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About Penn Bets

Penn Bets is an independent news, analysis and information website created by a team of experienced online gaming professionals. The primary purpose of the website is to cover the legal, regulated online gambling industry in Pennsylvania. All content on this site is original, and written for the sole purpose of publishing on PennBets.com.

We do NOT publish paid guest posts, “advertorials” or any other form of native advertising. Please do not contact us requesting guest posts or links.

Penn Bets strives to be Pennsylvania’s most complete resource for online gambling participants and industry followers alike. The editors of the website operate at their sole discretion, and are independent of oversight from any outside organization.

Daily and weekly content on Penn Bets consists of breaking news and analysis, interviews and opinion editorials. The resources on the site are intended to provide Pennsylvania residents with a complete guide to understanding the ins and outs of playing online in the Keystone State.

Neither Penn Bets nor any of its managers are affiliated with any casino, gambling company or industry trade group.

Advertising on Penn Bets

Penn Bets earns 100% of its revenue through advertising for legal gambling products such as state-licensed casinos, lottery tickets and poker tournaments. All advertisers have an arms-length relationship with Penn Bets and have no influence whatsoever on editorial decisions.

No advertisements on this website are intended to target individuals who:

  • Are under the legal age minimum required to participate in the advertised products (usually 21)
  • Intend to defraud, or have defrauded, casinos in any way
  • Have a history of problem gambling or are on a self-exclusion list
  • Intend to gamble online outside of Pennsylvania


Gary Rotstein
296 Articles

Gary is a longtime journalist, having spent three decades covering gambling, state government, and other issues for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in addition to stints as managing editor of the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette and as a reporter for United Press International and the Middletown (Conn.) Press. Contact Gary at gary@usbets.com.

Eric Raskin
81 Articles

Eric is a veteran writer, editor, and podcaster in the sports and gaming industries. He was the editor-in-chief of the poker magazine All In for nearly a decade, is the author of the book The Moneymaker Effect, and has contributed to such outlets as ESPN.com, Grantland.com, and Playboy.

Bill Grinstead
74 Articles

Bill has over a decade of experience working in diverse aspects of the online gambling space. He is currently focused on legal, US online gaming, which he has reported on since the industry first became regulated in the country.

Brian Pempus
72 Articles

Brian served as a senior reporter and online content manager for Card Player Magazine for nearly a decade before joining USBets in October 2018. He is currently focused on legal and regulated sports betting and online gaming. He's an avid jiu-jitsu practitioner in his free time.

42 Articles

Robert is a veteran writer and analyst for the gambling industry, with a particular focus on the emergent US online gambling market. An avid poker and gambling enthusiast, Robert offers unique perspectives from both the vantage point of the player and industry professional, and is fit to cover a broad spectrum of topics.

John Brennan
10 Articles

John Brennan has covered NJ and NY sports business and gaming since 2002 and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2008, while reporting for The Bergen County Record.

Jill R. Dorson
8 Articles

Jill has covered everything from steeplechase to the NFL and then some during a more than 30-year career in sports journalism. The highlight of her career was covering Oakland Raiders during the Charles Woodson/Jon Gruden era, including the infamous “Snow Bowl” and the Raiders’ 2003 trip to Super Bowl XXXVII. Her specialty these days is covering sports betting legislation across the country.

JD McNamara
7 Articles

JD is the founder of Content Aces (so he writes a lot of things for the Internet). He also enjoys poker, sports, film, science fiction, and is a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jeff Edelstein
6 Articles

Jeff is a veteran journalist, working as a columnist for The Trentonian newspaper in Trenton, NJ for a number of years. He's also an avid sports bettor and DFS player. He can be reached at jedelstein@bettercollective.com.

Chris Altruda
4 Articles

Chris Altruda has been a sportswriter with ESPN, The Associated Press, and STATS over more than two decades. He recently expanded into covering sports betting and gambling around the Midwest.

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