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.
Alex Weldon in the Media
- Dawn Wotapka’s Media Movers: Alex Weldon of Bonus, Talking Biz News, Nov 1, 2022
- Get to Know the Poker Media: Alex Weldon, Cardplayer Lifestyle, Aug 15, 2016
- Thinking Poker Podcast, Episode 135, Aug 4, 2015
- Chess is Just Poker Now, The Atlantic, Sep 17, 2022
- Flutter ‘Wholly Surprised’ by Bombshell $1.3 Billion Kentucky Supreme Court Ruling, Poker Industry Pro, Dec 18, 2020
- Poker’s Newest Face, University of Rochester, Sep 2014
Other Writing by Alex Weldon
- The Complex Reality Behind Problem Gambling Calls, PlayUSA, March 12, 2023
- CRYSTAL BALL: Catena Media Team Forecasts the Future of the US Online Poker Market, USPoker, June 24, 2020
Top Bonus.com Articles by Alex Weldon
- Penn State Study Shows Impact of Regulated Gambling on Black Market, March 30, 2023
- Projection: US Online Casino Revenue to Approach $6.5 Billion in 2023, Jan 31, 2023
- Gambling Advertising Overload Hurts the Chances of Further Expansion, Dec 21, 2022
- ‘I Should Have Won by Now!’ – The Mathematics of Losing Streaks, Nov 7, 2022
- The Chess World’s Latest Cheating Scandal Has Parallels to Poker, Sep 13, 2022
- Is Cryptocurrency Speculation Just Another Form of Unregulated Gambling?, July 28, 2022
Social Media & Professional Profiles
On June 1, US District Judge Robert Lasnik signed off on a $415 million class action settlement by DoubleDown Interactive and its former owner, International Game Technology (IGT). Social casino companies like DoubleDown have faced numerous suits alleging that their play money games constitute illegal gambling despite the lack of cash prizes. This is the largest settlement to date in such […]
In fiscal year 2022, nationwide U.S. spending on services to treat gambling addiction was just 38 cents per capita at the state level. There is no funding at all for such programs at the federal level. Moreover, some states struggle to spend what little money they have allocated to the problem. That average includes D.C. […]
Specific Wheel of Fortune-branded slots in New Jersey now pool the progressive jackpots of Atlantic City retail casinos and mobile casino apps available throughout the state. On May 31, slots supplier IGT announced the feature, the first of its kind anywhere in the US. The feature applies to the online Wheel of Fortune Triple Gold: Gold […]
The Stardust Casino brand is back for New Jersey online gamblers, but it’s a somewhat different product than it was to start the year. The new Stardust is under the full control of the brand’s owner, Boyd Gaming, while its former online casino partner FanDuel is out of the picture. At the same time, Pala Casino no longer exists as a real-money […]
Dime-sized side bets paid out over $1.1 million in two days for two lucky DraftKings slots players in West Virginia. One user won over $670,000 on May 20 while playing on 5 Treasures, and another won over $453,000 on Ultra Blazing Fire Link the following day. Both prizes came by way of ten-cent side bets on DraftKings’ unique cross-genre […]
Authorities may have gotten to the bottom of a cyber-attack against DraftKings in November, which resulted in the theft of about $600,000 from user accounts. Joseph Garrison, 18, of Wisconsin, surrendered to the FBI in New York City on May 18, 2023. The United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced the arrest later the same […]
Charles Town Races has overtaken the Greenbrier for the online casino market lead in West Virginia. The bulk of Charles Town’s revenue can be assumed to come from DraftKings. The only other brand on the license is PointsBet, typically a bit player. That switch comes amidst what was otherwise a slow month of April for US online casinos. Across […]
Evolution has announced a ten-year extension to its partnership with Galaxy Gaming, which will enhance its live dealer offerings in the US market. Galaxy creates table game content for the retail casino industry. Users of online live dealer games in the US will be most familiar with its patented side bets for blackjack, but more exotic games could […]
The Texas sports betting legislation that passed in the House of Representatives last week won’t get heard in the Senate, says Lieutenant-Governor Dan Patrick. It’s the latest gambling expansion effort to fall victim to partisan politics. Patrick said the two-part legislative package – consisting of a bill and a joint resolution for a constitutional amendment – won’t […]
According to his family, the legendary Doyle Brunson passed away over the weekend. He was 89 years old and would have celebrated his 90th birthday in August. No cause of death has been revealed. His longevity was as impressive as his performance over the felt, with “Texas Dolly” having already survived four surgeries in a battle with […]