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Editor-in-Chief
David Sheldon
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Editor-in-Chief and Industry Expert

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Industry Trends, Betting Markets, Casino History, Casino.org Site Information

DAVID'S STORY

A blackjack obsession in his native New Jersey fueled David's professional interest in gambling industry trends and players' needs. After realizing there was nowhere for players like himself to access independent gambling information in one place, he joined industry peer Warren Eugene in steering Casino.org towards being the world's #1 dedicated source of gambling information. Since 2001, he has been championing innovation and building teams of experts to offer in-depth guidance and casino reviews.

Meet Our News Team Working around the clock to bring you all the latest news
Philip Conneller
Senior Reporter, UK Bureau
827 Articles
Devin O'Connor
Senior Reporter, US/East Coast Bureau
1014 Articles
Ed Silverstein
Senior Reporter, US/East Coast Bureau/Legal
73 Articles
Cort Smith
Reporter, North American Bureau
139 Articles

Meet Our Reviews Team

Katie Barlowe
Head of Casino Game Quality Assurance

Katie has been with us since 2001, turning her talents from the croupier's table to a Casino.org office desk...

Katie Barlowe Head of Casino Game Quality Assurance
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Industry Expertise: Game Functionality, International Casinos, Game Quality Control, Blacklisted Casinos, Game Testing Methods, Croupiers

Favorite game: Blackjack Switch Joined Us In: 2001

Katie’s Story

Katie has been with us since 2001, turning her talents from the croupier's table to a Casino.org office desk. As a grad student she worked weekends in an Atlantic City casino, going on to become a full-time industry expert! She's always up to date with eCOGRA and GLI testing standards, giving her a methodical edge to understanding great gaming software.

At HQ she leads the Casino Game Quality Assurance Team, who are instrumental in the review process. However, her passion for travel means she is frequently abroad hunting down the best casinos on the planet. When she isn't jet setting, Katie lives in Florida with her husband and her dog, Bella.

Kevin Horridge
Head of Casino Security Checks and Banking

Kevin is nothing short of a cybersecurity genius. Before joining us in 2001, he worked at the forefront of...

Kevin Horridge Head of Casino Security Checks and Banking
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Industry Expertise: Banking Methods, Online Casino History, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Scams, Encryption Software, Casino Security Technology

Favorite game: Pai Gow Poker Joined Us In: 2001

Kevin's Story

Kevin is nothing short of a cybersecurity genius. Before joining us in 2001, he worked at the forefront of online banking as it took off in the 80s. Holding degrees in both Information and Computer Sciences, his career path eventually led to the fascinating world of casino and gambling security. His team apply the most rigorous casino security testing methods, devised by Mr. Horridge himself, before we even consider recommending them to you.

Kevin now resides in Oxfordshire, having spent most of his career working in London. This high-flying expert still manages to keep things down to earth, growing his own vegetables and being the proud owner of two chickens.

Richard Nash
Head of Casino Regulations and Compliance

Richard's time in law school was very well spent, as he not only excelled academically but met his wife-to-be...

Richard Nash Head of Casino Regulations and Compliance
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Industry Expertise: International Gambling Regulations & Regulators, Casino/Gaming Law, Famous Cases of Cheating, History of Gambling

Favorite game: Caribbean Stud Poker Joined Us In: 2001

Richard's Story

Richard's time in law school was very well spent, as he not only excelled academically but met his wife-to-be, Susie. He was a gaming law giant, working in a California firm until giving up to pursue a more flexible career after his twin boys were born. His law expertise is welcome here – he has encyclopedic knowledge of famous casino cases and has led our Casino Regulations and Compliance Team since 2001.

This team of global experts meticulously research every casino according to the latest regulations. They also keep a sharp eye on any casinos breaching a compliance issue. Richard works from home in Marin County, CA, occasionally visiting the office with homemade cookies in tow!

Rose McDonald
Head of Player Experience Ratings

While studying for her psychology degree, Rose worked on bank customer service phonelines in her native Cork...

Rose McDonald Head of Player Experience Ratings
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Industry Expertise: Customer Service and Support, Gameplay, User Journey, Player Satisfaction, Payouts, Sign-up, Live Chat, Player FAQs

Favorite game: Wheel of Fortune Slots Joined Us In: 2003

Rose's Story

While studying for her psychology degree, Rose worked on bank customer service phonelines in her native Cork. Having become a department manager after years on the phones, Rose knows every intricacy of customer support and experience. She previously won an industry Gold Award for Customer Service, and wants this level of excellence from every casino her team investigates.

