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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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Michigan Shows Online Gaming Support in Committee Hearing

March 13th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Last week, two members of the Michigan state legislature introduced bills to legalize internet gaming. It was not a huge surprise to see the proposals emerge, as nearly identical legislation passed through both houses in late 2018. The only reason it is not part of Michigan law today is that the outgoing governor vetoed the bill. This year, some new lawmakers are in place, along with a new governor. It was unclear how the same legislation would fare. As the

PartyPoker Adds Jaime Staples, Launches New Twitch Channel

March 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Most people following PartyPoker and the recent news from the online poker operator are not surprised by the two latest announcements. Both make sense from a business perspective and are good public relations moves. In recent weeks, PartyPoker has put together a team of poker players focused on Twitch streaming, all of whom bring unique qualities and personalities. Team Online added one player at a time until the roster hit 10, and that seemed to be the end of it.

West Virginia Passes Interactive Wagering Act, Sends to Governor

March 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

In a move that was surprising to many and impressive to all, West Virginia passed a bill to legalize online poker and casino games through both houses of its legislature. As the 2019 legislative session came to a close, the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act moved through both houses. Amendments were minor but attached to require new votes, but nothing stopped the bill from passage and a place on the desk of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, where it

Michigan Lawmakers Try Internet Gaming Bills Again

March 10th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Last year was a bittersweet one for online poker fans in Michigan and those watching from across America. Lawmakers went to great efforts to find consensus on internet gaming bills, and support grew as the year progressed. Hope lived that Michigan would become the fifth state to legalize online poker in the new American gambling market. By the end of the year, State Senator Mike Kowall and Representative Brandt Iden made their moves, pushing the Lawful Internet Gaming Act for

PokerStars, WPT, Unibet, and Arnett Celebrate Women in Poker

March 9th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women. Each year, it is a day to remember the obstacles and hardships that women have faced throughout history, to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world, and to celebrate women on a global level as well as in one’s own inner circles. More countries are celebrating International Women’s Day each year. Beyond that, March has traditionally been Women’s History Month, but some have incorporated that into a broader International

Inaugural Global Poker Awards Set for April 5

March 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

There have been awards ceremonies in the past dedicated to honoring people and entities in the poker industry, but they were often segregated to focus on different parts of the world. In fact, two of those from the past – the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards – are being merged into one. The Global Poker Index (GPI) and Poker Central partnered this week to announce the Global Poker Awards. The two will collaborate to highlight those in the

The Stars Group Touts 2018 Growth with Online Poker as Side Note

March 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Stars Group was built on poker. PokerStars became the largest online poker operator in the world as a result of the poker boom, and its smart business moves during the golden age of poker put the company in a position to dominate for many years. The Stars Group could not have been molded and formed without the success of PokerStars. Of course, the poker boom fizzled years ago, and the industry has had its share of struggles since. The

Pennsylvania Cautious as Online Poker Delayed to Q3 2019

March 7th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The road to online poker in Pennsylvania has been paved with good intentions but many, many delays. From there start, delays were the name of the game. It took several years for Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass a law to legalize and regulate online poker and casino games, which they finally did in late 2017. But the process of implementing the new law and building the new industry has also been fraught with confusion and uncertainty, at least in the eyes

Connecticut Gambling Complications Could Delay Online Poker

March 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

One of the states deemed likely to seriously examine online poker and other forms of online gambling in 2019 was Connecticut. The primary reason for the optimism came from the unequivocal support of the state’s two tribes in 2018. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribe each told lawmakers last year of the benefits of expanding gambling options to the online realm. At that time, however, Connecticut lawmakers seemed overwhelmed by the conversation. Not only did online gambling seem

PokerStars May Release New Split Omaha Game

March 5th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

For the better part of 2018, PokerStars was teasing and releasing online poker variations. Some of the games made it to the public sphere for player feedback, others were put on the back burner for later, and yet others were likely shelved in the developers’ workshop for future pursuits. The ideas were flowing like a river (see what I did there?), and the year was filled with new poker possibilities. –Split Hold’em, a version of running it twice –Showtime Hold’em,

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