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
14 Articles Written 1 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.
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Christopher Boan
Reporter / Journalist
55 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.
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
2 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
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Bill Ordine is senior journalist and columnist for BetCalifornia.com.
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Thomas Leary
4 Articles Written 14 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
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Hunter Hewitt has been working in the sports betting industry for over a year, and has been gambling recreationally for almost a decade. Hunter is an experienced writer, editor and content professional, and as a California native based in Oakland, he is committed to providing the most up-to-date information for BetCalifornia.com.
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Cecil Peters
2 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
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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
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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
3 Articles Written
Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for BetCalifornia.com.
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Mike Ferguson
Betting Analyst
1 Articles Written
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
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Staff Writers for BetCalifornia.com.
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Lou Monaco
2 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.
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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