PocketFives About Us


11340 Lakefield Drive, Suite #216
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Phone: 1 615 290 5592

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PocketFives.com is a popular online poker forum and community launched in early 2005 by Vanderbilt University graduates Cal Spears, Adam Small, and Riley Bryant. PocketFives focuses on online poker tournament play, but players of all types from around the globe use the site on a daily basis.

Why do we call ourselves PocketFives? If you don't already know, pocket fives is the most culturally rich hand in poker. Nicknamed "presto," this hand has developed its own subculture, particularly in online card rooms and message boards, since the early 1990s. The proliferation of online poker has since solidified this hand in poker lore. It has a certain mystique, which made the name a perfect fit for our community.

Within five years of its launch, PocketFives grew to over 100,000 members from all over the world. Our site originally gained fame by ranking online poker players. Since then, the PocketFives Rankings have become the standard by which online poker players are measured. We've also diversified to display Country Rankings and Sortable Rankings that allow users to determine who the top players are in a particular city or region.

PocketFives offers unique content about poker news, legislation, tournament results, interviews, and lifestyle. Our team of experienced content writers brings the industry to life on a daily basis. Here's an overview of our writing staff.

Lance Bradley(View Profile)

President & Editor in Chief - Contact this Person

Twitter - @Lance_Bradley

Lance Bradley began working in the online gaming industry in 2001 with Bodog. From early-2004 until mid-2006 Bradley was the Poker Room Manager for the online gaming company.

After leaving Bodog he launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com, which he ran for two years before joining BLUFF in 2008 as Managing Editor. He was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. In August 2015, Bradley was named PocketFives President and Editor in Chief.

Bradley graduated from the Applied Journalism program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

Kevin Mathers (View Profile)

Community Manager - Contact this Person

Twitter - @Kevmath

Kevin Mathers first established himself in the poker community as a moderator on 2+2 before joining Twitter in 2008 where he quickly developed one of the largest legit followings in the poker industry.

Since then he’s come the go-to source for nearly any tidbit of poker information as players, operators and media rely heavily on him. The Syracuse native was hired by BLUFF in October 2010 and was named Poker Information Manager in April 2012.

Mathers joined PocketFives in September 2015 as the Community Manager. He now calls Atlanta home.

Jessica Welman (View Profile)

Twitter - @jesswelman

Jessica Welman broke into poker writing as a reporter for PocketFivesLive in 2008 and, while she spent several years away from the site, she has always considered herself a P5er at heart. Since working the 2008 and 2009 WSOP for PocketFives, Jessica has also contributed to the World Poker Tour, ESPN, The Big Lead, Card Player, and Poker News Daily as a freelancer.

Jessica also spent two years working for BLUFF Media, first as a Senior Writer, then as Managing Editor. In 2012, she became the first Managing Editor of WSOP.com, a post she held for three years.

These days, the University of Southern California and University of Indiana alum is a freelance content provider writing about poker, sports, pop culture, and her own adventures as a Southern girl living in Las Vegas.

Blair Ames

Twitter - @Blair_Ames

After five years of working as a news reporter throughout Central Maryland, Blair Ames left the news industry in May 2015 to begin working as a live reporter for the World Series of Poker.

Following a summer in Las Vegas, he’s continued to cover WSOP Circuit events and other poker tours throughout the country.

Blair earned a communications degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He continues to live in Frederick.

Steve Schult (View Profile)

Twitter - @lefty2432

Steve Schult broke into the poker industry in the summer of 2009 as an intern with PokerRoad.com. He started writing for Card Player Magazine that same summer and returned for another WSOP with Card Player in 2010.

After the 2010 WSOP, Schult became a Social Media Marketing consultant for Full Tilt Poker and was in charge of some of the company's regional social media outlets. In 2012, Schult joined BLUFF Magazine's WSOP team and worked for three summers between 2012-2014.

After the 2012 WSOP, Schult became a part of the WSOP Circuit live reporting team. He still is a part of the WSOP team and also does live reporting for the World Poker Tour.

Schult graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 2008. He earned his bachelors in Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism. He currently resides in Las Vegas.

Matt Clark (View Profile)

Twitter - @MattClarkPoker

Matt Clark started his career as a live reporter for the World Series of Poker in 2015. Since then, he has blogged at many properties across the East Coast. The majority of those events include Borgata Poker Opens and Poker Night in America main events.

In the fall of 2016, Clark joined the PocketFives team where he contributes primarily to the New Jersey online scene. After living most his life in Upstate New York, Clark now resides in Brooklyn.

David Huber (View Profile)

Twitter - @dhubermex

David 'dhubermex' Huber began playing online poker in 2004. He quickly became profitable in low- stakes sit and gos on PokerStars, often playing 10 or more tables at once. He eventually moved up to multi-tabling $55 sit and gos on PokerStars before moving on to MTTs in 2007, a year in which he was a profitable mid-stakes online tournament player.

In 2008, Huber served as Editor-in-Chief of PocketFives.com and still works with PocketFives as a writer and consultant. Huber is a resident of Mexico and his 'dhubermex' handle is one of the most recognized names on PocketFives.

Bill Grinstead (View Profile)

Twitter - @BillGrins

Bill Grinstead has hands-on experience in every aspect of the online poker industry. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing, he traveled to Costa Rica, securing a job with a popular online poker site during the industry's boom years.

He soon found that playing poker full-time was much more profitable than his day job and decided to go pro, specializing in mid-stakes Limit Hold'em. Utilizing his experience in marketing, web design, and content writing, he went on to create a profitable affiliate website to supplement his online poker earnings.

After 10 years of living in Costa Rica, he decided to move back to the United States and now lives in Atlanta where he works as a writer in the poker industry.

Jack Stanton (View Profile)

Twitter - @J_W_Stanton

After falling in love with poker at the age of 17, Jack dabbled on the online felt and began playing live as soon as he was old enough to get in his local casinos. The game always remained a passion, and while he pursued a career in journalism he hoped to one day combine the two..

Jack then received his degree in Magazine Journalism in 2011, before working in London as a Copywriter. His breakthrough into poker journalism came when he was asked to cover a UKIPT event by the PokerStars Blog in 2015. Since going freelance, he has covered live events in locations as far afield as the Bahamas, Chile, South Korea, Brazil, and all across Europe.

You'll find Jack reporting for the PokerStars Blog at most PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events, as well as writing for PocketFives, BLUFF Europe, and other outlets on a freelance basis. Outside of poker, Jack has also written for VICE, The Guardian, The Drum and more. He lives in Portsmouth, South England.