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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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Marquez Leaves 888, ACR Signs Apestyles, GG Signs Sasha

March 5th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

This has been an interesting year for poker sponsorships, and it’s only the first week of March. It started with Moneymaker leaving PokerStars and then signing with Americas Cardroom. Celina Lin and Muskan Sethi left PokerStars, leaving that team with only nine pros. A number of players left PartyPoker, including Philipp Gruissem, Roberto Romanello, and Ludovic Geilich. And Anatoly Filatov left PartyPoker for GGPoker’s Russian online poker skin. As for 888poker, 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson parted ways

Nanonoko Fights Bots and Assures Players about ACR

March 4th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Just before 2020 ended, Americas Cardroom hired former Team PokerStars Pro Randy “nanonoko” Lew as a consultant. It was a perfect move. Americas Cardroom grew its player base exponentially last year. When poker players around the world entered lockdown in March 2020, many of them flocked to places like Americas Cardroom and other sites on the Winning Poker Network like Black Chip Poker. They offered a respite from lockdown boredom stir-craziness. While WPN has taken steps in the past few

WPT Spreads Wings Online Beyond PartyPoker to 888poker

March 3rd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

It seems that 2021 will be a year of surprises for World Poker Tour fans. Little more than two months into the new year, we found out that Element Partners is buying the World Poker Tour, the WPT’s main tour is resuming live tournaments at various locations, and it is expanding its online poker offerings expand from PartyPoker to Poker King and 888poker. After the World Poker Tour had to stop live poker tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic in

ESPN Broadcast Wraps a Rough 2020 for WSOP

March 1st, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

On Sunday night, February 28, ESPN broadcast four hours of World Series of Poker action. It summarized on film the two live final tables – one in the Czech Republic, one in the USA – that resulted from online play for the 2020 WSOP Main Event. And the final hour allowed viewers to get to know the two finalists and watch a solid heads-up match. It was a fine way to put some ribbon around the WSOP in 2020 and

Senator Cotton Cannot Quit Criticizing Internet Gambling

February 28th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Senator Tom Cotton has a problem with internet gaming. It is not an addiction to playing games online; rather, it seems to be an obsession promoting false information about igaming and doing anything he can to curb those types of activities. According to a revived bill in Congress, Cotton is back with his proposal to put advertising restrictions on all types of internet gaming…except sports betting and fantasy sports. A Years-Long Obsession with iGaming Senator Cotton of Arkansas is as

FS1 to Air PokerStars Bahamas PSPC Starting Feb 26

February 26th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars is no stranger to being on American television. During the poker boom, there was the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge and the PokerStars Big Game. But this is a new era for the leading online poker site in the world. It ever-so-cautiously reentered the US market several years ago with a little poker site in New Jersey. In late 2019, PokerStars opened its Pennsylvania site. Last month, though, PokerStars launched in Michigan and is starting to see more of the

ESPN to Air 2020 WSOP Main Event This Sunday Feb 28

February 26th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The 2020 World Series of Poker was a far cry from the normal summer series of live poker tournaments in Las Vegas. The coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation, so WSOP executives took it in a new direction. There was an international version of the WSOP hosted by GGPoker, and its Main Event final table played out live at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. There was a US version for players – available only in New Jersey and Nevada –

Mike Postle Seeks Case Continuation After His Attorney Quit

February 26th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The scandal involving Mike Postle and his alleged cheating on the Stones Gambling Hall poker livestream continues. And there is no end in sight. This delay – as with most of the others – is by the hands of Postle himself. He filed a lawsuit in October 2020 against 11 named defendants and potentially up to 1,000 others for $360M (or more) in damages. He alleged defamation, trade libel, and emotional distress, among other charges, against the likes of ESPN,

Main OSS Cub3d Underway on Americas Cardroom

February 25th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The biggest series offered on an American-facing poker site is one-third of the way through its lineup. The Online Super Series – OSS Cub3d XI, to be precise – kicked off on February 7 on Americas Cardroom. The first of three sections of the series was MOSS, the Mini Online Super Series, which offered mostly low buy-ins for 137 tournaments. They ran from February 7-22 with buy-ins as low as $0.41. The finale of MOSS was its $55 buy-in No

PokerStars to Close Full Tilt and Retire Brand This Week

February 23rd, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s not like PokerStars didn’t give it a chance. When the Stars Group bailed out Full Tilt Poker poker players after Black Friday and took over the brand, they put it on the PokerStars platform. But they kept some of the signature Full Tilt promotions like the Deal. They kept the logo but altered it slightly. The Stars Group didn’t erase the name or its players. Nearly a decade later, however, PokerStars – now under the Flutter Entertainment umbrella –

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