About the Author

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

Indiana Online Casino Study Shows Revenue Could Reach $830 Million Annually

September 28, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Indiana online casino revenue could reach $830 million by its third year of regulation, shows a study released today. However, even if the Indiana General Assembly legalizes iGaming at its next opportunity, that revenue figure can’t become a reality until 2026. That’s because the next chance lawmakers have to consider adding Indiana online casino to […]

Acres Cites Its Cashless Retail Slots Innovations in Plans for 2023 IPO

September 22, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Cashless slots for retail casinos are a hot topic in the industry. More than 26,000 retail casino slot machines can already accept payments directly from mobile devices thanks to its Foundation tech, according to Acres Manufacturing. That tech is in such demand that Acres is considering whether 2023 could be an opportune moment for an […]

Online Gambling Industry Can Rejoice: 2018 Interpretation of Wire Act Dead

September 16, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Yesterday’s Wire Act decision from the US District Court District of Rhode Island about the online gambling industry couldn’t have been simpler. The court sided with the industry. Everything past that gets more complicated. However, US online casino and poker operators and their suppliers can rejoice about this opinion on IGT vs. Merrick B. Garland: […]

Lawsuit Alleges Apple, Google, Meta are Complicit in ‘Illegal’ Social Casinos

September 16, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon consider the question of whether free slots and social casino games equate to illegal Internet gambling. The lawsuit also alleges that companies providing a platform for players to access such games are complicit. Judge Edward J. Davila of the US District Court, Northern District of California issued his ruling on Sep 2. […]

Rivalry Launches Ontario Online Casino Five Months After Authorization

September 15, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Ontario online casino gambling launched on April 4, and Rivalry was among the operators with approval to go live on day one. Primarily an esports operator, the Isle of Man-based company became a regulated online casino and sports betting entity. However, Rivalry is just entering the “traditional” online casino space now. On Tuesday, Rivalry announced […]

UNLV Football Slot Machine Prompts Ethical Debate

September 8, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) football slot machine, Rebel Roller, “wins” every time. UNLV Rebels players, some of whom are under 21, pull the one-armed bandit to celebrate turnovers. Before the three reels even spin, the celebrating player already knows there’s no payout. Nothing. The visual prop doesn’t even spill out Gatorade. So […]

Light and Wonder Continues Gaming Push, Replaces CEO, Sees Stock Drop 13%

September 6, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Light and Wonder (LNW) wants to continue to awe and inspire the retail and online casino industry. To that end, the gambling products and services company formerly known as Scientific Games (SG) is pushing forward with its efforts to streamline LNW into a gaming-centric business. Hence, LNW installed an interim CEO who’d headed its gaming […]

Bonus.com Q&A With Jackpocket: COS Caitlin Stojanovich on Lottery Ticket App’s Growth

August 31, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

Even Americans who don’t consider themselves gamblers buy lottery tickets, especially when big jackpots are in play. Last month’s Mega Millions drawing for $1.337 billion was one such prize. Ticket buyers visited retail stores, state lottery sites, and apps. That’s where the lottery ticket app Jackpocket enters the picture. Excitement about that as-yet-unclaimed July 29 Mega […]

US Online Casino Leader BetMGM’s Parent, MGM, Buys Into International Markets

August 31, 2022 | By: Heather Fletcher

US online casino dominance isn’t enough for BetMGM‘s parent company, MGM Resorts International. Las Vegas-based MGM wants to go into international online casino markets. It looks like that will happen by next week, now that Stockholm-headquartered LeoVegas Group‘s shareholders have approved the $604 million acquisition offer. BetMGM, jointly owned by MGM and Isle of Man-based […]

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