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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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West Virginia Online Poker Not Likely in 2021

December 30th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The United States online poker market will not expand into West Virginia anytime soon. At one time, it looked promising for 2020. West Virginia legalized online poker, casino games, and sports betting in March 2019 after years of pushes by lawmakers like State Delegate Shawn Fluharty. There were five casinos with which online gambling operators could partner: –The Casino Club at the Greenbrier (independent ownership by Governor Justice) –Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (operated by Penn National Gaming) –Mardi

Hebert Wins 2020 US WSOP Main Event, Finale Delayed

December 30th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

For the second time in as many weeks, the World Series of Poker declared a winner in the 2020 WSOP Main Event. Sort of. The first winner emerged from an international WSOP Main Event. That tournament began on GGPoker on November 29, offered three opening flights through December 6, and played to a final table on December 7. The nine finalists earned seats at a live final table that played on December 15 at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

Bovada Holiday Series Underway Through January 7

December 28th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Nearly every poker site is celebrating the holidays this year, as well as the celebration of a new year. Bovada is no different and kicked off its Holiday Series 2020 this weekend. The series offers a wide range of tournament options across its schedule of 63 events. There are buy-ins geared toward the casual player, aimed at providing some fun this holiday season but also the chance to win some bankroll-changing money. With more than $3 million in prize pool

ACR Hires Nanonoko and Prepares for $8M Venom

December 28th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Americas Cardroom and its sister sites on the Winning Poker Network decided not to offer a big online poker tournament series this month. It was a bit curious, as many other poker sites planned big series to usher 2020 out the door and welcome a new year. As it turns out, Americas Cardroom plans to kick off 2021 with a big tournament and big news. Ever-Growing Venom Guarantees Players have become accustomed to the Venom tournament, the tournaments that happen

PartyPoker to Knock Out 2020 with KO Series

December 23rd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Many people around the world would like to punch 2020 right in the face, so PartyPoker decided to offer a something close. A Knockout Series might not be as satisfying as a left hook to 2020, but it has the potential to ring in a new year with good vibes and a few knockouts at the tables. The KO Series is ready to kick off this week, running from December 25 through January 19. There are 23 primary tournaments, but

Michigan Awaits One Signature for Interstate Online Poker

December 22nd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The new Michigan online gambling industry is a work in progress. While it may seem like that process has been ongoing for some time, Governor Gretchen Whitmer only signed the bill to legalize sports betting, internet casino games, and online poker last year. In fact, this December 20 was the one-year anniversary of that signing. Compared to the very slow implementation of online gambling in Pennsylvania that took several years, Michigan is working at a solid clip. Thanks to an

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Against PokerStars for $1.3B

December 22nd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

More than a decade of court battles led to this decision. The Kentucky judicial system has been battling with PokerStars since 2008, though the acts in question happened even before then. PokerStars won a big judgement in 2018 in the Kentucky Court of Appeals – almost exactly two years ago to the date – and hoped that was the end of the case. But the state appealed the case to its Supreme Court, and those justices handed down a ruling

Pennsylvania iGaming Steady as Overall Revenue Down

December 21st, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

November was a tough month for Pennsylvania gambling revenue. As with most other things in 2020, the blame rests almost solely on the coronavirus pandemic. The second wave of the virus made its way across many parts of America in September and October, rising to a fever pitch (pardon the pun) in November. While governors across the country didn’t want to mandate shutdowns again, some mayors did feel it necessary. For example, Philadelphia officials closed casinos, among other things, on

Scheinberg Included in Ten Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

December 20th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker announced the finalists this week for the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame induction. A public nomination process opened earlier this month, and poker fans and players around the world nominated their favorites. Many of the names on the list are no surprise, as they have been nominated in the past. Some have been nominated in the last year or several years. But there are a couple of new names on the list of nominees. And

Delaware Internet Gaming Down Again in November

December 18th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Delaware Lottery released its November net proceeds statistics this week, and it was a double-edged sword. On the positive side, the net proceeds from online table games, online poker, and the video lottery remain far above those from the same time last year. On the negative side, revenue from table games was down for the second month in a row, and online poker rake and fees were down for the fourth month running. It seems that Delaware has not

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