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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 followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Allied Esports Agrees to New Element Partners Bid for WPT

March 22nd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Two entities really want the World Poker Tour. And they entered a bidding war of sorts to acquire the WPT and its poker-related assets from Allied Esports Entertainment. The latest move came from Element Partners, the original bidder. Allied Esports reported on the morning of March 22 that Element Partners proposed a new offer for the World Poker Tour and its assets. It increased the purchase price and the amount of guaranteed revenue share payments. The new bid comes in

US DOJ in Wire Act Case Faces Mid-June Deadline

March 22nd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

A filing in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit this week created a lot of buzz in the gambling world. It indicated that – quite possibly – the long-running case involving the US Wire Act finally ended. After more than a decade of speculation and two differing opinions by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, the matter was settled. This is not exactly true. But it is close, as there is a potential end date

Vanessa Kade Signs as Americas Cardroom Team Pro

March 21st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Americas Cardroom made the big moves this year to bolster its team of ambassadors and increase its visibility in the online poker world. The biggest of those moves was the signing of Chris Moneymaker little more than one month after he left a 17-year relationship with PokerStars. This week’s announcement, though, was a popular one for different reasons. Americas Cardroom signed Canadian poker player Vanessa Kade as its newest ACR Team Pro. Kade became the second woman on the team

Michigan iGaming Revenue Outpaces Casinos in February

March 20th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Normally, a state that implements internet gambling – sports betting, online casinos, online poker, or all three – sees a steady growth in the market. Of course, there are new players excited to be able to access their favorite games online, but the player base takes a while to grow. That is not the case in a pandemic. Land-based gambling remains limited in states like Michigan. The waves of Covid-19 cases continue to compel many businesses to proceed with caution

Pretrial Hearing Set for April in Susie Zhao Case

March 19th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

(Trigger warning: Mention of sexual assault and murder)   The Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney is representing the People of the State of Michigan in a case that will move along more quickly this year. The case is against Jeffery Bernard Morris, who faces two felony murder charges in the death of poker player, daughter, and friend-to-many Susie Zhao. Not only did the coronavirus pandemic hinder the pace at which a case can move through the court system in 2020, the

Pennsylvania Gambling Industry Up and Down in February

March 18th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

A quick look at the February gaming revenue numbers form the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows a decrease in overall gambling revenue for the second month of the year. Live gaming establishments increased their revenue for slots and gaming tables from January to February, and video gaming terminals showed a boost in revenue. All of this was a response to land-based gambling options opening up and expanding capacity in light of lower Covid-19 infections. Online gaming fell, though, for both

New Jersey Internet Gaming Takes February Dip

March 17th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

February was not a good month for New Jersey gaming revenue. While revenue did still flow and internet gaming did add another $93.8M to the state’s coffers, the totals were down from the previous month, per numbers provided by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. It is a rare thing to say that New Jersey’s internet gaming revenue did not increase from one month to the next. The sector has almost continuously continued an upward trajectory despite the instability

Delaware iGaming Revenue Sees February Boost

March 17th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Delaware Lottery released its net proceeds from February internet gaming, which includes online table games, online poker, and video lottery revenue. Last month’s release showed January revenue starting the year with overall increases. And that followed full-year 2020 numbers that increased significantly across all verticals. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdowns of live gambling venues contributed to the increases, but many new customers didn’t even realize that Delaware offered internet poker and casino games. –2020 online poker rake/fees increased

Bally’s Amends Offer to Buy World Poker Tour Only

March 16th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour is still on the table for purchase by Bally’s Corporation or Element Partners. Allied Esports Entertainment has made it clear that it is ready to let go of the WPT and its assets. That seems even clearer with Bally’s new bid. Meanwhile, the World Poker Tour and everyone associated with it wait to see what will happen. It is unlikely that the overall operations and immediate plans for the WPT will change much, but everyone can

Two Hearings Possibly on Tap in Mike Postle Case

March 15th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Poker player Mike Postle still has no attorney…in the case he filed against numerous people and companies involved in the poker industry. When we last checked in at the end of February, the case that Postle himself filed against a slew of defendants was in limbo because Postle ghosted his original attorney. He begged the court for more time to find a new attorney, but the court has yet to respond. Meanwhile, the Superior Court of California Sacramento shows two

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