About the Author
Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is the lead writer at Bonus, concentrating on online casino coverage. She had her first published byline at age 10, but didn't get paid for her writing until she got her first newspaper job. Fletcher's newspaper career started at Suburban News Publications in Ohio and eventually took her to The New York Times, where she's still a contract freelance reporter for the National Desk. She covers breaking news from Philadelphia, as needed. In March 2021, Fletcher began writing about online casino gambling as the lead writer for Online Poker Report.

Latest articles

New York Casino Applicants Meet Their First Siting Board Deadline

February 3, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Applicants interested in Downstate New York retail casino licenses sent their first round of questions to the siting board. New York casino applicants had to submit Round 1 of questions to the New York Gaming Facility Board (NYGFB) by 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 to continue in the process that each hope will culminate in […]

New York Online Casino Cannibalization Worries May Block iGaming

February 1, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Some New York legislators worry that online casinos would hurt retail gaming revenue. Online gambling advocates feel they’d debunked that idea years ago, but it has proven to be a hard myth to quash. Now, it threatens to stall the 2023 iGaming legalization effort. “Cannibalization” is the colloquial term for the idea that legal online […]

New York Online Casino Hearing Is Next on Addabbo’s Agenda

January 31, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

The subject of New York online casino gambling will soon get its own committee hearing, promised state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. during today’s joint public hearing on New York sportsbooks. Addabbo, D-Ozone Park, said so after hearing New York online casino and poker gambling revenue estimates from Spectrum Gaming Capital. The Horsham, Pa.-based gaming […]

Legalize Esports Betting, Urges Pennsylvania Lawmaker in Memo

January 30, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Esports betting should be legal in Pennsylvania, says state Rep. Ed Neilson. So he’s asking his fellow lawmakers to co-sponsor a bill to make that a reality. Neilson, D-Philadelphia, published a memo on Friday about legalizing esports betting. He sent the request to “all House members,” making his case for them to co-sponsor such a […]

New Hampshire Online Casinos May Launch on April 1, 2024

January 27, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

If a New Hampshire online casinos bill is approved this year, three to five sites may be able to launch on April 1, 2024. So reads SB104, introduced on Jan. 5 and explained further by its primary sponsor on Jan. 25. New Hampshire Sen. Timothy Lang, R-Sanbornton, spoke in the Senate Ways and Means Committee […]

BetMGM Says No Online Casino Launches May Happen in 2023

January 26, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt believes no new states will legalize online casino during 2023. Therefore, the US online casino market leader is working “behind the scenes” this year to help educate legislators and retail casino owners about the benefits. That will hopefully yield an active 2024 in legal online casino launches, he said during today’s […]

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