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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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Bryn Kenney Claims Aussie Millions Main Event Victory

February 4th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

When the Aussie Millions began in January 2019, there was an entire schedule of tournaments on tap to run from January 15 to February 4. Players had the opportunity to begin with events like the $1,150 NLHE event with a $1 million guarantee, a $2,500 HORSE, a $1,150 NLHE Shot Clock Shootout, or a $1,150 PLO tournament. There were 27 events in all. And while the high-roller action got much attention because of the money and popular players involved, the

Kempe and Lewis Star in 2019 Aussie Millions High Rollers

February 2nd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Aussie Millions is a staple in the live poker tournament scene every year. The Crown Melbourne has been the host of the globally respected series since 2003. Players fly in from around the world to play everything from low buy-in events to the $100K Challenge. Some high-stakes players, however, go for the high rollers, the tournaments that challenge their bankrolls as much as their poker skillsets. This year’s series began on January 15 and wraps no February 4, and

Galfond Talks Rake and Rewards for Run It Once Poker

February 2nd, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Players have been anxiously awaiting the launch of Run It Once, the new online poker site from Phil Galfond, for years. In 2018, the launch seemed closer than ever as Galfond launched a sample site and wrote blog posts throughout the year to give the poker community insight into the site. The base site of Run It Once was revealed in April 2018, with subsequent blog posts explaining his reasons for nearly every decision made about the site. He even

WPT Kicks Off 2019 with Big Events on Both Coasts

February 1st, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour may have started a new year in January, but it was still in the middle of its Season XVII, which began in 2018 and continues through the beginning of June 2019. Two big tournaments were on the schedule to kick off the second half of the season, one at the Gardens Casino in Los Angeles and the other at the Borgata in Atlantic City. With both coasts covered, players flocked to the tables in great numbers.

Another Round of Events Added to WSOP 2019 Schedule

February 1st, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

It’s almost complete! With more tournaments added to the lineup of the 50th Anniversary World Series of Poker, the schedule seems to be nearly finished and final. Announcements about the 2019 summer series began in December 2018 and have continued throughout the first month of 2019. The most recent press release (before this one) came out less than one week ago to announce starting chip stacks for most of the tournaments, the implantation of big blind antes for most events,

PokerStars Reduces Time to Act and Bans Seating Scripts

January 31st, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

In ongoing efforts to bring more new players to the online poker tables and improve the overall experience for all players, PokerStars has been making changes over the past several years. Not all of them have been popular with the regulars and pros, but all have been focused on the same goal and moving in the same general direction: to make the tables more welcoming to recreational players. Two of the latest moves have been in the works for some

Study Bill Could Delay New York Online Poker for Years

January 30th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The roller coaster for New York online poker supporters is already beginning for 2019. A positive start with a new bill by a new sponsor provided hope that online poker had a fighting chance in 2019. State Senator Joe Addabbo took up the baton where now-retired John Bonacic left it by introducing a new piece of legislation. And in his position as Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee Chairman, Addabbo seemed to be prepared to champion the issue. However, that was

PokerStars Sunday Million Grows, Anticipates Anniversary

January 29th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

Everyone likes a bargain. It’s natural to seek price breaks whenever possible. But there are certain things that rarely, if ever, go on sale. The price point of a tournament makes it what it is. The WSOP Main Event costs $10K to play. The PSPC had a $25K buy-in. And the PokerStars Sunday Million costs $215. The guaranteed prize pool may fluctuate, but the buy-in always remained the same. Until now. PokerStars made a decision to reduce that Sunday Million

Adelson Bought DOJ Wire Act Decision, Likely Plans to Solidify It

January 29th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

One only needs to google any investigation into casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to know that he has his hands in many cookie jars. And most often, he is willing to buy the cookies, the jars, and everything around them to make sure no one else ever gets those cookies. When Adelson wanted to stop the growth of online gambling in America, he did everything possible to push for an outright ban. But as the attempt to pass a law continued

PartyPoker Announces Next Three Online Tournament Series

January 28th, 2019 Written by Jennifer Newell

The new year has started with numerous tournament announcements. The World Series of Poker has dominated much of the poker news with its ongoing press releases about the 2019 WSOP schedule for the summer. And as far as online poker operators, PokerStars covered all angles of the news in the first few weeks of 2019 with the PSPC and rest of the PCA in the Bahamas, as well as announcing its upcoming Turbo Series and new 6+ Hold’em game. PartyPoker

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