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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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GGPoker: Still Tone-Deaf Regarding Women in Poker

March 13th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

GGPoker has chosen a side in its battle over Dan Bilzerian. That side is not with the majority of women in poker who are disgusted by GGPoker signing him as a “poker ambassador.” Rather, it is the side of the man-boys salivating over Bilzerian’s ego and weapons and money and naked women. If women held any positions of power at GGPoker, the company would never have even considered signing someone like Bilzerian as an ambassador in the first place. If

PokerStars to Celebrate Sunday Million 15th Anniversary

March 12th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

There are a lot of “mark your calendar” days in the online poker world right now. One of them happens to be kind of a big deal. It is the 15th anniversary of the PokerStars Sunday Million, and the celebration will happen on March 21, 2021. The advanced notice gives players plenty of time to play those satellites and win a seat into the $215 buy-in Sunday Million at a discount. Last year’s winner of the 14th Anniversary Sunday Million

WPT Crowns Two New Champions in One Week in Vegas

March 12th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour has some catching up to do. Three factors allowed it to do so after a year-long live poker hiatus due to the pandemic: vaccine distribution, abundant testing, and serious sanitation protocols in place in many Las Vegas casinos. As we just discussed a few days ago, the road back to live poker has been a long and arduous one. It was probably more than a little frustrating, too. However, perseverance took the WPT to Las Vegas

First PokerStars MICOOP in Michigan Sets High Bar

March 11th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Michigan online poker players waited long enough. The state government took years to agree to legalize and regulate online poker and then agree to interstate liquidity for the games. The latter happened in December 2020. Online poker sites could then launch in early 2021, but no operators indicated that they were ready. And then…PokerStars made a surprise announcement on the afternoon of Friday, January 29. Along with its land-based partners of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and

BetOnline Offers Poker Freeroll Madness in March

March 10th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Everyone knows about the typical madness that takes place in March. Betting on those college basketball games is very popular, and many American bettors place their wagers on and Both are US-facing sites. Many poker players have discovered, especially over the past year, that the online poker games on those sites are also juicy. There aren’t a lot of high-stakes cash games and high roller tournaments, but there is a wide variety of poker available at low and

Morris Faces Two Murder Charges in Susie Zhao Case

March 9th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

(Trigger warning: Mention of sexual assault and murder) The Oakland County District Court in Michigan agreed to a second felony murder charge against Jeffery Bernard Morris. The March 8 hearing before District Judge Kelley Kostin considered new evidence to back up the prosecution’s request for probable cause for felony murder. This is all a part of the long process of finding justice for poker player Susie Zhao. She had just returned home to visit friends and family in Michigan and

WPT Schedules Final Tables and More Live Events

March 9th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

When the coronavirus pandemic put the live poker industry – among many other industries worldwide – on hold in early March 2020, the World Poker Tour was one of the affected entities. It started with the cancellation of the popular WPT Venetian in Las Vegas, then some WPTDeepStacks events in Maryland and Florida, and then WPT Barcelona. Almost everything went on the list of perpetually postponed tournaments. As it became clearer that the pandemic was going to cause shutdowns for

BOSS Part of OSS Cub3d Runs This Week on ACR

March 8th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Some poker players like big buy-ins and they cannot lie. (Sir Mix-a-Lot feels the same way about something similar.) Americas Cardroom is the place to be for those players this week, as the last leg of the Online Super Series runs its week of big buy-ins. The Bigger Online Super Series, better known as BOSS, starts on March 8 and runs through Monday, March 15. The series began on February 2 with MOSS, the Mini Online Super Series. The low

Bally’s Wants to Buy Allied Including World Poker Tour

March 6th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

This just got interesting. Remember how Allied Esports Entertainment was going to sell the World Poker Tour to Element Partners for $78.25M in mid-January? Well, another bidder came to the table and offered a cool $100M…payable in cash, stock, or both…for Allied Esports, if that includes the World Poker Tour. That bidder is Bally’s Corporation. Friday Surprise The bid came in on Friday, March 5. Allied Esports Entertainment, current owner of the World Poker Tour, confirmed that it received the

How Will Poker Celebrate International Women’s Day?

March 6th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Some poker entities did plan ahead for International Women’s Day, which will be Monday, March 8. As always, some put more thought into it than others. Women don’t have much say in the matter, though, as men remain the dominating force in poker. From poker company executives to site ambassadors, men make decisions regarding everything from advertising targets to promotions. The primary focus has always been and remains the male customer base. To celebrate International Women’s Day is to focus

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