About PlayMaryland

PlayMaryland contains information about gambling in Maryland. If you’re curious about who we are, how we work or what to do if you need to reach us, you are on the right page.

Contact information

Catena Media
11700 W. Charleston Blvd. No. 170-520
Las Vegas, NV 89135



Who are the writers for PlayMaryland?

Every author who writes for PlayMaryland is either a full-time employee of Catena Media or a carefully vetted freelance writer. We do not accept submissions from guest writers, nor do we publish any unsolicited external content.

Meet the team!

Alec Cunningham

Managing Editor: Alec Cunningham

As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2020 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer.

As a journalist, she’s covered a variety of industry-related topics for Catena Media in Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. Cunningham is especially passionate about the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry. Most recently, she provided insight on the topic via a panel at this year’s All-American Sports Betting Summit.

David Danzis Maryland Sports Betting Expert

Writer: David Danzis

David Danzis is a lead writer and analyst for CatenaMedia’s network of Play sites, appearing on PlayNJ, PlayCA, PlayOhio and PlayMaryland.

As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. After years of reporting on Atlantic City casinos, NJ online gambling and sports betting, his focus is now on emerging gaming markets.

David lives in Mays Landing, N.J., with his wife and two children. When not on the beach, golf course, or the slopes, David enjoys watching his beloved New York sports teams — the Yankees, Jets, Rangers, and Knicks.

Writer: Steve Friess

Steve Friess is the national gambling industry correspondent for PlayUSA and its related local sites. A Long Island native who earned a journalism degree at Northwestern University, Friess worked at newspapers in Rockford, Illinois, Las Vegas, and South Florida before launching a freelance career in Beijing, China, where he served as chief China correspondent for USA Today.

After his return to the U.S. in 2003, he settled in Las Vegas, where he covered the gambling industry and the American Southwest regularly for The New York Times, Playboy, The New Republic, Time, Portfolio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, New York magazine, and many others. During that time, he created and co-hosted two successful and groundbreaking podcasts, the celebrity-interview show The Strip and the animal affairs program The Petcast. In 2011-12, Friess was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. That was followed by a stint as a senior writer covering the intersection of technology and politics at Politico in Washington D.C.

In 2013, he returned permanently to Ann Arbor, where he now lives with his husband, son, daughter and three Pomeranians.

Writer/Editor: Tyler Andrews

Tyler Andrews has covered sports, art, and entertainment both in the US and abroad. He began his career covering Southern California sports before branching into the national sports market. He spent four years in Barcelona, covering FC Barcelona football as well as art and entertainment in the Catalan capital. Tyler, a Las Vegas native, is a graduate of both Cal State Long Beach and Chapman University. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and family where, when he’s not chasing after his two daughters, he goes to concerts with his wife, collects comic books, and roots for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Content Manager: Andrew Champagne

Andrew Champagne is a Content Manager at Catena Media, as well as an award-winning writer and producer. A passionate storyteller, Andrew boasts a career that has included stints at The Daily Racing Form, TVG Network and HRTV.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Andrew now resides in Northern California’s Bay Area. You can often find him handicapping horse races, planning his next trip to Las Vegas, bowling reasonably well, and golfing incredibly poorly.

What is PlayMaryland?

First and foremost, PlayMaryland is a source of news and information about Maryland’s various legal gambling options. We have pages about the places you can visit, the kinds of games you can play and what gambling activities and locations you can expect to find in the state going forward.

PlayMaryland is also an affiliate marketing website. We partner with legal gambling providers in the state to provide gambling bonuses you can claim. However, our affiliate partners do not have editorial control or influence over the content we produce on PlayMaryland beyond their own advertising. We are a news site first, and we cover relevant stories concerning legal gambling in the state as they occur.

PlayMaryland is part of a network of similar gambling affiliate sites owned and operated by Catena Media. Catena Media is a publicly traded international corporation headquartered in Malta and listed on NASDAQ Nordic. Everything that we do is available for regulatory scrutiny wherever interested regulators have jurisdiction. We do not and will not ever cover, promote or do business with offshore gambling sites. Catena’s business is strictly confined to legal gambling.

Catena Media is licensed as a registered vendor in each state where a license is necessary. Maryland specifically exempts media outlets from this requirement. However, if the government of Maryland decides that media outlets in general or Catena Media specifically must apply for a license, we will do so.

The PlayMaryland mission

PlayMaryland is devoted to maximizing each Maryland gambler’s experience. We seek to give you the rundown on legal gambling options in the state, be it in person or online.

To that end, we provide up-to-date news and information about everything related to gambling in Maryland. We also have or will have bonus offers for legal online sites as they become available.

The PlayMaryland writing process

Our first step for completing any page on PlayMaryland is to acquire information. The information we use is as close to the primary source as we can find. If we discuss existing Maryland law, we use the text of the law itself, not a paraphrase or summation of it. If the subject is a proposal or measure that might become law, we cite the measure itself and, in many cases, speak to the state representative or senator who wrote the bill or is serving as its chief sponsor. If there’s a regulatory issue, we will speak to relevant personnel at the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency or other law enforcement officials in the state.

What PlayMaryland does not do is publish gossip, rumors, or hearsay. We publish stories and pages only after we have confirmed them. Though we may publish our opinions from time to time, none of the claims in our reporting will be suppositions or unsupported by objective data. If you’re looking for a rumor mill, PlayMaryland is not the site for you.

The next step in the process is to write the piece. Our writers are either full-time employees of Catena Media or freelancers we have vetted and with whom we have existing contracts. Furthermore, we do not accept guest submissions or posts at any time. All of our content is generated internally and in collaboration with PlayMaryland’s editors and reviewers.

Once the piece is done, it then undergoes a detailed refining procedure by both copy and content editors at PlayMaryland. These individuals have years of experience in both gambling and style and correct the piece for its grammar and appearance. They also double-check the factual claims in the piece and check the writer’s sources. Almost every word on PlayMaryland also undergoes review by the site’s managing editor, Alec Cunningham, who adds years of experience to shape and perfect each page.

The final step is in your hands. Although we strive for authenticity and accuracy at all times, writing at PlayMaryland is a human process, and we occasionally have errors in our reporting. If you see any information that you believe to be incorrect, please let us know. Be sure to describe the page in question and/or provide a link.

Be a PlayMaryland writer

While we don’t accept submissions from guests, we certainly don’t mean to dissuade you from becoming part of our team if you have the desire and skill to join us. We are always eager to hear from Maryland-based writers who are passionate about gambling.

If interested, we suggest you browse Catena’s careers page for open positions. Gambling continues to grow in the US, and in order to keep pace, we must grow with it.

Catena Media offers the opportunity for a career, generous salaries, and excellent benefits. If you are looking for a great work-life balance, Catena is the place to be.

Drop us a line

Readers can also email us here to suggest future topics to be explored.

The staff at PlayMaryland wants to hear from you. If you are a member of the media and would like our expertise or to interview us, we are happy to assist. Reach out to Jason Schaumburg, digital communications strategist at Catena.

Though we don’t publish rumors, we’re certainly happy to look into something if you’re hearing some buzz. If you have a complaint, then we obviously want to know about it. And if you’re just enjoying yourself on PlayMaryland, then we’d love to hear about that, too.

Above all else, let us know if there’s any way that we can make your time on the site more comfortable or effective.

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