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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 followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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Poker Central Again Tries for High Stakes at Aria

January 18th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Let’s try it again. That is the feeling of the Poker Central executives and high-stakes poker pros who want high roller tournaments to return to Aria on the Las Vegas Strip. They tried it in December. Late last year, Poker Central announced a set of three $10K buy-in High Roller tournaments scheduled for December -5. There were to be reentries. There was to be late registration. Rake was to be lifted for players who registered on time. It all harkened

PokerStars NJ Winter Series to Award At Least $500K

January 16th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

PokerStars wants to give its online poker players in New Jersey the chance to be a part of a substantial tournament series this month. The Winter Series returns for PokerStars NJ and FOX Bet players located within the borders of New Jersey on January 21. The series will be the first of many in 2021. This year’s iteration, though, is bigger than last year’s by far. The 2020 Winter Series for New Jersey offered only $300K in guarantees, while the

PokerStars to Host Winter Series for Pennsylvania Players

January 15th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

It is winter in the United States…in the middle of a pandemic. PokerStars and FOX Bet stepped up to give poker players in Pennsylvania something to anticipate. PokerStars has been hosting its Winter Series on its dot-com site for years. The last one wrapped up in January 2020, but this year, the Blowout Series took its place. But there is still plenty of time for a global Winter Series. Meanwhile, it’s time to dole out the guarantees and tournament opportunities

New Jersey Internet Gaming Revenue Doubled in 2020

January 15th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The year in the rearview window – 2020 – was harsh on most businesses and industries in the United States. New Jersey was no different. And Atlantic City took a beating on every front, from restaurants to general tourism and, of course, gambling. The coronavirus pandemic forced casinos to close their doors from mid-March to the early summer months. When casinos did reopen, they operated the rest of the year with varying levels of restrictions as the pandemic raged on.

Delaware Ends Impressive 2020 for iGaming Revenue

January 14th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Delaware Lottery released its December net proceeds from iGaming, which means the entirety of the 2020 year is now available. And the numbers showed tremendous growth, as expected. Due to the shutdowns of Delaware racinos – not to mention limited capacity for most of the open months – caused by the coronavirus pandemic, online gaming revenue grew. Most months saw impressive increases in everything from online poker to video lottery. The fall and beginning of winter months slowed but

Billionaire and Anti-iGaming Activist Sheldon Adelson Dies

January 13th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

On the morning of January 12, 2021, Sheldon Adelson died at the age of 87. Just last week, Adelson took medical leave of his position as CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corporation due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had been diagnosed with the cancer in 2019. Dr. Miriam Adelson, Sheldon’s wife, announced his death “of complications from a long illness.” Life of a Billionaire Sheldon Adelson wasn’t born into wealth, but his immigrant parents with deep Jewish

Celina Lin and Other Pros Depart PokerStars Team Roster

January 13th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Many people remember when Team PokerStars Pro was the ideal sponsorship opportunity. The team was famous for Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu for many years, but there were players from around the world that represented the site. The site also signed celebrities from time to time and kept a rotating but impressive group of sports legends on the team, too. Since Black Friday, those opportunities fell away, little by little. The past two or three years saw some very prominent

Michigan Governor Signs Interstate Online Poker as Law

January 12th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Exactly one year and nine days from the signing of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act into law. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed that bill on December 20, 2019 to legalize internet gaming and poker, sports betting, and fantasy sports. On December 29, 2020, Whitmer signed an amendment to that bill, which authorizes interstate online poker. The Michigan Gaming Control Board will be able to facilitate agreements with regulators in other states to share online poker player pools. The interstate component was

WSOP May Launch Online Poker in Pennsylvania Soon

January 10th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

For more than 14 months, PokerStars has been the sole state-regulated online poker website in Pennsylvania. It’s not that PokerStars intended to hold a monopoly on the industry in the state. Several Pennsylvania-based casinos purchased online poker licenses and signed partnership deals with ipoker operators years ago. And after PokerStars PA launched in November 2019 with partner Mount Airy Casino, many anticipated a competitor to launch within months. Who was going to let PokerStars corner the market? As it turned

Year-Long WSOP Online Circuit Series to Begin January 14

January 10th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker is hosting a WSOP Online Circuit Series for players in New Jersey and Nevada. It will begin next week – January 14 – and run through January 31. Moreover, WSOP.com will host a monthly online series throughout 2021, alongside monthly freerolls, leaderboards and second-chance events. And it will culminate in a $250K WSOP Online Circuit Championship New Year Announcement As 2021 got underway, WSOP.com announced quietly – not publicly – on January 2 that it

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