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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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All Eyes on Adelson for Influencing DOJ Wire Act Decision

February 12th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

For anyone who has followed the course of online poker – and most types of internet gambling – in America over the past decade, the idea that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson influenced the latest Wire Act decision out of the Department of Justice is not a surprising one. It is abundantly clear to those who follow the issue that Adelson has lobbied and donated his way to the outcome he desired. The refreshing change is that others outside of the

PartyPoker Launches Spins and Diamond Club Elite

February 11th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The start of the new year has brought some changes for PartyPoker in an effort to attract more players of all stripes and levels of play. The beginning of February saw the launches of two new ways to accomplish that goal. For pros and grinders, PartyPoker added a new top-tier level to its VIP player reward program. Diamond Club Elite is a way to give back to its most loyal and high-stakes players with extensive benefits, ones that may be

PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo Set to Begin Online Poker Qualifiers

February 10th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

After a very successful PCA in the Bahamas to kick off 2019, PokerStars is preparing for its next big live poker tournament festival. It’s a familiar one to many in poker, as it used to be the grand finale of each season’s European Poker Tour. While the EPT is not the busy schedule it once was, it is still a force in the global poker scene. PokerStars and Monte Carlo® Casino are gearing up for this year’s EPT action, complete

Kentucky to Consider Casinos and Online Poker in 2019

February 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

In previous lists of states most likely to consider legalizing online poker, Kentucky was omitted. Not only was it a state that feared any competition for its horse racing industry, Kentucky was at the center of a years-long battle with online gaming companies. Then-Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had been so incensed by online poker and casino operators accepting American customers in the mid-2000s that he obtained the court’s permission to seize more than 140 online gaming-related domains in 2008. That

2019 WSOP Europe Dates and Initial Details Revealed

February 8th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker offices have been busy over the past few months setting up the entirety of WSOP offerings for 2019. And they’ve been releasing their decisions in neat packages since just before Christmas 2018, each announcement revealing more about the 50th Anniversary World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The last bit of information nearly completed the 2019 WSOP summer schedule, though the online poker events have yet to be disclosed and added to what will be

Another Online Poker Bill Appears in New York

February 7th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The state of New York and its journey with online poker has been a confusing and disappointing one thus far, and the path it takes in 2019 seems it will remain so. In just a few weeks of a new year, a new online poker supporter emerged in the New York Senate and filed a new bill, but a broad study bill seeks to overshadow any efforts to offer online gambling – and possibly even sports betting – in the

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Respond to DOJ Wire Act Opinion

February 7th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Former New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak remains widely respected by current members of the state’s government, as evidenced by recent actions pertaining to the recent Wire Act decision issued by the US Department of Justice. The Attorneys General of New Jersey and Pennsylvania took Lesniak’s recent advice to contact the Justice Department. Not only did they feel it necessary to object to the recent decision but to defend laws in their respective states regarding online lotteries, poker, and casino games.

PokerStars Partnerships End for Staples and Gross

February 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The roster of Team PokerStars is smaller than ever in recent memory, noticeably due to the departure of two pro poker players this week. A mostly unremarkable Tuesday in February turned into a day of speculation when two members of Team PokerStars announced they will no longer be on the team. Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross both released videos to explain that they had wonderful experiences representing the largest online poker site in the world but ended their deals. Both

Run It Once Poker to Officially Launch February 6

February 6th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Phil Galfond has had big plans for his own online poker site for years. He has been building the site from scratch, partnering with and hiring people who respected his vision and worked closely with him to create the type of online poker that he wanted to see available for players. As Galfond and his team made progress, hopes for various launches turned into more work and delays. The original launch of Run It Once Poker was supposed to happen

Lesniak Urges New Jersey to Challenge DOJ Wire Act Decision

February 4th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Raymond Lesniak has long been involved in politics in his home state of New Jersey. He began serving in the state’s General Assembly in 1978 and switched to the New Jersey Senate in 1983, where he served through 2017. Lesniak was the most outspoken advocate of legalizing online poker and casino games in his state, and he spent years espousing ways to expand it so New Jersey could become a player on the world stage. So, when the United States

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