Our mission

To provide news and information regarding legal and regulated online gambling in the United States

Our team


Emma Trotter: Emma worked as a Staff Writer and Editor at magazines in Las Vegas before shifting over to the corporate casino-hospitality industry, where she held positions as a Senior Digital Editor at Caesars Entertainment and Brand Marketing Manager at Wynn Las Vegas. A UNLV Journalism graduate, Emma traded writing pieces on local and national high-profile figures to be a full-time news editor.


Nicholaus Garcia: Nick Garcia is a raconteur, Chicago White Sox season ticket holder, and senior reporter based in Chicago, IL. He’s covered the emergence of legalized sports betting for over five years and has written numerous opinion, feature and analysis pieces centered around gambling.

He’s a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.


Brant James: Brant James has been soaked with champagne in the winning locker room after a World Series and a Stanley Cup final, walked – carefully – from the barn to the paddock with Kentucky Derby colts on the first Saturday in May and ridden in a rally car with Travis Pastrana up Mt. Washington. The tail-hook landing on an aircraft carrier might have topped them all.

Including stops at ESPN, SI.com and USA Today, he’s covered everything from hockey to motorsports, and now, sports betting.


Martin DerbyshireMartin Derbyshire: Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings.

He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.


Bart Shirley: Bart Shirley is a writer and poker player from Houston, Texas. When he’s not teaching high school math and business, Bart writes about the NJ online casino industry and US online poker.

He has a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a degree in English from Texas A&M.

More about PlayUSA

PlayUSA is the national site for a series of Play-branded news and informational sites in various states, such as PlayNJ.com, PlayPennsylvania.com, PlayNY.com, and nearly a dozen others. PlayUSA and our affiliated sites have simple focus: To provide readers with news and resources related to legal, regulated online gambling options in the United States.

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We are an independently owned and operated commercial organization and not directly affiliated with any one casino or gaming website. Please see this page if you are interested in joining our team.

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