Odds Shark Editorial Staff
You have read their articles and enjoyed their insights, now learn a bit more about the men behind the keyboards at OddsShark.com. Trusted as news sources for the SBNation.com's odds section and accorded full 'Writer' status there, this team of sports writers has articles and quotes gracing websites and magazines around the world.
Jack Randall (fighting, hockey, football)
A throwback to the old days when men handled their problems like men and it was still cool to be tough. Formerly a writer with Sport.com, Jack brings his expertise in hockey and the fight game to OddsShark.com.
Whether it’s analysis of the annual war on ice – the Stanley Cup playoffs – or the regular wars in the ring or the octagon in boxing or mixed martial arts, Jack brings his unique insights and experience. He will also keep an eye on hockey lines, MMA odds and other wagering opportunities so that you can do something with your new-found knowledge.
Quote: ‘Tough times call for tough measures – or something like that. I like tough guys and tough sports and I know what to expect when pretenders show up for battle. Check out my archive of hockey and fight articles.
Mark ‘The King’ Presley (nba, ncaab)
Elvis never played basketball and neither did Mark Presley. But ‘The King’ follows the hoop game closer than anyone, rarely missing a trick in NBA or college basketball.
So when you are looking for the most current information from the hard court, the latest insights into the day’s top matchups and an edge on which team will cover the NBA spread, Mark is the man.
Mark will provide an exclusive article several times to OddsShark.com each week in season and he’ll keep tabs on basketball future odds during the offseason to ensure you don’t miss the boat on any money-making opportunities.
Quote: ‘I’m pleased to bring my basketball handicapping expertise and knowledge of hoops to OddsShark.com. They say the NBA is the toughest sport to beat, but I’m not so sure. There are tendencies and patterns that the keen observer can exploit.’
Mike Pickett (footballs)
He plays guitar and he picks football winners – in either case, he does what his namesake suggests – he ‘picks it.’ Mike Pickett is new to the football writing universe, but after a successful run hitting NFL picks and beating the college football line, he is one to watch (and read).
A fantasy football expert at heart, he has parlayed that knowledge of player tendencies and team depth charts into a profitable career. After winning several major fantasy championships, he turned to wagering on sports.
From the first NFL preseason game in August to the Pro Bowl in February – and every college football game in between – Mike offers up analysis that is outside the mainstream pigskin preview realm.
Quote: ‘It’s pretty easy to regurgitate what passes for football ‘insights’ these days. I drill down past the obvious, zero in on the few truly significant angles and situations of the week and look for edges in my NFL picks. Whether you agree or disagree or whether I win or lose, you will agree we are digging into important areas of football handicapping that are often ignored.’
Dave Harrison (baseball, poker)
A veteran of six years in the sports journalism world, Dave brings a varied background to OddsShark.com. Not only has he written for dozens of sports handicapping sites on baseball and soccer wagering, but he’s also parlayed several trips to the World Series of Poker into a successful poker career.
When the Champions League or World Cup of soccer are hogging headlines and you have no clue about soccer matchups, Dave will provide all the cheat sheets you need to profit from it. And all summer long, the best advice on baseball wagering comes straight off Dave’s pen and onto the pages here at OddsShark.com.
Not sure how to tell a runline from a moneyline and not sure which one is the best bet? Dave stays on top of baseball developments for you.
Quote: ‘It’s a tough grind trying to make a career out of playing poker or picking baseball winners. My pledge is to help make it easier for everyone who came after me. There are lots of pitfalls and lots of opportunities in baseball, soccer and poker and I have explored most of them along the way, some while seated across from the biggest stars in the business.’
Jason Green (soccer, entertainment)
Our roving European soccer correspondent, Jason travels the continent watching games and reporting n team tendencies and weaknesses. Full soccer coverage is coming soon to OddsShark.com, but in the meantime, key soccer battles, World Cup previews and other footy information flows from Jason.
He spent much of last summer reporting on World Cup 2010 for FoxSports.com blogging communities managed by OddsShark.com. Jason also maintain a key eye on entertainment and political events, reporting on unique odds in those fields as part of the OddsShark.com partnership with TMZ.com.
Quote: ‘Soccer is the most-watched and most-bet-on game on earth and with so many leagues, you need someone with a broad knowledge. That’s what I aim to bring to OddsShark.com.’
Dean Stone (poker, casino)
If you have ever wondered which casino table game offers you the best odds of winning and which games are stacked against you, Dean is the guy to give you the straight deal. A semi-pro poker player and casino aficionado, Dean handles much of the writing for the poker and casino sections here at OddsShark.com.
Making the final table at the 2007 World Series of Poker media event, Dean continues to make a name for himself at the poker tables while also offering tutorials and tips for people sitting around blackjack tables.
Quote: ‘Poker is a marathon, not a sprint and being in the game a few years really drives home that point. Patience and experience can’t be taught, but basic poker odds and smart table manner can be to help you win more hands. That’s why I’m at OddsShark.com – to help more hands go your way.’
Mike Dempsey (horses)
Think about what 30 years of wisdom and experience could do for you in your current job. Heck, Barack Obama became president after only four years experience as a senator.
Mike Dempsey is one of the most knowledgeable horsemen in America and he’s also one of the sport’s true good guys. He knows the industry inside and out, from the smallest races in California to the biggest races in the world in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup.
He’ll provide exclusive articles for OddsShark.com readers, advising them on horse wagering news and opportunities and dropping some of his free picks along the way.
Quote: ‘Running TurfnSport.com has been a labor of love for me, handicapping and writing about the sport I love. Whether you’re a once-a-year Kentucky Derby bettor, a weekend horse betting warrior or a daily track player, I have something for everyone.’