PokerListings Writers & Pro Bloggers
You be hard pressed to find a more diverse or more qualified team to provide you with stand-alone poker content than the featured authors of PokerListings.com
Drawing from a wide international background and a ton of different life skills the PokerListings Team does have one big thing in common - a huge love for the game of poker.
Headed by former Editor-in-Chief Matt Showell and Senior Writer Arthur Crowson our international editorial team cover over a dozen countries and a wide range of poker expertise in their own right.
In the past we've had well over 30 professional poker players and contributors, too, including the legendary Nolan Dalla, Arthur Reber, Jason Mercier, Matt Stout, Liz Lieu, Lacey Jones and more. Not all are currently active but you'll still find a wealth of useful knowledge and enjoyable poker anecdotes in their published work.
Read more about our PokerListings writers below!
Arthur Crowson is an award-winning journalist. He was born in Vancouver, Canada. During his time in the business he has written for newspapers, magazines and Web sites.
While working in print journalism he spent time on a variety of beats including sports, politics, news, entertainment and features. He is also a bit of shutter-jockey and his photography has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines.
First-Ever Interview with Jamie Gold
One of his career highlights was writing a series of stories about a boy who suffered from epilepsy and his family’s struggles to get him treatment. In 2005 Arthur was recognized for his work when he won an award for community service at the prestigious BCYCNA Ma Murray Community Newspaper awards.
Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and snapping photos.
In his spare time Arthur enjoys surfing, snowboarding and, of course, poker.
Daniel Skolovy started out in the gaming industry as a lowly dealer, spending countless graveyard shifts dealing blackjack, pai gow, carribean stud, baccarat, etc. He quickly became bored dealing games that were so obviously weighted in the house's favor.
Daniel had fallen in love with poker after watching Rounders. While in high school Daniel had held regular poker games at his house. Working in the casino rekindled that love for poker. After losing tips slumming the $4-$8 minbet tables at the few casinos in town not owned by his employer, he began rigorously studying the game. He ordered practically every 2+2 book off the Internet and read and re-read them.
He also took the poker dealer course at his workplace and started dealing poker. Between honing his hand-reading skills while dealing and honing his playing skills while bending cards at rival casinos, Daniel started to crush the low-limit games. When a new casino opened that spread No-Limit games, he took to NL and began supplementing his income at the tables.
Daniel spent a brief spell in a ski-resort town, snowboarding three out of four weeks of the month and spending the rest of his time playing online (with meager results) and live (where he killed). At the end of the season he moved back to the city and dedicated himself to casino play. Being a low-stakes grinder, playing mostly $1/$2 NL, life was easy in that he made his own schedule, but a high cost of living prevented him getting ahead and moving up in stakes. It got worse: playing for a living can be brutally stressful when you’re on a bad run, and Daniel found himself on one that seemed like it would never end.
Being burnt out on poker and the financial burden of living off his bankroll for two break-even months, Daniel decided to look for a job. Somehow the luck gods decided to make up for his streak of suck-outs by getting him a job in the industry he loved. Daniel started working for PokerListings in March '07. Free from the stress of playing for a living, he devoted himself anew to playing and studying poker. Now that he plays for fun, the game has once again started to give him that sunny bunny feeling. Daniel still plays live but is currently dedicated to moving his way through the limits online. Though he is now a working stiff, his understanding of the game is at an all-time high!
Matt got his start in poker media as a tournament reporter at the 2006 WSOP and has been back every year since.
He's covered the WSOP Circuit, WSOP Europe, EPT, WPT, NAPT, APPT, Aussie Millions, NBC Heads-Up Championship, Wynn Classic and many more major poker tournaments around the world.
Matt played online poker as a way to make money while studying English Literature at the University of British Columbia and still calls Vancouver home.
As both a player and a fan of the game Matt has seen the poker world grow and change first-hand over the past decade.
Matt managed the editorial and video content on PokerListings.com with an award-winning eye for great poker stories and continues to work in the poker industry for other major poker media outlets.
Perhaps best known for his association with the World Series of Poker as its Media Director, Nolan Dalla worked in foreign affairs for 10 years before pursuing his career in the poker industry. After earning a degree in political science and completing training at the prestigious Foreign Service Institute, he was dispatched to Eastern Europe in 1989.
Dalla was stationed at the American embassy in Bucharest, Romania during the downfall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He later returned to the United States and worked for the U.S. State Department. After losing his top-secret security clearance for marrying a Romanian citizen, Dalla resigned as a federal employee. Next, Dalla worked as a writer for the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1994-1999.
Former Media Director for the World Series of Poker
An avid poker player and sports bettor, Dalla's part-time hobby gradually became a full-time vocation. He started writing for Card Player Magazine in 1993 and penned nearly 200 columns over the next decade. He created and introduced Card Player's "Player of the Year" standings, still in use to this day. Dalla also wrote for Poker Digest, Poker Player, Bluff and other leading poker publications. He was Casino Player's sports gambling columnist from 2000-2004.
In 2002 Dalla moved to Las Vegas and assumed the position of director of public relations for the legendary Binion's Horseshoe. He became media director for the World Series of Poker, and continues in that role today as a special consultant to Harrah's Entertainment.
In 2004, Dalla became director of communications for the world's largest online poker site, PokerStars.com. He resigned his position nearly three years later, after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. In November 2007, Dalla was hired as the director of communications for DuplicatePoker.com, an American-based company promoting a new variant called Duplicate Poker.
In 2005, Dalla co-wrote the best-seller, One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar. The book was optioned by Warner Bros. studios, but has yet to make it to the big screen.
Dalla currently lives in The Lakes section of Las Vegas, along with his wife of over 20 years, Marieta, and their two lazy cats Alex and Faro.
Jason Mercier is one of the most exciting young tournament players in the world today. The Florida native won his first major poker tournament at age 21 at EPT4 San Remo and has followed up that success with a number of big scores, including a victory at the European Poker Tour's London High-Roller tournament.
Mercier got his start playing poker in high school, playing with friends as the game exploded in popularity on television. By the time he got to college, he was dominating the friendly games.
"One kid told me I should try playing online," he said, "and that's how I got started on there and never really looked back since." He started playing almost exclusively cash games, using the handle "treysfull21" and racking up 2 million hands of No Limit Hold'em cash in 2007 while playing only a handful of online tournaments.
Everything changed, however, when on a whim he played a Step 5 satellite to San Remo in early 2008. Mercier won the satellite and the Step 6 that followed to earn his ticket to Italy.
"I thought I was going to sell the seat, but I found out that some of my online friends were going to go," he said. "That's what made me decide to go. I totally feel like it all happened for a reason."
Maybe it was destiny. Mercier took down the tournament, banking €869,000 for a win that would change his life. "I went from a mid-stakes online cash game grinder to a live tourney grinder traveling six months a year," he said.
Arthur Reber has been a poker player and serious handicapper of thoroughbred horses for four decades.
He is the author of The New Gambler's Bible and coauthor of Gambling for Dummies. Formerly a regular columnist for Poker Pro Magazine and Fun 'N' Games magazine, he has also contributed to Card Player (with Lou Krieger), Poker Digest, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Titan Poker.
He outlined a new framework for evaluating the ethical and moral issues that emerge in gambling for an invited address to the International Conference of Gaming and Risk Taking.
Until recently he was the Broeklundian Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Among his various visiting professorships was a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Now semi-retired, Reber is a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.