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The BetKentucky.com team is comprised of sports betting and iGaming experts who have decades of experience. We know the Kentucky sports betting scene and talk to all the key players from sports teams to politicians. We also know the online sportsbooks down to the finest detail. We're here to help you start legal sports betting in Kentucky and keep you up to date with all the news you need to know to enjoy a safe and enjoyable online sports betting experience.

Ciaran has written for both the sports betting and iGaming industries for over a decade. He is a true sports fanatic, and he covers a wide range of sports at BetKentucky.com.
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Blake Weishaar
4 Articles Written 3 Fact Checked
Blake Weishaar is commercial editor and fact-checker at BetKentucky.com. With nearly a decade of experience in the gambling industry as a writer and editor, he has covered the forefront of the booming sports betting industry, including the repeal of PASPA in 2018. He is committed to ensuring readers have the most up-to-date and correct information about Kentucky sports betting.
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Gavin Beech
11 Articles Written
Gavin Beech is a writer and contributor for BetKentucky.com and has worked in the betting industry for almost 20 years. Gavin is an 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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Jeff Parker
28 Articles Written
Jeff Parker is a writer for BetKentucky.com. A writer for film, television, and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full-time as a documentary filmmaker and producer.
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Candice Reeves
Expert Reviewer
3 Articles Written
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Steve Bittenbender
118 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.
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Shannon Lane
1 Articles Written 50 Fact Checked
Shannon Lane is an editor and fact-checker for BetKentucky.com She's spent the last decade working in sports media, including NFL Media and Sports Illustrated. She's bringing her sports expertise to Kentucky bettors.
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Wes Roesch
Editor & Writer
2 Articles Written 1 Fact Checked
Wes is an editor and writer for BetKentucky.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.
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Tom Ober
1 Articles Written
Tom Ober is a professional writer living in New Hampshire. An avid Boston sports fan, he's rooted with his heart (and wallet) for the local teams for many years. When he's not stationed in front of a game on the TV, he's probably playing Gin Rummy or a video game that's roughly 30-40 years old.
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Lukas Shaw
Betting Analyst
1 Articles Written
Lukas Shaw is a betting analyst for BetKentucky.com. Shaw, an avid sports fan, has quickly become an authority in the burgeoning market, providing readers with an in-depth analysis of the latest betting apps and bonus codes while also sharing helpful insights on betting strategy.
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Editorial Staff
Senior Editor
16 Articles Written 2 Fact Checked
The BetKentucky.com Staff is comprised of seasoned sports betting experts, writers, analysts, and editors. Our content is based on experience, data, and analytical insights to provide the best reviews of sports betting apps in Kentucky.
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Dan Moran
1 Articles Written
Dan Moran is sports betting expert for BetKentucky.com. Writing for BetKentucky.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 Kentucky bettors. When he’s not writing about the gambling industry, he can be found out and about all throughout the great city of Chicago.
Dan Angell is a sports betting expert for BetKentucky.com and has written for several gambling news sites in the past. He loves finding the angles on every game he watches and believes there's always beauty to be found in every contest, even when that means playing the under. He combines his knowledge and experience to deliver the best information for Kentucky bettors.
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Stefan Krysa
1 Articles Written
Stefan Krysa is an expert sport betting writer for BetKentucky.com. Born in the U.S. and raised in Canada, he is an avid fan of both American and Canadian sports, and is committed to the best information for Kentucky sports bettors.
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Adam Wernham
Sports Betting Contributor
6 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 BetKentucky staff.
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Eric Pauly
Sports Betting Analyst
1 Articles Written
Eric Pauly is a betting analyst with BetKentucky.com. He has used more betting apps than most people could name and has become a trusted source in the online sports betting industry. Eric's expert reviews of the top Kentucky sportsbooks are as valuable as they come. He breaks down everything bettors need to know, from the top Kentucky sportsbook promo codes to guides on how to bet in in KY.
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Kate Magdziuk
2 Articles Written
Kate Magdziuk is an NFL betting expert for BetKentucky.com. She's written for NBC Sports Rotoworld, DraftKings Nation, Gaming Society, and 4for4 Fantasy Football. She'll use her expertise in fantasy football and sports betting to deliver the most up-to-date information available for Kentucky bettors.
