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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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WPT Launches Real-Time NFT Marketplace

April 9th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour announced a new partnership this week with Theta Labs for real-time NFT drops. This will immediately make sense to people who are familiar with cryptocurrency, blockchain, and digital files. For the rest of us, even the most seemingly simple of explanations will do little to help. Nevertheless, let’s give it a shot. What is an NFT Drop? NFT stands for non-fungible token, meaning the token cannot be replaced by another identical item. An NFT is something

PokerStars US Sends SCOOP to Michigan, PA, and NJ

April 8th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars hosts numerous online poker tournament series each year, but the two most popular – and long-lasting – are WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) and SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker). As PokerStars makes its way through American states and sets up a spring schedule, SCOOP heads to Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey. The announcements about SCOOP for the US market follow singular tournaments in each state last weekend, and two of the three didn’t go as planned. Pennsylvania’s

WSOP Starts Spring Online Championships in US

April 7th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker players around the world are waiting for more information about the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, as well as the summer of online events and the WSOP Europe. This announcement, however, was not about that. This is just for the small US market in which operates. It is, once again, offering the Spring Online Championships to players located within the Nevada and New Jersey state borders. And though Delaware players are often left out of

Grafton and Talbot Among New PokerStars Ambassadors

April 7th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

At one time, PokerStars accumulated a full roster of Team Pro members. They represented many countries around the world and a range of poker abilities and strengths. PokerStars’ team was second only to that of Full Tilt Poker. In the past decade – since Black Friday, really – PokerStars slowly thinned its roster. Some departures from the team made sense, as countries like the United States and Australia withdrew from the global player pool. Some pros moved on from poker,

Hellmuth Starts High Stakes Duel II with Win

April 6th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

High Stakes Duel was one of the new Poker Central television show ideas to come from the pandemic. The concept was to pit two high-stakes poker players against each other for escalating amounts of money in each round. The heads-up poker matches would be aired online at PokerGO. The first match-up was a big hit. It was fun and entertaining poker with two interesting personalities that had a tendency to clash. Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari wanted to settle a

Mike Postle to Dismiss all Charges Against All Parties

April 4th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

An overconfident Mike Postle filed his defamation lawsuit in 2020  against everyone from Veronica Brill to ESPN. He sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from those he felt sullied his name. He then ghosted his initial lawyer and found absolutely no success in finding another one. And on April 1 – why not? – Postle filed a request with the court to dismiss all charges against all parties without prejudice. The Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento,

WSOP Announces 2021 Live and Online Poker Plans

April 3rd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Why the World Series of Poker chose to announce its 2021 plans on April 1 – often known as April Fool’s Day – we do not know. They immediately had to clarify that it was not a joke. The WSOP is returning to the live poker tables in 2021, while also keeping a strong online presence. Poker players and fans around the world welcomed the announcement on April 1. Those who terribly missed the live Las Vegas World Series of

Card Player Cruises Hopes to Return Later in 2021

April 1st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The poker community has been focused on land-based gambling during the pandemic. From card rooms to home games, coronavirus impacted every form of live poker. Another part of the industry that has remained shuttered for more than a full year now is floating card rooms, those on cruise ships, the best known of which is Card Player Cruises. The pandemic forced Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher to stop running their poker cruises in early 2021. As positive cases of Covid-19

PokerStars Sets April 4 Tournaments for NJ, PA, and MI

March 31st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars in the United States market is indicating its readiness to connect its sites across state lines. Currently, PokerStars Michigan operates separately from PokerStars Pennsylvania and PokerStars New Jersey. Until the governors of those states sign a multi-state liquidity agreement to allow operators to share player pools across state lines, PokerStars has no choice. However, the operator can run tournaments on all three sites on the same days in a salute to the US market. PokerStars is doing just that

Element Partners Back on Top for World Poker Tour

March 31st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Allied Esports Entertainment approves the latest bid by Element Partners for the World Poker Tour. This is the latest move in a bidding war that has seen Element Partners and Bally’s Corporation fight for the World Poker Tour. Allied Esports indicated in January that it wanted to offload the WPT and all associated poker assets, and privately-held investment firm Element Partners was going to take it. Nearly two months later, Bally’s stepped

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