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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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WPT and WPTDeepStacks Start 2021 with Live Poker Plans

January 6th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

The World Poker Tour has had enough of this pandemic. The live tour has been almost completely on ice since the mandated shutdown of casinos around the world – and travel and gathering prohibitions – in March 2020. Some casinos have been cautiously reopening recently, with poker rooms as the last to make the leap back into live games. Casinos like the Venetian in Las Vegas have been offering live poker since the summer and tournaments for several months. Some

BetOnline Introduces New 2021 Tournament Schedule

January 5th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, many US-based poker players sought more options for online poker at sites like BetOnline.ag and SportsBetting.ag. The two sites share online poker tables and provide a comfortable space for micro-stakes and small-stakes players. As 2021 got underway, the pandemic made clear that it wasn’t disappearing any time soon. Many lockdown situations only tightened as Covid-19 spread like wildfire across America…and around the world. Live poker rooms seem to be trying their best to open

Salas Defeats Hebert for 2020 WSOP Main Event Title

January 5th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

Damian Salas traveled around the world to win the 2020 WSOP Main Event. When he made the international World Series of Poker Main Event final table, he traveled from his home country of Argentina to the Czech Republic to play the rest of the tournament live. He won $1.5M. He then trekked home and then planned to go to the United States to play the WSOP Main Event finale, a heads-up tournament that was essentially a $1M freeroll, but the

Moneymaker and PokerStars End Deal After 17 Years

January 4th, 2021 Written by Jennifer Newell

It had to happen someday. Chris Moneymaker wasn’t going to be a PokerStars ambassador forever. Nonetheless, it was startling news. On December 31, Chris Moneymaker posted a video on his Twitter page announcing that he decided to leave PokerStars, effective immediately. This ended a 17-plus-year partnership, one that started after he took an online poker satellite win to the World Series of Poker and turned that opportunity into $2.5 million and a WSOP Main Event title. Every component of Moneymaker’s

WSOP Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Huckleberry Seed

December 31st, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Earlier in December, the public had the opportunity to nominate people for induction into the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame. This year, only one induction was possible because…well…2020. On December 18, the World Series of Poker announced the ten nominees that made it to the final round of voting. All were previous nominees except Patrik Antonius and Isai Scheinberg, as well as the commentating team of Norman Chad and Lon McEachern. Many names were familiar to the voting process: Eli

West Virginia Online Poker Not Likely in 2021

December 30th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

The United States online poker market will not expand into West Virginia anytime soon. At one time, it looked promising for 2020. West Virginia legalized online poker, casino games, and sports betting in March 2019 after years of pushes by lawmakers like State Delegate Shawn Fluharty. There were five casinos with which online gambling operators could partner: –The Casino Club at the Greenbrier (independent ownership by Governor Justice) –Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (operated by Penn National Gaming) –Mardi

Hebert Wins 2020 US WSOP Main Event, Finale Delayed

December 30th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

For the second time in as many weeks, the World Series of Poker declared a winner in the 2020 WSOP Main Event. Sort of. The first winner emerged from an international WSOP Main Event. That tournament began on GGPoker on November 29, offered three opening flights through December 6, and played to a final table on December 7. The nine finalists earned seats at a live final table that played on December 15 at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

Bovada Holiday Series Underway Through January 7

December 28th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Nearly every poker site is celebrating the holidays this year, as well as the celebration of a new year. Bovada is no different and kicked off its Holiday Series 2020 this weekend. The series offers a wide range of tournament options across its schedule of 63 events. There are buy-ins geared toward the casual player, aimed at providing some fun this holiday season but also the chance to win some bankroll-changing money. With more than $3 million in prize pool

ACR Hires Nanonoko and Prepares for $8M Venom

December 28th, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Americas Cardroom and its sister sites on the Winning Poker Network decided not to offer a big online poker tournament series this month. It was a bit curious, as many other poker sites planned big series to usher 2020 out the door and welcome a new year. As it turns out, Americas Cardroom plans to kick off 2021 with a big tournament and big news. Ever-Growing Venom Guarantees Players have become accustomed to the Venom tournament, the tournaments that happen

PartyPoker to Knock Out 2020 with KO Series

December 23rd, 2020 Written by Jennifer Newell

Many people around the world would like to punch 2020 right in the face, so PartyPoker decided to offer a something close. A Knockout Series might not be as satisfying as a left hook to 2020, but it has the potential to ring in a new year with good vibes and a few knockouts at the tables. The KO Series is ready to kick off this week, running from December 25 through January 19. There are 23 primary tournaments, but

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