About the Author

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier. Cole writes for a number of online and print publications, including The Quill To Live, a book review site.

Massachusetts Moves Forward With Sports Betting Built Into Economic Development Legislation

July 27, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Massachusetts is expected to move forward with sports betting legalization. The state’s House of Representatives aims to expedite sports betting legislation in Massachusetts by including it in bill H.4854, an economic development package.  The $372 million bill would fund a number of assistance programs in Massachusetts, including job training and child care services alongside grants […]

Golden Nugget’s Online Casino Business Is Going Public

July 1, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

In a landmark move for the online casino industry, Landcadia Holdings II, Inc. announced plans this week to take Golden Nugget Online Gaming public. Golden Nugget Online Gaming owner Tilman Fertitta and Landcadia II, a special purpose acquisition company backed by Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. and Jefferies Financial Group Inc., announced the plans earlier this week […]

In Reversal, Las Vegas And Reno Casinos Now Require Visitors To Wear Masks

June 25, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a policy reversal requiring masks in all of Nevada’s public indoor spaces. Effective Friday, June 26, visitors to any public space must wear a mask, including in all Las Vegas and Reno casino properties.  Prior to the order, only casino staff were required to wear masks. Many casinos encouraged […]

A Look At Where 7 States Stand On Sports Betting Legalization

June 24, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

It’s been more than two years since the United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The decision lifted a federal ban on sports betting and paved the way for states to legalize sports betting on a state-by-state basis.  In the years following the PASPA ruling, […]

BetRivers Launches Illinois’ First Online Sportsbook

June 18, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

BetRivers launched its online sportsbook in Illinois today, making it the first digital sportsbook available in the Land of Lincoln. Bettors can register online through the Android App, mobile browser on an iOS device, or on desktop by heading to the BetRivers website. The sportsbook was developed by Rush Street Interactive. Rush Street Gaming owns […]

California Sports Betting Bill Receives League Support, But Tribes Vow To ‘Vigorously Fight’ Passage

June 10, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

California’s sports betting bill, approved last week by the state’s Senate Committee, has already garnered its fair share of opponents and supporters.  The bill, SCA-6, proposes an amendment to the California constitution that sets forth a framework and implementation details for legal sports betting in the state. If made into law, SCA-6 would allow California’s […]

Las Vegas Casinos Face Challenging Reopening Amid Dueling National Crises

June 5, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Las Vegas kicked off its reopening efforts this week, but turnout has so far been relatively sparse amid continuing Coronavirus concerns and nationwide political unrest.  The Nevada gambling hub expected to begin its reopening efforts after a hiatus exceeding two months due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. George Floyd’s death at the hands of police […]

Maryland Sports Betting Referendum Moves Forward In Mad Rush

May 20, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Maryland state legislators pushed through a sports betting referendum in a mad rush of legislation before its COVID-19 related adjournment. With Governor Larry Hogan’s signature, the Maryland sports betting referendum could move forward in November as planned. Maryland is looking to join many of its Northeastern neighbors in the legal sports betting arena. The Free […]