A Dedicated Group of Content Writers, Editors, and Guest Contributors
Our editors would like to welcome you to eCheckCasinos.ca, which we hope will become the premier destination for Canadian players. As mentioned on our homepage, our site was first indexed by Archive.org in November 2011, which doesn’t make us younger. Especially in the field of iGaming, which seems to change on a monthly, if not weekly basis. Evolving regulations, different provinces opening up to iGaming, and new forms of technology all compel us to keep writing each week for our discerning and loyal readers. In the following section, we will review and share our list of authors, editors, and guest contributors.
About Donna Dorsa : eCheckCasinos.ca Content Writer Extraordinaire
Donna Dorsa, a “veteran practitioner of the linguistic arts”, has dedicated over 15 years of her life to professional independent writing and editing. She has immersed herself in iGaming research and contributed to its ongoing evolution. Born to a novelist and electrical engineer, Donna’s interests span creative literature, mathematics, game theory, and the simple joys of gathering around the table with her family for a classic card or board game.
Donna previously contributed to several poker news publications, including 4Flush and PokerForFree, before transitioning to the casino games niche following the fallout of the poker market post-BlackFriday.
Here are some of her relevant links:
- https://twitter.com/GetPrinted3D (her side project)
In her Own Words
“Hello there! My name is Donna and I’m a busy woman with a lot to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband, two incredible (goofball) teenagers, and a job I simply adore. Since 2006, I’ve wiled away the hours as a professional content author and copy editor with a primary focus on the world’s ever-evolving iGaming industry.
My work focuses largely on game-related entertainment. It could be anything within that realm – the historical significance of blackjack – evaluating pot odds in Texas Holdem – the inner mechanics of vintage slot machines – dice rolling techniques and intrinsic probabilities. For me, each of these topics holds great interest for a variety of reasons.
I have a life-long passion for mathematics and creative literature, and my lineage to thank for it. My mother was a novelist, my father an electrical engineer. Put it together, and you get me – a practitioner of the linguistic arts with a flare for all things numeric.
Growing up, we played lots of card games, board games, dice games, and more. It was how our family got together. As a teenager, I was incredibly close to becoming an engineer, but my life took a different path, for which I have no regrets. For me, digging deep into game theory and assessing strategic probabilities is not a chore. It’s intriguing – dare I say fun. Learning how old slot machine drums work is equally entertaining for me.
Call me a gaming geek, but figuring out how and why games work the way they do – then passing on that knowledge through informative text – brings me as much joy as playing the games themselves. It’s why I put so much effort into every scrap of content I work with. I take a genuine interest in every topic. (Except ForEx – I truly despise that topic!)”
Donna’s Publishing Principles (How She Sources Her Information)
“I grew up in a gaming family. We went to my grandparents’ house every Saturday where the adults sat in the dining room and played gambling games (31, poker, jacks or better, loosely goosey, etc) while the kids sat on the living room floor and played go fish, old maid, yahtzee, crazy 8s, and more. By the time I was a teenager, I was playing everything from rummy to Texas hold’em. I draw much of my content from personal experience. Games I am not familiar with I research to the point that I can sit down and play them, and thereby write about them with a full understanding of the game.”
– Donna Dorsa
About Dana Nikolic : Our New Guest Contributor
Dana wrote her first article for eCheckCasinos.ca on January 11th 2024, and draws extensive experience as a professional iGaming writer over the last 10 years. With a keen interest in both the entertainment and legal aspects of the industry, Dana brings a fresh perspective to her writing. She shares her insights and opinions on Medium and Twitter where she has a loyal following of readers and fans. If you are interested in learning more about the world of online gambling, or wellness, we highly recommend her work. She is eclectic in her subject matters and has written on such subjects as yoga and nutrition.
As a contributor, she has been featured on all these sites:
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In Her Words
“I love writing for eCheckCasinos.ca and having the creative freedom to recommend the best online casinos for Canadian players that accept eChecks. The site really values my expertise and it’s very fulfilling being able to help players discover the amazing casinos that this site is partnered up with.”
– Dana Nikolic
About Trevor Hallsey : Main Editor and Fact Checker
“Trevor ‘The Hawk’ Hallsey, a skilled webmaster and gambling aficionado, brings over a decade of experience in the online gaming industry. With a background in computer science and a successful track record in managing gambling websites, Trevor possesses a keen eye for detail and accuracy. His commitment to authenticity and extensive knowledge of gaming make him a qualified editor and fact checker. Trevor, known for his contagious enthusiasm, is not shy to voice his insights. His expertise has led to interviews with various publications, including MirrorReview and others.
Here are some of his relevant links
In His Own Words
My name is Trevor “The Hawk” Hallsey, and I’m a webmaster, gambling enthusiast, and proud son of the Great White North. Born in Vaughan, Ontario, I’m the third of four children in the Hallsey family. I share a birthday with hockey players Mike Green and Miroslav Satan, as well as skier Bode Miller, so I feel like I’m in pretty good company
My father made a living in construction for 40 years, working his way up from a carpenter’s apprentice to eventually own his own company. Back in the 1970s, he was even lucky enough to become part of Canadian history when he did some work on the CN Tower, which once had the distinction of being the tallest freestanding structure in the world. These days, he watches a lot of television and complains about his golf game.
My mother wanted to be an actress, and in her early 20s she did some modeling and even had bit parts in a few films shot in the Toronto area. But then she met my eventual father, and it wasn’t long before her dreams were set aside in order to raise a family. She remains passionate about movies to this day, however, and she’s a real terror to play in Trivial Pursuit.
My childhood years were normal enough, with a lot of time spent playing video games, hockey, and any other competitive activity I could find. I always took great delight in trouncing my sisters, although Wayne usually proved my better in any inter-family showdown. However, I did manage to beat his high score on Super Mario Brothers when I was nine, an achievement that I still proudly hold over his head.
I played a lot of sports in high school, and that’s where I got my nickname of “The Hawk.” During a closely contested basketball game against my school’s chief rival, I stole a pass in the waning seconds of the game and dunked the ball for the win. My teammates said I soared through the air like a hawk, and the name stuck. Unfortunately, I had to have knee surgery my senior year, which brought my days of dunking basketballs to a close.
After graduation, I enrolled at the University of Toronto, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. My first choice was something in the field of conservation, as I had grown up near the Kortright Centre for Conservation and developed an interest in the subject. It was around this time that I discovered the Internet, which was just starting its rise to prominence; I immediately fell in love.
In order to make ends meet after graduation, I went to work for my father’s construction company. This provided a stable income, enabling me to pursue my ultimate goal of becoming an online entrepreneur.
The field of gambling seemed like a natural choice for my “future empire”, as I had long been an admirer of poker and blackjack. Starting in the early 1990s, my parents would make a couple of weekend trips each year to destinations such as Atlantic City and Las Vegas. While my siblings and I had to stay with my grandparents, my mother and father would always return home with tales of bright lights, star-studded performances, and lots of casino gaming.
Those memories led me to start several informational gambling websites, and that’s how I’ve been making a living for almost a decade—a journey from an engineer to a webmaster and content editor. Playing online is much more accessible these days with new advent of new deposit options such as the eCheck . With this website, I wanted to contribute by writing about at the intersection of finance and iGaming.