Online Poker Report

OPR Authors

Chris Grove
Chris Grove Chris is the publisher of Grove also serves as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated market for online gambling in the United States.
Steve Ruddock
Steve Ruddock Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.
Dustin Gouker
Dustin 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 poker since 2008.
Robert DellaFave
Robert DellaFave Robert DellaFave is a game designer and avid poker player. He writes for several publications centered on legal US online poker and the regulated online gambling industries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Joss Wood
Joss Wood A former editor of Poker Industry Pro, Joss Wood is a graduate in English from the University of Birmingham. Joss also holds a master’s degree in Organisational Development from the University of Manchester. His career path has taken him from the British Army, through business and finance to seven years as a successful professional poker player.
Eric Ramsey
Eric Ramsey Eric is a reporter and writer covering regulated US gambling, sports betting, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.
Dave Palermo
Dave Palermo Dave Palermo is an award-winning metropolitan newspaper reporter. He has written about American Indian governments for more than 20 years, working as an advocate for several tribes and tribal associations. He also has co-authored books on gambling and gambling law.
Howard Stutz
Howard Stutz Howard Stutz covers the gaming industry for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and writes the Inside Gaming column for the LVRJ. His work appears on OnlinePokerReport via syndication with the Stephens Media GamingWire.
Matthew Kredell
Matthew Kredell Matthew began writing about legislative efforts to regulate online poker in 2007 after UIGEA interfered with his hobby of playing small-stakes online poker while working as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News. Covering the topic for Bluff Magazine, PokerNews and now Online Poker Report, he has interviewed four U.S. Congressmen and 20+ state legislators. His poker writing has been cited by The Atlantic, and A freelance writer based in Los Angeles, Matt has written on a variety of topics for Playboy Magazine, Men's Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and
Marco Valerio
Marco Valerio Marco is a contributor to OnlinePokerReport. You can read more of his writing - and catch his epic interviews with a who's who of poker - at a variety of iGaming publications, including TwoPlusTwo, GlobalGamingBusiness and
Katie Stone
Katie Stone Katie Stone is a professional poker player who lives in New Jersey. After moving to Mexico after Black Friday, she returned to her home state of New Jersey in 2014 when online poker became legalized there.
Curtis Woodard
Curtis Woodard Curtis is a recreational poker player from Seattle, WA who advocates for state ipoker legislation. He is the founder of the Washington Internet Poker Initiative and sponsor of Initiatives 582 and 583. Catch him on Twitter at @curtinsea and @ipokerwa (WIPI).
Kim Harvey
Kim Harvey Kim focuses on the intersection of online gambling and state regulatory issues in her work for OnlinePokerReport and a variety of other industry publications.
John Mehaffey
John Mehaffey John is a writer for multiple online poker publications and is the author of the popular Online Poker Payment Processing Report. Read more from John by following @John_Mehaffey on Twitter.
Brad Polizzano
Brad Polizzano Brad is a tax attorney and accountant in New York, and assists gaming industry stakeholders with evaluating various tax considerations for entering into the U.S. internet gaming space. He also represents taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @taxdood
Jason Kirk
Jason Kirk Jason Kirk is a freelance writer. He has covered poker, both online and offline, since 2005. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eric D. Frank
Eric D. Frank Eric D. Frank, associate of the law firm Duane Morris LLP, concentrates his practice in the areas of gaming and regulatory matters for both land-based and Internet gaming clients. Duane Morris has both a national and international presence in the gaming industry. Frank's gaming practice expands beyond commercial casino gaming and includes representative matters in Indian gaming and the lottery and horse racing industries. Frank is a regular author on Duane Morris’ unique Gaming Law Blog.
Chris Sieroty
Chris Sieroty Chris is a gaming and banking reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Business Press. Chris Sieroty's stories appear on OPR via syndication with the Stephens Media GamingWire.
David McKee
David McKee David McKee has been covering the gaming industry for the past 18 years. During that time he has held editorships with Casino Executive Magazine, Casino Executive Reports, Casino Journal, the Las Vegas Business Press and Casino Life. He's also written for USA Today, Las Vegas CityLife, Casino Enterprise Management, Las Vegas Luxury and Desert Companion magazine, among many others. His thoughts on the casino business can be found most days at Stiffs & Georges .
David Huber
David Huber David Huber has been involved in the online poker and gambling industries as a writer, editor, podcast host and consultant since 2004. His experience covering legislative agendas and legal proceedings dates back to the early 1990s as a broadcaster/news service provider for terrestrial AM/FM radio stations.
Nick Jones
Nick Jones Nick has been involved in the online poker industry for over a decade, as a professional poker player, poker coach, video instructor, blogger, software developer, journalist and editor.
Adam Candee
Adam Candee Adam Candee is a veteran of covering sports business and news in Las Vegas. Adam arrived in Las Vegas in 1989, and is a former editor and reporter at the Las Vegas Sun and KLAS-TV.
Gus Fritschie
Gus Fritschie Gus Fritschie is an information security professional living in Washington, D.C.. He is the Chief Technology Officer at SeNet International (, a company with clients including Fortune 500 companies, civilian agencies, and the Department of Defense (DOD). Gus is also a semi-successful poker player, having logged close to a million hands online. Follow Gus on Twitter @gfritschie
Grange95 Grange95 is the pseudonym for an attorney and recreational poker player who blogs about poker and other topics at crAAKKer. Grange95 graduated with honors from Drake University Law School where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Drake Law Review. Grange95 worked in private practice for over 15 years as a civil litigator, with extensive experience in insurance, commercial, administrative, and appellate litigation. Grange95 currently serves as in-house legal counsel for a financial services company where his duties include supervising major litigation throughout the United States.
