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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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Borgata Continues to Pursue Ivey and His Assets

October 21st, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Phil Ivey’s list of accomplishments in poker is long and impressive. In live tournaments alone, he has won more than $26 million. Add to that his online poker earnings, sponsorships, cash game poker and sports betting wins, and business investments, and Ivey can claim a successful career. That is not the case for Ivey’s baccarat experiences. The opposite is true, at least in the two reported cases in which casinos have won massive court cases against Ivey and his baccarat

New Jersey Warns Offshore Affiliates to Leave Market

October 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

As the New Jersey online poker and gaming market nears its five-year anniversary, its regulator has decided to increase its efforts to crack down on offshore online gaming sites. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is limited in its abilities to prosecute offshore internet site operators, but the regulator knows that it can influence decisions through affiliates. Since online poker affiliates make their money by marketing various sites – many of them based offshore and not licensed in states

No UB or Absolute Poker Claims News in Seven Months

October 18th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker players who were victims of the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker site closures are frustrated. Many have no received their payments, nor have they received updates on disputed claims submitted many months ago. The website hasn’t been updated in seven months. A quick phone call to the Garden City Group, which has been handling payments to former UB and AP players since the process started in early 2017 elicited no information. The person fielding phone calls had no updates whatsoever

Illinois Online Poker Likely on Hold until 2019

October 18th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Illinois was one of only a few states that held open the possibility of legalizing online poker and other casino games in latter part of 2018. The consideration has been part of a larger gambling expansion bill that was and remains on the table for lawmakers this year. While online gaming has been a part of gambling discussions in Illinois for several years, it gained momentum in early 2018 when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey

WSOP Europe Kicks Off with Two Israeli Bracelet Winners

October 17th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker began its annual trek to Europe last week to offer 10 tournaments, millions of dollars in guaranteed prize money, and 10 gold WSOP bracelets. While the summer series in Las Vegas serves as the crux of the WSOP each year, the WSOP Europe events offer players in other parts of the world a chance to participate and capture some of the World Series magic. This year’s WSOP Europe returned to King’s Casino in Rozvadov in

New Jersey Online Poker Hits New Low Revenue Point

October 16th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s been a tough road for online poker in New Jersey. And the September 2018 revenue results from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show yet another steep decline, not only on an annual scale but from month to month as well. With only slight upswings in the past year, the fairly steady and significant decline in online poker revenue is a troublesome trend. And worse, no one is addressing it. The reason to ignore it is that the

Poker Alliance Works Sports Betting Hearing Circuit

October 15th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It has been a year of change for poker’s sole lobbying organization. It started as the Poker Players Alliance, better known as the PPA, but struggled with very little funding and a dilemma about the future of its efforts. Almost exactly halfway through 2018, the announcement came that Poker Central decided to fund the group, put new leadership in place, and rebrand the PPA entirely. The Poker Alliance emerged at the end of June, but there was little known about

Which Sites Best Protect Players in UK Market?

October 14th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The UK market is one of the fastest growing segments of the global poker industry. It is also one of the most well-regulated markets, as it is overseen by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Online poker sites are eager to obtain a UKGC license because of the ability to offer services to UK customers without creating a special dot-UK domain or restricting the players pools to only UK-based players. This allows the sites to integrate their UK customers with dot-com

WPT Partners with Blockchain Sportsbook FansUnite

October 12th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour is known for its partnerships that have forged new ground in the world of poker. While most poker businesses have relied solely on internet poker sites, land-based casinos, and other gambling-related companies for advertising, the WPT has gone beyond those traditional entities, bringing new names into contact with the poker community. Companies like Hublot and Monster have been associated with the WPT for years and have prominent placement on the television shows, as winning players often

The Stars Group Finalizes Sky Takeover with CMA Approval

October 12th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

By all accounts, it looked to be a speedy takeover. The Stars Group announced in April that the company was acquiring Sky Betting & Gaming in a $4.7 billion deal. The plan was to create the world’s largest publicly-traded online gaming company. And by July 10, the deal was done. The Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi announced that the acquisition was complete. Or so it seemed. Only weeks later, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stopped the deal in

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