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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 been followed the US market closely for the last 7 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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WPTDeepStacks Announces 888poker Deal and Euro Championship

February 20th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

World Poker Tour executives have been busy finalizing some deals and putting together more events for WPTDeepStacks action around the world. It was back in early November 2018 that WPTDeepStacks announced its initial lineup for 2019, complete with stops around the United States and well beyond. Some of the international cities targeted for live tournament series included Berlin, Sochi, Montreal, Brussels, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Ho Chi Minh City, Amsterdam, and Auckland. The diversity hits nearly every continent. Now, there are more

Rosenstein to Leave DOJ, Giving Wire Act to New AG

February 19th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The state of online gaming in the United States is in flux. The most recent Department of Justice decision about the Wire Act put it there, but it is now flailing about with no clear direction. To be more specific, the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel reversing the 2011 Wire Act opinion was only the first step to complicating matters. Online poker and casino games, internet lottery ticket sales and interstate gaming are all subject to analysis and awaiting clarification

PartyPoker Sponsors Thirst Lounge, Streaming Underway

February 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Thirst Lounge is only a few years in the making but set out on its latest run last week. And PartyPoker jumped on board to sponsor the streaming festival on Twitch. With Bill Perkins at the helm of the continuously growing experience, his personal yacht serves as the literal vehicle for the Thirst Lounge. Poker players board the yacht and cruise to various destinations while streaming online poker, but the goal has grown into something bigger than just poker

High-Stakes Poker Pros Protest PokerStars, Impact Unclear

February 18th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

A group of poker players has grown increasingly frustrated with changes at PokerStars. Mostly high-stakes, high-volume pro and semi-pro players have expressed their anger and disappointment in many ways over the past several years. Since the fall of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars has been the online poker operator of choice for most of these players, with a range of cash games and high buy-in tournaments that provided solid action. But the past several years have seen moves by PokerStars that

New Hampshire Lottery Files First DOJ Wire Act Lawsuit

February 16th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It took just one month for the first lawsuit to be filed after the latest Wire Act opinion was made public. The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel revealed the full opinion on January 15, 2019. And one month to the day, the first lawsuit is on the books. There have already been several lawsuits threatened, the most prominent one being from Pennsylvania and New Jersey Attorneys General. They penned a letter to US Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

PokerStars Improves Mobile but Reduces Rewards

February 15th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The crew at PokerStars has been busy in the new year. The year started on the highest of notes with the historic PokerStars Players NLHE Championship – PSPC – that endeared players to the site for its efforts to bring hundreds of players into the massive event. The tournament, along with the rest of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), breathed new life into the live scene and delivered a level of excitement that many felt had been missing from poker.

New Jersey Internet Gaming and Online Poker Rose in January

February 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

A new year is often a chance to start fresh, to makes changes for the better, to improve from the past year. New Jersey’s internet gaming business made those resolutions for 2019, but it wasn’t evident if the online poker segment would hold up its end of the deal. Online casino games in New Jersey didn’t really need to improve, as the revenue numbers were consistently impressive and growing month after month. The numbers hit new highs in 2018, pushing

WSOP Unveils ESPN and Poker Central Coverage for 2019

February 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker information train has been on the tracks since before Christmas of 2018, steadily stopping about once per week to drop bits of information about the upcoming 50th Anniversary World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Whether the press releases contain dates and details for tournaments at the Rio in Las Vegas during the summer months or information about the WSOP Europe in October and November, there have been regular info drops to keep players informed

Dozens of States Consider Sports Betting Bills

February 14th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s been less than a year since the sports betting world opened up to every state in America. The US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018, courtesy of a years-long court battle initiated by the state of New Jersey pushing for the right to offer sports betting. And with that ruling deeming PASPA to be unconstitutional, several states immediately initiated or passed laws to legalize sports betting. Nevada had been the primary

West Virginia Considers Second Online Gambling Bill in 2019

February 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The last few years of legislative activity in West Virginia have produced a handful of bills pertaining to gambling and online wagering, but none were brought to committees for serious discussion. It looks like 2019 could be a very different story. With two weeks of the start of 2019, West Virginia Delegate Shawn Fluharty put his longtime support for online poker and casino games on display once again. He has long seen the potential of the industry by watching New

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