Howard Hian is an award-winning journalist, affiliated with the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Travel Writers Alliance. Hian writes a monthly travel feature for The Military Press, a California semi-monthly journal with print circulation of 100,000 and 500,000 – 650,000 views/month at their website. His column also appears online at Travel Savvy News (where he is Managing Editor) and Real Travel Adventures. He believes his secret to writing a good story is having an in-house proofreader and editor (his wife). He was a long-time member of the San Diego Hotel Motel Association and served as an allied representative on their Board of Directors. In 2012 he was the San Diego hotel industry’s Allied Person of the Year. For several years he served as a panel member on the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Division.
Hian has been playing poker for six decades. Over the past few years he has played 20,000+ hands of Omaha High/Low and 21,000+ of Hold ‘Em in home games, computer simulations, online and in casinos and card rooms. In February 2014, he launched an app, Poker Tutorial: Omaha 101 – Improve Your Game and/or Learn the Basics. The app was downloaded in over 40 countries around the world. Its updated version Poker Tutorial: Omaha 101 Plus An Insiders Guide To Reno is now available free in the iTunes store. In 2015, it won a Gold in the app category in the North American Travel Journalist Association’s writing competition. Additonally, in his stable of online outlets is PokerResorts.net, where his gaming/travel stories and blog can be read. Hian also writes a twice-monthly blog for Casino 99 in Chico, CA.