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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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Sam Soverel Wins Poker Masters Purple Jacket

November 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The latest edition of a Poker Central high-stakes poker tournament series is complete. Ten players walked away with Poker Masters tournament titles for winning individual events, all of which played out at the ARIA on the Las Vegas Strip. One of those players, Sam Soverel, not only won the Poker Masters Main Event but also the overall series champion. Soverel earned the Purple Jacket for his work and yet another title to go with his British Poker Open honor of

New Jersey Online Poker Stagnates, Casino Games Soar

November 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The latest numbers for internet gaming are now available, courtesy of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck release all gaming revenue results on a monthly basis. All gaming revenue was up for the month of October. This includes internet gaming, sports wagering, and land-based gambling. The total amount of revenue of $293,865,890 was up significantly – 22.9% — year-on-year, though it was down slightly from

Delaware Online Poker Still Rising in 2019

November 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Delaware internet gaming remains a small market, especially in comparison to New Jersey. And it will likely be a drop in the bucket compared to Pennsylvania when those numbers start to add up. But Delaware revenue from online poker and casino games continues to increase. The 2019 numbers show that even a seemingly insignificant market can grow and contribute solid numbers to the state’s coffers. Small but Mighty The monthly net revenue for Delaware internet gaming is solidly in the

PokerStars PA Launch Pairs with New Mount Airy Poker Room

November 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The news just keeps coming out of Pennsylvania. Poker fans waited for a very long time for good news about online poker, and they now have it in spades. PokerStars became the first online poker operator to open in the new regulated market of Pennsylvania when it entered into a soft launch last week. And after just two days of testing, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued its approval for a full launch. Players flocked to the site in significant

PartyPoker Adds Another Pro and Hand Histories

November 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The last time we checked in with PartyPoker more than a week ago, it was a bit messy. The much-anticipated return of the PartyPoker MILLION Sunday tournament didn’t exactly go as planned, and a flight of players didn’t get their seats into the Day 2 portion of the event. However, PartyPoker rectified the situation, paid players for their troubles, and tried it again…successfully. Meanwhile, anonymous hand histories were made available. PartyPoker spokesman Rob Yong continued to interact with players on

Boeree and Kurganov Leave Team PokerStars

November 13th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The announcements came via Twitter on Wednesday, November 13. Liv Boeree and partner Igor Kurganov both tweeted that they have parted ways with PokerStars. As two of the most well-known of the ever-dwindling list or players on Team PokerStars Pro, it was a startling announcement but one that isn’t all that surprising. Neither have been playing much poker, at least in high-profile events, and they confirm that they are moving in a mostly non-poker direction. PokerStars has not commented on

PokerStars Finds Following in Pennsylvania in First Week

November 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars won the hearts of many poker players in Pennsylvania simply by being the first operator to launch online poker under the new regulations. It had been two years since the lawmakers of Pennsylvania chose to legalize and regulate online poker. And the summer months came and went with several operators launching online casino games but without any poker component. Players were anxious and frustrated. When PokerStars announced that it would be the first to launch online poker for Pennsylvanians,

Laplante and Martini Among Winners in First Half of Poker Masters

November 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

High-stakes poker players have gathered in Las Vegas again to play a tournament series hosted by Poker Central. This time they are playing in the Poker Masters, ten tournaments that with buy-ins of $10K to $100K and seven-figure prize pools. The last round of high-stakes tournaments of this nature took place at Aspers Casino in London. The inaugural British Poker Open offered 10 tournaments, which were followed by the first-ever Super High Roller Bowl London. Back in Las Vegas and

WSOP Error Leads to Campbell Taking POY from Negreanu

November 10th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

There has been a lot of talk about revamping the World Series of Poker Player of the Year system. Perhaps the best reason of all is that it didn’t even work this year. Someone at the World Series of Poker made an error when attributing points to the top players on the leaderboard over the summer, and it all led to a race for the POY title at WSOP Europe that was based on false pretenses. The system was so

ACR Venom Nears with Hundreds of Seats to Win

November 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Americas Cardroom hosted the first Venom in July 2019 and set records. The $2,650 buy-in onlne poker tournament offered three starting days and a massive $5 million prize pool guarantee. And when the entries were counted, the prize pool totaled $6,382,500. Not only was that a new record for an offshore poker site, the first-place prize of $1.05 million was paid to Rafael “TheBigKid” Moraes in cryptocurrency. That officially made the “Guinness World Record for Largest Cryptocurrency Winning Jackpot in

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