Philip Conneller

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Global and Tribal Gaming, Casino Business, International Crime, UK Gaming---- In Philip Conneller’s seven 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 (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. Email:

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Betting Suspended on Champions League, Europa League Amid ESL Uproar

Bookmakers have halted the betting markets on the two major European soccer tournaments. That's after organizer UEFA threatened to kick out 12 elite teams over their intent to form the breakaway “European Super League” (ESL). The controversial plan has been condemned by...

Philip Conneller April 20, 2021

Quapaw Nation Charges Former Chairman Berrey with Embezzlement

The Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma filed criminal charges on Monday against its former chairman. The Nation is accusing John L Berrey in the tribal court of embezzlement and other crimes. Accompanying the criminal complaint is a civil lawsuit that seeks $7 million,...

Philip Conneller April 20, 2021

Turkish Online Casino Disguised as Kids’ Endless-Runner App to Fool Apple

An online casino masquerading as a second-rate iOS endless-runner game for kids has highlighted just how sophisticated rogue online casinos have become at evading detection. First spotted by Kosta Eleftheriou, an app developer and exposer of scam software, JungleRunner 2K21 is ostensibly...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021
King’s Resort

King’s Resort Rozvadov Sues Facebook for $24 Million Over Copycat Casino Ads

Czech casino owner and poker player Leon Tsoukernik is suing Facebook for $24 million over advertising he claims have appropriated his intellectual property. According to the lawsuit filed in the regional court in Pilsen, Czech Republic, ads appearing on the Facebook platform...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021

Oaktree Capital Offer Would Buy James Packer Out of Crown Resorts for $2.3 Billion

Oaktree Capital Management wants to help Crown Resorts buy out its biggest shareholder, James Packer. Crown announced Monday morning that the private equity giant has proposed funding a A$3 billion (US$2.3 billion) deal to acquire Packer’s 37 percent stake. The deal offers...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Facing Career-ending Ban from Soccer for BetHard Ownership

Sweden’s greatest soccer player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could be facing a three-year ban from the sport for investing in gambling company BetHard, according to media reports. Swedish daily Aftonbladet claims the AC Milan striker is the fourth-biggest owner of BetHard, with a ten...

Philip Conneller April 16, 2021
Jacqueline Martin

Victim Named in Poker Palace Las Vegas Hit and Run Murder Investigation

A man killed outside the Poker Palace in North Las Vegas in a hit-and-run incident turned murder investigation has been named by the Clark County Coroner as Fredrick J. Mason, 49. Jacqueline Rose Martin, 43 – spelled “Jackqueline” in the arrest report...

Philip Conneller April 15, 2021
slaphouse san diego

Feds Raid 24 San Diego Slaphouses, Links to Drugs and V-Boys Street Gang

The FBI disrupted two dozen illegal gambling dens in San Diego Wednesday morning in sweeping raids across the city. The operation resulted in 35 arrests and charges against 47 people, according to federal indictments unsealed Wednesday. According to an FBI search-warrant affidavit,...

Philip Conneller April 15, 2021

Nebraska, Iowa Ask Appeals Court to Uproot Prairie Flower Casino

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Prairie Flower Casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border should not have been built. That's because the land on which it stands does not qualify as the tribe’s sovereign territory, it has been claimed. This is the thrust of...

Philip Conneller April 14, 2021
Grand National

Grand National Breaks UK Record for Biggest Online Sports Betting Event

Last Saturday’s Grand National steeplechase at Aintree was the UK’s biggest-ever online sports betting event, as a unique set of circumstance helped it outstrip even the soccer World Cup final for digital wagering. The Aintree stands may have been deserted, but around...

Philip Conneller April 14, 2021