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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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Schindler and Soverel Claim 2018 POY Awards

January 4th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

There are several media outlets and data collectors in poker that rank poker players on a yearly basis. Some tours do the same but based on their own tournaments and by season, like the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker. The most respected and popular rankings, however, come from the Global Poker Index, better known as GPI, as they use the world-renowned Hendon Mob Database for data used to calculate points. The GPI just revealed their 2018 top

Foxen and Bicknell Top 2018 GPI POY Honors

January 4th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Global Poker Index (GPI) tracks poker players via their live tournament performances around the world as published by the venues and operators that host the events. Based on a 36-month period, the competitors are then ranked per a set of criteria that include the tournament buy-ins, field sizes, age per half-year periods. And at the end of year, the GPI hails the top-ranked person as its Player of the Year. For 2018, that honor goes to Alex Foxen of

Top 7 Poker-Related Stories to Watch in 2019

January 3rd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s just another year, some say. It’s just a new calendar. True, but there are numerous stories that have the potential to play out in very interesting ways in 2019. Based on poker industry happenings in 2018, there are some interesting stories on the horizon. Company mergers and acquisitions, a shifting industry, and several milestones await poker players in the new year. While the US market faces several significant challenges, there are some positive events in the works that will

US Online Poker Market Faces Major Obstacles in 2019

January 2nd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

What was once a booming industry that seemed to have no limits is now a niche market that is struggling to maintain its presence, much less grow. US online poker has faced its share of struggles since Black Friday in 2011, and the year of 2019 could be pivotal in its effort to stay relevant while also moving forward, no matter the slowness of its pace. Numerous issues will face American online poker in 2019. The major obstacles can be

Michigan Governor Vetoes Online Poker-Gambling Bill

December 29th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The American online poker industry is officially zero for zero in 2018. Oh, but what about Michigan, you ask? Didn’t lawmakers work until late into the last night of the legislative session the week before Christmas to pass a bill to legalize online poker and casino games, you ask? Yes. It was a holiday gift but one that Michigan State Representative Brandt Iden promised he would deliver. He teamed up with outgoing State Senator Mike Kowall to get it done,

Which States Might Legalize Online Poker in 2019?

December 28th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Last year, the attempt to predict which states might join the ranks of those with legalized online poker was not very successful. In fact, only one state actually passed such legislation in 2018, but at the very last minute, on December 28, that state’s governor vetoed the bill. Oh, Michigan! Now, looking ahead to 2019, we make another attempt. These predictions, however, are based on several factors that became more apparent in 2018. This gives us a bit more confidence

How Wrong were 2018 Predictions for US Online Poker?

December 28th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

So wrong. At the end of 2017, I posted a list of states that were most likely to legalize online poker in the new US market in 2018, as well as a list of those that were long shots but had a chance to make some progress toward the ultimate goal. All I know is that my career as a fortune teller will never get off the ground. Let’s dive right in to examine all of the ways I was

WSOP Circuit Wastes No Time Resuming in 2019

December 28th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker just announced its summer 2019 series dates before Christmas, which excites poker players and fans who cannot wait to get to Las Vegas to play or log on and follow the action. However, the 2018/2019 WSOP Circuit has been in action since August 2018 and will continue after the holidays through to May 20. Those who want a taste of the World Series of Poker with more affordable buy-ins and locations throughout the United States

WPT Season XVII Continues into 2019 with New Events and HyperX

December 27th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The end of the calendar year means little for most poker tours. The World Poker Tour is the prime example, as its seasons begin in the summer of one year and wrap up in the spring of the following year. Currently, the WPT is in its 17th season. While the future remains a mystery due to the recent acquisition of the company by Black Ridge and its new overall organization umbrella of Allied Esports Entertainment, fans hope there will be

Bipartisan Sports Betting Bill Ready for Congress

December 27th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s been in the works for months. In fact, it’s been in the minds of some members of Congress since the moment the United States Supreme Court overturned PASPA in May 2018, allowing states to regulate sports betting per their constituents’ wishes. After months of talking about it and fairly limited time to draft the legislation, two prominent senators have turned a draft into a bipartisan bill that is ready to introduce for consideration in the US Senate upon the

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