Managing Editor: 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.
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Lead writer: David Danzis
David Danzis is an award-winning journalist who has covered business, politics, government, education, and sports in New Jersey. Most recently, he wrote about Atlantic City casinos, online gaming, and sports betting for The Press of Atlantic City. David is a graduate of Rutgers University.
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Contributor: Dan Holmes
Dan Holmes is a contributing writer for PlayNJ. He has written three boooks about sports and previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as Major League Baseball. An avid writer, runner and enjoyer of lemon bars, Dan lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and, oftentimes, a nearby orange cream soda.
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Contributor: Cole Rush
Cole Rush writes words. A lot of them. Most of those words can be found in gambling publications such as PlayNJ, PlayIllinois, Gaming Today, and Bonus.com. Cole also covers pop culture and books for Tor.com and TheQuillToLive.com. Cole has more than eight years of experience writing about gambling and entertainment.
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Contributor: Stephanie Loder
Stephanie Loder is a freelance writer for PlayNJ. She provides coverage of New Jersey’s Atlantic City casinos while also focusing on the beach, boardwalk, and special gaming events. Prior to writing for PlayNJ, she covered Atlantic City government, breaking news, and casinos for The Press of Atlantic City in Pleasantville, N.J.
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Contributor: Anthony Cicali
Anthony “Eatahoagie“ Cicali is a freelance writer from Riverside, NJ. He has his undergrad from Stockton University. He’s also a Twitch casino streamer and a professional East Coast poker player. Currently covers poker and casino-related topics for PlayNJ, PlayTexas, PlayNY, PlayPennsylvania and more. Favorite sports teams include the Phillies, Flyers and the Gravina Football Club. You can follow his gambling adventures on Twitter @Eatahoagie.
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Contributor: Hannah Vanbiber
Hannah Vanbiber is a contributing writer for PlayNJ after starting her journalism career in Chattanooga, Tennessee. From covering local sports, entertainment and business in East Tennessee, Hannah now covers legal gambling for New Jersey and New York as well as covering women’s sports and sports betting in the New York metropolitan area.
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Contributor: Dave Bontempo
Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and iGaming Player, among others. He covers New Jersey sports betting, horse betting and the legal gambling industry across the US.
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News content manager: Matthew Bain
Matthew Bain is the News Content Manager at Catena Media, overseeing news content for the network’s highest-priority regional sites. With New Jersey being the original US online gambling market, PlayNJ is one of his main focuses.
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Content manager: Ian St. Clair
Ian St. Clair manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in the US, including PlayNJ. He has covered the sports betting and online casino industry since early 2020 and is now leading the charge in the most influential online casino markets in the US and potentially launching online casinos. A University of Northern Colorado graduate, he also has over a decade of journalism experience covering college and professional athletics. He and his wife’s cats secretly run their house.
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Past Contributor: Bill Gelman
Bill Gelman has been reporting on the NJ gambling market since 2018, right around when the Garden State launched sports betting. Bill transitioned from lead writer for PlayNJ and NJ Gambling Sites to eventually managing editor in 2020.
Bill received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College. He has contributed to other Catena Media sites including The Lines, Legal Sports Report, PlayPennsylvania and PlayCanada.
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Past Contributor: Dustin Gouker
Dustin Gouker is a legal sports betting and gambling analyst who has covered, analyzed and provided his expertise on legal online sports betting, casino, poker and daily fantasy sports since 2015. Prior to entering the world of legal gambling, Dustin worked as a sports journalist for over 15 years, contributing to newspapers ranging from Oregon-based publications to The Washington Post. Considered one of the leading analysts for legal sports betting and gambling, Dustin received a degree from George Washington University.
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Past Contributor: Eric Ramsey
Eric is a reporter and writer covering the NJ gambling industry, online poker, sports betting regulation, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.
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Past Contributor: Derek Helling
Derek Helling is a freelance journalist from Chicago. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business, and sports law. When he isn’t writing, he spends his serving his two Munchkin cat overlords.
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Past contributor: 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. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.
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