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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 PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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WPT and Triton Postpone Asia Events Due to Coronavirus

February 18th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

It was only a matter of time. The spread of the coronavirus already impacted some poker events in the Asia-Pacific region and shut the doors of Macau casinos for weeks. Now, the World Poker Tour is feeling the effects of the epidemic as it makes the tough decision to postpone some of its events. Strangely, the announcement didn’t come in the form of a World Poker Tour press release or even a post from any WPT social media account. It

Could Wyoming Legalize Skill Games and Sports Wagering?

February 16th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

When thinking of states that might welcome more poker rooms and perhaps consider online poker, most people don’t consider Wyoming in that group. For the record, though, most people didn’t consider Kentucky to be an online poker possibility or Nebraska to find a poker ally in its legislature. Wyoming is not there yet. But some interesting bills put forth in the month of February 2020 offered some insight into lawmakers’ thoughts. There were numerous gambling-related bills proposed and/or introduced. Sports

New Jersey Online Gaming Starts 2020 with New Record

February 15th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The first month of 2020 was a good one for all of New Jersey gaming. From slot machines in land-based casinos to sports wagering and online poker, every form of gambling showed positive numbers in January. The first report of the year from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement noted $300.7 million in total gaming revenue for the month of January. This was a 30.9% increase over the first month of 2019. Of course, sports wagering was up by

WSOP Finalizes List of 14 Online Poker Bracelet Events

February 14th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The most recent weekly announcement from the World Series of Poker added all of the online poker events to the 2020 WSOP schedule. There are 14 of them in total. Official WSOP online events will award gold bracelets in the same way as the live WSOP events. They will be played online at the WSOP’s official poker site in Nevada, which is tied with its sister site in New Jersey. Players on the combined site – from both states –

Zynga Poker Partners with WPT for Sweepstakes

February 13th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker fans know the World Poker Tour for its poker tournaments, television shows, its ambassadors and personalities. Casual poker players and fans also know about Zynga Poker for its mobile app and free-play poker entertainment. The two are now joining forces for a giveaway that will reward daily Zynga players and send them straight into a poker setting at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida. World Poker Tour Sweepstakes On February 13, Zynga Poker introduced its newest

Online Poker Supporter Yang Ends Presidential Bid

February 13th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The fight to legalize online poker in the United States is more than a dozen years in the making. Most poker players had given up hope that the game would be legalized on the federal level…until entrepreneur and businessman Andrew Yang ran for the American presidency. He was the first candidate affiliated with a major political party to take a serious stand on legal online poker. While Yang’s support from the poker community grew over many months, his campaign did

Downswing Prompts Pause in Galfond Challenge Action

February 12th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Longtime poker pro and entrepreneur Phil Galfond worked for years to create a unique and player-friendly online poker site. As he prepared for its launch throughout 2018 and launched it in February 2019, Galfond’s passion for the site and its players were on full display. Many months after he officially launched Run It Once Poker for select regulated markets, Galfond decided to finally play on the site. He wanted to participate in promotions to attract players as well as to

Global Poker Becomes Official Poker Central Sponsor

February 12th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker Central has been busy. About one week after announcing that they acquired the High Stakes Poker brand and library of television episodes, Poker Central issued another press release. This one pertains to Global Poker, which is now the official online poker partner for many of the company’s poker tournaments, brands, and events. The sponsorship seems to be quite extensive. IN addition to live stream integration, there will be a sponsored lounge area in the PokerGO Studio, owned by Poker

Connecticut Considers Online Gaming with Sports Wagering

February 11th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

It may seem redundant, another article about Connecticut considering online gaming. And yet again, it is State Senator Catherine Osten introducing the bill to combine online gaming with online lottery ticket sales, online keno, and sports wagering. Nevertheless, she persists. The latest bill is Osten’s annual effort to upgrade the state’s gambling options, remain competitive with neighboring states, and increase revenue. This time could be different. New Bill This Week Osten introduced SB.21 on Monday, February 10, 2020, just a

Beshear and Koenig Team Up to Push KY Gambling Bill

February 11th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

There aren’t many issues that garner bipartisan support in today’s American political environment. But there they were – a Democratic governor and Republican State Representative – holding a press conference in support of sports betting. The press conference last week brought the unlikely pair together. Newly-elected Democratic Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky Representative Adam Koenig took to the podium on February 6 to discuss the benefits of a pending bill that would expand gambling in Kentucky. It not only focuses

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