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Bill Grinstead Freelancer writer, news junkie and poker player. Contributor to PocketFives,, and others.
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Dustin Gouker
Dustin Gouker Dustin Gouker has been in sports media for more than 15 years, 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 for publications including and Online Poker Report.
Kendall James
Kendall James Kendall has been covering the gaming industry for over 7 years. Kendall lives in San Francisco with his wife and black Labrador. Kendall often travels to Sacramento and Nevada to covers legislative hearings and iGaming conferences.
Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including,, and
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.
PokerXanadu Poker author, advocate and player, with a passion for all things poker.
Robert DellaFave Robert DellaFave is a game designer and avid poker player. He writes for several online poker publications and dreams of one day programming a poker simulation clever enough to beat the pros. Read more by following @DivergentGames on Twitter.
Steve Ruddock
Steve Ruddock Steve is one of the most recognizable names in the online poker media space. He brings his deep knowledge and equally deep well of opinions to his coverage at
Thomas Laforgia
Thomas Laforgia New York-based Thomas Laforgia has covered a wide range of topics in his career, which has seen his work on film, crime, gaming, and other topics published in the New York Daily News and a variety of other publications. Tom shares his passion for writing by serving as an English tutor for students K-12 and fills an advisory role at a college newspaper.