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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 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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WSOP Talks Promotions, Warmups, More Summer Poker Details

May 1st, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The 50th Annual World Series of Poker begins in one month. No one is more excited than professional poker players…and recreational poker players…and poker fans…and Las Vegas strippers…and Rio bartenders…and the World Series of Poker staff. So, a lot of people are excited. And with the action in Las Vegas coming up so quickly, the WSOP decided to release some new information. There will be promotions and some non-bracelet events for ladies, seniors, and PLO players. A charity event will

Puerto Rico Considers Online Gaming and Sports Betting

April 30th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

When the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, it caused widespread destruction across the island nation. Approximately 3,000 people were killed as a result of the natural disaster, and billions of dollars in damage left the island in financial, agricultural, and infrastructural desperation. More than a year and a half later, the United States territory has yet to receive the assistance required to recover. The Caribbean island’s government has been working to find solutions

States Stand to Lose Billions if DOJ Targets Lotteries

April 29th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The recent Department of Justice decision regarding the Wire Act does more than reverse a simple opinion and ban online gambling-type activities going forward. It can take away significant revenue streams upon which states have grown dependent. New data shows that states selling online lottery tickets stand to lose more than $220 million. And if the DOJ chooses an even broader interpretation of the new decision that includes sharing lottery pools across state lines, states could lose more than $23

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Releases Summer Poker Schedule

April 29th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The summer poker schedule for players in Las Vegas is full. There are more than enough options for live poker in Sin City from May through July to keep poker players busy and happy several times over. Of course, the big draw is the World Series of Poker. And considering this year will offer the 50th Anniversary WSOP, complete with special tournaments and events, it is undoubtedly the main reason that most players will trek to Nevada in the summer

Ramos to Represent New Players-Come-First Poker Site

April 28th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Felipe Ramos has been a star in the poker world for about a decade. For several of those years, the Brazilian poker pro was signed to Full Tilt Poker for a time and then a member of Team PokerStars Pro, both affiliations which garnered more attention for his poker play on a global stage. That PokerStars affiliation lasted less than three years, however, as Ramos and the site severed ties in late 2017. “The company’s priorities have changed,” he said

DOJ Continues Fight Against New Hampshire Wire Act Assertions

April 27th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

When last US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro spoke regarding the Wire Act, the oral arguments phase of the proceedings had concluded. Attorneys for the defendants (US Attorney General William Barr and the US Department of Justice) and the plaintiffs (New Hampshire Lottery Commission and NeoPollard Interactive) had made their statements to the judge and fielded questions. At the end of the hearing, Barbadoro ordered the DOJ to issue another memo to further explain its Wire Act interpretation with respect

PokerStars Begins Subtle Rollout of Major Software Upgrade

April 26th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It seems that PokerStars has been keeping a secret. It was nothing nefarious or sinister, but something that will affect all players on the online poker site. Pokerfuse got the scoop on it and finally revealed it with PokerStars’ permission. PokerStars has been working on a software upgrade, one that will incorporate a new game engine named Aurora. Its eventual rollout will provide new graphics, table themes, sound effects, and interactive features, all in a newer, higher resolution, and more

Poker Clothing Company 3Bet Going Out of Business

April 26th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

For years, poker players could be seen at major tournaments wearing 3Bet gear. The original shirts and jackets were admittedly very comfortable, and it wasn’t uncommon to see players like Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast, Scott Clements, and Jason Koon sporting the 3Bet logo. The company also had a booth in the hallway of the Rio during the World Series of Poker for years, offering an alternative to the WSOP gear. But 3Bet Poker Clothing made a recent decision to shut

New Jersey Regulator Issues Sports Betting Fine to PokerStars

April 26th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The reason that the New Jersey internet gaming market was established in a strict regulatory environment was to be able to hold licensed operators to the letter of the law. There are room for mistakes, but operators will have to pay the price – usually in the form of a fine for making them. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has been tasked with monitoring online poker, casino game, and sports betting operators to ensure they comply with

Americas Cardroom Prepares for Summer $5M Venom

April 25th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Venom is a tournament on Americas Cardroom, and it has undergone changes and reinventions. The latest iteration of Venom, however, might be the biggest one to date. It was officially announced in January, but the tournament doesn’t take place until July. The reason for the long preparation period is to give players the chance to earn their seats through numerous satellites and qualifiers in the months leading up to the Venom. With a $5 million guarantee on the prize

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