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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. Email: philip.conneller@casino.org

MGM in Talks to Buy $2.6 Billion Encore Boston Harbor from Wynn Just Weeks Before Grand Opening

Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts is mulling the sale of its $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts, to MGM Resorts. The two companies confirmed a sale could be in the cards in a joint press release late Friday after The Boston Globe reported discussions between Wynn CEO Matt Maddox and MGM CEO Jim Murren had kicked…Read More

New Acquisitions Shine as Stars Group Posts 48 Percent Growth in Q1

Stars Group

Analysts were swooning over Stars Group stock this week following an earnings update that saw the PokerStars parent book Q1 revenues of $580 million, up 48 percent year over year. The Motley Fool pounced on Thursday, designating Stars a “very hot buy,” despite a slump for PokerStars and an overall 63 percent dip in earnings…Read More

Employee Goes Rogue on Boss, Steals $96K, Blows It All in Four Hours at Crown Melbourne Casino

Crown Melbourne

A young Japanese man who quietly liberated US$96,000 from his boss’ briefcase while he slept and squandered every last cent in just four hours at the gaming tables of Australia’s Crown Melbourne Casino has been sent to prison to reflect on what the judge called his “naive, amateurish and unsophisticated act.” Victoria County Court Judge…Read More

Kidnapping, Violent Casino-Related Crime Rise in Macau as Police Vow to Clamp Down on Triad Loan Sharks

Triad

Crime linked to Macau’s casino industry was up 14.1 percent in Q1, with violent crime and kidnappings leading the surge, Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said Thursday. Authorities recorded 438 criminal cases related to the gaming industry — which is the world’s biggest market — with kidnapping rates increasing by 34.4 per cent, to…Read More

MGM Estimates $800 Million Settlement for Las Vegas Shooting Victims, ‘Not Even Close,’ Says Lawyer

Las Vegas shooting

MGM Resorts International said Thursday it could reasonably expect to pay around $800 million to settle lawsuits related to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the casino giant said settlements could be reached by next May. Since last October, MGM has been engaged in mediation with victims…Read More

MGM-GVC Venture, Roar Digital, Launches Borgata-Branded Online Sports Betting Platform in New Jersey

BorgataSports.com

In a week that marked one year since the US Supreme Court shot down the federal ban on sports betting, Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino launched its own online wagering platform, BorgataSports.com. The casino’s owner MGM Resorts International already operates mobile sports betting in New Jersey under the Borgata license through playMGM NJ Sports, in partnership…Read More

Bill to Restore Mashpee Land Rights and Casino Ambitions Passed by US House, Despite Trump Opposition

Mashpee

A bill that would secure the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ land was approved by the US House Wednesday. The Democrat-backed HR 312 was approved by 275-146, in a vote broadly split across party lines, although 42 Republicans jumped ship. It faces a tougher test in the GOP-controlled Senate and…Read More

Encore Boston Harbor Vacuuming Up Hospitality Market Workforce, Complain Local Businesses

Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor is due to fling open its doors in just over a month and the casino giant is currently scrambling to fill 5,500 positions at the $2.6 billion casino resort. As a licensing condition, the company has committed to employing two-thirds of its workforce (3,666 people) from within 30 miles of…Read More

Chinese Triad Gang Threatens to Take Over Cambodia Casino Town in Chilling Video

Sihanoukville

A video of a Chinese criminal gang threatening to seize control of Cambodian casino town Sihanoukville has become the subject of an investigation by the Southeast Asian country’s authorities and the Chinese Embassy, the South China Morning Post reports. The video depicts around 20 men, some tattooed and all shirtless in the manner of Triad…Read More

Seminoles End $350 Million Annual Casino Revenue-Share Payments to State of Florida

Seminoles

The Seminole tribe of Florida will cease making paying $350 million a year in revenue-share payments to the state, effective immediately. Local media reports the tribe — which operates Florida’s Hard Rock-branded casinos — hand-delivered a letter from Seminole chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. to Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday announcing that one of the biggest tribal…Read More

Horse Racing Won’t Be Excluded from New York Sports Betting Legislation: Sen. Addabbo

New York mobile sports betting

New York mobile sports betting bill sponsor Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-15th) has denied his legislation would freeze the state’s racetracks out of a future sports-betting market. Speaking during at a hearing for the bill Monday by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which he chairs, Addabbo agreed his bill in its current form appears…Read More

Nevada, Illinois Pols Call on US Treasury to Raise Tax-Reporting Threshold for Slot Jackpots to $5,000

Reporting Threshold

Congressmembers from Nevada and Illinois have petitioned the US Treasury to up the tax-reporting threshold on slot-machine jackpots, which has been frozen in time at $1,200 since 1977, in defiance of inflation. In a letter dated May 13, US Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) and Darin LaHood (R-Illinois) wrote to Assistant Treasury Secretary David Kautter to…Read More

UK Lottery Winner to Forfeit Millions Over Drugs and Money-Laundering Network That Embezzled from Russian State

Russian State

A UK lottery winner who claimed her lavish lifestyle was funded by a £2.5 million ($3.24 million) jackpot she won in 2008 has been ordered to forfeit millions after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation fingered her as a cog in a global money-laundering operation. Mother-of-three Amanda Nuttall, 45, was unable to adequately account for…Read More

Connecticut’s Mohegan Gaming ‘Shovel Ready’ for Massive Project in Future Asian Gaming Hub

Mohegan Gaming

Connecticut tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is poised to begin construction of the first $1.6-billion phase of its proposed integrated resort in Incheon, South Korea, around 16 miles from the capital, Seoul. Incheon was South Korea’s first free economic zone and is set to become a gambling hub in the mold of the…Read More

Manchester City Wins Record-Breaking EPL, No Final-Day Twist for Liverpool

EPL

Manchester City was crowned English Premier League Champion on Sunday with a 4-1 defeat of Brighton, becoming the first team to win the title back-to-back since arch rival Manchester Utd pulled off that feat exactly ten years ago. While the celebrations in the sky-blue half of Manchester raged into Sunday night, you had to feel…Read More