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Philip Conneller

Philip Conneller

Senior Reporter: Global and Tribal Gaming, Casino Business, International Crime, UK Gaming. In Philip Conneller’s five years with Casino.org, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. Previously the original Features Editor for poker’s Bluff US and Editor for Bluff Europe editions (which he helped launch), his extensive background includes high-profile press for notables in sports betting. He has also previously written for iGaming Business, eGaming Review, and numerous industry news sites. Philip lives outside of London with his wife and children, and frequently travels to the EU.

Net Widens in Tennis Match-Fixing Racket Probe, 137 Players Under Suspicion

Tennis match-fixing

Seven French tennis players were detained by French police this week under suspicion of throwing games at the behest of a match-fixing mastermind, known to players as “The Maestro.” The Maestro is Armenian Grigor Sargsyan who was arrested by Belgian police late June and remains in custody. He is accused of fronting a massive gambling…Read More

New Hampshire Casino Bill Back from the Dead, Makes Miraculous Recovery in the Senate

New Hampshire casino

The New Hampshire Senate unexpectedly resurrected a seemingly doomed casino bill on Thursday and batting it across to the House with its seal of approval. It’s not the first time one of Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) casino bills has risen from the dead — the senator himself has doggedly resuscitated them every year at the…Read More

‘Pacman’ Jones Takes Plea Deal Over Indiana Casino Cheating, Disorderly Conduct Rap

'Pacman' Jones

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and current free agent Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has accepted a plea deal in relation to charges that included cheating and disorderly conduct at an Indiana casino. The defender turned defendant was arrested at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana in the early hours of February 27 after Indiana Gaming Commission agents responded to…Read More

Analysts: Japanese Casino Market Will ‘Underwhelm’

Japanese casino

The Japanese casino market appears to be shrinking and it’s still several years away from opening its first resort. The country has for the past decade been touted by analysts as the sleeping giant of casino gaming, with the potential to quickly surpass Las Vegas as the second biggest market in the world, after Macau….Read More

BC Regulators Who Linked 2014 Slaying to Casino Money Laundering Networks Were Fired for Making ‘Too Much Noise’

money laundering

Two British Columbia gaming regulators who linked money laundering in the province’s casinos to a 2014 murder that remains unsolved were fired from their jobs shortly after filing their report, documents seen by CTV News reveal. In September 2014, 29-year-old Birinder Khangura was found shot to death in his truck in the city of Surrey….Read More

No Downstate New York Casinos Before 2023: Governor Cuomo

New York casinos

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will not approve the lifting a moratorium barring the creation of new casino licenses before 2023, despite the best efforts of powerful casino interests and their lobbyists to convince him otherwise. MGM Resorts, LVS Corp, and the Genting Group have been pushing for full-scale casino gaming in the New York…Read More

Connecticut Committee Advances Sports Betting, Plus Bridgeport and East Windsor Casino Bills

Connecticut gambling

A glut of Connecticut gambling expansion bills advanced from the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford on Tuesday, with the understanding that the legislature still has a lot of refining to do. Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) described the hearing as “chapter two of a pretty long book,” after the committee approved bills that would…Read More

Michigan Tribes Squabble Over Little River Casino Proposal

Little River Band

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) has reacted angrily to a bid by three other Michigan tribal operators to derail its plans for a $180 million casino that would be built on the vacant Great Lakes Downs Racetrack, Michigan Live reports. The tribe has been planning the casino in Fruitport Township, Michigan for…Read More

New York Governor Cuomo Will Not Bend on Online Sports Betting

New York online sports betting

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed that online sports betting is not welcome in the Empire State on his watch in a fresh blow to two state senators’ efforts to legalize it. Cuomo has previously said that online sports betting would violate the state constitution. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th), who — along with Senator…Read More

Domestic Hotel Sector Wants in on Future Brazil Casino Market

Brazil casino

A Brazilian casino bill introduced last month would authorize the creation of up to 32 integrated resorts in the country, a move that it’s hoped will provide a transformative boost to the country’s tourism industry. But if it’s going to happen, representatives of Brazil’s existing hotel sector say they want a piece of the pie….Read More

MGM Signs Sports Betting Partnership Deal with Major League Soccer

MLS

MGM Resorts has signed a four-year deal with MLS that will see the operator become the league’s “official sports betting partner.” It marks the fourth major sports league — if MLS can be accurately described as such — to partner with the casino giant since the striking down by the US Supreme Court of PASPA,…Read More

Andorra Government Denies Influence Peddling in Casino Tender Process After Genting and Partouche File Criminal Complaint

Genting

The Andorran government has denied accusations of corruption in response to a criminal complaint filed last week by operators Genting and Partouche, losing bidders in last year’s casino tender. The casino giants are furious that their bids lost out to a little known domestic bingo hall operator called Jocs SA, and have cried foul. Despite…Read More

Red Sox-Owned Network NSEN Lines Up Six Hours of Sports Betting Content Every Morning in New England

NESN

You may only be able to gamble legally on sports in one tiny corner of New England but that hasn’t stopped the entire region from getting its own TV show devoted to sports betting discussion — three hours of it, every weekday morning. From April, the show will be repeated immediately after it finishes, so…Read More

Imprisoned Philippine Senator Speaks Out Against Chinese Casino Kidnappings

Leila de Lima

The Philippine casino sector is thriving and so is Chinese tourism — facilitated by closer relations between the two countries, fostered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s pro-China policy after years of squabbling over disputed territories in the South China Sea. But opposition politicians want the Duterte administration to do more to combat a worrying trend of…Read More

Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts in Reported Merger Talks

Caesars-Eldorado merger

Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts have initiated merger negotiations, according to Reuters. The news agency cited “sources familiar with the matter” who said Sunday the two casino operators were in the early stages of talks “exploring the possibility” of a combination. Caesars is understood to have provided Eldorado with a limited amount of sensitive financial…Read More