Our Editorial Process

Whether you are new to PlayUSA or are a seasoned reader, you may wonder how reliable our information is. After all, there are a number of gambling news sites out there, and as is the case with industry websites, it can be hard to tell the wheat from the chaff. It is critically important that you understand the procedures we undertake to ensure our information is both newsworthy and accurate.

We pledge that our content is informative, accurate, and written by experts that know what they’re talking about.

Our commitment to ethics and the law

PlayUSA is committed to reporting on our subjects both accurately and fairly. For the most part, we do not editorialize or otherwise contribute our opinions about the issues facing legal US gambling. Instead, we are focused on an impartial approach to document events involving sports betting, casino gambling and poker around the US.

Above all else, PlayUSA wants its readers to abide by the laws in their areas. If there is even a chance that a particular activity might be illegal or legally dubious, we do not want you to do it. Every casino site, every land-based casino, every sportsbook and every racetrack that we cover is a regulated, licensed and legal entity in its resident states. Regional laws and regulations are explained in great detail.

As a Catena Media site, PlayUSA is also licensed in multiple jurisdictions. This means that we only provide you with information on legal and regulated sites.

We do not support offshore gambling.

Our editorial team

Every contributing writer at PlayUSA is an expert in both gambling and journalism. Many of them have worked directly for casinos, sportsbooks or other gambling organizations. Others have years of experience covering the industry through ESPN, USA Today and local news outlets. Most of us are players ourselves, and we count winning sports bettors, handicappers and poker players within our ranks.

You can view our team here.

Where we get our information

Our depth of knowledge and experience also allows us to draw upon excellent sources of information. In many cases, our news stories and information flow directly from primary sources on the story. If we cover a proposed law, we often speak with the bill’s author. If we report certain statistics, our information usually comes from the state regulator.

What we do not, and will not ever, trust is hearsay or other dubious sources of secondhand information. Even if we hear rumors about an event taking place, we won’t publish unless we can confirm its veracity independently of the original source. PlayUSA is not a gossip website, and we do not see any value in sensationalizing any part of our reporting.

Our editorial process

Simply writing down information from primary sources is not sufficient for our readers, however. Every word published onsite undergoes a rigorous editorial procedure. We employ a team of copy editors to review our materials for both factual accuracy and grammatical errors.

In addition, each article on PlayUSA receives a separate review from our site runner, Emma Trotter. Emma has years of experience in the casino industry and has served in editorial and publishing capacities with both Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts. With her trained eye, she can spot anything that the copy editors might have missed or, in some cases, suggest revisions to ensure our content is clear and concise.

We will always credit the original source for any information we use in our reporting. We do not publish user-generated content or accept submissions.

Fact checking

Of course, Emma isn’t the only pair of eyes that go over our stories. Our writers, editors, experts, observers, search engine professionals and content managers read through everything we publish. Any facts that we state are subject to review and examination by everyone in the loop.

The US gambling industry is evolving quickly. Much of our informational and review page content is reviewed on a monthly or weekly basis, depending on the need. If a piece of content undergoes a rewrite, the entire article goes through the same process as a new piece of content. This includes fact check, copy editor, content managers and a final check by Emma.

We even employ a quality assurance professional to provide the final check on all the nuts and bolts of our publications.

Ad Placement

Thank you for your desire to advertise on PlayUSA. Unfortunately, we do not offer advertising contracts or accept ad contract offers from external sources.

When errors happen

Of course, there’s no denying that we do make errors in our reporting from time to time. As is the case with any human endeavor, it’s impossible to be perfect, and things do slip through every once in a while.

If you encounter an error or inaccuracy in one of our articles, we ask that you reach out to us so we can review the page in question.

How we make money and conflicts of interest

PlayUSA is a licensed affiliate site through Catena Media. Our advertising and fees allow us to provide you with the latest information on the US gambling industry. We hold licenses to operate in multiple states including New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Our licensing details are available here.

Although we may promote certain sites over others, we do not report or say anything on our site that is not completely accurate. Furthermore, we do not omit or exclude reporting on a site. Our news reporting is never informed by partner considerations.

Feedback and suggestions

If you read something in one of our news stories or reviews that does not match your experience, we want to hear from you. If a deal we promoted turns out to not be accurate, then we want to know about it as soon as possible. If you had a positive experience, we want to hear about that too.

You can share your suggestions and feedback by sending an email to [email protected]

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