She has led the Player Experience Ratings Team since 2003, a year after accomplishing her dream of sailing the Atlantic. When using any casino, you can rest assured that Rose has gone through the player journey beforehand. She expects to see a smooth sign-up, login and cashout, sophisticated software, and top customer service.

Samantha Beckett
Head of Bonus and Promo Evaluation

Samantha's creative mind means she knows what grabs a customer's attention, whether in a casino or on...

Samantha Beckett Head of Bonus and Promo Evaluation
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Industry Expertise: Welcome Bonuses, Casino Promotions, Terms & Conditions of Bonuses, Prizes and Rewards, Loyalty Programs, Freebies

Favorite game: Avalon II Slots Joined Us In: 2015

Samanthas Story

Samantha's creative mind means she knows what grabs a customer's attention, whether in a casino or on the shelf. Her varied background ranges from designing slots game visuals for her art school portfolio, to studying digital marketing. Though she applied to be in our marketing team, her skill in pursuing freebies was a force to be reckoned with. She became Head of Bonus and Promotion Evaluation in 2015.

Nobody in the Casino.org office misses a promo with Samantha around! Simply put, she is a self-confessed bargain hunter, and her diverse skillset can only be outshone by her passion for casinos. Her team hunt down offers as well as decoding complex terms and conditions.

Kristin McAdams
Head of Video Reviews

Kristin's history of working onscreen made her perfect to lead our Video Reviews Team in 2010. She became...

Kristin McAdams Head of Video Reviews
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Industry Expertise: Land-Based Casinos, Macau Casinos, Gambling in Asia, Luxury Casinos, Casinos Onscreen, Casino Advertising and Marketing

Favorite game: Sic Bo Joined Us In: 2010

Kirstins Story

Kristin's history of working onscreen made her perfect to lead our Video Reviews Team in 2010. She became a TV runner straight after getting her Media Studies degree in New York, ending up as a producer on a US teleshopping channel for three years. When her fiancé took up a job at the University of Macau, she visited frequently and got a taste of the Macau lifestyle.

The teleshopping network went bust, but Kristin's interest in casinos did not. She wanted to do nothing but talk about them – lucky for us! She directs and produces video reviews, including her own appearances. Her enthusiasm and passion radiate from every review she presents and oversees.

Meet Our Experts

Anthony J. Collins
Anthony J. Collins Market Expert, US Sports
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Industry Expertise: Basketball, Baseball, NFL, Hockey, Sports Betting and Odds, History of US Sport, Rising Stars in Sport, College Football

Favorite game: Baccarat Joined Us In: 2007

Anthony's Story

Our man on the pulse of the USA's biggest sports is Anthony. Born and bred in Philadelphia, he freelanced for us while working in investment analysis, coming on board fully in 2007. A football prodigy, he studied Mathematics on a sports scholarship until a shoulder injury took him off the field permanently. Refusing to leave the sporting world behind, Anthony dedicates his time and passion to knowing everything about the market.

As well as contributing expertise and writing articles, he studies odds for his favorite sports. He travels across the states to watch as many big games as possible, which is convenient for his daughter who is a huge Dodgers baseball fan.

Market Expert, US Sports

Our man on the pulse of the USA's biggest sports is Anthony. Born and bred in Philadelphia, he freelanced for us while...

Kenny Shang
Kenny Shang Game Expert, Video Poker
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Industry Expertise: Video Poker Game Variants, Video Poker Odds, eSports, Draw Poker, Mobile Gaming, Video Games

Favorite game: Jokers Wild Video Poker Joined Us In: 2008

Kenny's Story

Kenny has been with us since 2008 – this Seattle computer whizz knows the ins and outs of video poker. His talent for stats and patterns led him to working in Australia for two years, creating probability computer models. Though he was always a card game strategy fanatic, he first tried video poker at his bachelor party in Vegas. He won huge on Jokers Wild, just in time for the wedding!

Kenny has written many articles focusing on advancements in mobile gaming. After teaching his dad to play video poker on his tablet, beating their high scores has become a shared pastime. Kenny is also into eSports, blogging about championships and attending live events.

Game Expert, Video Poker

Kenny has been with us since 2008 – this Seattle computer whizz knows the ins and outs of video poker.

Isabella de Souza
Isabella de Souza Game Expert, Poker
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Industry Expertise: Online Poker, Poker Variants, Freeroll Tournaments, Poker Strategy, Poker News, Professional and Amateur Poker

Favorite game: Texas Hold'em Poker Joined Us In: 2016

Isabella's Story

Isabella moved from São Paulo to Florida to help get her sister's fashion label off the ground. As their apartment was far from the city, Isabella spent her free time online and discovered her flair for poker. Her online poker moniker earned her a huge reputation and bankroll, before joining us in 2016 as resident expert.

