14, 2022
Purdue Pete

Indiana Sports Betting Handle Sets New Record, Tops $500M in January

Indiana sportsbooks set another record in January, as they broke the $500 million handle barrier for the first time. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) reported the state’s mobile operators and brick-and-mortar sites took $500.1 million in bets. That broke the previous record,...

Steve Bittenbender February 13, 2022
Geoconda Argüello-Kline

Geoconda Argüello-Kline Steps Down from Top Spot at Nevada Casino Workers Union

A key leader in the union representing thousands of Nevada casino workers has announced her retirement. The Culinary Union announced Friday that Geoconda Argüello-Kline was stepping down as the labor group’s secretary-treasurer, a position which she held for the past 10 years....

Steve Bittenbender February 12, 2022
Fubo deals

Fubo Gaming Announces Deals for Sports Betting Access Rights in Four States

It’s been a big week for Fubo Sportsbook. The sports betting operation of sports-centric streaming service fuboTV announced deals granting them access to licenses in four states. On Thursday, Fubo Gaming said it reached a new deal with Caesars Entertainment that gives...

Steve Bittenbender February 12, 2022
Mattress Mack

Super Bowl: Mattress Mack Bets $5M More on Bengals, Drake Drops Bitcoin on Rams

Houston businessman Jim McIngvale, known better as “Mattress Mack,” made history Friday when he wagered $5 million on the underdog Cincinnati Bengals to win Sunday’s Super Bowl. The furniture store owner’s bet with Caesars Sportsbook is the largest ever placed with a...

Steve Bittenbender February 11, 2022
New York Attorney General Letitia James

New York Attorney General Tells Residents Mobile Sportsbooks May ‘Mislead’ Them

New York State Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert to residents Thursday afternoon. Just days before Super Bowl LVIII, she warned residents to watch out for so-called “scammers” in online sports betting. The announcement comes a month after the first...

Steve Bittenbender February 11, 2022
Kentucky state capitol

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Gets Strong Bipartisan Support in New Survey

Nearly two-thirds of Kentuckians surveyed said they support legalizing sports betting in the state. That’s according to a survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for Kentucky Sports Betting Now, the results of which were released Thursday. The poll finds sports betting enjoys...

Steve Bittenbender February 10, 2022
Interior Dept

Seminole-Florida Sports Betting Lawsuit Sees US Interior Explain Case for Appeal

The US Department of the Interior and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland filed a statement in federal court Wednesday. The papers detail why they're appealing a judge’s ruling that rejected the amended gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and state officials....

Steve Bittenbender February 10, 2022