Jessica Welman — Bio And Media Credits
Jessica Welman is the New Markets Director for the network of Play-branded sites, including PlayIllinois. She has been covering the gambling beat since 2008, working with the World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker, Bluff Magazine and The Big Lead, to name a few.
She has previously served as the editor-in-chief for PlayUSA, PlayPennsylvania, and, most recently, PlayIndiana and PlayTenn. During her time as a writer and editor, she reported on a number of state online gambling launches.
A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Welman also received a masters in communication and culture from Indiana University. She is well-versed in all facets of gambling news but is best known for her expertise around betting on the Academy Awards.
Here is a look at some of Welman’s work:
National publications quoting Welman
- CNBC: This Is The First Year You Can Bet On The Oscars In The US And It Likely Won’t Be The Last
- NPR.org: The Indicator From Money Planet: Betting On The Oscars
- The Wall Street Journal: Lights, Camera, Bet! Oscar Gambling Is Going Mainstream
Stories written on Illinois gambling
Video Commentary Regarding Gaming In Illinois
Illinois Governor Extends Online Registration Again
Illinois Sports Betting Handle – Aug. 2020
Pointsbet NBC Deal
Wrigley Field Sportsbook Deal
Online Registration on Again
DraftKings at Casino Queen Registration
Comparing Illinois to NJ and PA