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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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Element Partners Back on Top for World Poker Tour

March 31st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Allied Esports Entertainment approves the latest bid by Element Partners for the World Poker Tour. This is the latest move in a bidding war that has seen Element Partners and Bally’s Corporation fight for the World Poker Tour. Allied Esports indicated in January that it wanted to offload the WPT and all associated poker assets, and privately-held investment firm Element Partners was going to take it. Nearly two months later, Bally’s stepped

Americas Cardroom Wants to Sponsor the Next Moneymaker

March 30th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Let’s face it. There can only be one Chris Moneymaker. His 2003 WSOP Main Event victory – winning $2.5M from an $86 online poker satellite via PokerStars – changed the game in ways no one in the industry could have predicted prior to the turn of the century. Moneymaker holds a unique place in poker history. So, when Americas Cardroom says it wants to find the next Moneymaker, it’s a toast to the man himself and a chance for a

BetOnline Increases Sunday Guarantee for March 28

March 27th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

BetOnline wants to end March in style. Its online poker site has already been running freerolls all month as a part of Poker Freeroll Madness, and the big finale is set for Sunday, March 28. While Sundays are already big days in the online poker tournament world, BetOnline wanted to add a little something extra. March 28 will offer its regular Sunday tournament lineup but add money to the main event’s guarantee. The Sunday Guarantee always promises at least $150K

Kentucky Refuses PokerStars Appeal, Flutter Eyes SCOTUS

March 27th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The case of PokerStars versus the Commonwealth of Kentucky is over – really this time – at least on the state level. Most thought it was over in December 20 when the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled against the online poker giant, but parent company Flutter Entertainment appealed once more. This week, though, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled against another appeal. In the eyes of the state, it is over and done. And Kentucky now wants its money, which now

PokerStars Postpones PSPC Again Due to Coronavirus

March 26th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

This had to be a tough decision. Last year, PokerStars had to postpone the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) that had been set for August in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. The hope was to host the event sometime this year, but the decision-makers at PokerStars knew what had to be done. PokerStars announced that the PSPC is postponed again. And there is really no way to know when it might be rescheduled. Everything

Bally’s Corporation Submits New Bid for World Poker Tour

March 25th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

If this isn’t a bidding war, I don’t know what is. Allied Esports Entertainment is just sitting back and evaluating bid after bid for the World Poker Tour. Element Partners kicked it off in January, but Bally’s chimed in this month, and the back-and-forth bids are now coming in quick succession. The most recent one from Element Partners came earlier this week. Bally’s Corporation didn’t even take a full week to respond. We don’t yet seem to have an answer

Vanessa Kade Wins Sunday Million Anniversary for $1.5M

March 25th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Merriam-Webster defines karma as a force generated by a person’s actions, more broadly as a force affecting the events of one’s life. Canadian poker pro Vanessa Kade had been on the receiving end of vitriol since December 2020 when she expressed her opposition on social media to GGPoker signing Dan Bilzerian as a site ambassador. He singled her out of the many people who harshly criticized GGPoker and Bilzerian to insult her to his 1.6M Twitter followers. In the months

Poker Powher to Host Free Tournament Online March 27

March 24th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker Powher is more than a poker education tool or a group dedicated to fighting for a more inclusive poker community. It an organization dedicated to all of this but also working toward a much larger goal. “At Poker Powher, we know there’s a strong connection between women’s success, money ownership and the game of poker. So we teach women how to play Texas Hold’em, to compete and succeed in business, finance, and more – all in a fun, supportive,

ACR High Five Tournament Series Returns in April

March 24th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Americas Cardroom just wrapped up its massive OSS Cub3d three-part tournament series, which kicked off on February 2 and ran through March 15. And poker players cumulatively won millions upon millions of dollars. As we head into April, ACR players have another online poker tournament series. The popular High Five series offers something for everyone, a wide range of buy-ins and guarantees and five tournaments per day. There will also be double the usual Main Event action, with a multiple-flight

BetMGM Launches New Online Poker Site in Michigan

March 23rd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Everyone knew the Michigan internet gaming market had potential. That is why lawmakers like now-former Rep. Brandt Iden worked for so many years to legalize online poker and casino games, to create a regulated in-state market for players and to keep revenue in the state. When the first online casinos launched in Michigan in January, doubters began to see the money roll in. That partial first month of igaming generated more than $29M. And the first full month in February

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