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PlayMichigan is the Michigan-centric site for the Play-branded US series of websites focusing on gambling news and information. PlayMichigan and our affiliated sites have one goal: To be a resource to readers for news and objective reviews related to the legal and regulated online gambling options in Michigan. is licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

You can learn more about PlayMichigan and the upcoming launch of sports betting.

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PlayMichigan is independently owned and operated. We have no ownership interest in any casino or sportsbook, including commercial, tribal, or online. Our content is created entirely by our impartial writing team.

PlayMichigan and the PlayUSA network generate revenue via relationships with legal online sports betting and gaming partners. We may sometimes receive payment when our site’s visitors head to these legal online gaming options.

Here at Michigan, we follow these guidelines:

  • Editorial content is in no way affected by our advertising relationships. We exert editorial independence.
  • We attempt to provide only objective and credible information related to Michigan sports betting and gambling. We do this to be a resource for bettors and people simply looking for more information about gambling in Michigan.
  • We are receptive to feedback and want to make sure we have the most up to date information. If you see any issues, please use the contact form below.

PlayMichigan Authors

Matt Schoch

Matt Schoch

A Michigan native, Matt Schoch has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He’s also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides. More about Matt Schoch.


Dustin GoukerDustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer — including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He has played poker recreationally for his entire adult life and has written about online poker and the online gambling industry since 2008. More about Dustin Gouker.



Danny Lawhon Headshot 2021Danny Lawhon

Danny Lawhon has more than a decade of reporting experience in three states, including nearly 10 years with the Des Moines Register. He’s covered college and professional sports, the NCAA Tournament and the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours. Danny is a professional musician in his spare time and plays the piano and pipe organ (seriously). He now covers the online gambling industry in Michigan. More about Danny Lawhon.



Matthew Kredell

Matthew Kredell has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. His reporting on the legalization of sports betting began in 2010 with an article for Playboy Magazine on how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting the expansion of regulated sports betting. A USC journalism alum, Matt started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News and has written on a variety of topics for Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and More about Matthew Kredell.


Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life, and has been writing professionally for the last 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.



Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago, IL. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law. Recently, he has written about the expanded gambling industry in Michigan, including online sports betting, online casinos, and the cornerstone land-based casino market.


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