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.

Steve Ruddock (View Profile)

Twitter - @SteveRuddock

Steve is a prolific writer with a passion for all aspects of the gaming industry. He covers a wide variety of topics with a focus on the legal and legislative developments occurring in poker, gambling, and daily fantasy sports, as well as opining on the current zeitgeist in the poker and gaming industries.

Steve's work has appeared in USA Today, NJ.com, Bluff Magazine, Global Gaming Business Magazine, iGaming Business Magazine, OnlinePokerReport.com, USPoker.com, and numerous other poker and gaming outlets.

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.

Will O’Connor (View Profile)

Twitter - @wocpoker

Since 2014, Will O'Connor has been a live reporter for some of the biggest poker events and series on the East Coast. In addition to blogging, 'Will OC' has also done freelance work for a variety of sites, including BLUFF.

O'Connor has been on the PocketFives.com team since the beginning of 2016, primarily handling New Jersey online poker. That's also when New Jersey native and Montclair State University graduate began working as a live stream commentator, for both Borgata Poker Open events and Poker Night in America cash games.

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.

Will Shillibier (View Profile)

Twitter - @Shillibier

Will Shillibier first started playing poker at the University of Kent poker society. What started as small-stakes cash games and Sit-n-gos soon turned into playing at local casinos, and eventually the UK Student Poker Championships.

During his time at university, he worked as a freelance poker writer and live reporter. He has worked at numerous European Poker Tour stops as well as the 2016 WSOP. After graduating with a degree in German, he now lives in Manchester where he is studying for a diploma in multimedia sports journalism.