Team

Damian Sokol

Damian Sokol

Damian worked for the last 12 years at PokerStrategy.com, the world’s biggest poker community and poker school, as well as the biggest gambling affiliate. He served since January 2013 as CEO. The company was acquired mid-2013 for $50 million by Playtech (PTEC-L), the world’s largest online gaming and sports betting software supplier. Within Playtech, he was heading one of Playtech’s B2B software supplier business units and worked with customers such as bet365, William Hill or Paddy Power Betfair.

Before his time at PokerStrategy.com Damian was active in the gaming and esports scene, both as a player as well as professionally.

He created and managed the biggest German-speaking gaming communities at ingame.de, participated in the CPL Dallas events as a player and journalist and served as a tournament admin for the World Cyber Games in Singapore, CPL Europe events organized by the ESL and many others such as the WWCL.

Christian Rajter

Christian Rajter

Christian is a veteran within the gambling space, with over 18 years of experience in different companies and different positions.

He is an active investor, holding investments in not only gambling but also in cutting-edge technologies sectors ranging from the cybersecurity to Edu tech and E-health.

Christian holds the position as chairman and board member in several companies, ranging from start-ups to listed companies.

He is also the founder and CEO of At The Front Line, a consultancy company helping companies with innovation, concept development, business development and strategy. Specializing in gambling and gaming or purely online business growth and success.

Christian founded and was the CEO of Mobenga, the market leading mobile partner for sportsbooks, powering some of the largest brands in the industry, including William Hill, Paddy Power and Sky Bet, eventually selling the company to Playtech (PTEC-L).

Prior to founding Mobenga in 2006, Christian spent several years at the scandinavian sportsbook Expekt.com, holding various senior positions and spending his last year as the company’s CEO.

Christian holds an MsC in Psychology and a BsC in Human Resource Management.

Andrey Borisov

Andrey Borisov

Andrey has 10 years of software development experience, mainly as technical/software architect. His experience covers most notably finance banking sector (UBS) with strong security requirements, real-time settlement systems, online and end-of-day reporting SLA. Air transport marker (SITA) sector with extreme searching/booking and reservation requirements (300K+ TPS). Gambling industry (Playtech) where he acted as software architect in casino and IMS platforms concentrating on building next generation openness platforms, real-time BI, cloudification activities, micro-services decoupling and engagement platform as well as improving of overall experience.

Besides strong hands-on experience in building distributed/fault-tolerant/scalable and predictable systems, Andrey successfully applied wide range of leadership skills to key positions – he was Chief Technical Architect in SITA project (130+ people), Development Manager in Kiev office, scrum master and several others hypostases. Andrey has great overall experience in open source tools and frameworks (Hadoop/Hive/Hbase/Phoenix/Casssandra/CouchBase/Kafka/Flink/Spark/Akka/Postgresql/Redis/RocksDB/Presto/neo4j/IMDGs/ELK) and open-source tools from Netflix/Google/Facebook/Twitter.

In his free time, he is coding in java/python/go/JS/scala, building new DSLs / machine learning program and graph algorithms and writes programs suitable for Raspberry PI platforms. He believes in open-source power and blockchain technology and data-openness and immutability principles. Andrey holds master degree in computer and cybernetics science.

Michael Haufschild

Michael Haufschild

Michael is an excellent all-round product manager with hands-on experience with coding himself. In his free time, he’s developing games in Unity3D, websites in PHP or music creation tools in C# and .net.

In his role as the Head of Product, Michael led the team of ux designers, product managers and developers for PokerStrategy.com. He also worked together with various teams at Playtech on several projects, such as the 2016 redesign of their B2B white label poker software being used by bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Gala Coral and others.

Hannes Zott

Hannes Zott

Hannes joined PokerStrategy.com in 2010 as Community Manager and in 2014, he became Business Unit Manager for the German speaking countries – one of the core markets of the company – leading several successful teams of freelancers. From late 2015, he provided for several Playtech licensee a turnkey solution for their poker vertical, being responsible for their poker and casino product.

Hannes is a passionate gamer, who loves to analyze game design and mechanics. He also followed the crypto scene for several years, both as a miner and investor and combines his knowledge in crypto currencies with his passion for games.

