About PlayOhio

Our mission

To cover all areas of Ohio gambling, including efforts to legalize sports betting, the Ohio Lottery, casinos in the state and  to the Ohio Lottery and beyond.

Our team

Managing Editor

Jessica Welman

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



Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas serves as the site runner for PlayOhio. A longtime sports writer, he has reported on sports at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Grant has covered the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oregon State Beavers, and he has also served as a golf writer. Now, he has transitioned into covering legal sports betting, online gaming and the legislative efforts to legalize each industry.


Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. A USC journalism alum, Matthew made his first foray into sports betting legalization in 2010. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.


Derek Helling

A resident of Kansas City, Missouri, Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who has covered gaming news, including esports, sports business and sports law. When away from work, his time is spent expanding his baseball card collection and assisting his wife Audrey in serving their two Munchkin cat overlords.


Martin Harris

Formerly a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), Martin Harris now serves as a writer who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Martin also teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. His book “Poker & Pop Culture” was published by D&B Books in 2019.


Dustin Gouker

Now head of content and gambling analyst for PlayOhio, Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years. His work as a reporter, editor and designer has appeared in noteworthy publications such as The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.



More about PlayOhio

Serving as the Ohio-focused arm of the Play brand of gambling news sites, PlayOhio offers up all the latest and most accurate news regarding legal gambling in the Buckeye State.

PlayOhio covers an array of topics, including legislative efforts to legalize sports betting, the Ohio Lottery, and any other form of gaming in the state, whether existing or under consideration by Ohio lawmakers.

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

Career and freelance opportunities

Do you have what it takes to help contribute to our efforts of covering the Ohio gambling industry?

In producing stories covering sports betting and other gambling legislative efforts as well as the Ohio Lottery and other gaming, PlayOhio strives to inform and entertain readers. As PlayOhio grows, we are always looking for writers in the area to contribute.

Join a team that offers the latest news, produces in-depth features and educates readers who wish to learn more about the Ohio gambling industry.

The ideal writer for PlayOhio features:

  • Familiarity with the gambling industry, with specific knowledge of Ohio 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 PlayOhio 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 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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