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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1438  stories by Philip Conneller

stanley ho

Stanley Ho: Macau’s ‘King of Gambling’ Dies at 98

Stanley Ho, the Macau casino mogul known as “the King of Gambling,” has died peacefully at age 98, his family said Tuesday. Until 2002, Ho held the gambling monopoly in Macau, where his SJM Holdings still owns or operates some 20 casinos,...

Philip Conneller May 26, 2020
UK betting

UK Betting Industry Shares Jump on £1 Billion FOBT Tax Windfall

Shares in Britain’s leading betting companies rose Thursday on the news that the sector is preparing to collect on a $1 billion ($1.22 billion) tax rebate. Last month, an upper tax tribunal agreed with an August 2018 lower tribunal ruling, which found that...

Philip Conneller May 22, 2020
Hiromu Kurokawa

Tokyo Head Prosecutor Resigns Over Mahjong Gambling Party That Ignored Social Distancing

One of Japan’s top public prosecutors quit Thursday after he was caught breaching stay-at-home laws to attend gambling parties. Until Thursday, Hiromu Kurokawa, 63, as head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, was Japan's second-highest ranking prosecutor. But he was exposed...

Philip Conneller May 21, 2020
Connecticut casinos

Connecticut Tribes, Gov Lamont Clash Over Casino Reopenings

Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans, are itching to reopen their casino doors as soon as possible. Despite promises of “extraordinary measures” to protect employers and customers, the state’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont does not share their...

Philip Conneller May 20, 2020

Bundesliga Betting is Back: German Soccer First to Kick Off Again as Lockdown Eases

Germany’s Bundesliga is the first major European soccer league to return to action, with games progressing behind closed doors from Saturday to Monday. While the matches were as physical as ever, with tackles flying and groups of players jostling together during set...

Philip Conneller May 18, 2020
William Hill

William Hill Reports 90 Percent US Downturn, Promises to ‘Power Up Quickly’ When Sports Resume

William Hill’s US operations have lately been hailed as the antidote to regulatory headwinds in its native UK, but apparently not during a global pandemic. The British bookmaker said in a Friday morning earnings call that the wholesale cancellation of sports across...

Philip Conneller May 15, 2020
Hard Rock International

Hard Rock Int. Acquires Hard Rock Brand in Nevada, Hints at Future Seminole Las Vegas Expansion

The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Hard Rock International (HRI) announced Wednesday it had acquired all rights to the Hard Rock brand and related trademarks in Las Vegas. That suggests the brand and its incumbent rock memorabilia may not be disappearing from the...

Philip Conneller May 13, 2020
Michigan tribal casino

Michigan Tribal Casino Island Resort Ditched Reopening Plan After State Warnings

In north Michigan, the Island Resort and Casino did not come out of lockdown last week, as its owner, the Hannahville Indian Community, had anticipated. That’s because state officials said they would make life difficult for enrolled tribal members and customers living...

Philip Conneller May 11, 2020
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Says No Casinos Until Vaccine or Antiviral Breakthrough on Coronavirus

Detroit casinos will not fully reopen until a vaccine against COVID-19 surfaces, or at least until a breakthrough in antiviral medicine makes the virus less deadly to the population, the city’s Democratic mayor Mike Duggan said at a press conference Wednesday. Asked...

Philip Conneller May 7, 2020
Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma AG Says Gov. Stitt Had No Right to Promise Tribes Sports Betting, Asks DOI to Reject Compacts

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt lacks the authority to enter into tribal gaming compacts that include sports betting, his attorney general contends, because this type of wagering has not been approved by the legislature. That’s the opinion of the State Attorney General Mike...

Philip Conneller May 6, 2020