Writers

Editors

Edward Colman

Norwich, UK. Norwich, UK. Ed started his career managing social media channels for regional newspaper and magazine publishing company Archant before joining Bauer Media, one of Europe's largest publishers, running the digital side of the Today’s Golfer brand; he joined Casinopedia from Bauer in January 2017. Put simply, Ed’s career has been centred on engaging with readers on a multitude of digital platforms. He is also completing part time study towards a degree in Environmental Management and Technology via the Open University.

Jake Fox

CEO, Casinopedia. Jake made his first move into digital back in 2003 working as a web analyst, designer, developer and consultant for one of the UK’s largest financial services providers. He then moved into the iGaming industry, heading up organic search for the top UK focused casino affiliate business before spearheading search strategy for top online bingo brands. More recently, Jake developed the design, branding, product, user experience and search from the ground up for leading online casino brand bgo before becoming a founding partner of Casinopedia. Jake’s vast industry experience and proven track record means he can offer a unique, valued insight into the world of online casinos. He has a genuine passion for great content, casinos and helping players succeed.

Luke Page

Norwich, UK.Content Editor for Casinopedia with ten years' experience in the news media industry. Luke was editor of the Diss Express for two years having previously been an NCTJ-qualified news journalist at the same title for five years. His last role was as content editor for three newspaper titles, The Suffolk Free Press, Newmarket Journal and Diss Express. This job involved handling a team of journalists to meet print deadlines and hit web targets. Luke passed his senior news journalism qualification, the NCE, in 2009 and has also gained a business management degree.

Matthew High

Norwich, UK. Now a Content Editor at Casinopedia Matt has more than 10 years’ experience in publishing, predominantly as a magazine editor producing content for a wide range of industries and subject matter. Prior to his work at Casinopedia Matt was an editor at content agency, Archant Dialogue responsible for creating multi-channel content for a number of globally recognised brands including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Porsche and Jeep, as well as household names like AGA and Center Parcs. An avid car fan, he was responsible for the global roll-out of the official Rolls-Royce Motor Cars luxury magazine and producing bespoke feature content for the manufacturer’s website – including a personal highlight of a trip up the world-famous Goodwood Hillclimb (unfortunately, not behind the wheel). He also has experience of B2B publishing, having edited a leading global oil and gas industry publication as well as titles in the shipping and rail industries.

Contributors

Adam O'Connell

Nottingham, UK. Adam is a writer with considerable experience in the casino and casino games sectors, having started writing for poker magazine, Poker Pro Europe while still at university. Shortly after leaving college he ran the PR launch campaign for Dusk Till Dawn, Europe's biggest poker club, before turning his attention to freelance writing. Over the past decade he has written for more than a dozen gaming publications, specilazing in poker but covering all aspects of international gambling.

Bethany Hansraj

Nottingham, UK. Bethany attended York University in Toronto, majoring in Professional and Creative Writing. She is passionate about all things gaming, from online casinos and video games to table top adventures. Having worked as a blogger in the casino market for nearly a decade, Bethany has written for dozens of publications and websites in the industry, including Slots Temple among others. She specializes in online gaming, keeping on top of new digital developments that help to usher in an exciting new era of casino gambling. As Head of Content for gaming marketing specialist Fifth Street Media, Bethany integrates specialist industry insight into her news commentary.

Bret Allen

Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Brett is a gambling, gaming and fiction writer with a journalism degree from Staffordshire University. Having worked as a freelance copywriter for over three years and served time as a casino chat host for Jackpotjoy, Bret has an eye for words and wagers. From creating occasional written content for the Jackpotjoy site, Bret moved on to full-time copywriting, producing casino content for websites like SlotStop and Onlinebingo. On the other side of the gaming world, he’s also written for video games. Bret co-hosts the comedy news podcast 'Don't Lose Your Headline' and has written a collection of short fantasy stories called 'Strange Matters'.

Callum Hamilton

Northamptonshire, UK. Callum is freelance journalist, editor and copywriter specialising in the gambling and sports industries. He has considerable experience of producing copy for a range of different businesses, with tourism and sport featuring alongside his casino and gambling output. Callum also writes for VICE Media, including for both VICE and VICE Sports and also edits the SB Nation sports blog.

