About PlayNJ


Play NJ has a simple focus: to be a trustworthy source of information, news and resources for readers interested in land-based and online casino gaming, online sports betting and online poker in New Jersey.

Our goals

  • Educate consumers on the benefits of playing at legal, regulated online gambling sites including responsible gambling resources at their disposal.
  • Provide useful information on timely online betting offers and promotions, and honest reviews of legal online casinos and sports betting apps.
  • Be a reliable source of news and information on the legal NJ gambling industry including Atlantic City casinos.

We are an independently owned and operated commercial organization with no ownership stake in any New Jersey casino or gambling company.

Contact Us

Catena Media
8565 S. Eastern Avenue
Suite 150 Las Vegas, NV 89123

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Meet the Play NJ team

Our team of writers and analysts bring a wealth of knowledge on legal gambling in NJ, and many of them have been covering the industry since its launch in 2013. You’ll find quotes from our staff at a number of media outlets both national and regional, as they are called upon for expert analysis on an industry that is constantly evolving and growing. Meet the team:


Managing Editor: Allen V. Robinson

Allen V. Robinson 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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Jose Baugh

Jose Baugh 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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Herbert Stanley

Herbert Stanley 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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Gilbert White

Gilbert White, 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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Richard Cox comes from a background of poker, sports and psychology. He brings all of that expertise into his writing, where he contributes content in the growing legalized sports betting, online casino and gambling industry.



Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas 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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Oscar Ruark

Oscar Ruark 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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Tameka Mills

Tameka Mills is a freelance writer. She has worked as a breaking news reporter, copyeditor, and Metro Editor for Gannett/USAToday in New Jersey and North Carolina.

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David Espinoza

David Espinoza has more than 10 years of experience reporting on the online poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.

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Licensing information

play-nj.com is part of a network of Play-branded sites under the Catena Media company umbrella. We are a licensed vendor authorized by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under Catena Operations Ltd.

As a trustworthy authority of the NJ online gambling industry, Play NJ does not recognize unregulated operators. This means if an operator isn’t licensed by the DGE, they will not receive coverage from our staff.

What does Play NJ cover?

Readers will find a wide variety of news content on play-nj.com. The bulk of the coverage centers around sports betting, online casino, and poker along with Atlantic City gaming news. Here is a small sampling of what types of content you'll find at Play NJ.

Atlantic City

  • Restaurant openings and casino updates
  • Gaming executive profiles
  • Best places to gamble, eat, drink, stay and play, watch the Super Bowl and more

Sports betting

  • New sportsbook app launches
  • NJ sports betting reviews and promos
  • Monthly revenue analysis

Online casino & poker

  • NJ online casino reviews, promos, launch news and updates
  • Recap and analysis of the monthly DGE reports
  • Newest games available to NJ online casino players
  • Previews of upcoming NJ online poker tournaments

No matter what the article is about, every article follows the same guidelines of providing useful and accurate information in an easy-to-understand format. Our goal is to provide as much honest information as possible to help readers get a better understanding of the industry or decide what apps or promos are best for them.

Editorial policies

All content at Play NJ undergoes a thorough review process before going live on the site. All articles are reviewed by a team of editors at Catena Media for grammar and word choice before Managing Editor Bill Gelman conducts a final review for accuracy and tone. Bill is a seasoned journalist who has been covering the legal gambling industry in NJ since its inception in 2013. For more on our editorial policies, click here.

Advertising disclosure

Our funding comes via advertising relationships with NJ’s regulated online operators. In some cases, when you visit a regulated online casino or poker site via the links available on play-nj.com, we may receive financial compensation from the betting site. We may also sell advertising space to various partners but only do so in a transparent manner.

Our policy regarding advertisers is simple:

  • Advertisers do not dictate the content on play-nj.com (we maintain editorial independence).
  • Advertisers cannot "buy” a better review on play-nj.com. Our reviewers are completely independent of our ad sales team.
  • Our goal, first and foremost, is to provide credible, objective information about the regulated online betting options in New Jersey. We believe that this goal naturally produces the best situation for casino and sportsbook consumers and operators, and therefore for us as a business.
  • Any paid advertisements on Play NJ will be clearly marked as such or appear in a format (such as banner ads) that are widely understood to be advertisements.

Contact us

Play NJ writers and analysts are available to share insights on the intersections of gambling regulation, online betting, sports and casinos in New Jersey. For media inquiries, please reach out to our Zack Hall, Head of Media Relations.

Join our team

Catena Media and Play NJ in particular are always looking to add talent to our expanding team of experts covering land-based and online gambling from NJ to Nevada to Canada and everything in between. For information on open positions and how to apply, visit our careers page.