About PlayIA

Our mission

To provide the latest news and most accurate information about legal and regulated online gambling in Iowa.

Our team

New Markets Director

Jessica Welman: Welman is the New Markets Director for the network of Play-branded sites, including PlayIA. She has previously served as the editor-in-chief for PlayUSAPlayPennsylvania, and, most recently, PlayIndiana and PlayTenn. Welman has worked for the World Poker Tour, and served as the managing editor for WSOP.com.




Russ Mitchell: Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.


Derek Helling: Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in the Chicago area. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time collecting baseball cards and helping his wife, Audrey, serve their two Munchkin cat overlords.


Kim Yuhl: Yuhl is the Video Producer for Play-branded sites, including PlayIA.com. She has experience writing and reporting on poker culture and the legalization and launch of sports betting in the US. Yuhl was a business story strategist for small businesses. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications.


Dustin Gouker: Gouker is the Head of Content for PlayUSA and regional Play-branded sites, including PlayIA.com. He has reported on and analyzed the online sports betting, online casino, online poker and daily fantasy sports industries since 2015. He was a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer, including stops at The Washington Post and the Washington Examiner.



More about Play

PlayIA is the Iowa-centric site for a series of Play-branded news and informational sites available throughout the country. We cover all aspects of Iowa gambling, including the all 19 casinos, the burgeoning sports betting industry and the lottery.

We are not directly affiliated with any specific casino, sportsbook, mobile sports betting app or gaming website. We are an independently owned and operated commercial organization.

Advertising disclosure

Our funding comes via advertising relationships with several legal online gaming operators. In some cases, when you visit a site,  including online sportsbooks, casino sites, poker sites and daily fantasy sports sites, we may receive financial compensation from the casino or poker site. We may also sell advertising to various partners.

Our policy regarding advertisers is simple:

  • Advertisers do not have a say over the content on PlayIA.com.
  • Our goal is always to provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in Indiana, specifically, and more generally throughout the US. We believe that this goal naturally produces the best information for both customers and operators, and therefore for us as a business.
  • We clearly mark all paid advertisements or advertisements appear in a format (such as banner ads) that are widely understood to be advertisements.

Contact Form

Email *
Subject *
Message *
* - Required