About PlayIllinois

Our mission

To provide the latest news and most accurate information about legal and regulated online gambling in Illinois.

Our team

Managing Editor

Jessica Welman: Jessica Welman is the managing editor of PlayIndiana. 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.

 


Contributors

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.

 

 

Joe Boozell: Joe Boozell has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

 

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 PlayIllinois

PlayIllinois is the Illinois-centric site for a series of Play-branded news and informational sites available throughout the country. We cover all aspects of Illinois gambling, including the Chicago casino project, the burgeoning sports betting industry, casinos, lottery, and VGTs.

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 PlayIllinois.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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