About PlayGeorgia

Our mission

To cover all aspects of Georgia gambling from legislative efforts to legalize sports betting and casinos to the lottery and more.

Our team


Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sports writer who has covered the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield and Oregon State athletics, the Portland Trail Blazers and golf throughout his career.



Matthew Kredell

Matthew has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. His reporting on the legalization of sports betting began in 2010 with an article for Playboy Magazine on how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting the expansion of regulated sports betting. 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.


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.



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.




More about PlayGeorgia

As the Georgia-centric arm of the Play brand of gambling news sites, PlayGeorgia provides readers with the latest and most accurate news regarding legal gambling in the Peach State.

PlayGeorgia covers all the bases, including legislative efforts to legalize sports betting, the Georgia Lottery, and any other existing form of gaming or new verticals that lawmakers might consider legalizing in the future.

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

Think you have what it takes to contribute to our coverage of the Georgia gambling industry?

With stories ranging from sports betting and other gambling legislative efforts to the Georgia Lottery and other gaming, PlayGeorgia aims to inform and entertain readers in the Peach State. As PlayGeorgia grows, we are always looking for writers in the area to contribute.

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

The ideal writer for PlayGeorgia features:

  • Familiarity with the gambling industry, with specific knowledge of Georgia 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 PlayGeorgia 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 PlayGeorgia.com.
  • Our goal is always to provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in Georgia, 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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