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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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888 and WSOP New Jersey Miss Online Poker Opportunity

September 22nd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

In the middle of the July heat in Las Vegas, a 25-year-old poker player from New Jersey won the World Series of Poker Main Event. Not only did Scott Blumstein play through a field of 7,221 players, all of whom paid $10K to play, he won $8.15 million for winning the biggest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world. But opening New Jersey sites 888poker and WSOP in New Jersey (or the latter in Nevada) won’t tell that story.

Another Month of New Jersey Online Gaming Growth

September 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The New Jersey online gaming market continues to grow and collect more revenue with each passing month. New records are set regularly, and August 2017 brought yet another one, becoming the sixth consecutive month that the market collected more than $20 million in revenue for the state. According to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, August was another banner month with a monthly 32% increase from the previous year. While online poker increased only slightly, online casino games kept the burgeoning

PPA Represents for Online Poker in Michigan

September 19th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Poker Players Alliance has been immersed in the battle for legal and regulated poker in the United States, especially in the online sphere, since 2005. The organization’s scope has expanded in recent years to include online gaming, as long as internet poker is also at stake, because the two are often examined together. New Jersey is the most prominent and successful example, and that has forced the PPA to change course from its original mission. However, the main goal

Pennsylvania Still Dances Around Online Gambling

September 19th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Pennsylvania is broke. Bills are being deferred, payments are delayed, and the state is in dire need of a finalized budget. While every solution is being debated to death, online gambling is still not being fully utilized for the solution it could provide. The Good and the Bad The good news is that online gambling is closer to being included in the final budget. Money from online poker and casino operator licensing fees is now being touted by Republicans as

Antigua and Barbuda Needs US i-Gaming Settlement

September 16th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is facing a crisis in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The massive tropical storm brought utter destruction to the island of Barbuda, to the point that it is completely uninhabitable. While other areas of the Caribbean were also hit by Irma, Barbuda emerged as the worst casualty. And the island nation is now in dire need of assistance from around the world. In the wake of the disaster, the ambassador for Antigua and

UB-AP Disputes Reviewed, Late Claims Possible

September 14th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Garden City Group is at it again. The claims administrator provided another update on the claims for money lost on UltimateBet and Absolute Poker after the sites’ shutdown in 2011. And the update contains more good news for players. The Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section is the governmental sector overseeing the repayment of all funds lost as a result of the Black Friday online poker indictments and seizures. It first appointed Garden City Group to administer

Michigan i-Gaming Hearing Heads in Right Direction

September 13th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

One day after a new bill to legalize and regulate online gaming appears in the Michigan House of Representatives, an information committee hearing shows support for the measure. With positive testimony from the Poker Players Alliance and former Attorney General Mike Cox, there is potential for movement forward in the coming weeks. Of course, all parties are not on board the online gambling train. Indian gaming interests are not pleased with the current wording of the bill, and no particular

New Michigan Bill and Hearing Appear This Week

September 13th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Say hello again to Michigan, a state with a real chance of passing online gaming legislation this year. No, this isn’t another article about how Pennsylvania is kicking the ball down the road again or New York sending mixed messages about online poker safety. This is Michigan. While other states have been examining online poker and gaming legislation for much too long without action – ahem, California – Michigan came out of the gate in 2016 with a solid bill

Adelson Gets a Raise, Expect More RAWA Efforts

September 12th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Mega-billionaire Sheldon Adelson just received a raise. The casino mogul didn’t need it but saw his salary approved for a 400% raise from his own Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which he founded and now serves as its Chairman and CEO. That means more billions in Adelson’s pocket and the availability of even more resources to accomplish some of his goals, one of which is to ban online gambling in the United States. While he was sufficiently wealthy to fight online

US Online Gaming Enemy to Leave Congress

September 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

US Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania has been in online gaming news recently for his latest actions to try to ban online gambling. His time is now limited in Congress, however, as he announced that he will not run for reelection in 2018. To the people of #PA15 #thankyou. From the bottom of my heart, serving as your representative has been the honor & privilege of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/n10oXbGYQ7 — Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) September 8, 2017 The news is

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