The TexasHoldEm Team has a mutual love for all things poker and is committed to providing its members with a fair and engaging online player experience. Our goal is to combine the skill and strategy of poker with an enhanced social experience so people can share their wins and experiences around the globe. We love hearing from our player community so feel free to click on the images below to get in touch with our team.
TexasHoldEm.com is a privately held company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Major investors include PR Capital, Chiquita Partners and Symington Holdings.
Dane Joy (CEO): Dane is an avid poker player and is responsible for the growth and management of the business. His goal is to provide an affordable and entertaining gaming solution for poker lovers worldwide. Prior to founding TexasHoldEm.com Dane was one of the co-founders and COO of online payment company Allied Systems in 2005. Prior to its sale in 2009 the company had processed over $1billion in transactions for over 3000 merchants worldwide including social gaming and poker networks. He is still involved in the payment industry as a consultant for PayManager. Dane received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Sydney University and a Business Administration Degree from Sydney College of Technical Education. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and in his spare time he plays tennis and golf or spends time with his Golden Retriever ‘Dingo’
Tony Jones (New Project Director): Began his career in the poker industry as a poker dealer at the Golden Nugget Casino in London during the 60’s and has played poker as a semi-professional all his life. When Tony first played TexasHoldEm he realized its association with the World Series of Poker and immediately saw the potential the game had for television and mainstream gaming because of its engaging skill based nature. Tony was the original owner of the domain and has a most inventive poker mind. He has played tournament poker at various venues all over the world including the World Series of Poker Main Event. Tony brings a wealth of live and online poker experience to the RUYO team and has strong ties with many professional players including personal friend Jamie Gold whose win of $12.1m at the WSOP 2006 Main Event still remains the world record.
Anthony Conti (CCO): A serial innovator with over 20 years of interactive experience in consulting, management, design, development, and advertising. His experience covers everything from interactive application development to full scope product branding, with specialities in GUI and UX design. Anthony has been an intricate part of many nationally successful projects as well as several internationally recognized interactive projects. He has worked with companies such as Tiffany & Co., Nike, Pepsi Co., Home Depot, MLB, NHL, NFL, Budweiser, Clear Channel, Riviera Broadcast Group, CBS, Fox Sports as well as many others. Anthony is an AIVA member/judge as well as a 6 time Davey Award winner, 4 time W3 Award Winner and a Webby Award Honoree.
Walter Kalata (CTO): Prior to RUYO, Walter worked as the CTO of Tech.cr, a company which develops cloud-based, turnkey online poker and subscription management software. Between 2004 and 2009, he served as the Director of Technology for CFM, Inc., where he managed the development of job scheduling and quality control software, which allowed the company to grow while reducing its operating costs. In 2003 he co-founded Detacided, a software development and consulting company, where he developed solutions for messaging, data mining, and logistics. His current expertise is design and implementation of highly scalable applications leveraging the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. Walter’s passion is researching and utilizing the latest web technologies.
Ben Paisley (Poker Manager): Has spent most of his adult life working on progressive marketing and retention strategies in the online dating and gaming work space. He quickly accepted the challenge to spearhead the membership retention strategies at RUYO Inc. Prior to RUYO, Ben worked as the Lead Developer and Sys Admin of Tech.cr, which develops cloud-based, turnkey online poker and subscription management software. Ben’s strength and experience is in the development and maintenance of online membership programs. He’s become passionate about leveraging cloud technologies to administrate and design scalable, stable and secure applications.
Rich Symington (CMO): Rich is the founder of Titan Media Partners, a venture that partners with leading companies to build direct response campaigns for accelerated growth. His strategy and knowledge is comprehensive and spans from online to radio, direct mail, print and outbound. Rich has spent over a decade building dozens of successful internet campaigns, consulting for multi-million dollar companies and inspiring the next generation of business leaders as one of the foremost authorities in internet advertising. He has worked with brands such as NatureMade/Pharmavite & SoTru driving revenues over $12m/year. Rich is learning not to chase flush draws in poker.
Stephanie Lowe (Support Manager): Born and raised in northern California, Stephanie has had an eclectic assortment of jobs starting out at a flower shop, working at KFC, then landing an internship at a radio station. Her internship turned into a full time job and eventually led to her transferring to Arizona. Her time in radio has taken her from San Francisco to Phoenix, Sacramento, Wichita and eventually back to Phoenix. Here she joined the Texasholdem.com family. She already had a deep love for the game of poker having watched many late night games on TV and is now able to combine her love of working with the public and poker together. When she is not at work (which is hardly ever) you can find her playing poker or the penny slots at the casinos, or hanging out at home with her 3 cats Algernod, Cornelious and Stella.
Chandler Bator (Operations): Chandler started YourCollegePokerClub.com while a Freshman in college, aiming to be a premiere inter-collegiate hub for learning poker, playing poker and hosting a College Poker Championship. While the initial designs were never realized, he’s since taken his ideas and his passions and carried them over to TexasHoldem.com. Chandler is originally from San Francisco and loves single malt whiskey, travel and discussing politics. It is questionable as to whether he is really only in his early 20’s…..
Justin Mazza (Project Manager) graduated from DePaul University in 2014 with a BS in Game Development and Business Administration. Before joining TexasHoldem.com, Justin was Programming Lead for a start-up game studio Space Dwarves. Soon after moving to Phoenix, Justin began working with us to develop our new Desktop and Mobile game environment. Coming from the Midwest, he is currently enjoying the constant warm weather though he has yet to experience an Arizona summer. In his free time he plays online games with his friends, practices Tennis, watches movies with his wife, and occasionally hikes.
Steve Young (Lead Developer) has led a rich and interesting life outside of being at TexasHoldem.com. Most recently, Steve co-owned a prominent landscaping company, developing web applications for everything from invoicing, to equipment maintenance to human resources management. Steve has written marketing web and mobile apps for Caribbean Cruise lines, oversaw the backend programming for the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, and even helped to develop package-handling systems for the US Postal Service. On top of all that, Steve is an accomplished musician. He’s performed as a lead vocalist in multiple locally distinguished rock bands, opening for nationally renowned acts, and has two produced albums to his credit. His other personal passions include robotics, sailing, diving and travel.
John Bess (Senior Mobile Dev): John is a
dedicated developer who has been building games
since day one of his career. He has worked on a variety
of products such as “Success Maker”, a learning tool for
children who have fallen behind in school, and
as an intern on “Project Gryphon”, which was a form of combat
simulation software for the Air Force. John is
very passionate about emerging technologies, programming,
meeting new challenges, and of course, gaming. In late 2014 he
joined the Texas Holdem team as a mobile developer to
help bring future products to life for TeaxasHoldem.com
“Alejandro Huerta (Unity Developer): Is a recent grad from DePaul University with a degree in Gameplay Programming. Alejandro has a passion for video games and all aspects of their creation from design to mechanics. In hopes of continuing his game development career he has joined TexasHoldEm.com to implement modern game design and propel Texas Hold Em into the 21st century. Alejandro is originally from Chicago and is glad to have left the snow behind.”