About PlayIA

PlayIA posts content covering all aspects of Iowa sports betting and online gambling. Our talented and experienced team delivers breaking news and analysis to be one of the most complete resources in Iowa for gamblers and industry followers.

Our Mission

Provide readers with unbiased, helpful, and entertaining information relating to legalized gambling in Iowa, including sports betting, lottery, casinos, and horse betting.


PlayIA Team

Managing Editor: Calli Varner

Calli Varner

Calli is the managing editor of PlayIA. She combines her background in journalism with her knowledge of gambling and love for sports to deliver the latest news and information on Iowa sports betting and online gambling. Being a lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on the Phoenix Suns. But Calli’s heart belongs to her number one sports team, the Kansas City Chiefs.


Writer: Connie Reinert

Connie J. Reinert has a long history of work in the news industry, with roles as a designer, photographer, and reporter to being a publisher/owner. Much of her current work focuses on being a good storyteller.

Writer: Jarrett Huff

Jarrett Huff is a former sports editor at Northern Star Media from Wonder Lake, Illinois. Friends and family will tell you he’s an NBA history nerd with a diehard passion for the Chicago Bulls, Bears and Cubs.

Writer: Aleeyah Jadavji

Aleeyah hails from Toronto, Ontario, in Canada, and has been working predominantly in the poker industry since 2015. From writing articles to interviewing big winners and live reporting on poker’s biggest stages, she’s seen it all.

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Contributor: 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.

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Head of Production, Play Sites: Kim Yuhl

Kim Yuhl is the content lead 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.


More About PlayIA

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 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 Iowa, 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 that appear in a format (such as banner ads) that are widely understood to be advertisements.


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