About PlayNY.com

Our mission

To cover all aspects of New York gambling from legislative efforts to the lottery to land-based tribal and commercial casinos.

Our team

New Markets Director

Jessica Welman: Jessica Welman is the managing editor of PlayNY. A longtime poker media presence, Jessica has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and previously served as the managing editor for WSOP.com and PlayPennsylvania.com.




Grant Lucas: Grant Lucas is a longtime sports writer who has covered the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield and Oregon State athletics, the Portland Trail Blazers and golf throughout his career.



Matthew Kredell: Matthew has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. His reporting on the legalization of sports betting began in 2010 with an article for Playboy Magazine on how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting the expansion of regulated sports betting. A USC journalism alum, Matt started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News and has written on a variety of topics for Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.com.


Derek Helling: Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time collecting baseball cards and helping his wife Audrey serve their two Munchkin cat overlords.



George Myers New York sports bettingGeorge Myers: George Myers is a writer with extensive experience in both news and sports reporting. He has primarily covered baseball and football, along with the intersection of sports and lawmaking.




Kim Yuhl: Kim Yuhl worked as a business story strategist for small businesses before transitioning to the online gambling industry. Kim has over five years of experience writing and reporting on poker culture and the legalization and launch of sports betting in the US. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing.



Dustin Gouker: Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer — including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.




More about PlayNY

As one of the most populous states in the union, New York will always be a fascinating location for gambling expansion. The market may be slow to accept new forms of gambling, but over the years the state has introduced upstate commercial casinos and retail sports betting.

Each year the legislature debates expanding online for casinos, sportsbooks, and even poker, but no efforts have gotten the governor’s signature. Nonetheless, we are there to cover every bill, every hearing, and cover all the gambling the Empire State has to offer.

We are not directly affiliated with any specific casino, sportsbook, mobile sports betting app, or gaming website. We are an independently owned and operated commercial organization.

Career and freelance opportunities

Interested in contributing to our efforts of covering the New York gambling industry?

From sports betting to casino news to legislative action, PlayNY covers all the bases to inform and entertain readers in the Empire State. And we are always looking for writers in the area to help PlayNY continue to grow.

Be part of a team that breaks the latest news, provides in-depth features, and educates readers who want to learn more about the New York gambling industry.

Interested in joining the team? Here is a quick look at the ideal writer:

  • Familiarity with the gambling industry, with specific knowledge of New York as a plus
  • Experience covering news or writing content for internet-based outlets
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices also a bonus

Those interested in being part of PlayNY can contact us and provide their experience and some links to content they have produced.

Advertising disclosure

Our funding comes via advertising relationships with several legal online gaming operators. In some cases, when you visit a site,  including online sportsbooks, casino sites, poker sites, and daily fantasy sports sites, we may receive financial compensation from the casino or poker site. We may also sell advertising to various partners.

Our policy regarding advertisers is simple:

  • Advertisers do not have a say over the content on PlayNY.com.
  • Our goal is always to provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in New York, specifically, and more generally throughout the US. We believe that this goal naturally produces the best information for both customers and operators, and therefore for us as a business.
  • We clearly mark all paid advertisements or advertisements appear in a format (such as banner ads) that are widely understood to be advertisements.

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