About PlayVirginia

Our mission

To provide the latest news and accurate information about legal and regulated online sports betting in Virginia.

Our team

Managing Editor: Tyler Andrews

Tyler AndrewsTyler is the Managing Editor for PlayVirginia, covering sports, sports law, and gambling for the Old Dominion. He has also covered similar topics for NCSharp, PlayCA, PlayFlorida, PlayOhio, and PlayTexas.

Tyler’s current focus is Virginia’s pathway to online casino legalization.

Read more from Tyler Andrews here.

Recent and Current Contributors

Phil West

Contributor: Phil West

Phil West is a longtime journalist based in Austin, Texas, whose bylines have appeared in The Daily Dot, Nautilus, Pro Soccer USA, Howler, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Chronicle. He has also written two books about soccer.


Cheryl CowardContributor: Cheryl Coward

Cheryl Coward started her career as a news reporter in Washington, DC. She’s a die-hard women’s basketball fan and founded the website Hoopfeed.com as a result of that passion. She loves writing about sports on all levels and has previous experience covering sports betting regulations, operator marketing campaigns and women’s sports gambling topics.


Derek Helling

Contributor: Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a Catena Media contributor who resides in Chicago. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law.



Content Manager: Ian St. Clair

Ian St. Clair manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in the US, including PlayVirginia.com. He has covered the sports betting and gambling industry for over two years and is now leading the charge in the most influential markets to potentially launch online casinos. A University of Northern Colorado graduate, he also has over a decade of journalism experience covering college and professional athletics.

Head of Production, Play Sites: Kim Yuhl

Kim Yuhl is the content lead for Play-branded sites, including PlayIllinois.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.

Past Contributor: Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 20 years, working as a reporter, editor, and designer. He has also managed content about gambling at Legal Sports Report and other sites. He contributed analysis at the PlayUSA network, including regional sites like PlayVirginia. He went to school in Washington DC and lived in Virginia for five years.

More about PlayVirginia.com

PlayVirginia was founded to help cover the new gambling industry created by state law in 2020, including the legalization of online sports betting and land-based casinos. You can find information at PlayVirginia on both topics, as well as coverage of the gambling industry in the region around Virginia.

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