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
Connecticut is now the fastest-growing online casino market in the US, reaching a 57% annual growth rate in May. Until now, West Virginia has been the state known for its small population but explosive iGaming growth rate, but it is finally showing signs of slowing down. It and Michigan both experienced the worst monthly drop in daily average […]
Andrew Robl has accused fellow poker professional Martin Kabrhel of marking cards in World Series of Poker Event #40 and “every tournament” the two have ever played together. The event in question was the $250,000 Super High Roller, so a lot of money was at stake. Kabrhel finished third, winning nearly $2.3 million, while Robl failed to […]
Lottery winners defrauded of their fortunes by lawyer Jason Kurland and his associates received some measure of justice last week. US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis handed Kurland a stiff 13-year sentence for wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, and money laundering. Kurland had maintained his innocence while his three co-defendants all pleaded guilty. One, Christopher Chierchio, received a 5-year sentence from […]
A federal jury in Chicago has found James T. Weiss guilty on multiple counts of fraud, bribery, and making false statements to the FBI. Weiss is the manager of Collage LLC, a company manufacturing retail gaming devices, which it claims are a form of sweepstakes, legal under federal law. The charges against him stem from accusations that he […]
Over 7,000 internet subforums (or “subreddits”) on Reddit – including several for the gambling community – have switched from public to private in protest over site policy changes. Bonus found the popular r/poker and three other subreddits dedicated to specific games participating in the Reddit blackout. The en masse switch from public to private caused technical difficulties for Reddit. It suffered roughly […]
A study commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue (RIDOR) projects that Bally’s proposed single-operator online casino market would generate $69.3 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the first year. It expects that to grow to $111.3 million by the fifth year. The state’s cumulative share over those five years would be $162.6 million, based on a 51% […]
Pennsylvania online gamblers players now have a new option in Bally Casino Pennsylvania, which had its public soft-launch on June 8. Earlier in the week, it began accepting some players on an invitational basis for its test period. It’s the first online casino in Pennsylvania to go live as a “qualified gaming entity” (QGE), meaning its iGaming […]
Free-to-play sports prediction site Fliff is the target of a class action suit in California, alleging that it constitutes an illegal sportsbook. Fliff employs the same model as sweepstakes social casinos like Chumba and Pulsz but allows users to stake virtual cash on the outcome of real-world sporting events rather than on slots and other casino games. […]
The architects of an ill-fated 2021 merger between Lottery.com owner AutoLotto and the special purpose acquisitions company Trident Acquisitions are facing class action lawsuits in the Chancery Court of Delaware. The deal made Lottery.com a publicly-traded entity, but share values for the lottery courier service began to plummet almost immediately. Revelations of financial deception, executive resignations, and shareholder […]
International Game Technology (IGT) will enjoy 10 more years of exclusivity over the real money gaming rights to Wheel of Fortune, one of the most valuable brands in casino games. The company announced on June 5 that it had signed a new licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television, which owns the famous game show and its associated intellectual property. IGT […]