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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 been followed the US market closely for the last 7 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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WPT and PartyPoker LIVE Complete Sochi and Barcelona Stops

March 20th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Since the World Poker Tour announced its partnership with PartyPoker LIVE for 2019, events have appeared on the WPT schedule that are unique and appealing. And it has allowed the WPT to bring other events, such as WPT500 and WPTDeepStacks, along for the ride. The first stop of the WPT-PartyPoker LIVE relationship happened in late 2018 in Montreal, but the first stop of 2019 was in Sochi, Russia. The city has been going out of its way to host large

Michigan Online Gambling Bill Passes First Committee

March 20th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The sting of last year’s online gambling bill defeat in Michigan took some time to heal. It took well over a year for Michigan Representative Brandt Iden and Senator Mike Kowall to find consensus among lawmakers in the state legislature to pass their bill to legalize online poker and casino games. It took many months of educating, meeting, and negotiating, but they did it. And it was such a long-awaited and much-celebrated victory that it hurt all that much more

Massachusetts Lottery Pushes for Online Gaming and Sports Betting

March 19th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

One of the few states that has seemed certain to legalize online gaming for several years is Massachusetts. Some lawmakers have been pushing for legalized online poker and casino games since first witnessing the success of that industry in nearby New Jersey. And the now-former Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby was a staunch supporter of gambling expansion that included online options. Yet it still hasn’t happened. Too many lawmakers in Massachusetts had too many questions, and it all led

Nominees Revealed for Most Global Poker Awards Categories

March 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The announcement of the inaugural Global Poker Awards came less than two weeks ago. It was revealed that the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards were being combined into one annual ceremony to be held on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas. Poker Central teamed up with the Global Poker Index to host a celebratory evening and bestow awards upon some in the poker industry. The goal is to “celebrate excellence both on and off the

ARIA Poker Classic to Compete for WSOP Players This Summer

March 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

In the summer months, Las Vegas overflows with live poker options. Most players spend a great deal of time at the Rio, the off-Strip location of the World Series of Poker, but there are cash games and small tournaments in nearly every poker room in the city. The Bellagio poker room is a classic poker destination, especially for those wanting to see some high-stakes cash games. Binion’s is a historic place to play in the downtown Las Vegas area. The

David Baker Highlights Recent World Poker Tour Wins

March 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour has been busy with the second half of its season, as WPTDeepStacks is all over the world, and the main tour is all over the United States and in Canada and Barcelona. It’s a whirlwind for staff and players alike. The main WPT schedule started the year in North America with two tournaments and no winners. The WPT Gardens Poker Championship played to its final table in Los Angeles, as did the WPT Borgata Winter Poker

PartyPoker Preps for Player Panel and Hellmuth Seminar in Rio

March 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

All major online poker operators do a fair share of outreach to players, typically through promotions and special events. But it would be difficult to ignore the outstanding efforts of one site in particular this year. PartyPoker has been reaching out to recreational players and professional grinders alike, as well as making significant strides in building a Twitch audience. One of the first moves PartyPoker made in 2019 was to expand its VIP rewards program to offer Diamond Club Elite,

PokerStars to Celebrate 13 Years of Sunday Millions

March 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It is one of the longest running tournaments in the history of online poker, and it is arguably the most well-known of them all. The Sunday Million is the tournament that every player wants to win in their poker careers, one that holds prestige that few others do. PokerStars celebrates each anniversary of its flagship tournament with a special guarantee and extra online satellites. This year is no different. On April 14, PokerStars will hold its 13th anniversary edition of

Numerous States File to Support New Hampshire Wire Act Case

March 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

When the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel revealed its new opinion regarding the Wire Act in January, it was more than a little unpopular. It raised eyebrows due to the likely influence of casino mogul and political influencer Sheldon Adelson on the decision, and it infuriated states that used the previous DOJ decision of 2011 to implement laws establishing online lotteries, poker, and gambling. The new decision, which was actually issued in November 2018 but not made public

New Jersey Online Poker Shows Life Again in February

March 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

After just two months of 2019 internet gaming revenue results for the New Jersey market, it appears that the online poker sector is going to have another rocky year. Online poker had a rough 2018, showing revenue decreases for most months with occasional increases that barely registered. It wasn’t until January 2019 that online poker jumped more than six percent from the previous month, and it raised hopes that the worst of times could be over for the little but

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