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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WPT Restarts Live Poker at Hard Rock Hollywood This Week, But is It Safe?

The World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Lucky Hearts Open main event kicks off on Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida – the first major tournament on US soil since the start of the pandemic. It’s also the...

Philip Conneller January 19, 2021
larry flynt

Porn Baron Larry Flynt Catches Break in Bid to Change California Gaming Law

A federal judge in Sacramento sided with porn publisher and card room owner Larry Flynt in his legal fight against the law that prevents California gaming licensees from owning interests in out-of-state casinos. US District Judge John Mendez on Thursday denied the...

Philip Conneller January 17, 2021

Sheldon Adelson Buried in Jerusalem, Netanyahu Honors ‘Great Jewish Patriot’

Sheldon Adelson was laid to rest Friday at a small private funeral on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The billionaire casino mogul died Tuesday of complications related to treatment for non-Hodkinson’s lymphoma. He was 87. The Times of Israel reports that...

Philip Conneller January 15, 2021
Jeju Shinhwa

Jeju Shinhwa World Robbery: Bulk of $13 Million Recovered, Perps Still on Lam

Authorities in South Korea say they believe they have uncovered most of the money that went missing last week from a safe at Landing International’s Jeju Shinhwa World on the tourist island of Jeju. On Thursday, police said they had found almost...

Philip Conneller January 15, 2021
Arizona sports betting

Arizona Sports Betting Now Backed by Tribes, Gov. Ducey Calls on Lawmakers to Get the Job Done

Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, wants regulated sports betting, and he’s won the support of the state’s 16 tribal casino operators. Now he’s calling on the legislature to pass a bill to make it happen. The legislative effort to legalize Arizona sports...

Philip Conneller January 15, 2021

Former Whiting, Indiana Mayor Dodges Prison Sentence After Gambling Campaign Funds

The former mayor of Whiting, Ind. told a court that he did have a gambling problem. He escaped a prison sentence for plundering his campaign funds for money to blow in casinos on Wednesday. Joseph Stahura resigned after 16 years as mayor...

Philip Conneller January 14, 2021
Lynn Wood

‘Stop the Steal’ Lawyer Lin Wood Threatens to Expose Steve Wynn for Defaming Him to Donald Trump

Steve Wynn and his former lawyer, L. Lin Wood, have fallen out spectacularly. Now the celebrity attorney-cum-conspiracy theorist, fired by Wynn last year, accuses the disgraced casino mogul of tarnishing his reputation with US President Donald Trump. Since leaving Wynn’s employ, Wood,...

Philip Conneller January 13, 2021
Boston Chinatown Massacre

FBI Renews 30-Year Hunt for Suspect Who Killed Gamblers in Boston Chinatown Massacre

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a fugitive suspected of gunning down five card players. The crime happened in an underground gambling den in Boston’s Chinatown in January 1991. Tuesday...

Philip Conneller January 13, 2021
Thunder Valley

Driver Shot After Dragging Deputy 150 Yards Through Thunder Valley Casino Parking Lot

In Lincoln, California, near Sacramento, a Placer County deputy shot a man after being dragged by his vehicle through a casino parking lot, authorities said Tuesday. The deputy had stopped a Toyota SUV in the early hours of Tuesday morning outside the...

Philip Conneller January 12, 2021
Evander Kane

NHL Star Evander Kane Files for Bankruptcy, Owes Gambling Debts

The San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as documents in a California court this week shed light on his prodigious gambling habit. The NHL left-winger is $26.8 million in debt, according to the court filings. He has...

Philip Conneller January 12, 2021