Martin Harris is a freelance contributor to PlayUSA currently living in North Carolina. He has reported on poker,
gambling, and sports betting for a variety of outlets since the mid-2000s. His career includes extensive experience
reporting on online poker and from numerous poker tours, including from the World Series of Poker, the World Poker
Tour, the European Poker Tour, the Latin American Poker Tour, and the Asian Pacific Poker Tour.
Martin has an English Ph.D. (Indiana University) and has taught full- or part-time at multiple colleges and
universities since the 1990s. He currently teaches courses on poker, politics, and film in the American Studies
program at UNC Charlotte.
In 2019, Martin’s book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books. The book covers the history
of poker in the United States with special emphasis on the game’s depiction in literature, film, music, and other
mainstream contexts. In 2020 the book won a Global Poker Award for Written Media Content of the Year.
Sample of PlayUSA Page Highlights
Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of
America’s Favorite Card Game (2019)
Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick: ‘The
Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ as Political Satire (2021)
Posts by Martin Harris:
- That’s Not ‘Real’ Poker: Looking for Errors When Poker Hits the Mainstream, 17 Oct 2022
- 10 Classic Poker Movies You Might Not Know About, 16 Sep 2022
- Poker Games Had Notable Appearances In TV’s ‘Columbo’ – And It Always Meant Trouble, 15 Aug 2022
- The WSOP & Its History: Poker As A Game Show, A Spectator Sport And Reality TV, 11 Jul 2022