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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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2803 stories by Philip Conneller

Rob Mercer, WSOP, cancer

Poker Player Bluffed Terminal Cancer to Get WSOP Buy-In

A Vallejo, California man has admitted that he lied about having terminal colon cancer so he could raise the $10K buy-in to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Poker player Rob Mercer, 37, made $12,500 from a GoFundMe page, and is...

Philip Conneller September 21, 2023
Edwin Castro, Powerball, Jose Rivera, Urachi Romero

$2B Powerball Jackpot Plaintiff Says He’s Receiving Death Threats

An Altadena, Calif. man who claims he is the rightful recipient of the biggest lottery prize ever awarded says he has been dealing with death threats since suing the official winner. Jose Rivera claims the $2.08 billion-winning Powerball ticket was stolen from...

Philip Conneller September 19, 2023
Erik Gutierrez Martinez, Circa Las Vegas

Circa Casino ‘Imposter Scammer’ Pleads Guilty in $1.1M Heist

A man accused of stealing more than $1 million from Circa Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas by pretending to be one of its owners pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft of more than $100K. Erik Gutierrez Martinez, 24,...

Philip Conneller September 19, 2023
Joseph M. Liszewski, Edward Liszewski, Lake Saint Louis, Ameristar St Charles

Missouri Man Shot Dad Dead, Hit Casino with Stolen Credit Cards

A Lake Saint Louis, Mo. man suspected of shooting his father dead went to the Ameristar Casino St. Charles with the victim’s credit card right after the alleged crime, The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Joseph M. Liszewski, 39, was charged with first-degree murder...

Philip Conneller September 18, 2023
Caption 2: North Carolina casinos, casino bill, Phil Berger

North Carolina GOP Unveils Standalone Casino Bill After Budget Fail

A new draft bill outlining proposed North Carolina casino expansion would authorize the creation of four casino licenses in the state, CBS17 reports. One of the new licenses will be reserved for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, which is recognized by...

Philip Conneller September 18, 2023
Alan Rogers, FA, Steven Jennings, blackmail

‘Blackmailed’ English Soccer Manager Who Gambled $1M Unpunished by FA

An unnamed English pro soccer manager embroiled in an alleged blackmail case will not be sanctioned by the Football Association (FA), The Athletic reports. That’s despite court documents showing that he gambled £879,000 ($1million) across two years, losing £270,000. This included bets...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2023
Casino at Medinah Temple, Bally’s, Chicago, muslims

Bally’s Chicago ‘Mosque’ Casino Draws Mistaken Outrage

Bally’s Casino at Medinah Temple has been causing a stir among some Muslim social media users since it opened last Saturday. That's because of the misapprehension that it is a mosque.  The casino, Chicago’s first, is temporary and will exist until Bally’s...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2023
Casino Woodbine, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Arthur Segova, cheating

Casino Woodbine Fined $80K for Failing to Police Dealer Collusion

Ontario gaming regulators have fined Canada's largest casino, Toronto’s Casino Woodbine, C$80K (US$60K) in the wake of an alleged dealer-collusion cheating scheme. Five people were arrested in April in connection with the scheme, including Arthur Segovia, 52, of Etobicoke, an electronic craps...

Philip Conneller September 15, 2023
Darnell Lucifer Pierce, Leslie Grace Ahart, Mubarek Alnajar

Online Gambling Operator, Sex Offender Finally Convicted of Murder

An illegal online gambling operator from Bakersfield, Calif. murdered an associate in the business because he owed him money. Darnell Lucifer Pierce, 41, was sentenced to 53 years to life in prison for Tuesday's crime. He was found guilty in August of...

Philip Conneller September 13, 2023
Wynn Macau, bribery, Oh Luen, 吴联, Li Kin-wang

Mystery Wynn Macau Director in $2.8M Bribery Case, Accused Pleads Guilty

A Hong Kong-based air-conditioning salesman has pleaded guilty to bribing an unnamed director at the Wynn Macau in return for lucrative contracts at the casino. Li Kin-wang, 59, is a senior sales manager at Oh Luen, providing large companies with air-conditioning and...

Philip Conneller September 13, 2023