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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

Hundreds of Questions Arrive About 3 Downstate New York Casino Licenses

February 27, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

With “several hundred” questions to answer about three Downstate New York casino licenses, Robert Williams, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), said on Feb. 27 that it’ll take another three weeks to answer them. On Jan. 3, the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board (NYSGFLB) opened up the Request for […]

Kentucky Online Poker Out of Sports-Only Bill

February 23, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Kentucky online poker isn’t included in HB551, a bill to legalize online sports betting that was introduced on Feb. 22 by state Reps. Al Gentry and Michael Meredith. While Feb. 22 was the last day House lawmakers could propose legislation, this streamlined bill may have a better chance of passage than other pending online gambling […]

New Hampshire Online Casino Legalization Nears a Final Senate Vote

February 22, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Senators approved SB104, legalizing New Hampshire online casinos, in the first of two required votes before it can move to the House. On Feb. 22, during the bill’s second reading, lawmakers spent 20 minutes debating its merits. All but two of the New Hampshire State Senate members opposed the proposed legislation in their oratory. However, the […]

Indiana Online Casino Bill Likely Dead in 2023

February 21, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

An Indiana online casino appears to have died of neglect. HB1536 hasn’t had a hearing, and Feb. 21 was the deadline for that to happen. So it appears the third time wasn’t the charm for the Indiana General Assembly to legalize Indiana online casino and poker gambling. Indiana online sportsbooks launched in 2019. The iGaming […]

Addabbo: New York Online Casino Tax Revenue Can Benefit MTA

February 16, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. spoke to Bonus on Feb. 16 about S4856, the iGaming bill he introduced on Feb. 15. He said the measure that analysts believe would generate $1 billion a year in New York online casino tax revenue through its 30.5% tax rate can still be amended in order to pass […]

Addabbo’s New York Online Casino Bill Debuts

February 15, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

The New York online casino bill S4856, introduced by outspoken legal gambling expansion advocate state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., debuted in his committee on Feb. 15. It calls for a 30.5% tax rate on iGaming, which is much lower than the 51% rate on the existing mobile sportsbook marketplace. DraftKings and FanDuel leaders recently […]

New Hampshire Online Casino Bill Nears Senate Vote

February 10, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Senators will vote on New Hampshire online casino legislation the next time they meet. That’s because a Senate committee approved SB104 on Feb. 8. State Sen. Timothy P. Lang Sr., R-Sanbornton, told Bonus today that the Senate Ways and Means Committee‘s vote on Feb. 8 of “Ought to Pass with Amendment” has this result: It […]

Illinois Online Casino Bill Tax Rate Means Revenue Could Be $240 Million

February 8, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

A state representative introduced HB2239 to legalize Illinois online casino gambling. The bill’s primary sponsor, state Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. (D-Chicago), listed a 15% tax rate in his proposed legislation on Feb. 8. At that rate, Bonus predicts the Internet Gaming Act (IGA) – to be created if HB2239 becomes law – will mean $240 […]

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