This shark had the unusual experience of learning in the digital realm before playing live, meaning her knowledge of online casinos is extensive. For five years she has run a poker tournament from the basement of her sister's Miami store. Isabella wants to see more women enter the poker elite, privately coaching rising stars looking to go professional.

Game Expert, Poker

Isabella moved from São Paulo to Florida to help get her sister's fashion label off the ground. As their apartment was far from...

J.M. Gola
J.M. Gola Game Expert, Roulette
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Industry Expertise: Roulette Variants, Roulette Strategy, Roulette Odds, Casinos of Europe, Casino Restaurants, Luxury Casinos

Favorite game: Multi-Wheel Roulette Joined Us In: 2004

J.M. Gola's Story

For 10 years Mr. Gola was a chef in Monaco's finest restaurants. When his shifts ended, he hit the casinos, finding a hunger for the roulette table. After owning a successful restaurant in Marseille, his daughter took over and he joined Casino.org in 2004 to pursue his passion. He loves French roulette more than French cuisine – not only reviewing games but contributing to strategy guides.

This roulette aficionado stays discreet nowadays, after retiring from high stake games. In one Italian casino, he holds the title of largest ever roulette prize winner. Since retiring, he explores new games online, with a particular interest in odds of games like multi-wheel roulette.

Game Expert, Roulette

For 10 years Mr. Gola was a chef in Monaco's finest restaurants. When his shifts ended, he hit the casinos, finding a hunger...

Josh Novak
Josh Novak Expert, Gambling Odds
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Industry Expertise: Betting Odds, Bet Types, Casino Game Odds, House Edge, Probabilities, Greyhound Racing, Casino and Gambling Statistics

Favorite game: Deuces Wild Video Poker Joined Us In: 2005

Josh's Story

Josh's expertise has taken him across the US as a consultant for bookmakers, sporting events and independent casino testing. We called Josh in 2005 to advise on some articles but within weeks he was fully on board contributing to our guidance and research.

He learnt about odds during hot Texan evenings at the racetrack with his grandfather (a greyhound racing enthusiast and owner of six competing dogs). Josh has a mathematical mind and nurtured this in his Ivy League studies. He can reel off stats about returns and house edges for anything you can gamble on! When he isn't busy thinking about numbers, he shares an NYC apartment with Mica, his rescue greyhound.

Expert, Gambling Odds

Josh's expertise has taken him across the US as a consultant for bookmakers, sporting events and independent casino testing.

Maggie Sothern
Maggie Sothern Game Expert, Blackjack
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Industry Expertise: Online Blackjack, Card Counting, Casino Surveillance, Blackjack Variants, Blackjack Strategies, Baccarat, Dealer Etiquette

Favorite game: Blackjack Surrender Joined Us In: 2002

Maggies Story

Maggie has experienced blackjack from all sides of the table - from a Calgary estate agent with a pastime, to a player, to a dealer, then eventually an undercover casino monitor. Her personal record in one Vegas casino was catching 48 card counters in 1995. Nowadays she prefers educating rather than being on the frontline – training staff and writing detection guides used in casinos globally.

She joined us 2002, we have always been in awe of her blackjack knowledge. Aside from her favorite game, she is keen on jazz music and DIY. Maggie and her partner have spent the past year renovating a barn in Connecticut, their third renovation project to date.

Game Expert, Blackjack

Maggie has experienced blackjack from all sides of the table - from a Calgary estate agent with a pastime, to a...

Mary Hertford
Mary Hertford Game Expert, Slots
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Industry Expertise: Online Slots, Slots Game Types, Slot Machines, Slots Game History, Mobile Slots, Free Spins, Slots Strategies

Favorite game: Mega Moolah Slots Joined Us In: 2003

Mary's Story

Mary's nickname at our office is Mary Queen of Slots, care to hazard a guess why? She became our expert in 2003, having played for years in casinos and online. Her father was a pub landlord, meaning Mary took to slots from a young age. With a career in journalism, her skills for sniffing out stories are just as relevant to hunting down free spins and slots bonuses.

Mary rates games based on visual experience just as much as the potential payout. Her current obsession is investigating the best mobile slots games. As she splits her time between London and Glasgow, Mary often indulges in a few spins on mobile slots while traveling.

Game Expert, Slots

Mary's nickname at our office is Mary Queen of Slots, care to hazard a guess why? She became our expert in 2003...

