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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 7 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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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,

New Hampshire Judge Prompts Rosenstein to Delay Wire Act Again

March 5th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may be on his way to retirement later this month, but that didn’t stop him from slapping a second delay on the implementation date for the new Wire Act opinion recently issued by the Department of Justice. No date has been set for Rosenstein’s exit from the DOJ, but new US Attorney General William Barr has taken the leadership role at the DOJ and will be putting forth a candidate for the Deputy

PartyPoker Adds Gee and Gross to Team Online

March 4th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Over the past two weeks, PartyPoker not only announced its new Team Online but added new members on a nearly-daily basis in order to grow the team. Now with 10 members, Team Online boasts of a diverse group of online poker players who play and stream the game on Twitch. They now serve as ambassadors for PartyPoker as they stream, giving the site a larger presence on streams. PartyPoker’s first big step was a notable one, to sponsor Thirst Lounge

Third Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Latest DOJ Wire Act Decision

February 27th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The US Department of Justice knew that when it issued its opinion recently to reverse the 2011 Wire Act interpretation, there was going to be some backlash. The leeway originally given by the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2011 prompted several states to take action and implement laws for various types of online gambling, including lotteries, poker, and casino games. It opened up industries to new technology and states to new revenue streams. Now that the DOJ wants to

Another Lawsuit Challenges Big Fish and Aristocrat in Washington State

February 26th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Some states have very clear stances on gambling. In Nevada, almost anything goes. In Utah, no form of gambling is legal, not even the lottery. The state of Washington, however, is complex. Each of the state’s 29 Native American tribes have some form of gaming compact with the state government. Many tribes offer bingo or pull-tabs, some include slot machines in their casinos, and some even have poker rooms and other table games. There is a lottery from which the

PartyPoker Quickly Builds Team Online Roster of Pros

February 25th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It appears that PartyPoker is prepared to boost its online presence in big ways. And one of those ways is to create a group of online poker players to represent the site on social media and streaming channels like Twitch. Earlier in February, PartyPoker emerged as the official online poker sponsor of Thirst Lounge, a Twitch stream run by poker pro and hedge fund manager Bill Perkins. Streaming is typically done from Perkins’ yacht or luxurious destinations in the area

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