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Reporter: Philip Conneller

In Philip Conneller’s eight years with Casino.org, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. He currently focuses his coverage on gaming law, white-collar crime, global money laundering, tribal gaming, politics, and regulation.

Philip was the original features editor for poker’s Bluff Magazine and editor for Bluff Europe, which he helped launch. His writing has also been featured in ESPN, Forbes, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Star, as well as iGaming Business, eGaming Review, and numerous other industry news and tech websites.

His news stories for Casino.org/news have been linked by The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, People Magazine, and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, among many others.

Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 off-suit. He has been reprimanded for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions on both sides of the Atlantic.

He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist.

Philip lives outside London with his wife and children, where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal FC.

Contact Philip at philip.conneller@casino.org.

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3135 stories by Philip Conneller

Mega Millions, New Jersey, $1.13 billion, unclaimed

Mega Millions $1.13B Jackpot Still Unclaimed by Mystery New Jerseyan

Someone in New Jersey won a $1.13 billion Mega Millions jackpot in March but has yet to claim the prize, according to state lottery officials. This gives rise to the horrible thought that they might be sitting on a billion-dollar fortune without...

Philip Conneller July 12, 2024
Alice Guo, Bamban mayor, Chinese spy, POGOs, online gambling, human trafficking

Philippine ‘Love Child’ Mayor Faces Arrest in Gambling, Trafficking, Spying Storm

The Philippine Senate has cited small-town mayor Alice Guo in contempt for twice failing to appear at a hearing examining allegations that she is a Chinese spy involved in human trafficking. She cited stress for the no-show. On Thursday, authorities froze Guo’s...

Philip Conneller July 11, 2024
Redding Rancheria, Win-River Casino, Speak Up Shasta!, Shasta County

Win-River Casino Expansion Approved, Tribe Braced for Lawsuits

The Redding Rancheria, a tribal gaming operator based in Shasta County, Northern California, has received the federal all-clear to move its Win-River Resort and Casino a couple of miles to the east. The casino is within the tribe’s reservation, just outside the...

Philip Conneller July 11, 2024
Sean Eberhart, Indiana state rep, Spectacle Entertainment, Rod Ratcliff, Brent Waltz, John Keeler

Ex-Indiana Lawmaker Sean Eberhart Gets Year in Prison in Spectacle Entertainment Corruption Case

A former Indiana state lawmaker has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for his role in the Spectacle Entertainment corruption case. Sean Eberhart, a Republican state representative for 16 years, pleaded guilty in November 2023, to a...

Philip Conneller July 11, 2024
Texas Lottery, Rook TX, courier services, Sunset Advisory Committee, Hooked on Montana

Texas Lottery Blasted Over Loophole That Let Syndicate Win $95M

A Texas legislative commission blames the state lottery for failing to plug a loophole that allowed a New Jersey-based lottery syndicate to walk off with a $95 million jackpot. The Sunset Advisory Committee (SAC) is tasked with reviewing the performance of state...

Philip Conneller July 10, 2024
Everi, Koin Mobile, antitrust lawsuit, cashless payments. Cashclub Wallet, Koin Wallet

Everi Asks Judge to Jettison Koin Mobile Antitrust Suit

Everi wants a federal judge in Nevada to toss an antitrust lawsuit that accuses the company of “abuse of its power … to stifle competition” in the emerging cashless payments market. In a court filing on Monday, the casino operations giant described...

Philip Conneller July 10, 2024
Underground hospitals, POGO, online gambling, cosmetic surgery

Illegal Philippine ‘POGO’ Hospitals Provide Plastic Surgery to Fugitives

Authorities in the Philippines have uncovered an underground hospital linked to the POGO (online gambling) industry and say they know of two more such operations. They believe the hospitals are being used to treat POGO workers who can't use regular health services...

Philip Conneller July 9, 2024
Felix Zwayer, match-fixing, Euro 2024, semi-final, Jude Bellingham, Robert Hoyzer

Euro 2024 Semi-Final Ref Once Accepted Cash from Notorious Match Fixer

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, is standing by its decision to place a referee once banned for his role in a match-fixing scandal in charge of Wednesday’s Euro 2024 semi-final between England and the Netherlands. Felix Zwayer was banned from soccer for...

Philip Conneller July 9, 2024
Waukegan casino, Full House Resorts, Potawatomi, American Place, permanent casino

Full House Resorts’ Permanent Waukegan Casino Hobbled by Litigation

Full House Resorts says the city of Waukegan, Ill. may have to wait a while for the permanent version of its American Place Casino while the city fends off legal challenges from a Wisconsin-based tribal gaming operator. The Forest County Potawatomi of...

Philip Conneller July 9, 2024
William Anthony Parker, online casino fraud, Finland, cybercrime, hacker

Brit Locked Up in Finland for Hacking Online Casinos, Stealing $900K

A British man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison in Finland for hacking into two online casinos to steal around €835K (US$900K). On Friday, July 7, William Anthony Parker, 34, was found guilty of aggravated online casino...

Philip Conneller July 9, 2024