Neil Meyer
Neil Meyer Market Expert, Casinos
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Industry Expertise: Casino Regulations, Game Catalogues, Online v. Land-Based Casino Markets, Casino Management, Casino Resorts

Favorite game: Craps Joined Us In: 2002

Neils Story

Having spent over 16 years sharing in-depth knowledge of casinos with our team and readers, Neil's expertise is legendary. He started his gambling industry career in the 80s, as a London casino pit manager. His time with us since 2002 has seen him write and advise on countless articles, as well as providing extensive insight on casino gameplay.

Neil now lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter. His family are huge skiing fans, spending most of their time in the Rockies. Neil hates snow sports, but loves living in the great outdoors after all his time spent watching nature documentaries from a tiny flat in the metropolis of London.

Market Expert, Casinos

Having spent over 16 years sharing in-depth knowledge of casinos with our team and readers, Neil's expertise is...

Tom Pearson
Tom Pearson Market Expert, Sports
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Industry Expertise: Soccer, Boxing, MMA, Horse Racing, Tennis, Online Sportsbooks, English Football Leagues, European Football, Betting Shops

Favorite game: American Roulette Joined Us In: 2008

Tom is one of our go-to guys for sports, with a big focus on soccer, boxing, MMA, tennis and horse racing. After graduating from university with a degree in English (and leaving his position of university soccer team captain), he gained extensive experience as a freelancer on various sports blogs until joining our team in 2008 as a Market Expert.

While freelancing, Tom worked seven years in a Durham betting shop when he wasn't writing, which meant he had the perfect excuse to analyze every game of his beloved Manchester City. At Casino.org, he contributes regularly to our blog and is always keen to offer his professional insight into the sports betting industry.

Market Expert, Sports

Isabella moved from São Paulo to Florida to help get her sister's fashion label off the ground. As their apartment was far from...

Meet Our Marketing People

Paul Taylor Head of Marketing
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Industry Expertise: Gaming and Casino News, Sports Betting, Motorsports, Cars, F1, Cricket, Casino Marketing Campaigns

Joined Us In: 2014

Paul’s Story

Paul has fronted marketing teams in various sectors, from charities to supermarkets and even starting his own business, but his passion for the betting industry led him to us in 2014. A self-confessed petrolhead, Paul is obsessed with watching motorsports and is looking forward to the day he can teach his daughters to drive. He lives in south London but originally hails from Leeds, where he also studied Business Management.
At Casino.org, he is constantly spurring on his team's creative streak whenever they're on the trail of a new campaign – Paul loves throwing ideas down on flipcharts and whiteboards! He is often out at conferences and events, promoting the brand globally.

Paul Taylor Head of Marketing

Paul has fronted marketing teams in various sectors, from charities to supermarkets and even starting his own business, but his passion for the betting industry led him to us in 2014. A self-confessed petrolhead, Paul is obsessed with...

Lisa Bennett Marketing Executive and Press Officer
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Industry Expertise: Casino Public Relations, UK Media, Casino Journalism, Casino Market Data

Favorite game: Pai Gow Poker Joined Us In: 2016

Lisa's Story

Lisa comes from the Isle of Man, where she grew up on a farm – a far cry from the high-flying city life she leads now! She went against the grain by moving to London to pursue a career in PR at a casino after college, and her success meant that she was extremely well equipped by the time she joined us in 2016.
Lisa is also our dedicated Press Officer, handling all media enquiries and press releases with her excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Another part of her job involves research and market data, her sharp eye once again being a huge benefit to the work she does here at Casino.org.

Lisa Bennett Marketing Executive and Press Officer

Lisa comes from the Isle of Man, where she grew up on a farm – a far cry from the high-flying city life she leads now! She went against the grain by moving to London to pursue a career in PR at a casino after college, and her success meant that she was extremely...

Anna West Marketing Executive
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Industry Expertise: International Sports Market, Live Events, Entertainment, Poker Events, Online Casino Market.

Favorite game: Caribbean Stud Poker Joined Us In: 2017

Anna's Story

One of Anna's top responsibilities in the Marketing Team is devising the amazing competitions which we run across Casino.org, securing you tickets to top events as prizes! She is very well connected in the industry, having not only been a sports promoter and venue director in Los Angeles, but her boyfriend was formerly a professional poker player.
Her network of contacts is a brilliant asset for us – Anna can get interviews with huge names in poker, sport and casinos. She carries these out with a confident air, gathering content and research that contributes to her understanding of the market, and the players.

Anna West Marketing Executive

One of Anna's top responsibilities in the Marketing Team is devising the amazing competitions which we run across Casino.org, securing you tickets to top events as prizes! She is very well connected in the industry...

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