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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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Greenwood, Adams, Bonomo, and Zamani Win PCA High Rollers

January 19th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars’ staff and poker dealers have left the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Poker tables and chips are in storage, rooms have been cleaned, and poker players are on to the next tournaments. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is over. 🇧🇸 Eleven days of extraordinary cards-up action🇧🇸 Record-breaking $25,000 #PSPC🇧🇸 Millions of dollars in prize money🇧🇸 Moments that will live forever🇧🇸 Goodnight from the #PCA2019 — PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) January 17, 2019 The inaugural PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC)

Delaware Online Gaming Revenue Rose in 2018, Even Poker

January 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Three states have been offering legalized, state-licensed online poker within their borders for more than five years. Nevada doesn’t provide public information about the revenue generated from online poker, but New Jersey and Delaware do through their in-state regulators. This gives analysts the opportunity to track online gaming success and online poker ups and downs within that industry. New Jersey just released its December 2018 numbers and showed tremendous, continued success for its internet gaming sector, with revenue now in

Rheem Runs Right into PCA Main Event Winner Circle

January 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The biggest poker tournament story during the first weeks of 2019 was the PSPC, the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship. Much speculation about its potential to set records ended when the tournament did exceed all expectations and make poker history. And in the end, a Platinum Pass winner named Ramon Colillas from Spain freerolled his way through the PSPC to claim its inaugural title and a massive $5.1 million first-place prize. The PSPC, however, was a part of the larger

WSOP Announces High Buy-In Events for 2019 Series

January 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The powers-that-be at the World Series of Poker have been quite busy working on the schedule for the 50th Anniversary WSOP this summer. And instead of waiting until the entire schedule is set, they have been releasing it in increments as decisions are made. This has been helpful to players and poker fans who plan to travel to Las Vegas for any part of the 2019 WSOP, as they can start planning their trips early. With action set to kick

888Poker Starts 2019 with LIVE Schedule and WSOP Deal

January 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

As 888poker began 2019, it did so with two big announcements, one pertaining to its relationship with the World Series of Poker and one announcing its 888poker LIVE stops in the new year. The last months of 2018 left something to be desired for 888poker, as the newly-announced online poker platform called Poker 8 was still in testing mode at the end of the year with little information revealed, much less a date for the update to take place. The

New Jersey Online Gaming Revenue Reaches New High

January 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The numbers are in for December 2018 in New Jersey, which means the final figures are also available for the entire year of 2018. Analysts can finally look at another full year of interactive gaming, espousing all of the benefits of the overall industry. In fact, the numbers were so good for 2018 that it set a new bar, a new record for revenue, as it exceeded $1 billion since it began. And online gaming for the full year showed

Poker Community Remembers Poker Pro Gavin Smith

January 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Two weeks into 2019, Gavin Smith died in his sleep, unexpectedly, at the age of 50. He is survived by his two young sons, Kingston and Keegan, and multitudes of friends in the poker community. His sudden death took the poker world by surprise, with some having just seen him days before playing poker, others having crossed paths with him again recently, years after he stopped traveling the circuit regularly as taking care of his sons full-time took precedence. For

DOJ Caters to Adelson, Reverses 2011 Wire Act Decision

January 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Money can buy a lot of things, especially in the world of politics. Casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson has shown that it may take time, perseverance, and very large sums of money, but it can be done. His dream of banning internet gambling – in one way or another – came true this week when the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel published an opinion regarding the Wire Act that essentially reversed the 2011 decision restricting it to

New Illinois Governor Supportive of Gambling Expansion

January 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Illinois was close last year. There was a strong bill championed by State Representative Robert Rita and others, there were hearings, and there was widespread support for the sports betting part of the bill. Online poker and casino games were also included in that gambling expansion bill, along with new casinos and more video gaming terminals. Online poker supporters looked to Illinois as a strong possibility for legalization, as possibly the next state to join New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and

Op-Eds Abound Urging DOJ to Leave Wire Act Alone

January 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

During the holidays, word spread that the US Department of Justice had written a reversal of a pivotal 2011 Wire Act decision. The new opinion from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel reportedly overturned that decision, which had allowed states the unequivocal right to offer online lottery ticket sales and online gambling within their borders. In the wake of the news that the decision may have been overturned, many awaited the publication of the new opinion. But in the case

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