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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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Morgan Stanley Downgrades Poker Firms on AI Bot News

September 17th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

From the perspective of a person unfamiliar with the intricacies of poker – especially online poker – the game’s future may look dim. The news from Facebook and Carnegie Mellon in July of this year told of an artificial intelligence (AI) bot created to beat a table of five poker players. This was the first time an AI bot went beyond heads-up poker superiority. Concerns emanating from the poker community focused on people using the bot to cheat on internet

Poker Central Founder Wins Super High Roller Bowl

September 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It was Poker Central’s first adventure to London. Its high-stakes tournaments had been confined to the Aria on the Las Vegas Strip for years, but it took some events to London this year. The announcement in July noted that the first-ever British Poker Open would take place at Aspers Casino, and it would be followed by the first-ever Super High Roller Bowl London. PartyPoker LIVE partnered with Poker Central to host the events. The British Poker Open started on September

PokerStars Ends PCA After 15 Years in Bahamas

September 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has been a part of poker since 2004. It was one of the first major poker entities to combine the new love for online poker with the more traditional live poker tournaments into an excursion in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. The PCA thrived during the poker boom, suffered after Black Friday, and surged into the spotlight again in 2019 with the first-ever PokerStars Players No Limit Championship (PSPC). However, that 2019 PCA will

New Jersey Online Poker Back Down in August

September 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker continues to struggle in New Jersey. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released the final revenue numbers from August 2019 that showed online poker down from the previous month and year. This fits that plagued online poker for much of 2018 and into 2019. There have been a few months of hope for online poker growth. Last month, for example, revenue was up 6.6% from June to July, and online poker also showed a year-on-year increase of

British Poker Open Ends with Soverel as Overall Champion

September 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The first-ever British Poker Open ended this week at Aspers Casino in London this week. The whirlwind schedule of 10 high-stakes poker tournaments played out in less than two weeks. Poker Central, originators of the US Poker Open that takes place in Las Vegas, introduced the British Poker Open this month. In partnership with PartyPoker LIVE, the series offered buy-ins of £10K to £100K – all with reentries available – for high rollers. Action started on September 2, and the

Pennsylvania Online Poker Could Be Near

September 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker fans have been waiting for regulated online poker in Pennsylvania for nearly two years. Truthfully, they have been waiting for online poker to return since Black Friday in April 2011. Since then, their only options for online poker were offshore sites. No PokerStars. No PartyPoker. No 888poker. But when Pennsylvania lawmakers legalized online poker and other casino games in October 2017 those well-known poker sites could return. Most believed it wouldn’t take long to establish proper regulations for the

Poker Pros Interfere in Borgata Claim on Ivey

September 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The hits keep coming for Phil Ivey. At first glance, the new twist in the saga of Ivey and the Borgata in Atlantic City sounds positive. Two well-known poker pros step file a legal objection in court to the Borgata’s claim on Ivey’s winnings at the 2019 World Series of Poker. However, Daniel Cates and Illya Trincher didn’t file an objection to stand up for Ivey. On the contrary, they claim the winnings belong to them. The tangled web woven

Poker Pro Ronnie Bardah to Appear on Survivor

September 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker players love a challenge. They enjoy taking calculated risks, using the advantage of poker skills to gain an edge over their competition. It has been no surprise to see professional poker players put their skills to the test away from the green felt. Some engage in prop bets, and others try out for reality television shows. There have been different pros on a variety of shows, but the ones that include physical challenges seem to be the ones most

Soverel Leads British Poker Open Through 5 of 10 Events

September 9th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The year of Poker Open action started in February. Poker Central hosted the 2019 US Poker Open at its PokerGO studio in Las Vegas in February. Buy-ins ranged from $10K to $100K in the 10-tournament series. By February 23, all events had been completed and David Peters emerged as the overall points leader. As the year progressed, Poker Central announced several initiatives, including a partnership with PartyPoker LIVE. But its expansion beyond US borders didn’t stop there, as the company

PartyPoker Updates Software for Macs and Tournaments

September 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The people at PartyPoker are continuously making changes. Every player will not be pleased with every alteration or rule change, but PartyPoker has consistently been aiming to make play fairer and the online poker experience better for the masses. For months, the updates from PartyPoker pertained to bots and HUDs. It has been a process to eliminate programs designed to make plays automatically and software used to analyze players to the disadvantage of the majority of them. Banning bots has

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