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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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
atlantic lottery

‘Three-Card Monte’ Lawsuit Against Atlantic Lottery VLTs Tossed by Canada’s Supreme Court

In Canada, a longstanding lawsuit that sought to demonstrate that the Atlantic Lottery Corp’s video lottery terminals (VLTs) were little more than deceptive “three-card monte” games has been thrown out by the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court of Canada...

Philip Conneller July 28, 2020
Project Red Card

Project Red Card: UK Soccer Players to Sue Data Gatherers, Sports Books for ‘Royalties’

Hundreds of current and former soccer players from the English Premier League, the English Football League, National League, and Scottish Premiership plan to sue bookmakers and data gatherers in a bid to gain royalties for the use of their personal statistics. More...

Philip Conneller July 28, 2020
Tahir Gregory

Suspected Atlantic City Human Trafficker Gets 15 Years for Fentanyl in Tropicana Guestroom

A New Jersey man awaiting trial for human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by an Atlantic County Superior Court Judge. That's after police found 100 bags of fentanyl in his room at the...

Philip Conneller July 27, 2020