Philip Conneller

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In Philip Conneller’s seven years with, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. He currently focuses his coverage on global crime, business and tribal gaming.

Phillip was 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.

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2121 stories by Philip Conneller

Texas Card House

Dallas Poker Room Ordered to Close as City Attorney Suddenly Changes Law

A Dallas cardroom has received notice that its permit to operate in the city has been revoked, just months after obtaining approval from city officials. Ryan Crow, CEO of the Texas Card House, told local CBS affiliate KTVT he had received a...

Philip Conneller January 25, 2022

Asian American Entertainment Sets $7.5B Baseline in Las Vegas Sands Damages Claim

Asian American Entertainment Corp. (AAEC) wants no less than US$7.5 billion in damages from its one-time partner in Macau, Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS). That’s according to the company’s lawyer, Jorge Menezes, who delivered closing arguments Friday in the long-running breach-of-contract case,...

Philip Conneller January 25, 2022

Bookmaker Reports $420k in Suspicious Bitcoin Bets, Focus on Xhaka Yellow Card

At least $420,000 was placed on an Arsenal player receiving a yellow card in the last ten minutes of a game earlier this season via a single bookmaker, according to a report from The Athletic. The suspicious bets prompted the operator to...

Philip Conneller January 24, 2022
Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger: Federal Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Gambling Kingpin Prison Death

The family of late South Boston crime boss and gambling kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger cannot claim damages from the US government over his death. A federal judge in West Virginia has tossed a complaint that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) failed...

Philip Conneller January 21, 2022

‘Florida Voters in Charge’ Campaign Has Thousands of Fake Signatures, Officials Say

Florida election supervisors are reporting more fraudulent petitions from an LVS-backed gambling expansion ballot initiative than any ever before seen in the state. This prompted The Miami Herald, which broke the story, to question whether Florida is “in the midst of one...

Philip Conneller January 20, 2022
Hard Rock Tampa

Hard Rock Tampa: ISIS Acolyte Ruled Unfit for Trial in Mass Shooting Plot

A Florida terror suspect whose alleged list of targets for a mass-casualty shooting included the Hard Rock Tampa in Florida has been ruled incompetent to stand trial, local CBS affiliate Tampa Bay 10 reports. Muhammed Al-Azhari was arrested by the FBI in...

Philip Conneller January 19, 2022

Arsenal Player Probed for Yellow-Card Match Fixing, Xhaka Incident Under Spotlight

England’s Football Association (FA) is investigating a yellow card awarded to an unnamed Arsenal player following reports of suspicious betting activity by bookmakers. That’s according to a report by The Athletic, which understands the FA is examining whether spot-fixing might have occurred...

Philip Conneller January 19, 2022
Seven Mile Casino

Man Dies After Struggle with Seven Mile Casino Security

Police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old man who lost consciousness during a struggle with security at Seven Mile Casino, a card club in Chula Vista, Calif. Authorities say the man stopped breathing after engaging in a “physical altercation” with security...

Philip Conneller January 19, 2022
Robin Hood 702

Resorts World Fraudster Called Out By ‘Robin Hood 702’, Results In His Stalking, Arrest

Professional gambler and Las Vegas persona “Robin Hood 702” claims he has been harassed and stalked by a former video games executive. The latter pleaded guilty to bilking $1.3 million from investors in a bogus company. But now Hood himself is the...

Philip Conneller January 18, 2022

French Soccer’s Bordeaux Boots Jersey Sponsor Winamax for Mocking Team on Twitter

French soccer team Girondins de Bordeaux has parted company with its jersey sponsor, online poker and sports betting company Winamax, barely six months into the deal. It seems Winamax and the top brass at Bordeaux had diverging ideas about the role a...

Philip Conneller January 18, 2022