Philip Conneller

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Global and Tribal Gaming, Casino Business, International Crime, UK Gaming---- In Philip Conneller’s five 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 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:

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Trump’s WeChat Ban Will Hurt US Interests in Macau: Analysts

US President Donald Trump has banned Chinese social messaging giant WeChat for “undermining national security.” But the move could have unintended consequences for American business interests in Macau, analysts say. US casino operators in the world’s biggest gambling hub rely on the...

Philip Conneller August 11, 2020
Derek Schmidt

Kansas Sues Interior Department Over Wynadotte Tribal Casino U-Turn

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is suing the federal government for backing an Oklahoma-based tribe’s casino project earmarked for land ten miles north of Wichita. The Wyandotte Nation has historical ties to Kansas and has for years been trying to build a...

Philip Conneller August 11, 2020
Cayuga nation

New York Tribe’s Casino Ambitions Bulldozed by DOI After Violent In-Fighting

The US Interior Department has denied the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York’s trust application, citing an internal leadership dispute that turned nasty in February. The decision -- 15 years after the tribe first applied to the DOI to have land taken...

Philip Conneller August 10, 2020
Susie Zhao

Homeless Sex Offender Charged with Murder of Poker Player Susie Zhao

Poker player Susie Zhao was killed by a sex offender and transient, Jeffrey Bernard Morris, according to White Lake Township, Mich. police, who charged Morris with first-degree premeditated murder Wednesday. Police said Zhao appears to have met Morris at a motel they...

Philip Conneller August 7, 2020

Macau Tightens Travel Restrictions for Hong Kong Arrivals Because Of Virus Spike

Macau’s Health Bureau has tightened border restrictions on arrivals from Hong Kong in reaction to a spike in coronavirus cases in the business hub. Starting August 4, visitors from Hong Kong will be required to produce a certificate showing they have tested...

Philip Conneller August 4, 2020

Fallen Fintech Giant Wirecard Processed Payments for Mafia-Owned Online Gambling Group

Disgraced German fintech group Wirecard once processed payments for Centurionbet, an online gambling outfit that was linked to the powerful Italian organized crime syndicate the ’Ndrangheta, The Financial Times reports. In 2018, the Italian courts ordered Centurionbet’s assets to be frozen after...

Philip Conneller August 4, 2020
Susie Zhao

Arrest Made in Poker Girl Susie Zhao Killing

Michigan police have arrested a 60-year-old man in connection with the suspected homicide of Asian American poker player Susie Zhao. The 33-year-old card player’s charred body was found July 13 near a recreation area in White Lake Township, Oakland County, located on...

Philip Conneller August 3, 2020
Boris Johnson

UK Casino Openings on Hold as Coronavirus Stages European Comeback

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday shelved plans to reopen casinos in England amid fears the UK and the rest of Europe could be witnessing the beginnings of a second wave of the novel coronavirus. Johnson said it was time to...

Philip Conneller July 31, 2020
Greyhound racing

Federal Bill Would End Greyhound Racing in America

Greyhound racing may be on its last legs in the US, but a federal bill introduced Wednesday by two Democratic lawmakers would kill it off entirely. The text of US Reps. Tony Cárdenas’ (Calif.) and Steve Cohen’s, (Tenn.) Greyhound Protection Act (H.R....

Philip Conneller July 30, 2020
Greyhound racing

Greyhounds Trained Using Brutal ‘Live Lure’ Practices Still Running at Tracks in Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia

This week, Greyhound protection charity Grey2K said its given authorities evidence of live lure training at race tracks in several states. That's following an investigation into three dog trainers in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. The cruel practice involves greyhounds being baited with...

Philip Conneller July 28, 2020