About PlayMaryland

Our mission

To report on and cover all aspects of Maryland gambling, from legal sports betting to the state’s casinos to the Maryland Lottery and more.

Our team


Grant Lucas

Site runner for PlayMaryland, Grant Lucas is a longtime sports writer who has covered high school, college, and professional sports. A graduate of Linfield College, Grant has written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield and Oregon State athletics, the Portland Trail Blazers, and golf throughout his career. Since, he has transitioned to coverage of sports betting and state legislation to expand legal gambling.

Matthew Kredell

Since 2007, Matthew Kredell has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling. His coverage of sports betting legalization began in 2010. A USC journalism alum, Matt began his sportswriting career at the Los Angeles Daily News and has since been featured in Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.


Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Derek covers not only general gaming news but also esports, sports business, and sports law.



Martin Harris

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


Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker serves as the head of content and gambling analyst for PlayMaryland. For more than 15 years, Dustin has been a sports journalist, working as a reporter, editor, and designer. He has previously worked at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.


More about PlayMaryland

Part of the Play brand of gambling news sites, PlayMaryland focuses on Maryland-specific gaming news, offering breaking coverage of all things gambling in the Old Line State.

Among the many topics covered, PlayMaryland reports on legislative efforts to expand legal gambling in the state, including sports betting. In addition, PlayMaryland covers the Maryland Lottery, the state’s casinos, racetracks, and more.

From breaking news to in-depth features, PlayMaryland is your source for all the latest developments in the Old Line State.

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

Are you interested in joining the team at PlayMaryland to cover the state’s gaming industry?

Become part of a group that covers the spectrum of legal gambling in Maryland while informing and entertaining readers. We are always looking for writers to contribute and help PlayMaryland grow.

Ideally, writers considered to join PlayMaryland have the following:

  • Familiarity with the gambling industry, with added value for those who have Maryland-specific knowledge
  • Experience covering news or creating content for internet-based outlets
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices is also a plus

Interested parties can contact PlayMaryland and provide their experience and 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 PlayMaryland.com.
  • Our goal is always to provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in Maryland, 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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