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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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    Evolution to Bring Livespins ‘Bet Behind’ Slots Streaming Product to US Market

    February 15, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    Casino players in the US will soon be enjoying slots in a new, more interactive way, thanks to Evolution’s acquisition of Livespins. The deal, announced last week, saw Evolution—the largest supplier of live dealer products to the US market—acquire the startup for €5 million plus future performance-based consideration. Bonus spoke with Livespins CCO Michael Pedersen, who said that the US […]

    West Virginia Responsible Gaming and Research Act Would Require Gambling Operators to Share Data With Researchers

    February 13, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    West Virginia is considering legislation that would compel gambling operators to share data with academics for responsible gaming research purposes. It’s a move that harm reduction advocates have been calling for, and the Mountain State now has a chance to lead the way. HB5668 appeared in the House on Feb. 13, aiming to create the West Virginia Responsible […]

    West Flagler SCOTUS Appeal—What’s at Stake?

    February 9, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    West Flagler Associates filed its request for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to hear its Florida sports betting case on Feb. 8, 2024, the last day allowable under the extension it obtained in December. Many of those following the case believe that it’s unlikely that SCOTUS will grant the appeal in light of […]

    WynnBet’s 2023 Losses Include $94.5M Write-Off for Intangible Brand Devaluation

    February 9, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    Wynn Resorts reported a $276.6 million loss for its Interactive Division in 2023, roughly one-third of which comes from a drop in the assessed value of the division itself. The company’s Q4 and year-end 2023 results show a $94.5 million write-off for “goodwill impairment and intangible assets.” In finance speak, “goodwill and intangible assets” equates to what the […]

    West Virginia Online Poker Launch Delayed, Still Anticipated Some Time in 2024

    The West Virginia Lottery appears to have given up on the prospect of an online poker launch within the first quarter of 2024 but remains hopeful for the prospects later in the year. The Lottery’s Executive Director, John Myers, told our colleagues at PlayWV as much earlier this week. The Lottery regulates all online gambling sites in the […]

    Online Gambling Policy—Enthusiasm for Collaboration Swells on Both Sides of the Atlantic

    February 7, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    Trans-Atlantic collaboration is quickly becoming a trending topic in the world of online gambling policy. On Monday, Feb. 5, the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) announced that it would enlist the help of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) in preparing its model iGaming legislation. The following day, the UKGC’s Executive Director Tim Miller told […]

    PredictIt Lawsuit: How a Battle Over Venue Might Determine the Fate of US Election Betting

    January 31, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    PredictIt and its co-plaintiffs have asked a federal court in Texas to postpone the case’s transfer to the District of Columbia while petitioning the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene. The US District Court for the Western District of Texas ordered the transfer on Jan. 16, 2024, at the request of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In […]

    Hawaii Gambling Bill—Senator Proposes Single-Operator Online Poker & Sports Betting for Wildfire Relief

    January 26, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    Hawaii could legalize online gambling in a limited way in 2024 despite not being high on anyone’s list of states likely to do so. Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi has introduced a bill to create a single-operator market for online poker and sports betting. As it stands, Hawaii has no legal gambling whatsoever. It is almost unique in that regard, with Utah […]

    Betr Casino Coming to Pennsylvania—Jake Paul’s Sportsbook Announces iGaming Expansion Plans

    January 23, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

    Sports betting newcomer Betr has announced its expansion plans for 2024, which include making its online casino debut in Pennsylvania. Betr hit the scene last year as a collaboration between online gambling entrepreneur Joey Levy and social media personality and boxer Jake Paul.  Paul leveraged his YouTube fame to get eyes on his professional boxing debut in […]

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