About the Author

John Holden

John Holden is a freelance writer at Bonus, focused on legal and regulatory issues in the gambling industry. He is a full-time academic but has been writing for a number of gaming publications since 2018. He is the author of more than 50 academic publications and hundreds of mainstream articles on the regulation of the gaming industry.

Latest articles

Federal Lawmakers Ask DOJ to Target Unregulated Offshore Sportsbooks

June 30, 2022 | By: John Holden

On June 29, 2022, a group of congressional representatives, seemingly led by Nevada congresswoman Dina Titus wrote to US Attorney General Merrick Garland. They jointly requested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “make a concerted effort to fight illegal offshore sportsbooks.” This is hardly the first request made to the DoJ requesting federal assistance in […]

Could New York Get Online Gaming Soon? iDEA Growth Hopes So

June 17, 2022 | By: John Holden

If one non-profit has a say, New York could end up with iGaming at some point in the future. iDEA Growth, the non-profit group in question, comprises a variety of gambling stakeholders. It recently sent a letter of support via the law firm Ifrah Law to New York Senator Joseph Addabbo about New York Senate […]

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe Prevail Over Texas in Supreme Court Showdown

June 16, 2022 | By: John Holden

The Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2022, in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas case. This was the only case on the Court’s docket this term directly touching on tribal gaming. Justice Neil Gorsuch authored the majority opinion, joined by Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Barrett. That lineup has become something of a trend […]

Understanding Ontario’s Online Gambling Plan, Part VI: Legal Challenges

March 31, 2022 | By: John Holden

The anticipated Apr. 4 launch of online gambling and sports betting in Ontario has produced a lot of excitement. However, the impending launch also has a few prominent legal questions swirling. Among the most prominent voices opposing the launch have been several First Nations groups; most notably, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN). […]