Andrey Lazarev

Andrey Lazarev

Andrey has 9 years of experience in web development. He was himself in the past CEO of a online multiplayer skill game product where he build a multiplayer Backgammon project focussing on the CIS market and attracted over 200,000 players. Next to his experience in web development, team management, agile and more, he also gained excellent SEO, SMO, SMM and PPC skills.

Matej Galvanek

Matej Galvanek

Matej is a recognized cryptocurrency professional in the Czech and Slovak crypto-community. As an analyst and investor, Matej made early bets in projects such as Ethereum or Monero and has been known for deep knowledge of top crypto projects and insightful researches of almost every upcoming ICO project. He is an active cryptocurrency miner and skilled administrator of various PoS nodes. Matej was a guest speaker on Deloitte Blockchain panel discussion in Prague.

Matej has been a curious investor all his life, founded a Club of Investors already while at university and has been investing into wide range of assets, from stocks and real estate to startups and algorithmic trading ever since. He has successfully exploited opportunities in sports betting, mid stakes poker and cryptocurrency arbitrages. Matej has entrepreneurial and hobby interest also in virtual reality scene (recently was a speaker at Czech VR fest conference) and acted as a venture builder on the local market, helped several young projects to raise capital and navigate through the early start-up stages with Matej’s cofounder involvement.

Katharina Schäwel

Katharina Schäwel

Katharina was involved in the early days of PokerStrategy.com, the world´s biggest poker community and gambling affiliate, starting in 2006 as Head of Design. With growing interest in the community, she transferred to the position of VIP Management, where she especially was taking care of PokerStrategy´s Diamond and Black Members of which many became early crypto-investors.

Katharina started her trading career, when she became a mother-at-home end of 2009. Being able to gain significant trading experiences within Forex- and Stock-trading, mainly technical analysis for strategic long-term positions, it was only a matter of time until she discovered the crypto-community and stayed. Nowadays Katharina is an active crypto-trader and a technical analyst. She is holding a Bachelor of Science, focused on human genetics.

Advisors

Ryan Gittleson

Ryan Gittleson

Ryan is the Co-Founder of ConsenSys-incubated Virtue Poker, a P2P decentralized poker application built on Ethereum.

Ryan joined ConsenSys 2.5 years ago where he was working in Business Development and Marketing before founding Virtue Poker within ConsenSys.

Wouter Sleijffers

Wouter Sleijffers

Wouter is the CEO of Fnatic, one of world’s largest and most successful esports organizations. Wouter joined Fnatic in 2015 and is taking the Fnatic brand and organisation to the next level with his vast leadership and marketing experience.

He also recently joined the executive board of the World Esports Association (WESA).

In his previous position, Wouter played a crucial part in the success of Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) as the VP Marketing and now is making great strides in the ever-growing esport scene.

Bryan Pellegrino

Bryan Pellegrino

Co-Founder OpenToken. Bryan was an early crypto adoptor who has advised or worked on token economics for many high profile projects.
He also served as founder/CEO of BuzzDraft before it was acquired and Entrepeneur in Residence at rho.ai

Kenny Shih

Kenny Shih

Kenny is Executive Director at the Hong Kong based Coinsuper exchange that opened at the end of February 2018 and reached top 15 in the global 24-hour trading volume ranking based on CoinMarketCap.com in just three months since its opening.

His background is both Finance as a former stock broker at Morgan Stanley as well as being a successful poker player finishing 18th in the WSOP main event.

Johannes Schiefer

Johannes Schiefer

Johannes is the Vice President of Social & Editorial at ESL

Responsible for publishing, social media and editorial content for ESL, the world’s largest esports company. Leading the teams that drive digital storytelling and social brand development on a global level.

Previously led the strategic development and management of PokerStrategy.com’s market analysis and consulting operations and still active as a consultant to the iGaming industry. He has proven track record of transferring experience and know-how – gained through working at the center of the poker industry – into value generating services and products for partner operators and other industry entities.

Knuth Rüffer

Knuth Rüffer

Knuth is an experienced technology leader serving roles as CTO and CEO as well as advising various startups. He founded SCALORS which is a German software nearshoring company, which has development centers across Europe.

SCALORS is a technology partner for QuizBeat supporting development and scaling.