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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Daniel Wallach

Seminole Tribe Slammed For Taking Sports Bets in Florida Despite Judge’s Order

UPDATE (10:45 pm ET) - This article has been updated in response to the federal appeals court's decision Friday night against the Seminole Tribe of Florida. SECAUCUS, NJ – A leading gaming attorney has said that the continued operation of the Hard...

Steve Bittenbender December 3, 2021
Hard Rock hotel

Florida Sports Betting Case: Pari-Mutuels Say Seminoles Knew Compact was ‘Dubious’

Lawyers for two Florida pari-mutuel operators urged a federal appellate court Tuesday not to reverse a lower court’s decision nullifying a mobile sports betting compact. That's because they claim the injuries tribal leaders claim were “self-inflicted.” The issue surrounds a challenge to...

Steve Bittenbender December 1, 2021
Borgata jackpot winner

Borgata Website Sees NJ Woman Take Home US Record $3.5M iGaming Slot Jackpot

The holiday weekend was an especially good one for a New Jersey woman, who picked up her $3.5 million check from the Borgata Online Casino after snagging the biggest-ever US iGaming jackpot. Dori B. took home the check after recently playing the...

Steve Bittenbender November 30, 2021
Everi Holdings

Everi Seeks Dismissal or Nevada Move in Sightline Cashless Gaming Patent Lawsuit

Everi Holdings responded last week to a lawsuit in a Texas federal court filed nearly two months ago by Sightline Payments. The Texas-based company seeks to dismiss the case or at least get it moved to Nevada. Sightline filed the lawsuit on...

Steve Bittenbender November 29, 2021
New York sign

New York Update: Mobile Sports Betting Regs Posted, Downstate Casino Questions Answered

Another key milestone toward mobile sports betting apps going live in New York took place this past week. On Wednesday, regulations approved by the state’s Gaming Commission earlier this month were posted in the State Register. The Register is a weekly publication...

Steve Bittenbender November 29, 2021
Florida sign

Seminole Tribe ‘Misleading the Court’ in Florida Sports Betting Case, Lawyer Claims

An attorney representing two Florida-based pari-mutuel operators that won a federal court ruling earlier this week told Friday that the tribe is “trying to have it both ways.” That's as it appeals the decision to throw out the amended gaming compact...

Steve Bittenbender November 26, 2021
Colts football

Caesars Sportsbook and Indianapolis Colts Team for $500 Season Ticket Rebate Promo

A first-of-its-kind partnership was unveiled earlier this week, when Caesars Sportsbook and the Indianapolis Colts announced a deal giving fans a $500 discount for season tickets to next year’s Colts games. That's in exchange for opening an account with the sports betting...

Steve Bittenbender November 26, 2021
Florida Sports betting

(UPDATE) Florida Sports Betting Case Judge Denies Seminole Stay, Tribe Takes Request to Appeals Court

UPDATE (3:45 pm ET) - This article has been updated to include information on the Seminole Tribe of Florida's emergency appeal to the District of Columbia US Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay of US District Judge Dabney Friedrich's order.  A...

Steve Bittenbender November 25, 2021
Seminole Gaming

Seminole Tribe Appeals Federal Ruling, Seeks Stay in Florida Sports Betting Case

The Seminole Tribe of Florida said on Tuesday it will appeal a decision a federal judge handed down the night prior. That federal ruling set aside an amended gaming compact the tribal nation reached with Florida officials earlier this year. In addition...

Steve Bittenbender November 24, 2021
Calder Casino

Churchill Downs Incorporated Sells Most of Calder Casino Property for $291M

Churchill Downs Incorporated on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to sell more than 115 acres of land it owns at the Calder Casino in Miami Gardens, Fla., for $291 million. The Louisville-based gaming company said in a statement that Link...

Steve Bittenbender November 23, 2021