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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 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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PokerStars Pre-Black Friday Actions in Paradise Papers (Part 2)

December 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Yesterday, in the first part of this look at PokerStars’ appearances in the Paradise Papers, the focus was on the company’s ties to PokerNews. Only in the latter part of 2017 did PokerNews admit to a majority ownership by Stars Group, parent company of PokerStars. However, the transfer of ownership happened over the course of years as former iBus Media owner Antanas Guoga sold shares to PokerStars as he took on a role in the European Parliament. The lack of

PokerStars Featured in Paradise Papers (Part 1)

December 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Most poker players, enthusiasts and fans had no idea that PokerStars was mentioned in the Paradise Papers. The revelations about PokerStars were quite stunning when they first emerged in early November. But between now and then, few poker media outlets have touched the topic at all, much less the information about communications between PokerStars and law firm Appleby in the lead-up to Black Friday. Flushdraw was one of very few poker-centric sites that dedicated articles to the subject by latter

Michigan Sets Online Gaming Bill for Success

December 18th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker advocates have hopes set on New York as the next state to legalize the internet games, but they would be remiss to ignore the serious steps taken in Michigan in 2017. The results of the most recent committee hearing are yet another part of consistent forward movement to push for the legalization and regulation of online gaming in 2018. The determination of State Representative Brandt Iden seems stronger than ever. If he can ignite the same fire under

Rhode Island May Consider Online Gambling

December 17th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

United States online gambling analysts may have to change their predictions for states likely to consider new legislation in 2018. Rhode Island expressed interest in online gambling this week, and though the reference was probably pertaining to online sports betting, the broader mention could be a sign that the little New England state is considering a larger part of the industry. A Holiday Surprise New Jersey recently concluded its arguments before the US Supreme Court in the state’s fight to

New Jersey Online Gaming Up, Poker Down Again

December 16th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

There are two stories that come from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement each month. One is the continuing growth and records set for online gambling as a whole, as the industry proves its worth every single month. The other story is the one of online poker and its continued revenue downswing, with the situation growing more concerning as the year nears its end. While the impending interstate online poker network may give the internet poker games a lift,

Growth of WSOP Online Bracelet Events

December 14th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

This week’s release of the 2018 World Series of Poker tournament schedule revealed four online poker events included, all one-day events played online and prepared to award gold WSOP bracelets to the winners. Only three online poker events were offered in 2017, the same number as the previous year. But as the WSOP’s site has grown and prepares for further growth in 2018, organizers chose to include more events to be played away from the tables at the Rio in

WSOP to Offer Four Online Events in 2018

December 13th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker announced its final 2018 daily schedule on December 12. The release of the information before the end of they year is unprecedented, as are some of the revelations within the press release that accompanied the schedule. While there are several additions and changes to the WSOP for 2018, the online poker portion is significant in that there will be four bracelet events taking place at the WSOP-dot-com website. This not only signals an ever-growing focus

Adelson Wants Financial Power and Results

December 12th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Casino magnate and multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson fights with money. And he uses money to fight for the right to keep doing it. He has become very skilled at accomplishing his goals with money. With that said, Adelson also doesn’t take loss well. His recent defeat in Pennsylvania, which came in the form of the legalization of online poker and casino games, was frustrating considering the millions of dollars he had donated and used in various ways to influence lawmakers to

Money Laundered by Ray Bitar Discovered

December 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Six and a half years after Black Friday, Ray Bitar reappeared in the news this week. The title of the BBC article reporting the incident started with “Full Tilt Poker scam,” and the report went on to describe £9.5 million that was laundered by Bitar through the island of Guernsey and then returned to the United States. When the repayment process for former Full Tilt Poker players finished processing claims in 2016 and early 2017, many in the poker community

New Jersey Race Tracks Want Online Gambling

December 8th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The success of New Jersey online gambling has not gone unnoticed. The additional state revenue, the solid boost to casinos’ bottom lines, and the ability to get in on the start of a profitable industry has piqued the interest of others. The prime example is Pennsylvania, which legalized online poker and casino games this year. New Jersey itself knows the success well enough to want to capitalize on it. Just days ago, State Senator Raymond Lesniak introduced legislation to expand

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