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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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New Jersey Online Gaming Turns Four

November 20th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Four years ago, the first New Jersey legal and regulated online poker and casino sites went live in a new market. While Nevada had already been live with its online poker and Delaware launched its small online gambling business, New Jersey was offering all games and in a state with the ability to truly show the growth potential of the market. And it did. In the time that New Jersey casinos and online gaming sites have been working together, hundreds

Look for Pennsylvania Online Poker in Mid-2018

November 18th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The most difficult part of online poker in Pennsylvania is done. It took years to craft and pass legislation that called for the legalization and regulation of online poker and other casino games. It took meetings, hearings, phone calls, tweets, emails, and possibly even some gentle arm-twisting. But in October of 2017, it did finally happen. The entire legislature approved the measure, and Governor Tom Wolf signed it into law. Now what? Poker players want to know when they can

New Jersey Online Poker Continues Downswing

November 16th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

New Jersey has an online poker problem. The monthly revenue numbers from the Division of Gaming Enforcement show online poker revenue down yet again from the previous month and year. As the industry awaits the implementation of shared online poker liquidity among the three – soon to be four – states with legalized online poker, New Jersey sites remain stuck in an inability to attract new players and retain existing ones. Meanwhile, the online gambling industry in New Jersey as

No Online Poker in Illinois This Year

November 14th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Illinois has been on and off the radar for online poker and gambling bills throughout 2017, popping into the news when least expected and then disappearing for another few months. The topic was put back on the table in mid-October in a surprise move, but nothing developed. While the bad news is that Illinois will not follow Pennsylvania into legalized online gambling in 2017, the good news is that the current bill is not dead. It will remain open as

Tsoukernik-Kirk Lawsuits Become More Complicated

November 13th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Rob Yong is widely respected in the poker community. The founder of Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham and longtime poker player has a reputation for honesty and kindness, not to mention a deep-seated passion for poker and its players. So, when Yong chimed in with his version of the events that led to the lawsuits between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and poker pro Matt Kirk, people listened. On his blog, Yong posted an entry about his involvement in

Tsoukernik Files Counterclaim Amidst WSOP Europe

November 11th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The legal war between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and poker pro Matt Kirk escalated to a new level this week with the revelation that Tsoukernik filed a countersuit against Kirk. He also added Aria Casino into the mix, claimed victim status due to intoxication, and seeks punitive damages. All of this is happening with the World Series of Poker in the background. King’s Casino is a primary sponsor of the WSOP, which is hosting its WSOP Europe series at

New York May Have a Gambling Problem

November 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Gambling predictions are hard. One might say, trying to predict revenue from online gambling or land-based casinos is – wait for it – a gamble. New York took that gamble by legalizing land-based casinos. The voters of the state actually approved it in 2013 by voting for a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling that authorized the building of as many as seven Vegas-style gambling resorts. The state was already friendly to gambling with lottery action, horse racing, tribal casinos

Predicting Pennsylvania Online Gaming Revenue

November 8th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It has been little more than one week since Pennsylvania legalized online poker and casino games as a part of a larger gambling expansion bill. One may say it is too soon to estimate potential revenue from the new online gambling industry considering the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has yet to begin devising and revealing any regulations. However, with the tax rates and licensing fees set, as well as numbers from years of online gambling in neighboring New Jersey, there

RAWA Efforts Take One Hit After Another

November 7th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act is the product of years of lobbying and work by casino mogul and billionaire political donor Sheldon Adelson. His efforts to ban online gambling on the federal level in the United States has threatened players’ freedoms and states’ rights for years. But recent hits to his efforts may eventually spell the end of RAWA. Pennsylvania Online Gaming Hits Hard At the end of October, Pennsylvania legislators finally voted for the legalization and regulation of

New Hampshire Kills Online Gaming Bill

November 3rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

That was a short-lived period of high expectations for New Hampshire. Just days after Pennsylvania passed legislation to legalize and regulate online gaming and New Hampshire had the chance to follow suit, the New England state squashed its bill. It was not only voted down for progress but done so by a unanimous vote. Despite riding high on the Pennsylvania victory, online poker fans were still disappointed by the news. The only good news is that New Hampshire could be

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