Meet our crack staff...

Shamus (a.k.a. Short-Stacked Shamus) is a writer and teacher living in Charlotte, NC. A native of the Tar Heel state, he grew up a UNC hoops fan, eventually going to UNC-Chapel Hill and then later Indiana University. After teaching college English and literature full-time for many years, he now teaches part-time while writing about poker for various sites and publications, including his own blog, Hard-Boiled Poker. Shamus has published scholarly articles on film and literature as well as a detective novel, Same Difference. Follow Shamus on Twitter at @hardboiledpoker.

Pauly (a.k.a. Dr. Pauly) is a New Yorker residing in Los Angeles, CA. Pauly writes a poker column for Bluff Magazine and contributes sports betting articles for MatchBook Media. He created the Tao of Poker blog and covered the WSOP for Fox Sports. Pauly authored  Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker and a novel titled Jack Tripper Stole My Dog. Pauly is your typical NYC sports fan (Knicks, Yankees, Rangers, and the Jets) but he loves rooting for the L.A. Clippers over the Lakers. You can find Pauly on Twitter at @taopauly.

Joe Speaker is a sports-crazed father of one sports-crazed son, AJ (and one infant, C-Bone, who will also follow suit if he knows what's good for him), and husband to mildy sports-interested Emet. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and follows his hometown teams: the Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal. If he cared abut the NBA (which he doesn't, not since the Run-TMC days), he'd back the Warriors. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1989 and roots for the Stanley Cup Champion Kings and MLS Cup champion Galaxy (no, not a front-runner; no hockey or soccer teams in the Bay Area when I was growing up!), as well as Liverpool in the Premier League. In his spare time, that is time not wiping baby's butt or watching sports, he plays a shit load of golf and writes. He's the author of the Obituarium. Follow Joe Speaker on Twitter at @JoeSpeaker.

StB is Dallas Cowboys fan living in Milwaukee, WI. StB is Ocelot's resident expert in all things involving hockey fights. StB is the mastermind behind the blog While Drinking, I..., and he also writes haikus about beer on Twitter at @StB08.