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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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Study of 100,000 Online Gamblers Shows Live Dealer Games Correlate With High Risk

July 10, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Slots are the gambling product most strongly associated with addictive behavior, but a new study of online gamblers in the United Kingdom suggests that some live dealer games aren’t far behind. Researchers from the UK and Australia teamed up with Kindred Group to assess the behavior of 100,000 UK users of Kindred’s Unibet brand of casino and sports betting […]

New Jersey Online Casinos Officially Receive Five-Year Extension

July 3, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

On June 30, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 2190 into law, officially extending the state’s online casino legislation for another five years. That means that New Jersey iGaming can continue until at least November 2028 but will need a further extension before then. The five-year extension represents a compromise between the Senate Budget […]

Rhode Island Online Poker Unlikely Due to Live Dealer Requirement

June 29, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Technically speaking, online poker became legal in Rhode Island alongside online casino gaming, but the odds of it becoming a reality are effectively zero under the current law. Much of the discussion about Rhode Island online poker has focused on its small population and the need for traffic sharing to make poker economically feasible. However, […]

NJ Assembly Budget Committee Wants Two More Years of Online Casinos, Not Ten

June 28, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

New Jersey’s need to grant its legal online casinos a 10-year extension seemed like a mere legislative formality, but the Assembly Budget Committee has added a wrinkle to the plot by amending the bill to extend the state’s iGaming law by only two years. The companion bill had already emerged from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee with the full extension […]

Notorious UltimateBet Lawyer Dan Friedberg Potentially Implicated in FTX Investigation

June 27, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Lawyer Dan Friedberg, whose reputation was tarnished in online poker’s biggest scandal over a decade ago, may also be implicated in deceptions carried out by failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Friedberg worked for UltimateBet during its super-user cheating scandal and subsequent implosion and was caught on tape assisting Russ Hamilton in his attempts to salvage the situation. More recently, he served […]

What American Schools Should Be Teaching Young People About Gambling

June 27, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

In the not-so-distant future, gambling education could become as common a feature of public school curriculums as sex and drug education are currently. Responsible gambling consultant and After Gambling Podcast host Jamie Salsburg says he expects it to become a trend in the US within 18 to 36 months. Yet, even sex education is a highly contentious […]

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