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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 been followed the US market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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The Stars Group Partners with Fox Sports in US Market

May 9th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The deal was a long time in the making, at least from the perspective of The Stars Group and its desire to once again garner a significant presence in the United States market. And on May 8, the deal was announced. The Stars Group and FOX Sports entered into a national media and sports wagering partnership in the US. PokerStars was the largest online poker site in the US for many years, beginning at the time of the poker boom

New Jersey Sues DOJ for Violating FOIA in Wire Act Case

May 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The fallout from the recent new Wire Act memorandum continues into the court system. The latest lawsuit was filed this week by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and it pertains to the Department of Justice’s lack of response to the state’s demand for documents. It all started in November 2018 when the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel wrote a new memorandum to interpret the US Wire Act. The new opinion about the law reversed a 2011 opinion that

Staples and Martin Complete PartyPoker Team Online

May 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The build-up for PartyPoker’s new Team Online roster of online poker pros started in February and the roster was complete in early May. The first announcements from PartyPoker regarding the development of an online team to be a forceful presence on Twitch came in February with Matt Staples as its inaugural member. He was followed in line by Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic, Travis “dramaticdegen” Darroch, Patrick “IrEgption” Tardif, and Alan “Hotted89” Widmann. The group brought a range of online poker and

Plaintiffs Respond to DOJ Memo in Wire Act Case

May 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The court documents have been flying into the list of docket entries at a fever pitch. The US District Court case involving the Department of Justice and US Attorney General William Barr is pending a ruling by Judge Paul Barbadoro. It all started when the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel published a memorandum to re-interpret the US Wire Act, essentially overruling a 2011 decision that allowed states the right to legalize and regulate online lotteries and gaming. The Wire

Concerns Emerge About Michigan Internet Gaming Bill

May 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Few things about the US online poker and overall internet gambling market have been as simple as they seemed or should have been. Hurdles abound in state legislatures over issues that surprise some and frustrate others, as those in the industry have responded to those concerns many times over with statistics and facts. Nevertheless, lawmakers unfamiliar with the online poker and gaming world continue to impede legislation out of fears of the “unknown” and already-disproven assumptions. Hello, Michigan. After internet

Aido and Adams Among EPT Monte Carlo Winners

May 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The European Poker Tour has been a staple on the world poker scene for more than a dozen years. Locations have changed throughout those years, and the number of players in the events has varied, but the EPT has been and remains a signature part of the PokerStars live tour offering. This year, the EPT again held its season finale in Monaco, with the Sporting Monte-Carlo as the home for the EPT Grand Final. The 14th running of the series

Manig Loeser Wins EPT Monte Carlo Main Event

May 5th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The highlight of each European Poker Tour season is the EPT Grand Final. PokerStars pulls out all the stops for a massive tournament extravaganza, as it did again this year in the 14th running of the finale in Monaco. The Sporting Monte-Carlo hosted the festivities. Beginning in the last week of April, players gathered in the luxurious French Riviera locale to play high-level poker, but the major draw of the series was the EPT Main Event, which took place from

Two WSOP Online Bracelet Events Open for NJ

May 3rd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Just a few days ago, the World Series of Poker revealed more information about the upcoming summer extravaganza. There are going to be promotions and giveaways, photo opportunities, special tournaments, a fundraiser, more automatic shufflers, and new tables for some of the cash games. The entire 2019 50th Annual WSOP schedule is now available online, complete with structure sheets. All of the gaps seem to be filled in, and the details are there. But there was one part of the

Rosenstein Resigns: What Does That Mean for DOJ Wire Act?

May 2nd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had been planning to retire for months. It wasn’t his age or another job opportunity; it was a chaotic and taxing work environment and had been since the start of the Trump administration. Rosenstein had been at the center of attention for much of his two years at the Department of Justice, mostly due to the special investigation conducted by Robert Mueller, his role in appointing him to that role, and a sometimes-contentious relationship

PokerStars Assembles Official Twitch Poker Team

May 2nd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars has been shaking up its sponsored pros in the last few years. More players have departed than joined, but there seems to be a plan to consolidate and reorganize. The most recent addition to the team was Kalidou Sow, a French poker pro signed early in April. And that signing came on the heels of players like Randy Lew and Jake Cody departing and leaving their PokerStars patches behind. As of May 1, there has been another restructuring of

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