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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1621 stories by Steve Bittenbender

Scott Frost

New Podcast Series Highlights Diversity of Underground Gamblers, Shows Winning Traits

A new podcast series focuses on the lives of professional underground gamblers. The podcast goes inside the world of professional gambling and attempts to show what traits make these players successful. Gamblers is hosted by David Hill, a veteran writer on gambling....

Steve Bittenbender November 22, 2020
EBCI Caesars

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Exclusive Window to Purchase Caesars Southern Indiana

Caesars Southern Indiana casino may soon find itself under new ownership. Earlier this month, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians signed a letter of intent with Caesars Entertainment Inc. that gives the tribal nation an exclusive 45-day window to negotiate a purchase...

Steve Bittenbender November 22, 2020
Cincinnati Councilman Sittenfeld

Feds Say Cincinnati Councilmen Sought Bribes to Support Project Tied to Sports Betting

For the second time this month, federal prosecutors have announced charges against a sitting member of the Cincinnati City Council for soliciting bribes on projects. One of those projects included an endeavor tied to sports betting. City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was...

Steve Bittenbender November 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Woman Out of Work By Pandemic Wins $443,000 Online Slot Jackpot

Just in time for the holidays, a 40-year-old Pennsylvania mother of three unemployed for seven months became the latest big winner on BetRivers online casino. The Allentown woman was playing the Divine Fortune slot machine on her mobile phone when her $3...

Steve Bittenbender November 21, 2020
Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo

Bally’s to Close Rhode Island Casinos Later This Month, Per Governor’s Order

Add Rhode Island to this list of states closing its casinos again because of the COVID-19 crisis. But Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) on Thursday gave them and other businesses forced to shut down sometime to prepare. Casinos, gyms, recreational facilities, and, if...

Steve Bittenbender November 20, 2020
Billy Walters

Billy Walters Claims Feds Violated His Civil Rights By Leaking Grand Jury Information

Lawyers for Billy Walters sent letters to US Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this week. The lawyers urged them to investigate the former federal prosecutors and agents involved in the retired sports bettor’s insider trading conviction. The...

Steve Bittenbender November 19, 2020
Rockets Trade

Harden, Westbrook Reportedly Want Out of Houston, Citing Rockets Owner Fertitta’s Politics

Last season, the Houston Rockets were one of NBA’s best teams. But now they could be on the verge of a dramatic breakup. That could be because of the team's owner Tilman Fertitta's ties to President Trump and the Republican Party. James...

Steve Bittenbender November 18, 2020
World Series of Poker New Jersey

WSOP Main Event Players May Face COVID Quarantine Request in New Jersey

Players heading to New Jersey to take part in next month’s World Series of Poker Main Event may be asked to stay in their hotel rooms for the duration of their trip to the Garden State. That’s because New Jersey has one...

Steve Bittenbender November 17, 2020
Pete Rose baseball betting

Pete Rose Still Bets on Baseball, Says Likely No Hall of Fame While Alive

Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hit king who was exiled from the sport for more than 30 years by a betting scandal, admitted to Fox News’ Jim Gray that he still places wagers on the game. In a taped interview that first appeared...

Steve Bittenbender November 16, 2020
Michigan casino closure

Michigan to Shut Down Detroit Casinos for At Least Three Weeks as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Casinos in Detroit will be going on a three-week shutdown starting on Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday. The casino closure is part of an enhanced effort to control the spread of COVID-19, which, as it has across the country, has...

Steve Bittenbender November 15, 2020