About PlayAZ

PlayAZ operates under the network of play-branded sites that offers news and resources as they pertain to legal and regulated gambling.

Our mission: Provide readers with unbiased, helpful and entertaining information relating to legalized gambling in Arizona, including sports betting, tribal casinos, lottery and daily fantasy sports.

Independently owned and operated, PlayAZ features an editorial and reporting team that enjoys full control over news content that is published. We do not have ownership interest in any land-based or online sportsbooks or tribal casinos.

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Catena Media
11700 W. Charleston BLVD #170 – 520
Las Vegas, NV 89135

(646) 543-0245

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Meet the PlayAZ team of experts

Who are behind PlayAZ? The Arizona-focused site boasts a variety of industry veterans and experts as well as professional journalists who have covered regulated gambling, sports and business.

As well as crafting stories for our state, the staff at PlayAZ have also lent their knowledge and credibility to several local media outlets. Find some of our media appearances here.

Grant Lucas, PlayAZ

Senior Managing Editor: Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter 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.

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CJ Pierre, PlayAZ

Managing Editor and Lead Writer: 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.

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Matthew Kredell, PlayAZ

PlayAZ Contributor: 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.

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Derek Helling, PlayAZ

PlayAZ Contributor: Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA.com and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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Dustin Gouker, PlayAZ

PlayAZ Lead 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.

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Our Parent Company: Catena Media

While exclusive to Arizona, PlayAZ is just one of the dozens of Play-branded and state-specific sites in the Catena Media network. In order to operate as a media site providing information regarding the legal gambling industry, we must go through vendor licensing and registration to ensure we stick to strict guidelines.


Under our parent company Catena Operations Ltd., PlayAZ is licensed by the Arizona Department of Gaming as an Event Wagering Ancillary Supplier in Arizona.

Our licensing details: #EW2000019 (Active as of August 23, 2021)

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

Our content

Throughout the PlayAZ website, readers will discover an array of content:

  • News articles covering gambling laws and regulation, sports betting, land-based casinos, and the lottery
  • Reviews for online sportsbooks active or soon to launch in Arizona
  • Resource pages pertaining to legal gambling options in Arizona
  • Pages for professional sports teams in the state and how to legally bet on them
  • Explainers on how to wager on sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) as well as guides to better understand legal sports betting
  • Video updates on the latest happenings regarding Arizona gambling

At PlayAZ, readers can trust our content to be:

  • Factual
  • Informative
  • Unbiased
  • Transparent
  • Honest

Our editorial process and policies

At PlayAZ, it’s of the utmost importance that we provide trustworthy, reliable resources and information as they relate to legal and regulated gambling in Arizona. Citing only reputable sources, our work shines with credibility, honesty and transparency.

To ensure all of this, the PlayAZ team follows these editorial guidelines:

  • All editorial content is in no way affected by our advertising relationships. We have editorial independence.
  • We aim to only publish objective and credible information regarding legal sports betting and gambling in Arizona. In doing so, we establish ourselves as a reliable resource for bettors as well as individuals wanting to learn more about regulated gambling in the state.
  • We welcome any feedback from readers, as we want to ensure all of our information remains up to date. For any corrections or general inquiries, please email us.

Read more about our editorial process and guidelines for content integrity.

Advertising disclosure

When navigating through PlayAZ, readers might notice some advertisements for regulated gambling sites in Arizona. While we have affiliate partnerships with those companies, they do not have editorial control of our content. What’s more, each brand that we promote is legally licensed to operate in Arizona through the Arizona Department of Gaming.

In addition to not accepting paid advertising outside of these partnerships, we do not publish guest posts or submissions. We at PlayAZ only post stories from our team of professional journalists and experts on the Arizona gambling industry.

While we do benefit financially from these partnerships, the goal at PlayAZ remains: Provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in Arizona. This mission serves as the best tactic for customers, operators, readers and us at PlayAZ.

Contact us / media inquiries

If you would like to tap into our team of experts and analysts, our team at PlayAZ is here to help. Our reputation, experience and knowledge can provide any help you need to provide informational, reliable and credible stories relating to legal sports betting, casino gambling, lottery and daily fantasy sports.

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