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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1569 stories by Steve Bittenbender

Crosswinds Casino

Kansas Attorney General Takes Wyandotte Casino Ruling to Federal Appeals Court

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and four entities filed an appeal Friday in their case against the federal government regarding a tribal casino near Wichita. The filing in the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals comes after a Kansas federal district judge...

Steve Bittenbender August 22, 2021
Cedar Rapids casino

Effort Underway to Support Second Cedar Rapids Casino Referendum in Eight Years

Business and community leaders in Iowa’s second-biggest county are starting to promote an upcoming referendum that could finally bring a casino to the Cedar Rapids area. Earlier this month, the Linn County Gaming Association (LCGA) revealed the five local leaders who will...

Steve Bittenbender August 22, 2021
Sara Gonso Tait Indiana

Top Indiana Gaming Official to Step Down, Oversaw Massive Spectacle Probe

Sara Gonso Tait will step down as the executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Friday. Tait was appointed to the position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the commission by then-Gov. Mike Pence in June 2015....

Steve Bittenbender August 22, 2021
Hard Rock Northern Indiana

Hard Rock Northern Indiana Gets Much-Needed Certainty After Spectacle

After months of hearings, orders, and discussions, Hard Rock Northern Indiana’s ownership issues have been settled. Florida-based Hard Rock International is taking control of the state’s newest casino from its partner in the venture, a company that has been mired in an...

Steve Bittenbender August 22, 2021
Powerball Mondays

Powerball Third Weekly Draw Starts Monday; Mass. Man Claims $500K Just in Time

The $290 million Powerball jackpot didn’t go out on Saturday night. But now players will get an extra chance to win each week, as the multi-state lottery goes to three draws a week, starting on Monday. The jackpot for the historic Monday...

Steve Bittenbender August 21, 2021
Tipico Denver

Tipico Launches Sports Betting App in Colorado, May Pick Denver for US Tech Hub

Tipico, a German-based sportsbook operator, had a busy day in Colorado Thursday. First, the company announced that its mobile sports betting app had been approved by the Colorado Division of Gaming and went live statewide. The Centennial State is the second US...

Steve Bittenbender August 20, 2021
Harry Reid

Billy Walters Contributes $1M to Rename McCarran Int’l Airport for Harry Reid

The quest to rename McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after former US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid picked up steam – and some serious cash – on Thursday. That's when retired gambler Billy Walters and his wife, Susan, made a $1...

Steve Bittenbender August 19, 2021
Caesars Southern Indiana

Caesars Southern Indiana $250M Sale to EBCI Holdings Gets State Approval

The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) approved the sale of Caesars Southern Indiana to a new venture formed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Wednesday. Caesars Entertainment announced on Dec. 24 that it reached a deal to sell the Elizabeth, Ind.,...

Steve Bittenbender August 19, 2021
Florida sports betting

Seminoles Still Moving Forward on Florida Sports Betting After Second Lawsuit Filed

Seminole Gaming officials continue to focus on the upcoming launch of statewide sports betting in Florida, a spokesperson told Wednesday. That's even as two other gaming companies have filed their second federal suit seeking to halt the plan. On Monday, the...

Steve Bittenbender August 18, 2021
Nevada venue vaccines

Las Vegas Raiders Require Vaccination Proof After Gov. Steve Sisolak Gives Venues Option

On Monday evening, the Las Vegas Raiders became the first NFL team to announce that anyone wishing to enter Allegiant Stadium must show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine before being admitted. It’s a move that would enable the 65,000-seat stadium to...

Steve Bittenbender August 17, 2021