Philip Conneller

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Global and Tribal Gaming, Casino Business, International Crime, UK Gaming---- In Philip Conneller’s seven years with, 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 (which he helped launch), he has also written for iGaming Business, eGaming Review, and numerous other industry news sites. His news stories for have been linked by the Washington Post, the Daily Mail, People Magazine, and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, among many others. Philip lives outside of London with his wife and children, and frequently travels to the EU. Email:

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1930 stories by Philip Conneller

Michael Alter

Chicago Sky Owner Fined for ‘Unregistered Lobbying’ of Mayor for Sports Betting License

The owner of the Chicago Sky WNBA team has denied he improperly lobbied the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, for a sports betting license. Michael Alter was fined $5,000 after he asked the mayor to support his efforts to obtain a license while...

Philip Conneller September 17, 2021
James Packer yacht

James Packer Selling $283M Mega-Yacht, as Crown Resorts Hits Headwinds

James Packer is selling his yacht. The Crown Resorts billionaire listed the vessel for sale this week with international superyacht broker Burgess Yachts. The asking price is $283 million, around $83 million more than he paid for it in 2019. The yacht...

Philip Conneller September 17, 2021
jai alai

Casino @ Dania Beach Jettisons Jai Alai, America’s Most Endangered Sport

One of just four remaining professional jai alai frontons in the US announced Wednesday it will close. The Casino @ Dania beach in Miami has hosted jai alai games for 69 years. But it won’t make 70. On November 28, players will...

Philip Conneller September 16, 2021
Mo Fayne

‘Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta’ Star Mo Fayne Jailed for Fraud, Wired $5M to Casino

Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta star Maurice “Mo” Fayne will serve 17 and a half years in federal prison. That's after pleading guilty to crimes including fraud involving the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and operating a Ponzi scheme. According to prosecutors, Fayne used...

Philip Conneller September 16, 2021
Fred Dakota

Fred Dakota, ‘Grandfather of Indian Gaming,’ Dies at Age 84

Fred Dakota, former chair of Michigan's Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), has died aged 84. Dakota was known by some as "the grandfather of Indian gaming" for his DIY casino operations and resulting legal battles. In the 1980s, the father of five,...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2021
el chapo

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Former Safehouse is Now Mexican Lottery Prize

Yes, former drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán’s safehouse is now a lottery prize. The two-bedroom house with stunning views of the Sierra Madre is now available courtesy of the Mexican lottery. The house, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, is available via the Institute...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2021
Vaccine passports

No Vaccine Passports for Casinos in England, Says UK Health Minister

Casinos in England breathed a collective sigh of relief, as the government ditched a plan to introduce mandatory vaccine passports for those entering crowded leisure venues -- for now. UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government could revisit the idea if...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2021
China economy

Beijing Names, Shames Ten for Foreign Exchange Violations in Cross-Border Gambling

China’s foreign exchange regulator has fined ten mainland citizens almost US$900,000 for illegal currency trades made for the purposes of offshore gambling. In an announcement on its website, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) named and shamed the perpetrators. The illegal...

Philip Conneller September 14, 2021
Stephen Gibbs

£5.5M Lottery Winner’s Partner Pleads Guilty to Her Attempted Murder

A British man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his lottery-winning partner. Stephen Gibbs, 45, was told by a judge in Cardiff Crown Court to expect a lengthy sentence for his attack on Emma Brown, who won £5.5 million (USD...

Philip Conneller September 14, 2021
Macau slots

Macau Casinos Must Have Clocks on All Slots by 2024

What’s the one thing you will soon find all over Macau casinos that you won’t find in Las Vegas for love nor money? Nope, it’s not corrupt Communist party officials making whoopee. In fact, the answer may be staring right at you,...

Philip Conneller September 13, 2021