Martin Derbyshire
Martin Derbyshire With more than ten years experience in the poker industry, Martin Derbyshire has traveled the world reporting on tournaments and interviewing the boldface names from the gaming world. He contributes to numerous publications, including and
Nicholaus Garcia
Nicholaus Garcia Nick comes from West Texas where he graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in psychology. After a five year stint in Chicago where he wrote about local politics and graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, he moved to Washington, D.C. to write about issues related to gambling policy, sports betting and responsible gaming.
PokerXanadu PokerXanadu is a legislative and regulatory advocate for the rights of poker players, and a poker player himself. Learn more about his efforts at
Mark Nazzal
Mark Nazzal Mark Nazzal is a freelance software reviewer who formerly worked at Liquidpoker and Macropoker. A recreational gambler since 2004 and with a background in astrophysics, he naturally gravitates towards a data and research-driven approach to writing.
Robin Jones
Robin Jones Robin is a writer for a variety of online poker media sites, with a focus on legislation and regulation of online poker in the United States.
Dave Ferrara
Dave Ferrara David Ferrara covers gaming and banking for the Las Vegas Review Journal. David's reporting work appears on OnlinePokerReport via syndication with the Stephens Media GamingWire.
Russ Fox
Russ Fox Russell Fox is an Enrolled Agent (a federally licensed tax professional) at Clayton Financial and Tax. He specializes in tax preparation and representation of poker players and has been doing so since 1999. He is the co-author of three books on poker (including Why You Lose at Poker and Winning Strategies for No-Limit Hold’em) and is the author of Tax Strategies for the Small Business Owner. He resides in Las Vegas.
Bill Rini Bill has worked in a variety of positions at a variety of online poker sites, including Party Poker and Full Tilt. Bill is currently a part of the World Poker Tour team. Find more of his writing at
Larry Gibbs
Larry Gibbs Larry Gibbs is VP of US Gaming Services, a full-service consulting and marketing research organization with 15 years’ experience in US gaming, creating ROI behavior studies and analysis for government, lobbyist and casino industry clients. His focused opinion and outlook have appeared in several gaming industry magazines and newspapers.
Aaron Wilt
Aaron Wilt Aaron is a high-stakes pro familiar to many from his work at DeucesCracked. His latest project is Follow Aaron on Twitter @WiltOnTilt.
Richard Schuetz
Richard Schuetz Richard Schuetz is the Executive Director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission, and was formerly a Commissioner for the California Gambling Control Commission.
Michael Gagliano
Michael Gagliano A long time New Jersey resident, Michael Gagliano has played poker professionally since 2009 and has collected more than $3 million in cashes both live and online. He is a leading instructor and co-founder of
Brian Pempus
Brian Pempus Brian Pempus writes for a number of industry publications centered around the regulated US online gambling industry. He is a graduate of Penn State. Brian lives in Ohio and has been involved in the gambling industry since 2009.
Alex Weldon
Alex Weldon Alex is a game designer, freelancer and semi-professional online poker player living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is passionate about games, art, science, math, and social issues. Follow on Twitter: @benefactumgames.
Andy Caras-Altas
Andy Caras-Altas Andy is the CEO at Traffic Generation Ltd, a technology and services company that brings social, land-based, online and mobile gaming together. Follow Andy on Twitter or contact via LinkedIn.
John Caldwell
John Caldwell John served as the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of for five years before taking a position at as the Director of Pro and Celebrity Marketing. John is currently a partner at Narus Advisors, a boutique gaming consultancy focusing on new technologies and regulatory matters, and the co-founder of Crypto Gaming Services, a technology provider to the regulated gaming industry.
Dave Thornton
Dave Thornton Dave Thornton is a contributor to, and the CEO of Skill in Games which provides advanced analytics for online poker. A former software developer and financial analyst with degrees in Computer Science and Decision Processes from the University of Pennsylvania, Dave also holds a law degree from Georgetown University, and is a semi-professional live cash game player. Follow Dave on Twitter @dave_j_thornton.
Michael Gentile
Michael Gentile Michael Gentile is the editor of PokerFuse.
David Fried
David Fried David Fried attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving his JD in 1988. He represents card rooms and gaming suppliers in California. He appears before the California Gambling Control Commission in licensing and regulatory matters and has processed gaming license applications in the United Kingdom, Canada and many several US states.
Mike Stein
Mike Stein Mike Stein is a mathematician and lifelong enthusiast of competitive strategy games. He writes about practical and theoretical applications of applied probability within and around poker at
Jerry Rau
Jerry Rau Jerry Rau is the President of Rau and Associates ( providing guidance in payments, fraud and compliance in regulated iGaming Previously he initiated and managed the payments and fraud group at Ultimate Poker / Ultimate Casino. Prior to Ultimate he his 13 years with a multi billion dollar company as VP of operations, providing electronic money movement for thousands of financial institutions.
Matthew Katz
Matthew Katz Matthew Katz is CEO and founder of CAMS (, a multi-tenant Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for poker, lottery and online gambling operators. CAMS enables operators to monitor player activity, comply with internal and external regulations, facilitate payment deposit and withdrawals and enforce operator business rules.
Kevin Brkal
Kevin Brkal Kevin Brkal has been in the poker world for over 10 years. He is a contributor to OnlinePokerReport primarily focused on the regulated New Jersey online poker market. You can also find him at and follow him on Twitter @pokereagles.
Grant Lucas Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter 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 and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.
Jeff Ifrah
Jeff Ifrah Jeff Ifrah is a founding member of the Ifrah Law Group, a D.C.-based practice with focus areas including iGaming, Internet advertising, FTC and CFTC enforcement and white collar counsel and defense.