About PlayOhio

PlayOhio covers all things in Ohio. This page tells you who we are, how we operate and what to do if you want to get in touch.

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Catena Media

11700 W. Charleston Blvd. No. 170-520

Las Vegas, NV 89135



Who are the writers for PlayOhio?

Every person who writes for PlayOhio is either a full-time employee of Catena Media or a carefully vetted freelance writer. We do not accept submissions from guest writers or publish any unsolicited external content.

Meet the team!

Managing Editor: Danny Cross

Danny Cross is the managing editor of PlayOhio. He previously worked as an editor at Pro Football Focus and spent over a decade at a newsweekly in Cincinnati.

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Senior Lead Writer: Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. 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.

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Lead Writer: Steve Friess

Steve Friess is the national gambling industry correspondent for PlayOhio. He is also a contributing writer for Newsweek. A Long Island native who earned a journalism degree at Northwestern University, Friess worked at newspapers in Rockford, Illinois, Las Vegas, and South Florida before launching a freelance career in Beijing, China, where he served as chief China correspondent for USA Today. After his return to the U.S. in 2003, he settled in Las Vegas, where he covered the gambling industry and the American Southwest regularly for The New York Times, Playboy, The New Republic, Time, Portfolio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, New York magazine, and many others. In 2011-12, Friess was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. That was followed by a stint as a senior writer covering the intersection of technology and politics at Politico in Washington, D.C., In 2013, he returned permanently to Ann Arbor.

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Kim Yuhl

Head of Production: Kim Yuhl

Kim Yuhl has a decade of experience writing about poker culture, the online gambling industry, and the legalization of sports betting.

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Matt Schoch

Senior Content Manager: Matt Schoch

A Michigan native, Matt Schoch has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. Schoch has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He’s also the former host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of the documentary, “Ypsi’ Emoni.” A former blackjack dealer, Schoch has studied the industry from all sides.

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Content Manager: Andrew Champagne

Andrew Champagne is an award-winning writer and horse racing handicapper. Originally from upstate New York, he now resides in Concord, California.

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Contributor: Hill Kerby

Hill Kerby comes from a background of poker, sports and psychology. He brings all of these areas into his writing, where he feels fortunate to be able to create value in the growing, legalized betting industry.

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Contributor: Rashid Mohamed

Rashid Mohamed is a sportswriter based in Denver, Colo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and an associate degree in journalism. Rashid enjoys covering sporting events and the sports betting industry.

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Contributor: Darren Cooper

Darren Cooper was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, just a short pirogue ride away from New Orleans. He started his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a writer and columnist in New Jersey since 1998. He’s won 14 statewide press awards and earned his first Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in 2022.

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Contributor: JR Duren

JR Duren has covered the Ohio, Maine, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey gambling beats for Catena Media. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun. Duren is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest and has written for several newspapers in Florida and California.

What is PlayOhio?

PlayOhio is a news organization. Catena Media owns and operates PlayOhio. Catena is an international media organization traded publicly on the NASDAQ Nordic. Our network is interested in news and information about legal sports betting in the United States.

The PlayOhio mission

PlayOhio exists to help Ohio gamblers maximize their experience with the gambling activities legally available to them in the state. We provide up-to-date news coverage and a series of informational pages to serve that purpose.

We also provide bonus offers and welcome promotions related to legal gambling in Ohio.

How we write

First, we source all of our information as close to its point of origin as possible. If we report about existing Ohio laws, we base our explanations on the relevant language in the Ohio Revised Code. If there is a story about a potential new gambling law, we often speak with the authoring lawmaker about the bill. For news about wrongdoing related to Ohio gambling, we speak with Ohio Casino Control Commission officials or other regulators and members of law enforcement primarily involved with the matter.

Second, we focus on verifiable and fact-based reporting. We do not publish gossip, hearsay, or other information from sources that we cannot independently verify. We are not in the business of stirring up drama or speculating about unverifiable rumors. Our aim is to report accurate and trustworthy news and information about Ohio gambling in an objective manner.

Third, everything we write undergoes rigorous examination by copy editors, content managers and other staff members to confirm both its factual accuracy and grammatical soundness. Finally, the managing editor of the site, Danny Cross, personally reviews almost every word that appears on PlayOhio in order to lend his years of experience to the process.

Our final step is always listening to you, the reader. Our end goal is truthful and accurate reporting. Let us know if we’ve gotten something wrong or if something is unclear about our reporting. You can read more about our editorial guidelines here.

Come work for us!

Ohio gambling is on the rise, and so are we! If you have a passion for games of chance, live in Ohio, and have proven writing experience, we want to hear from you.

Visit our careers page to see our current openings, or just shoot us an email and let us know that you’re interested. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent slate of benefits. Most of all, we care about your well-being and want you to build a career with Catena.

Get in touch

If you are a member of the media, welcome. We’d be happy to help you in whatever way we can by sharing additional information or background, or by providing expert interviews or feedback to help you with your stories. Email our media relations department here.

If you’re a reader and have something on your mind, let us know. We want to hear from you, no matter what it is. If you have heard about a possible Ohio gambling story you think we should check out, tell us what it is. If you have a complaint, we’ll do our best to fix it. Of course, if you just want to tell us how much you’re enjoying your time on PlayOhio, we’ll accept that, too.