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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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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes a Bill to End Gambling Raids on Slots

April 5th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson voted a bill which would have stipped regulators of the ability to enforce laws on video slot machines. The move is designed to stop the proliferation of Mom-and-Pop gas stations across the state which allow VSLs. Cody Hiland, the prosecutor for the 20th Judicial District, spoke of the video slot machines which have appeared at convenience stores in Faulkner County. Hiland said, “The problem is this violates the public policy of the state of Arkansas.” Allows

Carl Icahn Accused of Federal Lobbying Rules Violations

March 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Tropicana Casino owner Carl Icahn is accused of violating federal lobbying rules of by a consumer advocacy group. The group, known as Public Citizen, filed a complaint to the United States Congress on Wednesday, saying Icahn violated rules by advocating a change to the federal ethanol regulations. If found to have to violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Carl Icahn would face a stiff fine and be barred from lobbying in the future. President Donald Trump would be forced to rely

Alabama AG Loses Court Case against Poarch Indians

September 4th, 2015 Written by Jennifer Newell

This week, a 2009 gambling case in Rhode Island had a direct impact on the outcome of a trial in Alabama. In each case, the arguments were the same. In both cases, the results were quiet similar, too. Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange tried to shut down three tribal casinos, but a district court ruled that the owner of the three casinos had the right to operate. Those owners are the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who run casinos on

888 Holdings Acquires Bwin.Party

July 20th, 2015 Written by Jennifer Newell

Last week, 888Holdings acquired Bwin.Party for $1.4 billion in US dollars. The acquisition gives 888 Holdings a firm grasp on the U.S. gaming market, given that it owns the sites for Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Online, and now Borgata Online. 888 Holdings already was the only online poker operator to own licenses in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. 888casino is likely to dominate the Nevada and Delaware gaming markets, because a “bad actor” clause is likely to keep PokerStars out

Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Criticizes America’s Wire Act

April 22nd, 2015 Written by Jennifer Newell

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul recently spoke out against the anti-online gambling bill cosponsored by his fellow Republicans. Restore America’s Wire Act, the federal legislation which would ban all online gambling in the USA, is being championed by Representative Jason Chaffetz and Senator Lindsey Graham. That did not stop Rand Paul, who announced earlier this year he would run for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016, answered a question about RAWA from the Alpha Pages, an online publication

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