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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 followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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New York Lawmakers Step Up for Online Poker

April 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

As of this month, New York online poker supporters have a new champion for their cause. While State Senator John Bonacic has shown his unwavering dedication to passing his bill on the Senate side – passing the entire Senate for two consecutive years is a good sign of dedication – the same cannot be said for the sponsor of the Assembly bill. But that’s where Assemblyman Clyde Vanel came in. Not only did Vanel swoop in and set some serious

PartyPoker Removes Bounty Rake, Launches LIVE Cash

April 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The race is on. PokerStars may currently dominate the global online poker market, but PartyPoker is making big plays to increase its standing. Over the past month, the two sites have made numerous announcements. Most recently, PokerStars introduced Split Hold’em, expanded the Seat Me system to more markets, and rolled out early payments for tournaments. PartyPoker has been adding new poker pros to its roster for months, recently updated its Mac client, and added former Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY”

Galfond to Launch Poker Site This Summer

April 18th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Throughout the past few decades, several poker pros wanted to launch their own online poker sites. In 2015 and 2016, however, some of them took the idea more seriously. Several major poker sites had been minimizing the benefits for professional players, and PokerStars made the biggest impact when it announced the elimination of the Supernova Elite rewards program. Players felt that poker brands should be able to cater to new poker players and experienced pros at the same time. Phil

Washington Law Sparks More Free-Play Gaming Lawsuits

April 18th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The state of Washington has not exactly minced words with regard to internet gambling. It is one of few states that explicitly forbids online poker and casino games, but it goes even further to deem offering or playing games online a criminal offense. The state code and Washington State Gambling Commission make those points very clear. For that reason, most gaming websites offer only free-play gaming there. PokerStars, for example, only offered play-money online poker to residents logging in from

New Online Poker Pros for New Markets

April 17th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The world of online poker has been evolving from one global market to numerous segregated zones, whether by country, continent, or beneficial legal partnership. With that transformation came a new age for the online poker pro. The nature of most sponsorships has changed, putting more emphasis on unique qualifications, such as Twitch audiences and national representation. The two newest signings in the online poker world are quite similar in that each of the pros obtained their sponsorship deals in order

US Shared Online Poker to Launch May 1

April 17th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The date is set. The shared online poker network with New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware is prepared to launch, and the announcement came nearly six months to the day that the three-state agreement was originally signed. Going live on May 1 is newsworthy for several reasons, but the most important one to poker players is the larger player pool for WSOP/888 players leading up to – and obviously throughout – the summer World Series of Poker. Liquidity sharing between NJ/NV/DE

Global Glance: PartyPoker Readies for EU, 888 to Fight German Court

April 15th, 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. European online poker liquidity was back in the news last week with the announcement of more licenses, meaning PartyPoker is set for its launch of a combined French and Spanish player pool. Italy hasn’t provided any Euro updates but did show tremendous growth

Help in New York Assembly Could Push Online Poker

April 13th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker supporters have been on a years-long roller coaster ride with legislation in New York. The state has been a favorite to legalize and regulate online poker for several years, but each year, the Assembly drops the ball and fails to follow through after the Senate passes the bills. This year is different on the positive and negative sides of the issue. There are numerous complications with new casinos in New York meeting expectations, and the same Assemblyman who

New Jersey Online Poker Picks Up, Gaming Sets Record

April 13th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Downswings are always difficult to handle in poker, no matter how seasoned the player. So went the recent downswing in New Jersey online poker revenue. No one believed the poker part of the online gaming industry was going to crash and burn, but the consistent drops in monthly revenue totals were more than a little discouraging. However, that was only one reason that the March statistics were exciting. Not only did the entire online gambling revenue total increase substantially again

PartyPoker Updates Mac Client

April 11th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Mac computer users are a dedicated group of people. They love their Apple products. When it comes to online poker, Mac users have long struggled to find poker sites that offer Mac-compatible software that doesn’t require inconvenient work-arounds. Over time, many online poker operators have accommodated Mac players. They have realized how loyal some players are to their Macs, and those players would often rather change poker sites than change computers. So, operators have made changes. PartyPoker wanted to be

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