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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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Lost and Found of Black Friday: Poker Sponsorships

December 28th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

When Black Friday hit the poker world on April 15, 2011, the game changed forever. The poker boom was officially over, online poker was about to experience a wild ride in jurisdictions around the world, and the game was about to undergo a test to gauge its ability to not only survive but thrive. Six and a half years later, poker is different in many ways. In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that

Part 5: Lost and Found of Black Friday – Poker Sponsorships

December 28th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Part 5 : Six and a half years later, poker is different in many ways. In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that were lost because of Black Friday but also things that the community found. This article focuses on poker sponsorships Lost:  Abundance of Poker Sponsorships When Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, his satellite win via PokerStars garnered much attention, but his subsequent sponsorship by PokerStars

Lost and Found of Black Friday: Poker Education

December 27th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

When Black Friday hit the poker world on April 15, 2011, the game changed forever. The poker boom was officially over, online poker was about to experience a wild ride in jurisdictions around the world, and the game was about to undergo a test to gauge its ability to not only survive but thrive. Six and a half years later, poker is different in many ways. In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that

Part 2: Lost and Found of Black Friday: Poker Education

December 27th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Part 2: In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that were lost because of Black Friday but also things that the community found. Lost:  Online Poker Training Sites During the poker boom, the notion that poker was a game of skill became paramount for many reasons. One was that young players began to experiment with more than just pot odds and implied odds but with new levels of strategy that applied to online poker.

Lost and Found of Black Friday: High Stakes Poker

December 26th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

When Black Friday hit the poker world on April 15, 2011, the game changed forever. The poker boom was officially over, online poker was about to experience a wild ride in jurisdictions around the world, and the game was about to undergo a test to gauge its ability to not only survive but thrive. Six and a half years later, poker is different in many ways. In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that

Part 1: Lost and Found of Black Friday – High Stakes Poker

December 26th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Part 1: In this “Lost and Found” series, we look at some of the things that were lost because of Black Friday but also things that the community found. Some aspects of the game disappeared, while others emerged or changed. Lost:  Online Railing of High Stakes Games There was a time when the vast majority of high-stakes poker games were played online. There were big cash games on Full Tilt and ways to track favorite players and receive alerts when

Gambling World Awaits Supreme Court Decision

December 23rd, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Gamblers across America anxiously await a decision from the highest court in the land. The United States Supreme Court may not render a decision until the spring of 2018, but New Jersey made its case earlier this month to the nine justices in the hopes of winning the right to legalize and offer sports betting. The precedent will affect every state in the country, even Nevada, which has long embraced the bulk of the market in its casinos. https://twitter.com/account/suspended While

PokerStars Pre-Black Friday Actions in Paradise Papers (Part 2)

December 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Yesterday, in the first part of this look at PokerStars’ appearances in the Paradise Papers, the focus was on the company’s ties to PokerNews. Only in the latter part of 2017 did PokerNews admit to a majority ownership by Stars Group, parent company of PokerStars. However, the transfer of ownership happened over the course of years as former iBus Media owner Antanas Guoga sold shares to PokerStars as he took on a role in the European Parliament. The lack of

PokerStars Featured in Paradise Papers (Part 1)

December 21st, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Most poker players, enthusiasts and fans had no idea that PokerStars was mentioned in the Paradise Papers. The revelations about PokerStars were quite stunning when they first emerged in early November. But between now and then, few poker media outlets have touched the topic at all, much less the information about communications between PokerStars and law firm Appleby in the lead-up to Black Friday. Flushdraw was one of very few poker-centric sites that dedicated articles to the subject by latter

Michigan Sets Online Gaming Bill for Success

December 18th, 2017 Written by Jennifer Newell

Online poker advocates have hopes set on New York as the next state to legalize the internet games, but they would be remiss to ignore the serious steps taken in Michigan in 2017. The results of the most recent committee hearing are yet another part of consistent forward movement to push for the legalization and regulation of online gaming in 2018. The determination of State Representative Brandt Iden seems stronger than ever. If he can ignite the same fire under

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