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The BetVirginia.com Staff consists of a team of Virginia sports betting veterans, who know Virginia politics and understand how sports betting works in Virginia. These veteran reporters and editors cover breaking Virginia 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 Virginia sports betting community.

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Wes Roesch
Editor & Writer
Wes is an editor and writer for BetVirginia.com. Based out of the Kansas City area, Wes has covered sports professionally since 2015 with a strong emphasis on sports betting and the NFL, though he's also covered pro wrestling, UFC, college sports and more.
Nate Hamilton is a senior betting analyst for BetVirginia.com. He spends his time immersed in analytics, stats, and betting lines including a special focus on all things Virginia related. Nate has been a notable voice in the world of the 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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Sam Davies
2 Articles Written
Sam Davies is a freelance journalist who writes about music, film, sport, fashion and culture. His writing has been published by the BBC, Guardian, Financial Times, Conde Nast, Rolling Stone, Vice, Dazed and many more. When he isn't busy writing about culture and music, Sam is looking to find a new Virginia online casino or sportsbook to play on. Follow him on Twitter @samdavies313.
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Martin Booth
1 Articles Written
Martin has reviewed sports betting sites and online casinos from all around the world including all the top brands in Canada. An expert at picking out exactly what sets each app apart, Martin is our go-to source when it comes to informing our readers on what the top betting apps and casino sites have to offer in Virginia.
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Keith Stein
89 Articles Written
Keith Stein is a Virginia-based writer for BetVirginia.com who covers sports betting and casinos.
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Stefan Krysa
1 Articles Written
Stefan Krysa is a freelance sports writer based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Born in the U.S. and raised in Canada, he is an avid fan of both American and Canadian sports, and is committed to providing up-to-date information regarding sports betting across North America.
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Adam Wernham
2 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 BetVirginia staff.
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Bill Ordine
57 Articles Written
Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News.
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Blake Weishaar
3 Articles Written 22 Fact Checked
Blake Weishaar is a commercial editor and fact-checker at BetVirginia.com. He has a wealth of knowledge within the gambling industry dating back to 2014 and has been at the forefront of the sports betting boom since before PASPA was repealed in 2018. He plans to harness that expertise in providing the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Virginia's sports betting market.
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Joss Wood
Contributing Editor
4 Articles Written
Over the last 11 years, Joss has written about all aspects of online betting for some of the top online publications in gambling.
Pat McLoone is a news editor overseeing coverage for New York state sites EmpireStakes.com and NewYorkBets.com, as well as BetVirginia.com and 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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Howard Gensler
5 Articles Written
Howard Gensler is contributing writer to BetVirginia.com. Gensler a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.
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Andi Petrini
13 Articles Written
Andi Petrini is a Virginia-based freelance journalist for BetVirginia.com.
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Christopher Boan
28 Articles Written
Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.
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Jim Tomlin
20 Articles Written 86 Fact Checked
Jim Tomlin has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturdays Down South and Saturday Tradition. He is a contributing writer and editor for BetVirginia.com.
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Felix Veletanga
5 Articles Written
Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports in Northern New Jersey, and now lends his expertise to the Virginia sports betting market.
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Lou Monaco
Reporter/journalist
13 Articles Written
Lou Monaco 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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Richard Janvrin
1 Articles Written
Richard is able to combine his sports and gambling interests to spend time exploring online sportsbooks and casinos.
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Matthew Asher
Product Coordinator & Fact Checker
1 Articles Written 9 Fact Checked
As the current Product Coordinator and Fact Checker editor for BetVirginia.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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Cecil Peters
3 Articles Written
Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for BetVirginia.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams not just in Canada, but across the U.S.
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 currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.
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Eric Pauly
4 Articles Written
Eric Pauly focuses his time on reviewing the top sportsbooks and casinos in the world to ensure gamers and bettors know exactly what they are getting when they sign-up to a new site or download a new betting app. Eric also loves sports betting and considers himself an avid sports bettor, despite handicapping not being his core focus.
Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.
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Jon Young
1 Articles Written
Jon Young is a writer and magazine editor with over 12 years' experience in the gaming sector. He has written on everything from poker and slots to casino, sports betting and mobile gambling. When not trying to take down the Mega Moolah jackpot he can be found playing poker tournaments in casinos.
Shelby Dermer is a report & journalist for BetVirginia.com.
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Jeff Parker
3 Articles Written
Jeff Parker is an entertainment and sports writer for BetVirginia.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.
Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for BetVirginia.com.
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Mark Strotman
4 Articles Written
Mark Strotman is a veteran sports journalist who has covered the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for NBC Sports Chicago for about 8 years.
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Chet Fussman
3 Articles Written
Chet Fussman is a writer for BetVirginia.com. Fussman is a former horse racing writer and longtime sports editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He's a poker and blackjack player and frequent sports bettor, who plans to send the U.S. Supreme Court a thank-you card for clearing the way for states to adopt sports wagering. Fussman's philosophy: Don't let the bad beats overshadow your winning ones.
Kevin Spain is an editor and writer for BetVirginia.com.
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Lawrence Hollyfield
3 Fact Checked
Lawrence Hollyfield is an editor and fact-checker. He has been published as a writer, editor, researcher, statistician and analyst. He is determined to bring fresh, relevant and accurate content to Virginia bettors.
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Bryce Derouin
2 Articles Written
Bryce joined BetVirginia.com after spending the last nine years covering high school and college sports throughout Michigan. He’s served as the primary Division II beat writer for Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech. Along with his newspaper background, he's worked in marketing and has experience covering casinos and gambling.
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Ron Fritz
23 Articles Written
Ron Fritz is a former editor of BetVirginia.com.
Michael is a news editor specializing in online sports betting coverage, including BetVirginia.com.
The experts at BetVirginia who bring you the latest updates in Virginia sports betting. We pull together decades of experience to give you analysis as well as comparisons of the best VA online gambling apps.
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Bryan Nicholson
2 Articles Written
Noah Strang is a freelance sports reporter with extensive experience in the worlds of sports gambling and sports cards. He has contributed for a variety of publications across the web. Follow him at @noahstrang_ on Twitter
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Adrian Dater
1 Articles Written
Adrian Dater writes about the NHL for BetVirginia.com.
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Thomas Leary
News editor
2 Articles Written 45 Fact Checked
Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for BetVirginia.com.
Josh Markowitz is a freelance writer for BetVirginia.com.
A veteran journalist, Bob Duff has covered the gambling and sports betting industry since 2016. He has written more than two dozen books, including authorized biographies of Johnny Bower, Desmond Howard and Gordie Howe. Duff has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals, March Madness and the Olympic Games. He has won multiple writing awards.
Michael Kates is Associate Managing Editor and contributor for BetVirginia.com. Previously, Mike was the Managing Editor at FanRag Sports, Associate Sports Editor at the Chicago Tribune and content editor at The Athletic.

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