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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 PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Dent Determined to Do Online Gambling Damage

July 17th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The news regarding the latest attempt to ban online gambling in the United States has kept online poker players and fans on a roller coaster for the past week. US Representative Charlie Dent, a Republican from Pennsylvania, has been at the center of the effort that came to light in late June, and he is refusing to give up easily. Dent’s intentions were revealed by Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute on June 20, and those intentions became even

PokerStars Teaches Lesson of Segregated Funds

July 14th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Anything PokerStars does evokes mixed reactions from the online poker community. The largest online poker site in the world is no stranger to controversy, with everything from player sponsorships to rewards system changes prompting a wide range of feedback from the public. Its latest move, however, received overwhelmingly positive responses. PokerStars announced that it was rescuing players from the bankrupt PKR online poker site, reimbursing them for all funds lost when PKR abruptly closed its virtual doors last month. While

Pennsylvania Undecided on Internet Gambling Indefinitely

July 13th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Pennsylvania lawmakers left the state capital this week without making any final decision on gambling expansion for the state. Online poker and casino games were more likely to pass via official legalization this week than in any past years, but the inability for enough legislators to agree on a substantial portion of the bill left it on the table. The situation for online gambling in Pennsylvania remains in flux. Behind-the-scenes conversations could take place away from Harrisburg during the recess,

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

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