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John Holden

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

Canada’s Long and Winding Path to Privatized Online Gambling

August 9, 2022 | By: John Holden

As part of a recent academic article, I dug into the path that sports betting took to legalization across Canada. Online casino gaming has emerged on a track that’s largely parallel to online sports betting. For much of Canada’s history, gambling policy emerged rather uniformly, and gambling remotely with computers was the stuff of science […]

Supreme Court’s Castro-Huerta Ruling Limits Earlier McGirt Decision

July 4, 2022 | By: John Holden

On the second-to-last day of its term, the Supreme Court released a decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta.  This case has likely flown under the radar for many, especially compared to other recent high-profile and controversial decisions. However, the Castro-Huerta decision is incredibly significant for Native Americans. It also has ramifications for the future possibility of online […]

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 […]

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