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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

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Jilted Bidder Gulfside Sues Arkansas Racing Commission Over Pope County Casino License Rejection

Gulfside Casino Partnership, which wants to build a Pope County casino in Arkansas, is suing the state racing commission for rejecting its application for a gaming license. The Mississippi-based company filed its lawsuit swiftly… Read More

Novomatic Billionaire Embroiled in Casinos Austria Corruption Probe with Austrian Far-Right Politician

Austrian police confirmed this week a raid on addresses linked to Johann Graf, the billionaire CEO of European gaming giant Novomatic, as well as the company’s chairman, Harald Neumann. The moves came as part… Read More

FanDuel Founders Renew $120 Million Lawsuit Against Flutter Entertainment

Former CEO of FanDuel Nigel Eccles and three of its other co-founders are about to renew legal action against their former company after its $465 million buyout in 2018 by Flutter Entertainment didn’t yield… Read More

Ponca Tribe Wins Case Against State of Nebraska, Iowa Over Right to Operate Prairie Flower Casino

Ponca chairman Larry Wright Jr. called for the states of Nebraska and Iowa and the City of Council Bluffs to give up their years-long legal fight against the tribe after a federal judge reaffirmed… Read More

Cayuga Nation Sues Hit Showtime Series ‘Billions’ for Defamation Over ‘Offensive’ Portrayal

New York State’s Cayuga Nation is suing the Showtime network over an episode of its hit show Billions, which it claims defamed the tribe while pushing an “offensive stereotype” of Native Americans as “irresponsible,… Read More

Empire Resorts Bankruptcy Talk Sends Genting Shares Tumbling

On Friday, New York State-based Empire Resorts, which owns and operates Resorts World Catskills, announced it was considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On Tuesday, reverberations were felt on the Malaysian stock market, where… Read More

Chicago Casino Proposal Unprofitable, Uninvestable, Says Feasibility Study

Chicago’s first casino would struggle to make money because it would be the most highly taxed gaming operation in America, according to a feasibility study released Tuesday by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). The… Read More

Barcelona, Liverpool Sponsor 1XBET Shuttered in UK Over Link to Cockfighting, Porn, Piracy, and Betting on Kids’ Sports

1XBET’s UK-facing platform has been shut down in the wake of an exposé by The Times that accused the Russian-owned gambling site of promoting a porn-themed casino, offering cockfighting in certain jurisdictions, and permitting… Read More

Vagos Gang Members Linked to 2011 Sparks Nugget Casino Shooting Now On Trial

The trial for eight Vagos gang members accused of federal racketeering in connection with a lethal 2011 brawl with the Hells Angels at a Sparks, Nevada casino got underway Monday in Las Vegas. The… Read More

Toronto Mayor Blasts ‘Anti-Fun Police’ After Seniors Gambling Crackdown

A group of Toronto senior citizens who played card games and bingo for pennies at a city-run community center have been victimized by “the anti-fun police,” according to Toronto Mayor John Tory. The elderly… Read More

Customer Complaints Against UK Operators Up 5,000 Percent in Five Years, That’s Probably Healthy, Regulator Says

Complaints by customers about UK-facing sports betting companies have skyrocketed by almost 5,000 percent in the past five years. But Neil McArthur, the chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) , says that… Read More

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Hit by $12 Billion Lawsuit in Macau

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is facing a $12 billion lawsuit brought by a former business partner in Macau, Marshall Hao, and his company, Asian American Entertainment Corp (AAEC). The Taiwanese businessman claims that he… Read More

Kylie Jenner Celebrates Birthday on $250 Million Genting Superyacht Previously Owned by Fugitive Billionaire

Kylie Jenner turned 22 on Saturday, and the world’s youngest self-made billionaire — according to Forbes — was determined to celebrate her birthday in style. Jenner chartered $250 million superyacht “Tranquillity” for the occasion,… Read More

Fast-Tracked DC Sports Betting Market Not Fast Enough For New NFL Season

DC sports betting will not be ready for the start of the new National Football League season, District officials have said. This despite the controversial decision by the DC Council to forego customary procurement… Read More

William Hill Posts $77 Million First-Half Loss Due to UK FOBT Reforms, While US Ops Hit $1 Billion

William Hill booked a loss of £64 million ($77 million) in the first six months of 2019 as the fallout from fixed-odds betting terminal reforms in the UK set in. The government’s decision to… Read More