Matty Simo is an NFL betting expert for BetKentucky.com. A Las Vegas-based writer who has covered sports for decades, "Vegas Matty" (as he is known in Sin City) has been involved in the sports gambling scene since graduating from Syracuse. He's written betting articles as a freelancer and helped grow Vegas football contests through his popular proxy service, FootballContest.com. He's bringing this years of NFL and football betting knowledge to Kentucky bettors this NFL season.
Michelle Magdziuk is an editorial researcher and fantasy writer for the NFL Network. She also is a co-host for the BallBlast Fantasy Football Podcast and the Gold Diggers Podcast on the 49ers Gold Standard Network. Her wide-ranging NFL knowledge and background in fantasy football will give KY bettors the best information possible this season.
Keg is an NFL, CFB and college basketball betting expert in Kentucky with years of gambling experience. He'll dig into the latest odds and updates in the lead up to legal sports betting's launch in Kentucky.
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.
Ben Fawkes has been in the sports betting space since 2010, overseeing digital content for ESPN and VSiN. He helped shape strategy for ESPN's sports betting podcasts and TV show Daily Wager, along with VSiN's show, podcast and YouTube strategy.
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Matt Jacob
3 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 work 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.
Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsports and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500, SEC football and more. He has reported from every SEC football stadium during his career.
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Chase Sessoms
Horse Racing Expert Contributor
1 Articles Written
Chase Sessoms is a professional American thoroughbred horse racing handicapper and content creator. He's the host of The Notorious OTB podcast on The Sports Gambling Podcast Network, and has been the cohost of horse racing shows on AmericasBestRacing.Net as well as HorseRacingNation.com.
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Shelby Dermer
Reporter / Journalist
10 Articles Written
Shelby Dermer is a report & journalist for BetKentucky.com. Shelby has been a sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer for the last five years and now lends his expertise to the Kentucky sports betting market. He grew up in Waynesville, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University.
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Lou Monaco
11 Articles Written
Lou Monaco is a contributing writer for BetKentucky.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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Christopher Boan
50 Articles Written
Christopher Boan is a staff writer for BetKentucky.com. He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.
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Mike Ferguson
Betting Analyst
2 Articles Written
Mike Ferguson is a college football betting analyst for BetKentucky.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 Kentucky. From time-to-time Mike will also turn his attention to NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL betting lines that Kentucky sports bettors might be interested in but college football odds are Mike's expertise.
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Thomas Leary
News editor
4 Articles Written 38 Fact Checked
Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for BetKentucky.com.
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Felix Veletanga
1 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 Kentucky sports betting market.
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Howard Gensler
4 Articles Written
Howard Gensler is 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.
Pat McLoone is an for BetKentucky.com, among other sites. 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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Douglas Pils
4 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 currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.
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Martin Booth
Contributor
5 Articles Written
Martin Booth covers a gambit of topics for BetKentucky.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 Kentucky to breaking down the top betting apps in Kentucky.
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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Cecil Peters
4 Articles Written
Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for BetKentucky.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional and college sports teams.
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Bill Ordine
Senior Journalist
2 Articles Written
Bill Ordine is a senior journalist and columnist for BetKentucky.com covering legal and responsible gambling in the state.
Josh Markowitz is a freelance writer for BetKentucky.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.
Michael is a news editor, helping oversee coverage at BetKentucky.com. 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.
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 BetKentucky.com, among other sites.
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Joss Wood
1 Fact Checked
Joss Wood has over a decade of experience reviewing and comparing the top online casinos in the world to ensure players find their favorite place to play. Joss is also a specialist when it comes to breaking down what casino bonuses add value and where to find the promotions you don't want to miss.
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Nate Hamilton
Football Betting Analyst
140 Fact Checked
Nate Hamilton is a senior football betting analyst for BetKentucky.com. He spends his time immersed in analytics, stats, and betting lines including a special focus on all things Kentucky 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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Matthew Asher
Product Coordinator & Fact Checker
As the current Product Coordinator and Fact Checker editor for BetKentucky.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. Matthew is passionate about the sports betting industry and about making sure you have the most up-to-date and correct information about Kentucky betting regulations.
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Ron Fritz
Managing Editor
1 Articles Written
Ron Fritz is a former editor of BetKentucky.com.

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