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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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PokerStars VR Improved and Updated for Holiday Play

December 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

When PokerStars first previewed the idea of virtual reality online poker in September, many players were excited about the prospects. As virtual reality gaming becomes more popular in some gaming circles, mixing that with poker seemed like the perfect way to mix the convenience of online poker with some of the best characteristics of live poker. In November, PokerStars VR became available for download on popular platforms like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Steam. And in little more than a

WPT Announces First HyperX Final Table Dates

December 18th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The pieces of the puzzle are finally beginning to fit together. The World Poker Tour’s Season XVII started in July 2018 and will wrap in the first week of June 2019, it seems. And as the new final table setup is working itself out, some of the dates for that action are now available for the first half of 2019. It’s been a bit confusing with the new delayed final tables, the use of the new esports arena in Las

PokerStars Announces Winter Series and Holiday Millions

December 16th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The end-of-year holiday season is a big opportunity or online poker sites to bring the customers to the virtual tables. There are players who don’t celebrate any of the holidays, others who are away from family and friends, and some who simply relish their time playing online poker to get away from family and friends. And then there is the winter weather. No matter the reason, players end up online. Many online casinos offer special holiday-themed slot games to capture

New Jersey Online Casinos Hit High, Poker Sinks Lower

December 14th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Every month, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement releases the revenue totals from the previous month. For those watching internet gaming performances and trends, the overall win is always positive, as the industry grows consistently by leaps and bounds. The tough part of the monthly viewing is the breakdown of online casino games alongside online poker. While casino games, including slots and table games, grow in popularity on an impressive basis, online poker revenue has been decreasing regularly for

Senator Graham Still Consumed by Online Gambling Decision

December 14th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Members of Congress have busy schedules. And in today’s world, with so many important issues to handle amongst the chaos of current news cycles, those elected to the Senate and House of Representatives always have something urgent to tackle. With so much to debate and discuss, prioritizing is imperative. This is especially true for senior members of Congress like Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina. Having served since 2003, the 63-year-old has worked his way up the leadership ladder and

888 Acquires Entirety of All American Poker Network

December 13th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

This week, 888 Holdings solidified its online poker vertical as the dominant poker provider in the new United States internet gaming market. The company acquired the outstanding interest in the All American Poker Network, also known as AAPN. The $28 million purchase puts 888 in an influential position in the US as the only company that operates online poker in all three states that currently offer it – Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey – and will be ready to launch

Will New York Online Poker Find a Champion in 2019?

December 13th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

For several years, New York was thought to be a certain addition to the list of states with legal online poker. There were champions in both houses of the state legislature, and progress was especially notable on the Senate side, where the bill passed for two years in a row. But a confluence of events and realizations in 2018 led some to begin doubting the viability of an online poker bill, which did eventually fall off the radar by the

The Stars Group Becomes Authorized NBA Gaming Operator

December 12th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

From the moment New Jersey approved PokerStars for online poker and casino operations in that new market several years ago, The Stars Group was ready to reenter the United States market in every way that presented an opportunity. The May 2018 US Supreme Court decision overturning PASPA and opening the sports betting market to individual states was that perfect opportunity. The Stars Group put its BetStars brand on a pedestal and began networking around it, and it seems to have

PokerStars Dismisses Fees for Gordon Vayo

December 12th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Call it a holiday gift, a gesture of good will, or simply a way to be done with an irksome legal affair. No matter the reason for it, poker pro Gordon Vayo should be thankful. PokerStars won the case against Vayo last month, and the result not only made Vayo look terrible but his lawyers were none too happy with the evidence presented, either. And on top of it all, Vayo was on the hook for more than $280K in

Congress Offers Draft Legislation to Oversee Sports Betting

December 11th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

In May 2018, the United States Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 unconstitutional. The result was that individual states across America were given the right to legislate sports betting per their lawmakers’ and constituents’ wishes. Almost immediately, members of Congress weighed in with their opinions that federal oversight of sports betting should be considered. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was “incumbent on the federal government

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