Meet the NewsDirect Editorial Team

About Us

The team at comprises expert writers, researchers and fact-checkers specialising in the online casino and sports betting industry! Day to day, they are dedicated to trying and testing the best online gambling sites and love to keep their readers informed about the latest updates and trends in the world of online betting. All our content is written by real people who have a genuine passion for the industry, meaning you’re in safe hands! 

Our writers’ content has been featured on some of the most trustworthy new sites, including MSN and Yahoo, and is trusted by thousands of readers wanting to find the best new betting sites and online casinos. If you want to know more about the faces behind our content, keep reading!

Dean Carr - Our Sports Betting Expert and Journalist

Dean is our in-house expert in all things sports betting, and his content is frequently featured on over 10 news websites. He is a huge sports fan and keeps updated on all the latest news in football, horse racing, and popular US sports like NFL, NBA and MLB. Using his expertise and passion for sports and sports betting, he has created a name for himself in the industry. If you want to know more about the latest trends in sports betting, you can count on Dean to give you the most relevant information.


Lauren Lister - Our Online Casino Expert and Writer

Regarding online casinos, slots, bingo and poker, Lauren has published hundreds of articles across many online platforms. Over recent years, she has dedicated her career to trying and testing hundreds of online casinos and writing honest reviews about them. Lauren’s expertise spans a wide range of topics, from in-depth casino reviews and game guides to the latest industry trends and responsible gaming practices, so when reading her content, you can be sure you are getting unbiased and honest information. 


Mike Ifftner - Our Sports Betting and Lottery Expert

As an avid sports fan and sports bettor, Mike is another trusted source on the Acroud Media team. He specialises in keeping updated with the latest sports betting trends and football fixture results and enjoying esports in his spare time. He collates this knowledge into his publications and has engaged hundreds of readers throughout his career! Also, Mike is our resident lottery expert and loves to keep players informed about the latest news in lottery.


Sarah Lunness - Our Editor and Fact-Checker

Sarah is our in-house content editor and spends her time making sure that our expert’s facts are in check! All content is checked by her before it’s published to ensure that we only ever post content that is 100% accurate and up-to-date. Not only that, she has a keen interest in the world of online casinos, slots, bingo and poker and has an unparalleled knowledge of the subject; this means we can confidently say that our team is well-informed and unbiased. 


Solomon Shehata - Sports Betting Writer and Trends Expert

Solomon is a big sports fan with a keen eye for the goings on in the UK sports scene as well as that of the US. Solomon spends his spare time catching up with all things football, NFL, NBA, and horse racing. He has also had his work published on various different sites, including the Daily Mail. Solomon has a rooted interest in expanding his knowledge of the sports betting world, along with many other topics.



Ella Powley - Online Bingo Journalist 

Ella Powley is an online bingo journalist and expert, keeping players informed with the latest news, reviews, and strategies to elevate their game. Whether you're a seasoned bingo enthusiast or a curious newcomer, Ella's insights will ensure you get the most out of your online bingo experience.


How Does Our Team Review Online Gambling Sites

Game and Betting Market Variety

One of the first things our team of experts looks for when reviewing online casinos is the variety of games available for players to enjoy. The same applies to online sportsbooks and the array of betting markets available. Offering a vast selection of games and betting markets is one of the best features an online casino or sportsbook can offer. We also consider the software developers that back up the sites we review to ensure we only recommend the best in the industry.

Mobile Compatibility

There is no escaping from the fact that nowadays, everyone uses their mobile devices, and those who enjoy playing at online casinos or placing bets on their favourite sports find it easier and easier to do it on their phones. Therefore, we believe it is essential for any of the online casinos or sports betting sites we review to have decent compatibility with portable devices like mobile phones and tablets. If a site doesn’t have a mobile app, we will still recommend it to you, but only if you can access the site via a mobile web browser like Google Chrome or Safari. 

User Experience

We believe user experience should be at the top of an online gambling site’s list of priorities. If any of our experts have a negative experience overall, we will not recommend it. There are some methods that these sites can use to make sure user experience is as good as possible, including offering helpful and free support if a customer has a query, making sure the site is fast and responsive and constantly updating games and bonuses to keep the site as fun and engaging as possible.

