About PlayAZ

Our mission

To cover all aspects of Arizona gambling from sports betting and legislative efforts to the lottery and tribal casinos.

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.


CJ Pierre

CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has covered news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he’s an alum of Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a reporter and videographer, he has covered high school, college and professional sports, including the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State football.


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 began as a sports writer 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.



Martin Harris

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. His book “Poker & Pop Culture” was published by D&B Books in 2019.



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 PlayAZ

The Arizona-focused arm of the Play brand of gambling news sites, PlayAZ offers the latest and most accurate news surrounding legal gambling options in the Grand Canyon State.

This includes highlighting legislative efforts to legalize sports betting, both online and land-based, while also spotlighting the Arizona Lottery, horse racing, and any other 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

Interested in contributing to the coverage of the Arizona gambling industry?

Covering topics ranging from sports betting and other gambling legislative efforts to the Arizona Lottery and other gaming, PlayAZ informs and entertains readers in the Grand Canyon State. As PlayAZ grows, we are always looking for writers in the area to contribute.

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

Here is a quick look at the ideal writer:

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