Philip Conneller

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In Philip Conneller’s seven years with, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. He currently focuses his coverage on global crime, business and tribal gaming.

Phillip was 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.

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2307 stories by Philip Conneller

Action Factory

Cincinnati Poker Club Action Factory to Close After Permit Revoked

A Cincinnati poker club has confirmed it will shutter next week after municipal officials revoked its zoning permit, The Cincinnati Inquirer reports. The Action Factory in Sycamore Township initially received a green light to operate. But officials changed their minds three days...

Philip Conneller May 20, 2022

Arkansas Faces Lawsuit Over Problem Gambling Treatment Fail

Three and a half years after Arkansas voters opted to change the state constitution (Amendment 100) to allow casino gaming, funds pledged to help combat problem gambling have not materialized, local CBS affiliate THV11 reports. The vote authorized the state’s two former...

Philip Conneller May 20, 2022
MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield Concerns Spur City to Extend Pawn Shop Ban

Springfield, Mass. City Council has voted unanimously to extend a ban on new pawn shops and second-hand jewelry dealers in the area, WAMC Northeast Public Radio reports. The council implemented the ban in 2014 when MGM Resorts officially applied for a license...

Philip Conneller May 19, 2022
Lake Mead body

Lake Mead Body in Barrel Could Be Casino Veteran, Say Mob Experts

The body in a barrel found in the mud of a receding Lake Mead several weeks ago could be that of a Las Vegas casino veteran named Johnny Pappas, according to two Mob experts. Writing in The Daily Mail Wednesday, Jeff Burbank...

Philip Conneller May 19, 2022
Legends poker room

Legends Poker Room Shooting: Houston Killer Claims Self-Defense

A man fatally shot outside a poker room in Houston, Texas, Wednesday morning had tried to steal his killer’s car, according to police. This is the latest in a spate of violent incidents in and around the Legends Poker Room in East...

Philip Conneller May 18, 2022
MGM Cotai murders

MGM Cotai Double-Murder Suspect Arrested in Mainland China

A man suspected of strangling to death two women in a hotel room at the MGM Cotai in Macau May 5 has been arrested in China’s Hunan province. The 34-year-old suspect, named only as Zhao, was identified quickly by Macau police following...

Philip Conneller May 18, 2022
Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn Accused by DOJ of Working as Unregistered Chinese Agent

The US Department of Justice is asking a DC federal court to order casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as a foreign agent. The DOJ accuses Wynn of working as an agent for the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It also said...

Philip Conneller May 18, 2022
Abu COVID-Relief

Japan Man Gets $358k COVID-Relief Error, Gambles, Goes on Lam

A Japanese man who mistakenly received 46.3 million yen (US$358,140) in Covid-19 relief funds has blown all the money on black market online gambling sites, according to his lawyer. Officials in the southern town of Abu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, inadvertently sent the unnamed...

Philip Conneller May 17, 2022
Wynn Resorts bribery Macau

Wynn Macau Director Embroiled in $2.8M Bribery Probe, Charges Filed

Two Hong Kong residents have been charged with bribing a Wynn Resorts (Macau) director in return for lucrative contracts servicing the company’s casino properties. Wynn Resorts (Macau) is the subsidiary of Wynn Macau Ltd that operates its properties. Li Kin-wang, 58, and...

Philip Conneller May 17, 2022

Grand Hotel Gold Coast Video Shows Security Push Couple Down Stairs

Video of security guards at the Grand Hotel casino in Gold Coast, Australia, pushing a couple down a flight of concrete stairs has amassed more than 27,000 horrified viewers since it was uploaded Monday. The footage, taken by a bystander on...

Philip Conneller May 17, 2022