Ease of Sign Up 

Another vital aspect of an online gambling site should be a straightforward signup process. Obviously, because of laws and legislations, there are specific requirements that betting and casino brands must adhere to remain compliant, such as requesting information like your name, age, address and email address, and they are legally obliged to obtain ID documentation from you to verify your identity. However, this process should be easy, and verification should be granted as quickly as possible so you can begin playing your favourite games! 

Deposit and Withdrawal Options

It is essential to cater to the needs of your customer base to run a successful online casino or sportsbook, and offering a wide range of payment options is an excellent way to do this. Payment providers will vary from country to country, but having the option to deposit funds and withdraw any winnings using credit/debit cards, e-wallets, and bank transfers is generally the minimum requirement that we would expect for the brands we recommend. 


Our experts generally like to form their own opinions about a brand by reviewing it rather than going by other reviewers. However, an online gambling site's reputation within the industry is always important to consider and understand customers' and brands' experiences. Regarding our team's expert opinion, we provide invaluable information and recommendations for the top sites in the industry. Readers can rest assured that our recommended sites are legitimate and secure and offer an exemplary user experience. The gaming experience of our readers is our main priority. 


When choosing the top gambling sites, a brand must have valid licensing and certification from a leading authority. Licensing behind a gambling site is crucial as it protects the user and ensures a fair and high-quality gaming experience. Some reliable authorities to look for include the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. Since the licensing and legislation will differ for each site, our experts always provide detailed information on what each licensing provides and how users are protected.

Customer Support

Whether you are a new or experienced casino user, it is no doubt that you have come across a query in your gaming career. It is, therefore, essential that an adequate customer support service is in place to provide speedy and helpful feedback to users. Our experts ensure there is a support system in place for each brand we recommend. All gambling sites we have reviewed are sites we would play ourselves, so users can rest assured that they are legitimate and trustworthy. 

Knowledge of Gambling Laws and Legislation

Nothing is more important to our team of experts than our readers' safety and user experience when visiting one of our recommended gambling sites. In our several years of experience, we have extensive knowledge of gambling laws and legislations across several countries to ensure users know where it is safe to play. Additionally, we are constantly learning new changes and evolving with the industry's advancements to ensure that we are up to date with all information surrounding gambling governing bodies. 

We are aware of illegal offshore markets that are promoting unlicensed sites; however, our readers can rest assured that our experts will never recommend or engage with these sites to keep the user experience safe and regulated. We offer extensive knowledge of reliable governing bodies and licenses, including the UK Gambling Commission and Malta Gaming Authority. 

Responsible Gambling

While players must have an enjoyable gaming experience, it is always essential to stay fun. Our experts recognise that sometimes things can get out of hand, especially in gambling. Our experts promote responsible gambling tools and ensure all sites we recommend offer these features. These features include support services, legal platforms and self-exclusion tools. Our experts have provided in-depth information on each responsible gambling tool and how players can utilise it to ensure they are gambling in a safe environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is online gambling legal in my country? 

All the gambling sites our experts have recommended are fully licensed and regulated in the industry, meaning they can legally operate. However, some countries do not accept online gambling. In another article, our experts have provided information on the legalities behind gambling in different countries. 

Are online casino sites trustworthy?

Readers can rest assured that all gambling sites we recommend are legitimate and safe. Our experts ensure all sites are licensed and offer data protection technology and responsible gambling tools. 

What games are available at online casinos?

Players are spoilt for choice regarding game variety at the top online gambling sites, and they can expect to find popular titles with high-quality software. Some games found at online casinos include slots, table games and poker. 

How do you deposit and withdraw at online casinos?

When it comes to completing casino deposits and withdrawals, users can access a plethora of reliable and secure payment methods. The top online casinos our experts recommend offer banking options, including credit and debit cards, pay-by-phone methods and Bitcoin. 

Does our team of experts review anything other than gambling? 

Players interested in other online sites besides casinos and sportsbooks are in luck, as our experts cover interesting topics, including bingo, lottery, gambling strategies and live casinos.