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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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Isaac Haxton Captures Super High Roller Bowl V Title

December 23rd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The second Super High Roller Bowl of 2018 is in the books, and it was as exciting as poker fans and players hoped it would be. The fifth edition of the SHRB took place in mid-December at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA in Las Vegas, and three days of poker brought the best high rollers in the game to the poker tables to compete for what has become one of the most coveted titles in poker. The Super High

Kentucky Court of Appeals Rules for PokerStars

December 22nd, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has been in a long, drawn out, and complicated battle with online gaming companies since 2008. PokerStars didn’t take the actions of the state lightly then, and the company has continued to fight ever since. From the governor to the courts of Kentucky, rulings have been tough for PokerStars and its parent companies through the years – Rational Group, then Amaya, and now The Stars Group. The circuit court ruling in 2015 put PokerStars on the

PokerStars and UFC Announce Marketing Sponsorship

December 21st, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The dealmakers at PokerStars have been busy little elves this month. Just 10 days ago, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a multi-year partnership with The Stars Group, including PokerStars and BetStars. The deal came about as numerous states in America have been legalizing sports betting or considering proposals to do so in the coming months. The NBA will be providing official data for BetStars, and The Stars Group and NBA will both be promoting each other’s brands via digital

Michigan Legislature Passes Online Poker and Gambling Bill

December 21st, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

It was impressive. On the last day of the 2018 legislative session, late in the day and then into the night, just days before the Christmas holiday, Michigan lawmakers passed a bill to legalize and regulate online poker and casino games. The Lawful Internet Gaming Act traveled leaps and bounds on the night of December 20 and ultimately landed on the desk of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The bill requires his signature to become law, and though he has never

WSOP Sets Dates for 50th Annual Series in 2019

December 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Series of Poker offered up an early Christmas present for poker players this year with the release of the core dates of the 2019 WSOP summer series. It has been anticipated that the WSOP would have big plans for the coming year, as it will represent the 50th running of the series. There will be one signature tournament of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, but there will also be special events held throughout the summer, including

Black Ridge Acquires WPT and Allied Esports

December 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

As the end of the year approaches, businesses are tying up loose ends and putting their paperwork in order. Other companies are buying and selling and merging. This one is a big one in the poker world as it involves the World Poker Tour. Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. has acquired two Ourgame companies, one being Allied Esports International and the other WPT Enterprises. The name of the newly-combined organization will be Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc., trading as AESE. Interestingly, poker

Wire Act Reversal in Progress, Details Unknown

December 20th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

While most writers in the poker media were gearing up to pen a few articles about holiday online poker tournaments and making predictions for 2019. Which states might legalize online poker? Who will be poker’s next breakout star? The United States government had other plans. It seems that the Department of Justice decided to give in to the Grinch this year, not only taking gifts from under the tree (online poker in four states) but removing the chance of having

Bill Miller Assumes AGA President-CEO Role

December 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

The American Gaming Association isn’t friendly with online gaming, or even online poker, for that matter. But the national – and internationally-recognized – trade group representing the American casino industry matters a great deal for the future of poker. The AGA represents a casino industry worth more than $260 billion and consisting of approximately 1.8 million jobs. As the most powerful lobbying group for casino gambling in the US, it has tremendous power with everyone from businesses to lawmakers, from

888poker Game Pick’em8 Proves to be a Mixed Bag

December 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

In October, 888poker made its first mention of a new poker variant called Pik’em Poker, which has now been renamed Pick’em8 Poker. The developers at 888 wanted to offer something fresh for its players, a game that might draw in new players and reignite the poker passion for others. While PokerStars had been introducing new variants throughout 2018, other sites lagged behind what seemed to be a trend, so 888poker mentioned Pick’em8 Poker. However, very little was known about the

PokerStars VR Improved and Updated for Holiday Play

December 19th, 2018 Written by Jennifer Newell

When PokerStars first previewed the idea of virtual reality online poker in September, many players were excited about the prospects. As virtual reality gaming becomes more popular in some gaming circles, mixing that with poker seemed like the perfect way to mix the convenience of online poker with some of the best characteristics of live poker. In November, PokerStars VR became available for download on popular platforms like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Steam. And in little more than a

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