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Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon is an online gambling industry analyst with nearly ten years of experience. He currently serves as Casino News Managing Editor for Bonus.com, part of the Catena Media Network. Other gambling news sites he has contributed to include PlayUSA and Online Poker Report, and his writing has been cited in The Atlantic.

Who is Alex Weldon?

Alex Weldon is an expert on regulated US online gambling who serves as the Casino News Managing Editor for Bonus.com. He began writing about the online gambling industry professionally in 2014. Prior to that, he was a semi-professional poker player, board game designer and video game writer.

Working for Catena Media, he has also served as Managing Editor at Online Poker Report and contributed to PlayUSA, Michigan Sharp and NJGamblingSites.

Before joining Catena, he wrote for Part Time Poker and managed the GameIntel Poker Update, a subscription newsletter for industry executives, tracking and explaining changes in poker site traffic. A degree in astrophysics from Queen’s University has provided him with a solid mathematical foundation for analyzing gambling trends in a quantitative way.

Alex provides insightful content on the regulated online casino and poker industries, with an emphasis on legislation, regulation, responsible gambling and business strategy. His writing about poker has been cited by The Atlantic and has earned him multiple nominations for the American Poker Awards over the years.

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AGA Tunes Marketing Standards, Reflecting Move Away From ‘Risk-Free’ Language

March 28, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has updated its Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering for the first time since its creation in 2019. The changes reflect adjustments already being made by operators and regulators in response to media criticism. These include a ban on using the words “risk-free” and most college partnerships. The AGA is a trade […]

New Jersey’s Gambling Treatment Court Bill Begins Its Way Through the Assembly

March 24, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

A bill to create gambling treatment diversion courts (GTDCs) is starting to make its way through the New Jersey Assembly. On Monday, March 20, the Tourism, Gaming & the Arts Committee voted unanimously to advance bill A420 after considering testimony from various stakeholders. These stakeholders included retired judge Cheryl Moss, who presided over a similar court producing successful results in Nevada. She was […]

Maryland Online Casino Bill Misses Crossover Deadline

March 22, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

With the Maryland legislature’s crossover deadline now passed, the odds of progress for the online casino effort this year have gone from slim to almost zero. Technically speaking, SB 267 is still alive for the time being. However, missing the deadline means more procedural hurdles and, more importantly, a lack of political will to advance it. […]

Michigan Close to Besting New Jersey in Per Capita Online Casino Revenue

March 21, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

New Jersey has always been the top-performing online gambling state in per capita terms, but that may be about to change. Michigan online casinos and poker rooms won just under 53 cents per resident per day in February, compared to 55 cents for New Jersey. At current growth rates, the two will be neck-and-neck in March, and Michigan could […]

California Court Dismisses Class Action Suit by Skillz Investors

March 9, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

A federal court in Northern California has dismissed a class action lawsuit by investors against Skillz, a mobile “skill gaming” company. The plaintiffs had accused the company of violating the Securities Exchange Act by misrepresenting or omitting facts to paint an exaggerated picture of its performance. Chief US District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled that they had failed to plead their […]

NorthStar Gaming Now Publicly Traded as TSXV:BET Following Reverse Takeover

March 7, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Investors will shortly be able to purchase shares in Ontario’s homegrown online gambling operator NorthStar Gaming. The company announced on Mar. 3 that it had completed the reverse takeover process it was undergoing to become a publicly-traded corporation. Technically speaking, the former NorthStar Gaming is now a subsidiary of another company, Baden Resources, which has now taken on […]

Flutter to Pay $4 Million to SEC for Alleged Due Diligence Failures by PokerStars in Russia

March 7, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Flutter has agreed to pay a $4 million settlement to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for alleged due diligence failures relating to PokerStars‘ lobbying efforts in Russia. It’s the second time PokerStars’ gray market history has returned to haunt its new owner, following a much larger settlement with Kentucky in 2021. Flutter’s shares trade on the London Stock Exchange, so it isn’t […]

Oklahoma Tribes Fail to Block Lottery Tickets With Online Component

March 3, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

A federal court in Oklahoma has sided with Gov. J. Kevin Stitt, ruling that recent changes to the state’s gambling laws don’t violate its tribal gaming compacts. In his official capacity as Governor, Stitt was the defendant in a suit brought by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes over two separate changes dating back to 2017 and 2018. The latter has […]

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