About the Author

John Holden

John Holden is a 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

Plaintiffs Look to Fast-Track PredictIt Suit as CFTS Seeks Dismissal

November 23, 2022 | By: John Holden

Things have heated up quickly since the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit seeking to avert PredictIt‘s shutdown. The plaintiffs countered with a motion seeking to expedite the hearing. They’re hoping to obtain a preliminary injunction before Christmas. Without judicial intervention, the site will need to shut down by […]

New Lawsuit Alleges Misconduct By Former President Of MGM Springfield

November 22, 2022 | By: John Holden

Former MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis is facing a lawsuit alleging improper behavior during his time with the casino. Filed on Nov 10 in Hampden County Superior Court, the suit names Mathis and Blue Tarp Development, LLC as defendants. Blue Tarp is the corporate entity controlling the casino. The plaintiff is Chelan Brown, a former […]

New Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Skillz SPAC

November 7, 2022 | By: John Holden

Last week, lawyers representing Darcy Lien and other Skillz investors filed a lawsuit against Eagle Equity Partners II, LLC. The suit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, also names several individuals involved with the company as defendants. These include the former CEO of MGM Studios and the former president of CBS Entertainment. The litigation involves the path Skillz […]

Reports Suggest CFTC Likely to Deny Prediction Contracts on Political Outcomes

November 2, 2022 | By: John Holden

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has not yet officially ruled on whether it will allow Kalshi to offer political contracts. However, there are multiple reports circulating that the agency’s staff has recommended against it. Kalshi is what’s known colloquially as a predictions market, meaning users trade shares whose value is tied to real-world events. Staffers have […]

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