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PlayMichigan is part of a network of Play-branded sites that covers news and resources in the legal and regulated gambling space.

Our Mission is simple: To offer readers objective and useful information and resources pertaining to the legal and regulated Michigan gambling industry.

PlayMichigan is independently owned and operated and the editorial team maintains full control over news content published on the site. We have no ownership interest in any casino or sportsbook, including commercial, tribal, or online.

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Our team of experts

We are: A team of industry veterans and professional journalists with dozens of years experience covering sports, casinos and gambling.

Our staff regularly provides analysis and commentary on the booming Michigan legal gambling industry for a variety of local and national media outlets. See some of our recent media appearances here.

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Managing Editor: Danny Lawhon

Danny Lawhon has more than a decade of reporting experience in three states, including nearly 10 years with the Des Moines Register in Iowa. He’s covered college and professional sports, the NCAA Tournament and the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours. Danny is a professional musician in his spare time and plays the piano and pipe organ (seriously). He now covers the online gambling industry in Michigan.

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Editor and Analyst: 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. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about online poker and the online gambling industry since 2008.​​

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Lead Writer: Matt Schoch

A Michigan native, Matt Schoch has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt 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 host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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PlayMichigan Contributor: Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell 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

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PlayMichigan Contributor: Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago, IL. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law. Recently, he has written about the expanded gambling industry in Michigan, including online sports betting, online casinos, and the cornerstone land-based casino market.

PlayMichigan Contributor: Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life, and has been writing professionally for the last 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

Our Parent Company / Catena Media

PlayMichigan is one of dozens of Play-branded sites in the Catena Media network. As a media site that provides information on legal gambling, we undergo vendor licensing and registration that ensures we adhere to strict guidelines.


PlayMichigan, under parent company Catena Operations Ltd., is licensed by the as a registered vendor in Michigan.

Our licensing details: #007543 (Active as of December 14, 2020)

As a licensed media affiliate in the state of Michigan, we only provide information on legal, regulated gambling websites. We do not promote or endorse offshore gambling of any kind.

Our content

On our website, you will find a variety of content, including:

  • News articles on gambling laws and regulation, sports betting, online casinos, land-based casinos, and online poker
  • Reviews for online casinos, sportsbooks, and poker sites
  • Resource pages pertaining to legal gambling options in Michigan
  • Video updates on the latest happenings in MI gambling
  • Sometimes: Opinion pieces expressing expert, but personal views

At PlayMichigan, you can trust our content to be:

  • Factual
  • Informative
  • Unbiased
  • Transparent
  • Honest

Our editorial process and policies

We at PlayMichigan take great pride in providing trustworthy resources and information pertaining to regulated gambling sites in Michigan. We rely only on reputable sources for our information and are transparent about where it comes from.

Here at PlayMichigan, we follow these guidelines:

  • Editorial content is in no way affected by our advertising relationships. We exert editorial independence.
  • We attempt to provide only objective and credible information related to Michigan sports betting and gambling. We do this to be a resource for bettors and people simply looking for more information about gambling in Michigan.
  • We are receptive to feedback and want to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. If you see any issues or inaccuracies on our site, please email us.

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Advertising disclosure

You will see some advertisements for Michigan gambling sites on our website. We have affiliate partnerships with these companies but they in no way dictate or control our news content or editorial decisions. Every website that we review and promote is legally licensed to operate in the United States and approved by the MGCB.

We do not accept paid advertising outside of these partnerships and we do not accept guest posts or submissions. All content published on our site is written by professional journalists who are experts on the Michigan gambling industry.

Contact us / media inquiries

If you are in need of insights on the intersection of sports business and gambling, including lottery and casino, our experts can help.

For media inquiries, reach out to our Head of Media Relations, Zack Hall at [email protected].

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