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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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Oregon Poker Room Fights State Law

October 3rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

As in many states in America, laws relating to poker in Oregon are complicated. That makes the situation between Portland Meadows and the Oregon Lottery even more problematic as it pertains to the legality of poker rooms. The yearlong battle is coming to a head at the end of October, as the Oregon Lottery has set a date to revoke the video lottery license of Portland Meadows, which offers the largest selection of video lottery terminals in the state. But

Fraud Alleged in Tribal Online Poker Venture

October 2nd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Just days ago, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma announced that it received an online gaming license from the Isle of Man and was in the process of finalizing a deal with an “internationally-known brand” with regard to the online poker software involved. A new general manager was also to be announced in preparation for the launch of its online poker site. Days later, a lawsuit filed by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes alleges Universal Entertainment Group, creator of the software

Why is Hawaii Cracking Down on Illegal Gambling?

September 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

There are only two states out of the 50 in America with no legalized gambling: Utah and Hawaii. The former has a deeply religious population and happily maintains its exception from the gambling culture of the United States. Hawaii, however, has abstained from joining the industry because of the precarious status of an island nation that depends on tourists for its sustainability. But even Hawaii, with its pristine beaches and unique culture, has taken to considering gambling in the past

More Former AP-UB Players Receive Funds

September 29th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The process of players recovering from Black Friday, at least financially, is finally winding down and looks as if it could be complete by the end of 2017. Garden City Group did not post a new update, but former players on Absolute Poker and/or UltimateBet online poker sites are reporting via social media that payments are being recorded in their bank accounts this week. This is the next round of payments since the process began less than six months ago.

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma to Offer Online Poker?

September 28th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Reading recent headlines may lead a person to believe that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is prepared to launch an online poker website from the United States with services offered to international players. News reports surfaced this week that the Iowa Tribe obtained an online gaming license from the Isle of Man’s Gambling Supervision Commission and plans to launch the website this year. Some may recognize this story from last year or the year before. The Iowa Tribe has been

Michigan Online Gaming More Likely in 2018

September 26th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It was exciting for online poker fans to imagine a state like Michigan legalizing and regulating games this year. Legislators only began introducing bills last year, and momentum increased two-fold in 2017. But even with more support and compromises, it is unlikely to happen this year. The good news, however, is that online gaming is much more likely to happen for Michigan in 2018. Impressive Movement in 2017 For the second year in a row, State Senator Mike Kowall introduced

California Online Poker Officially Dead in 2017

September 25th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

In the most unsurprising online poker news, California will not legalize online poker in 2017. It was all but certain that nothing would happen after the initial movement in the first few months of the year. News out of the Golden State in March indicated that lawmakers had little confidence in positive discussions with all interested parties. And when one of the members of the PokerStars coalition withdrew from the group, it seemed as if the last of the air

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

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