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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 7 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Pennsylvania: Online Poker Hinges on VGTs

July 4th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Only two states really remain in play for legalizing online poker in the United States this year. Illinois has a slim chance, while Pennsylvania remains closer than ever before. Everything points to Pennsylvania doing the deed. The state’s casinos support online gambling, as New Jersey’s success with the burgeoning industry shows a complimentary and beneficial relationship between online sites and land-based casinos. Pennsylvania is also in desperate need of a new revenue stream. Online gambling would provide that, as well

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Included in Budget Talks

July 3rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online gambling is still on the table in Pennsylvania. The state legislature did fly by a deadline on June 30 and depart to enjoy a long holiday weekend. However, despite the official state calendar showing the legislative session over on June 30, members will be returning in July to hash out budget details. The House and Senate did pass a spending bill on June 30, and the bipartisan package is a $32 billion piece of legislation. The problem is that

US Online Gaming Safe for the Moment

June 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from the issue of online gambling. This includes any activity surrounding the 2011 Department of Justice ruling that reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act to allow states to legalize and regulate online gambling. Bloomberg reported the news on June 30, barely weeks after Sessions’ close ties with anti-online gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson became too clear for officials to ignore. This is good news for states that have already legalized or are considering

Illinois Plays Games with Online Gambling Bill

June 30th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Earlier this week, Illinois was in the spotlight for online poker players and fans. An online gambling bill was not only in play, but Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas was asked to testify before the House Executive Committee. Hope lived. However, days later, online gambling supporters are back in limbo. The hearing never took place, Illinois seems to have emerged from its special session no closer to a state budget, and the online gambling possibility somehow lives to

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Legalization in Limbo

June 28th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Weeks have passed since any significant update on a gambling expansion bill in Pennsylvania that will legalize and regulated online poker and casinos. Action is expected in some form this week, however, as deadlines loom for the state legislature. Pennsylvania was on a solid track in 2017. A gambling expansion bill found some success in 2016 when it passed the House of Representatives in late June, but the Senate failed to act on it. Even so, the positive momentum propelled

Could Illinois Be a Summer Online Poker Surprise?

June 27th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

The online poker community has put a great deal of focus on states like Pennsylvania and New York in 2017, as they have shown the most promising indications of legalizing and regulating online gambling. Meanwhile, however, Illinois was working on some bills of its own. Illinois crashed the party in May of this year with not one but several online gambling-related bills. Boom! In fact, only one of the initial four Senate bills looked promising to online poker fans, and one

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes a Bill to End Gambling Raids on Slots

April 5th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson voted a bill which would have stipped regulators of the ability to enforce laws on video slot machines. The move is designed to stop the proliferation of Mom-and-Pop gas stations across the state which allow VSLs. Cody Hiland, the prosecutor for the 20th Judicial District, spoke of the video slot machines which have appeared at convenience stores in Faulkner County. Hiland said, “The problem is this violates the public policy of the state of Arkansas.” Allows

Carl Icahn Accused of Federal Lobbying Rules Violations

March 9th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Tropicana Casino owner Carl Icahn is accused of violating federal lobbying rules of by a consumer advocacy group. The group, known as Public Citizen, filed a complaint to the United States Congress on Wednesday, saying Icahn violated rules by advocating a change to the federal ethanol regulations. If found to have to violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Carl Icahn would face a stiff fine and be barred from lobbying in the future. President Donald Trump would be forced to rely

Alabama AG Loses Court Case against Poarch Indians

September 4th, 2015 Written by Jennifer Newell

This week, a 2009 gambling case in Rhode Island had a direct impact on the outcome of a trial in Alabama. In each case, the arguments were the same. In both cases, the results were quiet similar, too. Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange tried to shut down three tribal casinos, but a district court ruled that the owner of the three casinos had the right to operate. Those owners are the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who run casinos on

888 Holdings Acquires Bwin.Party

July 20th, 2015 Written by Jennifer Newell

Last week, 888Holdings acquired Bwin.Party for $1.4 billion in US dollars. The acquisition gives 888 Holdings a firm grasp on the U.S. gaming market, given that it owns the sites for Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Online, and now Borgata Online. 888 Holdings already was the only online poker operator to own licenses in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. 888casino is likely to dominate the Nevada and Delaware gaming markets, because a “bad actor” clause is likely to keep PokerStars out

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