Cian Murray

Dublin, Ireland. Cian is an Irish journalist who has worked as an online content executive for leading betting company, Betfair, and produced content for Irish news and entertainment site, JOE.ie and The Irish Independent. Cian is experienced in a range of areas including social media, blogging, specialist online content, project management and on-air radio and audio work. When not writing, he is usually found supporting awful sports teams - see Connacht Rugby and Newcastle United for further details.

Daniel Bennett

Bournemouth, UK. Daniel is 20 years old and a regular news and features contributor to Casinopedia. He is currently studying for a degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. As part of his studies, Dan is producing radio, TV and print content and hopes to become a sports writer in the near future. Dan has previously edited online fan site Vital Blackpool and currently writes sport articles for the Bournemouth Rock newspaper, which includes providing updates on all things AFC Bournemouth. Other publications he has written for include Nerve Magazine, for which he has produced a number of Sport and Entertainment feature articles, including a 2016 Olympic Preview. He also hosts a weekly radio show on Nerve Radio, previewing all the different UK Premier League fixtures that week. When not studying, his interests include going to watch football as an avid Blackpool FC fan. Dan also enjoys music and collects vinyl records and plays guitar.

Daniel Smyth

London, UK. Dan is a professional freelance writer who has written material for various industries, most notably the poker, casino, sports betting and iGaming industries. He has worked with many of the UK's leading magazine titles including WPT magazine, the official World Poker Tour publication, for which he has been a features writer and strategy editor. Dan is currently an online content and SEO editor, producing content for a number of European and US facing websites focused on online casinos and gaming, as well as financial content for FOREX and a range of tech-based, social and popular culture online content. Dan specialises in feature writing, interview content, reviews and academic writing.

Ian Waterhouse

London, UK. Ian is a gambling, business, sport and fitness journalist with many years' experience of covering live sporting events and breaking news. Ian has provided content for website, 10bet as a betting preview specialist writer, has been a senior writer for Liquid Sports Media, a betting preview writer for Comeon, and a senior content producer for Project11 Sports. Ian has also written for 'Yourmobilecasinos', Sports Betting Experts, The Football League Paper and Non-League Magazine along with supplying copy for the Mobile Industry Review. When not attempting to put the world to rights he will be on the golf course, probably in a bunker!

Ivan Potocki

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogovina. Ivan was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1985. He spent the early years of his life and education in a war-torn area of the Bosnian capital, which was under siege for nearly four years. After the war, he finished elementary school in Sarajevo and then temporarily moved to Travnik, where he completed his high school education. Having graduated, he returned to Sarajevo, where he enrolled at the University of Sarajevo, with the English Language and Literature department. Three years later, he proceeded to acquire his BA degree. It was during his university years that Ivan discovered online poker, which was one of the first steps to lead him on the path of online journalism. After playing poker semi-professionally for a few years, he decided to merge his two passions, writing and poker, and started looking for freelance writing opportunities. During his freelance engagements, he expanded his field of interest to other online gambling and related activities, writing on different topics from the casino and poker industry. A few months into his newly found career, he landed an opportunity to work on a project for PokerTube. Having liked his work, the site's owners offered him a more permanent writing position, which eventually led to the chief news editor position. He stayed with PokerTube for two years before moving on. After leaving PokerTube, he went back to his freelance career, which led to a number of assignments with various sites like Beat The Fish (a long-standing poker blog), Online Casino Reports, and, more recently, Casinopedia.

James Gibson

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. James has been a content writer for Play Marketing for over two years, writing casino reviews and articles about online gambling and the online gambling industry. He went to the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh - the same one as Prince William - and graduated with an MA (Hons) 2:1 in Classics. James has also worked as a content writer for Cruise.me for over four years, writing blogs and general content about cruise ships, cruising and destinations you can visit on a cruise. Other topics he has turned his hand to include viral entertainment, weight loss and health, and landscape painting.

Jasmin Collier

Brighton, UK. Jasmin is a professional copy editor and proofreader, with a wealth of freelance copywriting and content production experience. Holding a degree in English Literature, Jasmin has written for numerous industries, some of which include pharmaceutical, medical, lifestyle, food and drink, and, more recently, the casino sector. Having transitioned from an Editorial Assistant role into a News Copy Editor position has allowed Jasmin to develop numerous skills, including creating engaging, informative and flawless copy and working with writers to produce accurate, tailored content. Jasmin’s work with Casinopedia takes her from creating research-based definition content to writing breaking news stories on all the latest in the casino industry. Jasmin has worked on magazine titles including European Biopharmaceutical Review and Innovations in Pharmaceutical Technology, as well as health information websites Medical News Today and Healthline.

