Authors, Contributors, Experts & Fact Checkers

The BetCalifornia.com Staff consists of a team of California sports betting veterans, who know California politics and understand how sports betting works in California. These veteran reporters and editors cover breaking California sports betting news. They also provide opinions on where we are heading in terms of legislation as well as conduct interviews with leading figures in the California sports betting community.

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Blake Weishaar
15 Articles Written 8 Fact Checked
Blake Weishaar is an experienced writer and editor, having covered the gambling industry for nearly a decade. He currently serves as a commercial editor and fact-checker for BetCalifornia.com and is committed to making sure readers have the most up-to-date and correct information about California's sports betting market.
Sean Chaffin is a longtime freelance writer, editor, and former high school journalism teacher. He has covered the poker and gaming industry for many years. Follow him on Twitter at @PokerTraditions.
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Adam Warner
1 Articles Written
Adam Warner is the author of "Options Volatility Trading: Strategies for Profiting from Market Swings" former financial writer for Schaeffers Research, and freelance writer for Minyanville.com and StreetInsight.com. Previously Adam was a Market Maker on the American Stock Exchange and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
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Adam Wernham
1 Articles Written
Adam Wernham has over eight years of professional copywriting experience. Growing up in the Bay Area, Adam developed strong ties to local teams including the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers. His passion for sports and writing make him a strong voice on all things sports betting and a great asset to the BetCalifornia staff.
An experienced sports writer, editor and bettor, David Coleman has been content creator for over a decade. With an esteemed background in sports journalism and content editing, he is a trusted voice in the sports betting industry. He covers sports, casino and gaming updates for Gambling.com.
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Joe Short
1 Articles Written
Joe Short is a political betting expert for BetCalifornia.com. Joe covers betting on US politics including a focus on presidential election odds. When Joe isn't analyzing and predicting the latest odds for major political races, he is a freelance journalist covering politics, football, tennis and darts, among other things.
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Gavin Beech
2 Articles Written
Gavin Beech has worked in the betting industry for almost 20 years and is a hugely experienced horse racing journalist, sports betting content writer and tipster. He has worked for some of the biggest online operators around, notably MailOnline and the Racing Post, where he is a regular on the Live Tipster slot.
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Matt Jacob
1 Articles Written
Matt Jacob is a Las Vegas-based writer, editor, and project manager who has been involved in the sports betting industry for nearly 20 years. His sports betting-related content has appeared in a variety of print publications and online platforms, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Post, Forbes.com, Props.com and VegasSeven magazine.
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Chris Sheridan
10 Articles Written
Chris Sheridan is a veteran NBA writer who has been covering the league since 1992, with a specialty in international basketball after being credentialed for every Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. He has been covering sports gambling since 2018.
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Cody Kutzer
4 Articles Written 19 Fact Checked
Cody Kutzer has been covering the sports betting and gambling space for several years and has been losing his parlay bets for even longer. He currently serves as an editor and fact-checker for BetCalifornia.com to ensure readers have the latest and most accurate information surrounding what's happening in California sports betting.
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Dan Moran
1 Articles Written
Dan Moran is a sports betting expert for BetCalifornia.com. Writing for BetCalifornia.com is a marriage of two passions: starting conversations and online gaming. His love for online gaming began when he deposited his first $50 into PokerStars in college during the Moneymaker era of online poker. He taps into his passion and expertise to deliver the best information for California bettors.
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Christopher Boan
Reporter / Journalist
86 Articles Written
Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetCalifornia.com, specializing in sports betting issues in the western United States. He's covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.
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Michael Peters
Contributing Editor
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Michael is a news editor overseeing coverage at BetCalifornia. He spent nine years as the sports editor of the Tulsa World. Before that, he was the high school sports editor at the Houston Chronicle. He also has been the sports editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Galveston County Daily News in Texas.
Pat McLoone is a contributing editor for BetCalifornia.com. Pat is a news editor overseeing coverage for New York state sites EmpireStakes.com and NewYorkBets.com, among other duties. Pat spent more than 40 years at the Philadelphia Daily News, where he became managing editor, and later the Philadelphia Inquirer, as managing editor for Sports.
