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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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Warner Wants US Online Gambling Banned

July 12th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

A new threat to legalized online gambling in the United States was revealed this week. The Hill reported that US Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, is not only opposed to online gambling but requested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions review the 2011 Department of Justice ruling on the Wire Act, which allowed states to legalize and regulate online gaming as they choose. The report of Warner’s position and request to Sessions comes at a time when online gambling

Dent Poses Danger to US Online Gambling

July 11th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act is rearing its head once again. An attempt to undermine the right for states to legalize and regulate online gambling is again at risk, this time by a different member of Congress than in past efforts. United States Representative Charlie Dent is rumored to be trying to insert RAWA-type language into an appropriations bill this week. It is not entirely unexpected that casino billionaire and online gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson has influenced yet another

Is Michigan Online Gambling Still a Possibility?

July 10th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

In 2016, Michigan was a surprise contender for the next state to legalize and regulate online poker. It came as a bit of a surprise when a bill emerged and passed a committee vote, but the bill died. Another attempt by the same state senator this year experienced a similar result. Or did it? A renewed interest in daily fantasy sports and rumors of online gambling movement have emerged in the summer months. It warrants a look back at the

Players Still Waiting for Pennsylvania Online Gambling Decision

July 8th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The best poker players are patient. They know the game often requires them to wait for playable hands and good opportunities. It can sometimes lead to long periods of little action, maybe winning a small pot or picking up the blinds, but the wait can pay off when the right hand is played against the right opponent for a pot that changes the game. For seasoned players, the wait for Pennsylvania online poker legalization has been frustrating and long, sometimes

Two Months Remain to Submit AP-UB Claims

July 7th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The announcement was made in April that the Garden City Group would be facilitating the remission process for victims of Absolute Poker, which was later extended to include UltimateBet as well. Online poker players who became victims of the poker sites on Black Friday finally had a way to claim their account balances. Two months now remain for players to submit their claims to Garden City Group, as the official deadline for petitions is September 7, 2017. Flashback to Black

PokerStars to Reimburse All PKR Players

July 6th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

For two months, PKR online poker players awaited word about their funds trapped on the site upon its abrupt closure on May 3. But their answer finally came from an unlikely source, as PokerStars stepped up to reimburse all PKR players. The announcement came on July 6. PokerStars notified the poker industry that all former PKR players who had pending balances when the site closed will be able to claim those funds through PokerStars. The site will not will not

US Should Take Note of European Liquidity

July 5th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Most states in America have yet to understand or embrace the potential of legal, regulated online poker. Some European countries have been slow to realize the possibilities, but recent developments show that they now understand. The segregated markets of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal are prepared to come together for online poker liquidity, sharing player pools in order to expand the industry and enable more profitability for everyone from operators to countries. US legislators often view poker as a live

Pennsylvania: Online Poker Hinges on VGTs

July 4th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Only two states really remain in play for legalizing online poker in the United States this year. Illinois has a slim chance, while Pennsylvania remains closer than ever before. Everything points to Pennsylvania doing the deed. The state’s casinos support online gambling, as New Jersey’s success with the burgeoning industry shows a complimentary and beneficial relationship between online sites and land-based casinos. Pennsylvania is also in desperate need of a new revenue stream. Online gambling would provide that, as well

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Included in Budget Talks

July 3rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online gambling is still on the table in Pennsylvania. The state legislature did fly by a deadline on June 30 and depart to enjoy a long holiday weekend. However, despite the official state calendar showing the legislative session over on June 30, members will be returning in July to hash out budget details. The House and Senate did pass a spending bill on June 30, and the bipartisan package is a $32 billion piece of legislation. The problem is that

US Online Gaming Safe for the Moment

June 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from the issue of online gambling. This includes any activity surrounding the 2011 Department of Justice ruling that reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act to allow states to legalize and regulate online gambling. Bloomberg reported the news on June 30, barely weeks after Sessions’ close ties with anti-online gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson became too clear for officials to ignore. This is good news for states that have already legalized or are considering

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