John Thairu

Nairobi, Kenya. John is an experienced writer, having produced content for a range of different organisations and industry sectors during his career. Highly proficient at producing engaging content for publications and interactive media platforms, John has written for MSN Kenya, A Sporting Life, Fine Sports Prints and Ideas4homes among others. Alongside writing, John has developed other complementary skills like social media management and has radio production experience too. He is an observant and conscientious individual with great enthusiasm for the evolving nature of technology, including how it relates to the changing world of online casinos. When he's not busy reading, writing or reviewing content you can find him sampling continental cuisine and later trying to shed off the pounds.

Jonny Sweet

Edinburgh, UK. An English Literature graduate and an avid sports fan, Jonny is now putting his writing skills to good use by penning articles and features for Casinopedia. Jonny is currently the music editor of Scottish cultural review The Wee Review and in the past he has produced a range of content for Itcher, LOL Football and TeaTime Magazine. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post and The Skinny. When not tapping furiously away at his keyboard, he's most probably watching the Spurs flatter to deceive yet again (Tottenham, that is, not San Antonio - though he has adopted the Texans as his NBA team of choice for purely sentimental reasons).

Kai Sedgwick

Edinburgh, UK. Kai Sedgwick is a professional word slinger and digital marketer whose work has surfaced in The Sun, Daily Mail and BuzzFeed as well as in more salubrious places. He spent two years writing for YPlan’s 1.5 million app users and has crafted content for the world’s most popular 6-pack abs workout app. In 2014 his own fitness campaign, The McWorkout, earned international press coverage after he attempted to get as fit as possible while in 30 days living off nothing but McDonald’s. These days, Kai divides his time between writing about online casinos and digital marketing, trading acronyms such as RTP for CRM and RNG for CTA. He first bought Bitcoin when it was trading at $19 but wasn’t astute enough to hold onto it. He now atones for his short-sightedness by crafting copy about Bitcoin casinos and Ethereum-based blockchain technology. When the rigours of the freelance game permit, Kai also likes to write for fun, crafting content for his own site, which has over 5 million readers to date, and publishing the occasional longread. In his free time, he likes to unwind by lifting weights and sleeping, but never at the same time.

Sheree Hanna

Norwich, UK. Sheree is the Editor of Business Showcase and an experienced freelance writer and journalist, who specialises in promoting, marketing and writing about business. Sheree launched Business Showcase in April, 2016 with the aim of providing competitive, digital content marketing services for small to medium-sized enterprises. Sheree is known for her versatility and ability write on any subject having, in the past, completed regular features for the Norwich edition of retail-focused magazine, Vanilla; provided thought-leadership articles for a leading London PR agency and, through an internal communications agency, content for Transport for London's staff magazine. She has also written property lifestyle article and interviewed senior management figures from many national and international companies on behalf of a profiles marketing company. Sheree's career spanned 25 years as newspaper journalist, where she held various titles including Business Editor, Industrial Editor, Features Editor and Deputy News Editor.

Simkha Blank

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Simkha Blank is a Las Vegas-based live poker tournament reporter and independent author. She is a former professional poker player who specializes in pot limit Omaha cash games and has done commentary on a Twitch stream for one of the top online poker players in the world. She has worked for the World Series of Poker as well as PokerNews, and is the author of "Volatile," a book on intersection of mental illness and poker. She is a graduate of George Mason University, where she studied Biology and Sociology.  Simkha is also a qualified blackjack dealer.

Thomas Powell

Leicester, UK. Thomas is a self-confessed US and UK political anorak with a passion for online gaming and experience writing for a host of publications, covering a wide range of events. In his work for Casinopedia he is currently watching life under President Trump and life after Brexit very closely to see how things unfold and the impacts of both on the online casino world.

Tyler Nals

North Carolina, USA. Tyler has penned 11 books, including six poker-themed books. Poker Notes, Poker Blog, and The Perfect Range all target beginner-intermediate players while offering quirky entertainment. The Dark Side of the Felt, The Poker Office, and Felt Hopper: Florida round up his other poker-themed books, with The Dark Side of the Felt being the most popular of that lot. The Felt Hopper series will soon continue in Las Vegas. Another book (title yet to be revealed) including 100 fans taking part in a fictional poker tournament is currently being written. Tyler plays poker under a different name. He has several deep cashes, as well as one win recorded on Hendon Mob.