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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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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. — Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) September 8, 2017 The news is

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Stuck in Budget Hell

September 7th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Nothing has changed with the status of online gambling in Pennsylvania in the past few weeks. As a matter of fact, state legislators have yet to return from their summer break that officially began on July 22. Without the full legislature in session to resolve the ongoing and overwhelming budget crisis, not much will change. Members of the state legislature will return to work in Harrisburg next week. Meanwhile, the budget situation has become more dismal. Pennsylvania is running so

PPA Requests Support and Funding

September 6th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Poker Players Alliance is a part of the poker landscape in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting poker in live and online spaces. For the most part, the PPA has been focused on internet poker, as the most legal and important battles for the future of the game are taking place in that virtual space. No group in poker is without controversy, and the PPA has had its share. There are poker players who support the group and

New Jersey to Lose Key I-Gaming Supporter

September 5th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

New Jersey has been offering legal online poker and casino games for nearly four years. When the industry launched in November 2013, it became the third state to offer online poker in America and the second to put casino games on the internet per state regulations. And New Jersey has since become a model for what the online gaming industry can be. There were several legislators who spurred the movement to legalize online gaming in the state, but one of

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