Play Pennsylvania Authors and Staff

PlayPennsylvania is one of dozens of Play-branded sites in the Catena Media network that provides reliable, trustworthy content and resources on the legal gambling industry. Our site is independently owned and operated and has no ownership ties to any casino – commercial, tribal, online or otherwise.

What we do

  • Provide the latest news and information around gambling legislation, legal gaming options, and the Pennsylvania casino industry.
  • Educate consumers about safe and responsible gambling.
  • Provide reliable resources and reviews for legal land-based and online gambling options.

Our mission

Our mission is to be a trusted source of news, information, and resources for legal gambling in Pennsylvania.

To achieve that mission, we have rigorous editorial standards for publishing, which you can read about here. We also have industry experts who write and fact-check all the content you will find at PlayPennsylvania.

Contact Us

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Meet the Content Team at PlayPennsylvania

Our editorial team includes professional writers and journalists who collectively boast decades of experience covering legal gambling and sports in Pennsylvania, Atlantic City, and beyond.

Katie Kohler, Managing Editor

Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.


Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker, Analyst

Dustin Gouker has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer — including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.


Eric Ramsey, Analyst

Eric is a reporter and writer covering poker, sports betting, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.


Kevin Shelly, Lead Writer

Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He’s the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.


Valerie Cross, Analyst and Contributor

Valerie Cross oversees content for Catena Media’s Play-branded sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and master’s and doctoral degrees in language education from Indiana University. Valerie has covered poker and legal gambling since 2016.


Martin Harris, Writer

Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.


Derek Helling, Writer

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.


Dave Bontempo, Contributor

Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others. He extensively covers legal New Jersey and Pennsylvania sports betting and is also an on-camera personality for Eagles betting content in the Catena Media network.


Nathan Frederick, Contributor

Nathan Frederick is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.


Licensing information

Catena Media’s Play-branded sites provide information and avenues to sign up for legitimate gambling sites, which requires proper licensing. PlayPennsylvania is registered under Catena Operations Ltd. as a licensed vendor through the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, assuring the site abides by all relevant gaming regulations to protect consumers.

As such, we will never promote an offshore or otherwise questionable gambling site.

Advertising disclosure

PlayPennsylvania is an independent publication with no ownership stake in any casino brand. Our network of sites is, however, advertising-supported. Some of those advertisers include commercial casinos.

There is no connection between our advertising and our news content. Our news, analysis and reviews are objectively produced by our writing team. We do not accept sponsored posts or other forms of “native” advertising.

  • In some cases, we may receive a commission or other financial compensation when you visit an online poker room, sportsbook or casino via a link on our site.
  • In other cases, casinos or poker rooms may pay us in exchange for advertising space. These ads are clearly marked as sponsorship or are otherwise obviously demarcated from content (e.g. banner ads).

Our Editorial Policies and Review Process

PlayPennsylvania has a talented team of professional editors and writers who are experts in various aspects of the legal gambling industry. Most of our esteemed writers live in Pennsylvania where they regularly cover PA gambling on the ground, utilizing local contacts and primary sources in the PA gaming space. When we use secondary sources, our policy is to make it clear where our information came from, and appropriately cite all references.

All of our content at PlayPennsylvania is thoroughly researched and goes through a robust review process before publication. We have a team of copy editors that checks for grammar and spelling errors. PlayPennsylvania’s managing editor Katie Kohler then fact-checks all articles before they go live. Our reviews are done by a professional team of writers with intimate knowledge of online gambling websites in PA.

We strive to produce the best objective resources on gambling options and local sports betting and industry news. In the event that errors occur in our published materials, they are quickly corrected. When significant updates are made to an article, our policy is to explicitly state what was added and when the update was made.

Media appearances

Members of our team are regularly called upon for expertise on a number of topics pertaining to the regulated gambling industry in Pennsylvania. For media inquiries, please contact Zack Hall, our Media Relations Lead.

Careers at Catena Media

PlayPennsylvania and other sites throughout our network of Catena Media sites are looking to add motivated, talented writers to our team. If you are interested in a position with Catena, visit our Careers page.

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