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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Seminoles Strike Back Against Ballot Threats from LVS, DraftKings

All-powerful Florida tribal gaming operator the Seminoles are plowing millions of dollars into a new political committee called “Standing Up for Florida,” Florida Politics reports. The tribe is hoping to sabotage efforts by out-of-state gaming companies that want to challenge its gambling...

Philip Conneller October 20, 2021
Cullen Commission

Cullen Commission: BC Casino Dirty Money Hearings Wrap Up, Findings in December

British Columbia held the final hearing of its exhaustive investigation into money laundering in its casinos on Tuesday. Now, two years after it began and 198 witness testimonies later, commissioner Austin Cullen, a former BC Supreme Court judge, has until December 15...

Philip Conneller October 20, 2021
Military gambling

UK Military Vets Seven Times as Likely to Suffer Gambling Disorders as Civilians

British military veterans have a significantly higher risk of developing gambling problems in comparison with the general population, according to new research. The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study is the first UK-wide survey of gambling participation among ex-service members....

Philip Conneller October 20, 2021

Star Entertainment to Face Public Grilling on Anti-Money Laundering Failures

Australia’s Star Entertainment will face a public inquiry in the state of New South Wales (NSW) into allegations it permitted its Sydney property to be infiltrated by organized crime. The company’s shares plunged by almost 23 percent a week ago. That's following...

Philip Conneller October 19, 2021
Supreme Court Tigua

US Supreme Court to Hear Texas Tribal Gaming Case, Could Impact Claims in Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts

The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could end two tribes’ decades-long fight to exert gaming rights on their sovereign land. A ruling in favor of the tribes will strengthen the claim of any federally recognized Native...

Philip Conneller October 18, 2021

Soccer Match-Fixing on the Slide Globally, New Analysis Suggests

The number of soccer matches under suspicion of match-fixing fell in 2020, despite concerns that the financial pressures of COVID-19 might exacerbate the problem. According to new betting market analysis from sports integrity firms Stats Perform and Starlizard, 217 (0.35 percent) of...

Philip Conneller October 18, 2021
vaccine lottery

Vaccine Lotteries Don’t Work, Study Says

States that plowed federal coronavirus funds into so-called “vaccine lotteries” may have wasted their time and money, according to a new study. Research published Friday by the University of Denver suggests vaccine lotteries simply don’t work. It could be that direct cash...

Philip Conneller October 18, 2021
Caruana Galizia

Hunt for Missing Bomb Linked to Maltese Casino Tycoon on Trial for Journalist’s Murder

Maltese authorities are hunting for a bomb they believe was smuggled into the Mediterranean island-nation and hidden by a criminal group linked to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Caruana Galizia was killed in a car-bomb attack four years ago that...

Philip Conneller October 18, 2021
new york dfs

New York’s Highest Court Orders Reargument in Daily Fantasy Sports Case

The New York Court of Appeals has ordered reargument in a case that will decide the fate of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the state. Legal experts say the move could indicate the court is deadlocked on the issue. The court, the...

Philip Conneller October 18, 2021
Casino fraud

Five Indicted for $1.1M Atlantic City Casino Bogus Check Scam

Authorities in New Jersey have indicted five New York State residents for allegedly bilking Atlantic City casinos out of more than $1.1 million using a “sophisticated” fraudulent check scheme. Xiuhuan Zhang, 65, Qingtao Zhang, 53, Sen Ge, 29, Shuai Liu, 30, and Peng...

Philip Conneller October 17, 2021