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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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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

UB-AP Petition Deadline Days Away

September 3rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

All former UltimateBet and Absolute Poker players, the time is now to claim your money! The deadline for submitting a claim for money lost on UltimateBet or Absolute Poker as a result of the Black Friday indictments and site shutdowns is fast approaching. The last day to submit a petition for funds is this Thursday, September 7. Money is Waiting Garden City Group is the government-appointed administrator for all funds pertaining to online poker site shutdowns in the United States

Legal NJ Sports Betting Would Help I-Gaming

September 2nd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

New Jersey took another step in its fight to legalize sports betting. The state submitted its filings to the United States Supreme Court this week as it waits to present legal arguments to the Chief Justice and eight associate justices this fall. The fight is important because it centers around the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), the national ban on sports betting by the federal government. At the core, the issue is the right of states

Players Make Another Attempt to Sue Full Tilt

August 31st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Black Friday took nearly every poker player by surprise. The actions by the US Department of Justice on April 15, 2011, to shut down several of the world’s largest online poker sites and indict their most upper level executives was a dark day in the history of the game. It is no surprise that some players are still angry with Full Tilt Poker, one of the sites targeted by the US government. The snowballing of events that happened after Black

Dent Makes Enemies Over RAWA

August 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It has been no secret that US Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania has been working to outlaw internet gambling in the United States. He has increased the intensity of his efforts in 2017, and there seems to be no end to the depths of his stealth when it comes to passing a bill through Congress. Earlier this year, Dent’s efforts to sneak anti-online gambling language into an appropriations bill went public. But the consistent rebuffing of those attempts come from

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