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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 been followed the US market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Second Round of AP-UB Payments in Process

November 2nd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Garden City Group is working through Absolute Poker and UltimateBet claims so quickly that it may complete the process by the end of the year. After years of processing refunds for former Full Tilt players, the claims administrator seems to have it down to a science. Those handling the claims now know all of the poker terms, know how to handle discrepancies in balances due to rakeback and affiliate funds, and the process is now a finely-tuned machine. Another round

Details of Pennsylvania Online Poker and Gambling

October 31st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

As of October 30, Pennsylvania officially became the fourth state to legalize online poker in the United States. Several years after Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey launched their online ventures, Pennsylvania joined the exclusive club and will be ready to launch online gambling websites sometime in 2018. VICTORY! Pennsylvania authorizes #iPoker & #iGaming. See PPA's full statement: https://t.co/FHA6Q2povz — PokerPlayersAlliance (@ppapoker) October 26, 2017 Many questions have been floating through the social media sphere since the bill passed through the

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Made Official

October 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It is official. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the gambling expansion bill passed last week that, in part, legalizes and regulates online poker and casino games. Wolf had expressed some concerns about the broad expansions outlined in the bill and whether or not they might infringe upon current gambling operators and their revenue, but he did sign the bill on Monday, October 30. Wolf says he’s signed the massive gambling expansion bill passed last week. — Marc Levy (@timelywriter) October

West Virginia Wants to Follow Pennsylvania into Online Gaming

October 29th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Recent movements toward a more substantive and lucrative online poker industry in the United States may create a snowball effect. More states are looking at the momentum, as minimal as it may be, and thinking they don’t want to be left out. West Virginia is one of those states. Just after Pennsylvania finally passed its online gaming legislation, West Virginia State Delegate Shaun Fluharty expressed messages of support on social media, noting his state should be a part of the

Pennsylvania Passes Online Gambling Bill

October 26th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It finally happened! After years of discussions and recent months of negotiations and frustrations, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a gambling expansion package that includes online gambling. Online gambling advocates deserve a pat on the back today. After nearly four years of disappointment, today we finally break out the bubbly. — Robert DellaFave (@RobertDellaFave) October 26, 2017 The bill, which went through the voting process as H.271, does not become law until Governor Tom Wolf signs it, but he is fully

Phil Ivey Loses in UK Supreme Court

October 25th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Phil Ivey is not a gambler who takes well to losing. Anyone who has seen him bust out of a poker tournament knows he may shake a few competitors’ hands if necessary, but he quickly finds the nearest exit and leaves the premises. He doesn’t dwell on losses, mentally or physically. Today’s loss in the UK Supreme Court may sting for a while, though. Not only did he lose the right to £7.7 million that he won playing punto banco

Online Gaming Still on New Hampshire Table

October 24th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Oh, hello, New Hampshire! In very surprising news, the state of New Hampshire may consider legalizing and regulating online gambling this week. In a state that always seemed like a serious longshot for joining the ranks of the online poker states in America at this point in its slow growth, rays of hope have emerged. The online gaming bill stalled in late August but somehow found new life and is reportedly scheduled to be considered during an executive session this

Illinois May Take Another Look at Online Gaming

October 24th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Oh, hello, Illinois! This is a state that moves in and out of online gaming talks like Phil Ivey appears in the live poker scene. One never knows if Ivey is going to stay past that one tournament or disappear back to the other side of the world. Online gaming legislation in Illinois is almost as mysterious. Online poker fans are so hopeful for any possible movement in the push to legalize the games in any state besides Nevada, Delaware,

Pennsylvania Discusses Online Gaming Again

October 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s back! News of Pennsylvania online gaming returned this week with some hope attached. Lawmakers have been frustrated and nearly out of options for months with regard to state budget solutions, but they had no choice but to push ahead until Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate could agree on a way to solve the deficit problem. Over the past few weeks, there were times that the gambling expansion solution was thought to be losing momentum, but it

Texas Needs to Clarify Poker Laws

October 20th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Texas is one of the few states in America that does not permit poker rooms, clubs, or games with any type of money involved. Despite the global popularity of Texas Hold’em, the state itself has yet to consider any true poker legalization measures. Only one casino operates in Texas, and the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino is the only one of three original tribal casinos that has staved off any legal challenges based on its sovereign status under the US Indian

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