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About Hoosier State Bets

Hoosier State Bets is an independent news and information website covering the legal, regulated sports betting industry in Indiana. All content, reviews and informational pages are entirely original, and were written solely for publication on HoosierStateBets.com.

Hoosier State Bets is run by a group of long time gaming industry professionals with a deep understanding of the US market. The news and opinion articles posted here serve the purpose of informing the public about an industry that most know little about.

We do not accept requests to post guest articles or “native” advertising. Please do not send us requests for links and guest posts.

The goal at Hoosier State Bets is to be the number one source of information about Indiana sports betting.

This website is entirely independent of the casino industry – the owners and managerse of Hoosier State Bets have no ties to any gambling operator or casino trade group.

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Hoosier State Bets may earn revenue when visitors click links on our website. While we have business relationships with our gaming industry partners, those partners have no input toward the editorial content that is posted on Hoosier State Bets. We maintain a strict barrier between editorial decisions and business dealings.

No advertisements on Hoosier State Bets are intended toward persons who:

  • Are under 21 years of age
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  • Intend to violate a gambling site’s terms of service

Contributors

Brian Pempus
82 Articles

Brian served as a senior reporter and online content manager for Card Player Magazine for nearly a decade before joining USBets in October 2018. He is currently focused on legal and regulated sports betting and online gaming. He's an avid jiu-jitsu practitioner in his free time.

Chris Altruda
31 Articles

Chris Altruda has been a sportswriter with ESPN, The Associated Press, and STATS over more than two decades. He recently expanded into covering sports betting and gambling around the Midwest.

Eric Raskin
3 Articles

Eric is a veteran writer, editor, and podcaster in the sports and gaming industries. He was the editor-in-chief of the poker magazine All In for nearly a decade, is the author of the book The Moneymaker Effect, and has contributed to such outlets as ESPN.com, Grantland.com, and Playboy.

Jeff Walsh
3 Articles

Jeff Walsh has been a member of the poker media for over seven years and currently serves as the Senior Writer for the leading online poker website PocketFives.com. He is also a contributor to the US Bets network of sites.

Brett Smiley
1 Articles

Brett Smiley is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sports Handle, which joined forces with the US Bets team in November 2018. He focuses on the sports betting industry and legislation. He's an avid sports bettor himself, mainly on NFL and college basketball contests. In a past life, Smiley practiced commercial litigation in New York City and previously wrote for FOX Sports and SI.com. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Michele, son Nolan, and their two English bulldogs, Chief and Boomer.

Matt Rybaltowski
1 Articles

Matt is a veteran writer with a specific focus on the emerging sports gambling market. During Matt's two decade career in journalism, he has written for the New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, Reuters and CBSSports.com among others. In his spare time, Matt is an avid reader, a weekend tennis player and a frequent embarrassment to the sport of running.

Jill R. Dorson
1 Articles

Jill has covered everything from steeplechase to the NFL and then some during a more than 30-year career in sports journalism. The highlight of her career was covering Oakland Raiders during the Charles Woodson/Jon Gruden era, including the infamous “Snow Bowl” and the Raiders’ 2003 trip to Super Bowl XXXVII. Her specialty these days is covering sports betting legislation across the country.

Donnie Peters

A veteran media professional, Donnie is the operations manager for SharpSide and managing editor for PocketFives. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the gambling industry, working extensively in the worlds of poker and sports betting. Donnie was named Media Person of the Year at the American Poker Awards in 2016 and currently resides in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Martin Harris

Martin Harris is a writer, editor, and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. An English Ph.D. and former full-time college professor, he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. His book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game was published by D&B Books in 2019. He and his wife take care of their horses and cats on a small farm in North Carolina.