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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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New Jersey Online Poker to Grow in 2018?

March 8th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The overall picture of online gambling in New Jersey is positive, showing significant growth since the industry launched in November 2013. Last year delivered another growth spurt of nearly 25% and put the total gross gaming revenue over the $770 million mark at the end of 2017. The dissected picture, however, shows that the revenue increases have been coming primarily from the online casino games sector, as online poker has been on a relatively consistent downswing for more than a

Poker World Loses Paul Magriel

March 6th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The poker world was informed today of the loss of one of its most memorable players, Paul “X-22” Magriel. He died this week at the age of 71. Most in the poker world learned of Magriel’s death from his longtime friend Erik Seidel and several others who tweeted the news or spread the word among friends. A staple at the poker tables through the years, Magriel was a memorable player and holds important places in the history of the game.

PPA Survey Says Yes to Sportsbetting

March 5th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

After more than a decade of representing online poker in America, the Poker Players Alliance is at a crossroads. The advocacy group needs a fairly sizeable amount of money in donations before the end of this month to keep functioning, and with the ability to raise those funds in question, it is considering other options. A significant majority of survey respondents indicated that they support the PPA advocating for sports betting as well as poker. This may be the key

Global Glance: Italy Advances, EU Denies Hungary

March 4th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The weekly Global Glance takes a look 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. Another week brought more news about the European online poker liquidity project, as Italy finally showed signs of advancement. Elsewhere in Europe, however, the European Union rejected Hungary’s online gaming framework. Speaking of framework, the Remote Gambling Association published some new

Connecticut Could Be an Online Poker Contender

March 3rd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Connecticut was not one of the states voted most likely to legalize and regulate online poker in 2018, but that may be changing. Legislators have called for proposals to study the impact of gaming on Connecticut and the potential viability of expanding gambling to include things like sports betting. And the entirety of the state’s gambling future is scheduled to be discussed at a March 8 public hearing. Tribes: A Powerful Force in Connecticut The small state on the eastern

US Online Poker Dismisses Sponsorships

March 2nd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Sponsorships have been a significant part of the online poker scene since 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event. PokerStars realized the marketing power of Moneymaker and his story – not to mention his name – and other sites followed that lead. Within a few short years, nearly every poker site sponsored at least one or two players, while many of the major sites created large rosters of pros. Black Friday ended much of that

Winamax Sets New Sponsorship Standards

February 28th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Winamax has blazed a new trail in the world of online poker since it was founded in 1999. It has been a market leader in France for many years, and its roster of sponsored players has always served a specific purpose. The pros have been an effective marketing tool in many cases. In the past year, however, Winamax has been choosing its new pros for sponsorships very purposefully. Instead of catering to its French base, Winamax has chosen a number

JaoPoker Disappears, Players Left Helpless

February 26th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker sites of all sizes come and go, but without regulation and proper licensing, those poker operators are accountable to no one. Another site has now come and gone. In a matter of just a few years, JaoPoker came and left, giving players without many online poker options a new opportunity to play but then disappearing within the last week without a trace. Players have no recourse, as a site based outside of the United States with no license

Global Glance: Portugal Delays, Winamax Aims for Spring

February 25th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The weekly Global Glance takes a look 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. Over the last week, it has become apparent that Portugal is anxious to join the European online poker liquidity network but continues to experience delays, while Winamax is pushing hard for licenses to join PokerStars on that network within the next

Nevada Awards Bad Beat Jackpot to Players

February 23rd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The players beat the house. The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled for the players and against Station Casinos in the case of the unpaid bad beat jackpot. On a technicality, Red Rock Casino ordered a sizeable jackpot go unpaid, but the players took the situation to the regulatory body that oversees such decisions. It was a rare situation in which the house didn’t have the final say, and the players walked away with their prize money. Players Win a Jackpot!

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