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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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Louisiana Puts Online Gambling on Hold

April 6th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It was surprising last month when news broke of an internet gambling bill under consideration in Louisiana. Most experts had not included this in the list of states most likely – or likely at all – to legalize online poker this year. In unsurprising news, however, the bill is not a priority. The legislation is not dead but it is being put on the back burner for the time being in order to focus on sports betting. Louisiana Bill, We

WSOP Announces New Format and Europe Dates

April 6th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

With the start of the 2018 World Series of Poker less than two months away, WSOP executives offered some interesting news this week. One pertains to a new format to be introduced in eight of the summer tournaments, and the other is the WSOP Europe set to begin in October. In other news, registration for the summer events opened this week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Online registration for the 2018 WSOP is now open!

Adelson Anti-Online Gambling Group Targets Gambling Ads

April 4th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Casino mogul and online gaming opponent Sheldon Adelson is at it again. His Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling lobbying group has alerted the media to advertisements which they claim are targeting children and seniors, not to mention problem gamblers. The goal of CSIG remains the same: Blame the 2011 Department of Justice decision regarding the Wire Act, one which opened its interpretation to give states the right to legalize and regulate online poker, casino games, and lottery ticket sales. In

PokerStars Introduces Split Hold’em

April 3rd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s tough to blame PokerStars for trying. The most popular online poker site in the world consistently develops new games, new poker variations to intrigue players. They want to enhance the experience of the regulars and bring new players to the tables with the promise of something unique and different. This time, it’s Split Hold’em. There are similarities to the idea of “run it twice,” the notion that the odds do play a significant role in hitting those key hands.

Failing New York Casino May Hurt Online Poker Chances

April 3rd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

New York was almost a sure thing to legalize online poker in 2018. After two years of Senate approvals and assurances from the House bill sponsor of progress this year, it seemed that New York would be following Pennsylvania right into the world of regulated gaming. Instead of the process being easier in 2018, however, there seem to be more obstacles. And a big one is the del Lago Casino. Ready, Set, Maybe… They were so close in 2017. New

Odds Set for 2018 Super High Roller Bowl

April 2nd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Super High Roller Bowl has become a staple in the live poker world. Though it only made its debut in 2015, it quickly became a must-watch event. And if possible, it gets more popular each year. That means the anticipation has already begun for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl set for the end of May. It coincides with the starting weekend of the World Series of Poker, also in Las Vegas, making for perfect timing for players, albeit

Global Glance: Kindred Wins, 888 Eyes Malta

April 1st, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The weekly Global Glance looks at the online poker scene around the world. What happens with online poker and gambling beyond America’s borders can and often does impact the state of online poker in the United States. There was nothing new this past week from the European countries working toward online poker liquidity, but there was plenty of other news from Europe. The UK wants to increase its already-strong gambling controls, and the Netherlands is aching for a law to

Pennsylvania Reveals Online Gaming Regulation Details

March 30th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

After years of trying to pass a bill, then months of waiting for the new law to take effect, the process is finally picking up speed. Just a few weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced the licensing application timeline. And now, more regulations provide a better idea of what the online poker and casino game market will look like. Latest Application Information The mid-March update from the PGCB reported the opening of the licensing window for interactive

US Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Due Soon

March 29th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It is not often that an American court’s decision changes the entire gambling world. But such is the nature of the United States Supreme Court and the potential of a case that was presented to it. Any day, the decision of the nine justices will be announced in Christie v. NCAA, and a ruling for Christie could truly change the entirety of the US gambling space. The issue at hand is sports betting. A majority decision for Christie – Governor

Michigan Lawmakers Draft New Online Gaming Bill

March 29th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

As Michigan lawmakers claimed their dedication to passing an online gaming bill in 2017, there was no doubt that they were serious. But complications in discussions with all parties involved, especially bridging the gap between commercial and tribal casino issues, was a huge obstacle. Other states (looking at you, California) have never been able to find common ground, and that created doubt for Michigan. No word from bill sponsors in Michigan throughout the first few months of 2018 prompted more

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