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About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Longtime Poker Pro Brad Booth Missing from Reno

August 10th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Brad Booth is missing. The 43-year-old poker player is not just on a long hike or a two-day bender. Brad Booth is missing and has been long enough to concern family and friends to the point of filing an official report with the police department. There is a solid amount of information available about Booth, his vehicle, even his license plate number. But worries have grown as this Thursday will mark one month since anyone saw him. What is Public

PokerStars Stadium Series Ends without Much Fanfare

August 9th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

At one time, a PokerStars series like the World Championship of Online Poker would capture the attention of poker players around the world. With few poker sites that could compete in size or scope, PokerStars could set the bar high and catapult over it every time. Oh, how times have changed. This year brought surprise after surprise – a pandemic?! – and forced many poker players online. The World Poker Tour took its action online with PartyPoker. And the World

Venom Breaks Americas Cardroom Prize Pool Record

August 8th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

They knew it had potential. They knew it could surpass the prize pools of its predecessors. But it’s not likely that Americas Cardroom on the Winning Poker Network anticipated the final numbers of its recent Venom tournament. The Venom is the ACR’s signature tournament. It offers a large guarantee with several starting days, all after months of satellites to award seats to players of all bankroll levels. This week marked the end of the third Venom tournament. And it took

Man Charged with Zhao Murder as More Details Emerge

August 7th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

This week, police officially charged the man taken into custody with regard to the case involving Susie Zhao’s. They released more information about the chilling act and the man accused of doing it. It gets tougher to take with the release of each new detail, especially for her family, friends, and fellow poker players who knew Zhao as Susie Q. Heartbreak from the Start In the poker community, she was Susie Q, a strong cash game player and competitor in

Stones and Kuraitis in Settlement Talks with Plaintiffs

August 6th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The case that started with a cheating scandal at a Northern California card room took yet another unexpected turn. Many were surprised when the judge dismissed all charges against Mike Postle, Stones Gambling Hall, and Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis two months ago. The poker community is in for yet another surprise, though, as paperwork filed with the court on August 5 indicates that Veronica Brill and the other dozens of plaintiffs are in talks with Stones and Kuraitis regarding a

ACR Kicked off OSS Cub3d X on August 3

August 6th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Many poker players in the United States remain without live poker. And for those who live near poker rooms that did reopen within the last month or two, many may not feel comfortable playing there due to Covid-19 dangers. This keeps many US poker players – especially those not located in Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania – without state-regulated online poker options. Americas Cardroom has been there throughout the coronavirus pandemic, providing an online poker alternative with massive tournaments,

Bicknell Wins Bracelet in WSOP 2020 Online on GGPoker

August 5th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker found its groove. Its WSOP 2020 Online series wrapped up the US-directed portion of the action with its 31st tournament on July 31, and the international portion is well underway. GGPoker moved past its initial hiccups with a site overload and DDoS attack, and tournaments seem to now be running smoothly. More than one dozen poker players have claimed 2020 WSOP bracelets in the past few weeks on GGPoker, including Kristen Bicknell, who claimed her

Michigan Man Arrested in Susie Zhao Murder Case

August 3rd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The story is heartbreaking and mysterious. Susie Zhao was a regular in Los Angeles cash games, a professional poker player on her own terms. She spent much of her time on the West Coast, where the games were good and tournaments were available. Her friends in the poker community called her Susie Q. On July 13, someone discovered her badly-burned body in a parking area near the Pontiac Lake Trail in White Lake Township outside of Detroit, Michigan. This weekend,

WSOP 2020 Online Wraps US Portion of Summer Series

August 2nd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

On Friday night, the first portion of this year’s World Series of Poker ended. The completion of Event 31 wrapped up the part of the WSOP 2020 Online that had been available to players located in Nevada and New Jersey. Meanwhile, the international portion of the 2020 WSOP continues on GGPoker and its sister sites. It began on July 19 and runs through the first week of September. As for the US’ set of tournaments, we can report the results

First WPT World Online Championships Events in the Books

August 1st, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The online poker scene is booming with tournament opportunities this summer in some parts of the world. Players outside of the United States have numerous chances to win everything from World Series of Poker bracelets to World Poker Tour titles. The WPT World Online Championships started on PartyPoker on July 18 and will continue through September 17. Its officially WPT-branded events span the entirety of the series, with most of the 12 events offering micro, mini, and standard buy-ins. Only

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