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Reporter: Philip Conneller

In Philip Conneller’s eight years with, 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 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.

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3107 stories by Philip Conneller

Rishi Sunak, Craig Williams, Laura Saunders, Tony Lee, Met Police, Election bets, UKGC

Rishi Sunak Bodyguard Arrested for Betting on Election

One of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s close personal protection officers has been arrested for allegedly placing bets on the timing of the forthcoming general election. The unnamed officer is understood to be a member of the London Metropolitan Police Force’s Royalty...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2024
Euro 2024, BetMGM, Golden Goals, Portugal, Czech Republic, Czechia

BetMGM Bettor Was Two Minutes Away From $2.5M in Portugal-Czechia Clash

One BetMGM customer was two minutes and about two inches away from winning a £2 million (US$2.5 million) payout on the Euro 2024 soccer championships on Tuesday. In the lead-up to the game between Portugal and the Czech Republic (Czechia) at the...

Philip Conneller June 18, 2024
Craig Williams, election bet, Rishi Sunak. UKGC, UK general election

UKGC Probing More Election Bets After Sunak Aide Snafu

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has written to domestic betting operators asking them to examine all substantial bets made on the likelihood of a national election occurring in July. That’s after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s closest aide, Craig Williams, was found to...

Philip Conneller June 18, 2024
High 5 Casino, High 5 Vegas, High 5 Games, illegal gambling, Washington, class action, damages, social casino

High 5 Social Casino Ruled Illegal in Washington, Players to Be Paid Back

A federal judge in Washington state has ruled that two social casino apps operated by New York-based High 5 Games constitute illegal gambling in the state. The June 11 ruling by Western Washington District Court Judge Tiffany Cartwright could put the company on the...

Philip Conneller June 17, 2024
Entain, GVC Holdings, Headlong, HMRC, Turkey bribery, Fox Williams

Entain Facing £100M Class Action Lawuit Over Turkish Bribery Probe

UK online gambling giant Entain is facing a class-action lawsuit from investors that could see it on the hook for £100 million (US$118 million.) London-based law firm Fox Williams says it is preparing to file the suit. It accuses Entain of failing...

Philip Conneller June 14, 2024
Bovada, Bodog, Alwyn Morris, Morriss Mohawk Gaming Group, Harp Media

Bovada’s Canadian Olympic Hero Told to Back Off by Michigan and Connecticut

In 1984, Canadian kayaker Alwyn Morris won Olympic gold and became an Indigenous sporting hero after he raised the eagle feather salute on the podium in homage to his Mohawk Nation roots. The Olympian was later made a Member of the Order...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2024
Craig Williams, bet, Rishi Sunak, Conservative Party, general election

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Aide Placed Possibly Criminal Bet on July Election

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s closest aide placed a £100 ($US128) bet on a July election happening just days before the leader made the surprise announcement that Brits would indeed be heading to the polls next month, The Guardian has discovered. Craig...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2024
Long Phi Pham, Bruce Pham, Jontay Porter, NBA, Ammar Awawdeh, Timothy McCormac, Mahmud Mollah

New York ‘Poker Shark’ Arrested in Jontay Porter Case Denies Flee Attempt

One of four New York men arrested for alleged involvement in the Jontay Porter betting scandal has denied that he was trying to flee the country when he was detained at JFK International last week. Long Phi Pham, 38, was apprehended by...

Philip Conneller June 12, 2024
Star Sydney, blackmail

Star Casino Blackmailed with Data Leak Threat by Unsuccessful Job Applicant

Sydney’s Star Casino has been granted a court injunction against a man who began blackmailing the casino after it turned down his job application. The man, referred to only as “AB” in court documents, applied for a job at the Star in...

Philip Conneller June 12, 2024
Christos Karasarides Jr., Ronald DiPietro, Skilled Shamrock, Redemption Skill Games 777, Canton, Ohio

Ohio Skill Game Operators Gets 30 Years for Illegal Gambling, Tax Evasion

Two Ohio skill-game parlor owners have been handed hefty prison sentences after being found guilty of numerous crimes related to their illegal gambling operations. Christos Karasarides Jr., 59, owned the Canton-area gaming parlor the Skilled Shamrock. With Ronald DiPietro, 65, he co-owned...

Philip Conneller June 12, 2024