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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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Billionaire and Anti-iGaming Activist Sheldon Adelson Dies

January 13th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

On the morning of January 12, 2021, Sheldon Adelson died at the age of 87. Just last week, Adelson took medical leave of his position as CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corporation due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had been diagnosed with the cancer in 2019. Dr. Miriam Adelson, Sheldon’s wife, announced his death “of complications from a long illness.” Life of a Billionaire Sheldon Adelson wasn’t born into wealth, but his immigrant parents with deep Jewish

Celina Lin and Other Pros Depart PokerStars Team Roster

January 13th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Many people remember when Team PokerStars Pro was the ideal sponsorship opportunity. The team was famous for Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu for many years, but there were players from around the world that represented the site. The site also signed celebrities from time to time and kept a rotating but impressive group of sports legends on the team, too. Since Black Friday, those opportunities fell away, little by little. The past two or three years saw some very prominent

Michigan Governor Signs Interstate Online Poker as Law

January 12th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Exactly one year and nine days from the signing of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act into law. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed that bill on December 20, 2019 to legalize internet gaming and poker, sports betting, and fantasy sports. On December 29, 2020, Whitmer signed an amendment to that bill, which authorizes interstate online poker. The Michigan Gaming Control Board will be able to facilitate agreements with regulators in other states to share online poker player pools. The interstate component was

WSOP May Launch Online Poker in Pennsylvania Soon

January 10th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

For more than 14 months, PokerStars has been the sole state-regulated online poker website in Pennsylvania. It’s not that PokerStars intended to hold a monopoly on the industry in the state. Several Pennsylvania-based casinos purchased online poker licenses and signed partnership deals with ipoker operators years ago. And after PokerStars PA launched in November 2019 with partner Mount Airy Casino, many anticipated a competitor to launch within months. Who was going to let PokerStars corner the market? As it turned

Year-Long WSOP Online Circuit Series to Begin January 14

January 10th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker is hosting a WSOP Online Circuit Series for players in New Jersey and Nevada. It will begin next week – January 14 – and run through January 31. Moreover, will host a monthly online series throughout 2021, alongside monthly freerolls, leaderboards and second-chance events. And it will culminate in a $250K WSOP Online Circuit Championship New Year Announcement As 2021 got underway, announced quietly – not publicly – on January 2 that it

WPT and WPTDeepStacks Start 2021 with Live Poker Plans

January 6th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour has had enough of this pandemic. The live tour has been almost completely on ice since the mandated shutdown of casinos around the world – and travel and gathering prohibitions – in March 2020. Some casinos have been cautiously reopening recently, with poker rooms as the last to make the leap back into live games. Casinos like the Venetian in Las Vegas have been offering live poker since the summer and tournaments for several months. Some

BetOnline Introduces New 2021 Tournament Schedule

January 5th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, many US-based poker players sought more options for online poker at sites like and The two sites share online poker tables and provide a comfortable space for micro-stakes and small-stakes players. As 2021 got underway, the pandemic made clear that it wasn’t disappearing any time soon. Many lockdown situations only tightened as Covid-19 spread like wildfire across America…and around the world. Live poker rooms seem to be trying their best to open

Salas Defeats Hebert for 2020 WSOP Main Event Title

January 5th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Damian Salas traveled around the world to win the 2020 WSOP Main Event. When he made the international World Series of Poker Main Event final table, he traveled from his home country of Argentina to the Czech Republic to play the rest of the tournament live. He won $1.5M. He then trekked home and then planned to go to the United States to play the WSOP Main Event finale, a heads-up tournament that was essentially a $1M freeroll, but the

Moneymaker and PokerStars End Deal After 17 Years

January 4th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

It had to happen someday. Chris Moneymaker wasn’t going to be a PokerStars ambassador forever. Nonetheless, it was startling news. On December 31, Chris Moneymaker posted a video on his Twitter page announcing that he decided to leave PokerStars, effective immediately. This ended a 17-plus-year partnership, one that started after he took an online poker satellite win to the World Series of Poker and turned that opportunity into $2.5 million and a WSOP Main Event title. Every component of Moneymaker’s

WSOP Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Huckleberry Seed

December 31st, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Earlier in December, the public had the opportunity to nominate people for induction into the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame. This year, only one induction was possible because…well…2020. On December 18, the World Series of Poker announced the ten nominees that made it to the final round of voting. All were previous nominees except Patrik Antonius and Isai Scheinberg, as well as the commentating team of Norman Chad and Lon McEachern. Many names were familiar to the voting process: Eli

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