Who is James Guill?

To say I have had a bit of a varied career is a bit of an understatement. My early career started working for J. Crew and then I transitioned to the United States Postal Service.

Toward the end of the 20th Century, I started a career in IT where I worked in IT Support for major companies like Ericsson, Bank of America, Captial One GE and Dell.

I started my journey into self-employment in 2001. I was working a side gig doing Courthouse Research that eventually became my full-time gig. From 2003 to 2008, I ran Guill Research Company where I collected records from various courthouses around the country, predominately online.

It was around 2006 that I started to play live poker as a bit of a hobby and had what I call “moderate success.” When the housing market bubble burst around 2007, many businesses tied to that industry went under, including mine.

At that point, I had a decision. I could try and play poker professionally or I go another route. While I enjoyed poker, it was not something I wanted to do as a primary career, particularly because I didn’t feel that online poker was going to be viable for much longer in the United States. Yes, I saw Black Friday coming a mile away.

Around early 2008, I decided to take a shot at being a poker writer. Well known author Amy Calistri knew me from my travels playing poker and put me in touch with PokerNews.

PokerNews gave me my first two gigs in 2008, with the biggest being a Live Blogger for the 2008 World Series of Poker. After the series, I started taking small contracts for what are now mostly defunct poker sites.

In late 2008, I picked up two contracts that went on to establish me as a poker writer. The first was a gig with PokerJunkie.com where I became the face of the site for years.

The other gig was with the Ongame Network. I provided copy for various website for years and continued to do so after they were purchased by Bwin. That gig continued until the merger of Bwin and partypoker.

Since then, I have continued to work for various companies, most notably Ivey Poker. I served as the Content Manager for the website for the last year of its existence

I’m still an active writer in the industry, but much of my current focus is on general online gambling rather than online poker.

Outside of content creation, I also work as a reseller. I’ve sold a little bit of everything online since the early 2000s and continue to do that as a side gig today.