Philip Conneller

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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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2422 stories by Philip Conneller


Trafficking Boat Capsizes on Route to Cambodia Gambling Town, Three Dead, Eight Missing

Three people are dead and eight missing after a boat carrying trafficked workers to the Cambodian casino hub of Sihanoukville capsized last Thursday, the AFP reports. Cambodian authorities said over the weekend they had rescued 21 people from the vessel, which ran...

Philip Conneller September 26, 2022
Sun Lijun

Chinese Official at Center of Steve Wynn Lobbying Scandal Sentenced to Death

A Chinese government official who allegedly recruited Steve Wynn to lobby the White House for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been sentenced to death in the northeastern city of Changchun. Former deputy minister for public security Sun Lijun, 53, was...

Philip Conneller September 23, 2022
Alvin Chau

Alvin Chau Trial: Suncity Had IT System to Log Illegal Multiplier Bets

Macau junket operator Suncity Group had a computer system in place that kept records of illicit multiplier bets, the company’s former vice president of IT, Ali Celestino, testified Wednesday. Celestino is one of 21 defendants on trial, along with former Suncity chairman...

Philip Conneller September 21, 2022
Zia Park

Zia Park Casino Kidnap Video May Not Be All It Seems

Security video of a New Mexico woman apparently being kidnapped from the Zia Park Casino Hotel Racetrack, close to the border with Texas, is now being reevaluated by investigators. On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, police responded to reports of a possible kidnapping...

Philip Conneller September 20, 2022

Alvin Chau Trial: Junket Kingpin Denies Online Gambling, Side-Betting Operations

Former Suncity boss Alvin Chau has denied operating illegal online betting services that targeted gamblers in Macau and mainland China. In a Macau Court of First Instance on Tuesday, the fallen junket head also denied that his company had been involved in...

Philip Conneller September 20, 2022
Terry Watanabe

Biggest Las Vegas Loser Terry Watanabe Will Be Subject of Film

In 2007, Terry Watanabe, a wealthy businessman from Omaha, Neb., lost more than $200 million gambling, mainly at Caesars Palace and the Rio. It’s a dubious feat that immortalized him as one of Las Vegas’ biggest losers. Now there are plans to...

Philip Conneller September 16, 2022

Rhino Sports Was Lucchese Crime Family Online Betting Op, Feds Say, Five Indicted

A Brooklyn-based illegal online gambling business that was allegedly under the protection of the Lucchese Crime Family offered bettors “twisted customer services,” prosecutors clained Wednesday. Their policy was, “Do what we say or face terrifying consequences.” That’s according to the US Attorney’s...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2022
Robert Telles

Bellagio Fight Led to Domestic Battery Arrest for Jeff German Murder Suspect

Robert Telles, the Clark County Administrator accused of murdering Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest in 2020. That was after Telles got drunk and started a fight with his wife at the Bellagio, according...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2022
Lizzie Pugh

Bank Wants Casino Jackpot Winner’s Race Discrimination Suit Tossed

A Black woman from Detroit says she was told by the Fifth Third Bank that she could not deposit a $12,200 check for casino winnings because it was “fraudulent.” Now, she’s suing the bank for racial discrimination. But Fifth Third wants the...

Philip Conneller September 14, 2022

Red Rock Resorts Begins Demolition of Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson

Station Casinos parent Red Rock Resorts Monday began the demolition of its Texas Station and Fiesta Henderson properties in Las Vegas. These are two of three Station Casino operations that never reopened after Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered a blanket casino shutdown during...

Philip Conneller September 13, 2022

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