Derek Helling

Lead Writer

Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA. He broke into covering the legal US gambling industry in North America in 2018 while PASPA still existed and the only reason anyone knew anything about the Federal Wire Act of 1961 was that Robert F. Kennedy made a big deal of it when he was JFK’s attorney general.

Within a broader scope of gaming, Helling focuses on reporting breaking news in addition to legislation and litigation happening in the industry. He loves to read hundreds of pages of a gambling bill or lawsuit so his audience doesn’t have to.

Prior to writing about gambling, Helling covered the business and legal aspects of sports for publications like FanSided’s flagship site, Ozy, and other Catena Media sites. Readers can also currently find him writing about food and restaurants for Mashed.

Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa.

Below is a sample of work:

Stories written about sports and gambling regulation in the US

PlayUSA article highlights

Podcast and video appearances

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