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Steve Bittenbender
10 Articles Written
Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.
Shelby Dermer has been a sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer for the last five years and now lends his expertise to BetCalifornia.com. He grew up in Waynesville, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University.
Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for BetCalifornia.com. The host of the Locked On Cowboys podcast, Marcus also has been the managing editor of The Raiders Wire and contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly, FanSided and FanRag Sports.
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Martin Booth
Contributor
3 Articles Written
Martin Booth covers a gambit of topics for BetCalifornia.com as an award-winning contributor covering sports betting and casino gaming around the world for decades, Martin Booth is one of the most trusted voices in online gambling. From legislative updates in California to breaking down the top betting apps in CA.
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Bill Ordine
Senior Journalist & Opinion Columnist
10 Articles Written
Bill Ordine is senior journalist and columnist for BetCalifornia.com.
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Thomas Leary
4 Articles Written 21 Fact Checked
Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for BetCalifornia.com. He previously worked at Sports Business Journal for over 6 years, where he helped identify emerging sectors across sports business, such as legalized gambling, and helped launch the publicationā€™s digital newsletter division.
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Hunter Hewitt
2 Articles Written 4 Fact Checked
Hunter Hewitt has been working in the sports betting industry for over three years, and has been gambling recreationally for over a decade. Hunter is an experienced writer, editor and marketing professional, and as a California-native based in Oakland, he's committed to providing the up-to-date, factual information for BetCalifornia.com.
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Cecil Peters
6 Articles Written
Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for BetCalifornia.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams, with a focus on Toronto's favorite players and teams including the Maple Leafs.
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Douglas Pils
11 Articles Written
Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.
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Matthew Asher
Editor & Fact Checker
2 Fact Checked
As the current Editor and Fact Checker editor for BetCalifornia.com, Matthew Asher has nearly a decade of experience working in public relations and digital media marketing with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
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Jeff Parker
8 Articles Written
Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for BetCalifornia.com.
Mike Ferguson is a college football betting analyst for BetCalifornia.com. Mike spends his days browsing the latest lines for all the top college football betting markets to find storylines curated specifically for sports bettors in California. From time-to-time Mike will also turn his attention to NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL betting lines that California sports bettors might be interested in but college football odds are Mike's expertise.
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Mark Strotman
1 Articles Written
Mark Strotman is a veteran sports journalist who covers the NBA and sports betting for BetCalifornia.com.
Josh Markowitz is a freelance writer for BetCalifornia.com. He is a lifelong sports fan with an emphasis on basketball, football, baseball and the scouting/evaluation process. A graduate of Elon University's School of Communications, Josh also has experience in television production.
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Joss Wood
Editor, Contributor & Fact Checker
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Joss Wood is an Editor, Contributor and Fact Checker for BetCalifornia.com. Armed with a wealth of experience, Joss is trusted with breaking down the most complex gambling topics into digestible information for more casual bettors or even users who don't bet but want to know more.
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Editorial Staff
Staff Writers
3 Articles Written 5 Fact Checked
Staff Writers for BetCalifornia.com.
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Nate Hamilton
Football Betting Analyst and Fact Checker
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Nate Hamilton is a senior football betting analyst for BetCalifornia.com. He spends his time immersed in analytics, stats, and betting lines including a special focus on all things California football related. Nate has been a notable voice in the world of NFL, and football in general, for over a decade producing valuable content for several leading sports media outlets around the country.
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Lou Monaco
6 Articles Written
Lou Monaco is a contributing reporter for BetCalifornia.com. Lou had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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Jim Tomlin
3 Articles Written 15 Fact Checked
Jim Tomlin has 30-plus years of experience writing and editing stories about sports, gambling and the intersection of those two industries. He has worked at the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition and now lends his expertise to BetCalifornia.com, among other sites.

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