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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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Is There Legal Poker Now in Texas?

August 18th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

One of the greatest mysteries in the world of poker is the notion that Texas Hold’em – and any other kind of poker game – is illegal in the state of Texas. No matter the mainstream popularity of poker or the many reports showing the level of skill overrides luck in the game, Texas lawmakers have never legalized casinos or card rooms. The state of Texas tends to be a conservative one, and the second largest state in America has

More Lessons for US from European Liquidity Process

August 17th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The European countries of Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France are rapidly preparing for online poker liquidity. Within weeks of the four countries signing the agreement to combine their online poker tables for larger player communities and more consumer benefits, the nations are hard at work to put the plan into action. It will not only benefit players but their own economic bottom lines, as online poker revenues have been on a decline for all four markets. New Jersey is likely

Ivey Awaits Next Steps in Borgata Baccarat Case

August 16th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

When most poker fans are asked to name the greatest poker player in the world, there are usually three answers. One is Daniel Negreanu, a fan favorite always willingly in the spotlight, another is Phil Hellmuth, who serves as his own publicist, and the third is Phil Ivey, a somewhat shy player who mostly mystifies fans and keeps them wondering about his next moves. Ivey is one of the highest earners in poker’s history. While he plays the highest cash

Pennsylvania Hearing Set to Discuss Online Gaming and VGTs

August 16th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The good news is that Pennsylvania online gambling is not dead in 2017. The issue is very much alive and may be legalized as a part of the gambling expansion bill to help offset costs associated with the new budget. Many state lawmakers remain committed to passing the gambling expansion bill, which can still happen in the fall of this year. The bad news – and it was inevitable that there is bad news – is that the issue of

Michigan Can Avoid California Online Poker Failures

August 14th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker legislation has been tougher to pass in the United States than most poker players and fans ever anticipated. And it is not going to be an easier in Michigan, no matter the positivity of State Senator Mike Kowall or the plethora of negotiations in progress. Michigan was a surprise of sorts in the fight for online poker in America. Most energy had been focused on states like California, Pennsylvania, and New York. With years of efforts, discussions, hearings,

New AGA Code Addresses Online Gambling

August 11th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The American Gaming Association has long tried to stay away from addressing the topic of online gambling in the United States. But in the latest release of its updated Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, online gambling is specifically addressed. When the AGA was founded in 1994, it was primarily a lobbying organization for the land-based casino industry that was consistently expanding in scope and size. Original members included casino owners and executives, some employees, and representatives of gaming product

Australian Online Poker Players Prepare for Shutdown

August 10th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker players in Australia have been fighting a battle against a planned online gambling ban for some time, but it seems they might have lost the war. The Senate passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 on August 9, 2017. The bill has been in motion since the fall of 2016 when Human Services Minister Alan Tudge decided the ban on offshore internet gambling sites would best protect consumers in Australia. With the passage of the bill this week

Antigua and Barbuda Demand US Gaming Settlement

August 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Antigua and Barbuda have been involved in an ongoing dispute with the US government since the early 2000s over the issue of online gaming rights and revenues. Its government has been pursuing a remedy of the situation for well over a decade, but even with the backing of the World Trade Organization, the dispute remains unresolved. Every few months, the government of Antigua and Barbuda issue a new statement to keep attention on the WTO ruling and the lack of

Michigan Online Gaming Bill in Revision Process

August 8th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

With most of the focus on Pennsylvania and its attempts to pass online gambling legislation, it can be easy to forget the other state working on its own bill. Michigan has been relatively quiet about its legislation as the summer recess took over, but SB.203 is still very much in play. Bill sponsor and Michigan Republican Senator Mike Kowall has been hard at work on a new draft of the online gambling bill. Though the legislature is in recess for

Pennsylvania Puts Online Gaming on Hold

August 7th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online gaming legislation in Pennsylvania has been officially put on hold until the fall months. The state’s lawmakers are now on a summer break for the rest of the month and will return to work in September to restart discussions about the gambling expansion bill, which includes online poker and casino games. Hopes were high that the bill would find a place in the budget talks, as both the House and Senate passed versions of the gambling expansion bill and

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