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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 been followed the US market closely for the last 7 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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West Virginia Tries Online Poker Legislation Again

January 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It may be tough to remember, but it did happen. West Virginia did offer up online gaming legislation in the past, back in early 2017, in fact. It was easily missed in any news cycle, though, because the bill garnered no support from the majority of the legislature and died a sad, lonely death. Even so, the sponsor of that 2017 legislation hasn’t forgotten about online poker and casino games. West Virginia Delegate Shawn Fluharty has been watching New Jersey’s

Colillas Freerolls PSPC with Platinum Pass to Win $5.1M

January 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It happened. Not only did PokerStars make history with the largest-ever $25K buy-in tournament in the history of live tournament poker, the company’s investment in the event paid off in a unique way. One of the Platinum Pass winners won the tournament for $5.1 million. PokerStars awarded 320 Platinum Pass prize packages – each worth $30K – over the course of the past year. Each player with a pass was able to buy in to the inaugural PokerStars Players No

Baumstein Leads Diverse PSPC Final Table Lineup

January 10th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Day 4 of the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) was an exciting one, as the remaining players dove deep into the money and pursued potentially life-changing payouts, all with the goal of making the final table. And at the top of that final table awaits $5.1 million and a title that will forever be associated with the historic, inaugural, groundbreaking PSPC. Historic is no exaggeration. The $25K buy-in, rake-free tournament began on January 6, and by early afternoon

WSOP Solidifies 13 More 2019 Summer Events

January 10th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Just before Christmas in 2018, the World Series of Poker offered up its core dates and some information about the 2019 summer schedule. It seems there is a lot in store for the 50th anniversary of the WSOP, all of it scheduled to happen in Las Vegas between May 28 and July 16. The kickoff of the summer series is set to be a celebration of the 50th anniversary, as the Big 50 tournament will offer NLHE action for a

Online Poker and Sports Betting Unlikely in California

January 9th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Once upon a time, California appeared to be the state most likely to legalize online poker. There were bills introduced each year, and the majority of lawmakers saw the benefits of regulating the game, especially when Nevada did it and the possibility of sharing poker liquidity looked more realistic. And when New Jersey launched its online poker market, California seemed like a natural addition to the group that also included Delaware. The closest that lawmakers came to consensus among all

Poker Alliance Reveals New Website and Advisory Board

January 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

One could say that 2018 was a year of adjustments for the Poker Alliance. It started the year as the PPA (Poker Players Alliance) but with more financial troubles than at any time in the past decade, and it ended as the Poker Alliance, a new group financed by Poker Central. More than six months after Poker Central took over the organization and appointed Mark Brenner as its president, there was really only one issue (voter approval for gambling issues)

PSPC Makes History, Will Make Six Millionaires

January 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

There was little doubt that the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship was going to be a large tournament. Not only was the live tournament in the Bahamas to be rake-free, PokerStars planned to add approximately $9 million to the prize pool for the January event. A new record for the largest $25K tournament was almost inevitable. When registration closed and the numbers were tallied, they were even more impressive than most had anticipated. More than 1,000 players were in

Addabbo to Champion Online Poker in New York

January 7th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

As 2018 came to a close, online poker legislation in New York was at rest again, having endured another year of inaction that killed the bill. Several years of hope and potential were once again dashed. One of the primary concerns going into 2019 was whether there would be a member of the New York Senate who would champion the cause as State Senator John Bonacic did for so many years. Bonacic passed his online poker bills through the chamber

PartyPoker MILLIONS LIVE 2019 Schedule Takes Shape

January 7th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Every one of the three major online poker sites in the world – PokerStars, 888poker, and PartyPoker – maintain a schedule of live tournament series. It connects the online poker world with the live circuit, giving poker players the chance to win entries into live events via online qualifiers and giving them reasons to stay loyal to a particular brand. PartyPoker LIVE has grown in recent years, and the addition of its MILLIONS high-roller series began to deliver a more

PokerStars Gears Up for Historic PSPC in Bahamas

January 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker players from around the world spent much of today traveling to the airport in Nassau, Bahamas, then catching a cab or shuttle to Paradise Island, and exploring some of the massive Atlantis resort. Every January since 2004, players of varying bankrolls have been making the trek to the island for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – or some variation thereof – for one of the most popular live poker tournament series of the year. Attendance in the past few years

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