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

Managing Editor

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.



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.


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.



George 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.


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.

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 Indiana, 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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