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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UK Seizes £2M from QPay Europe Over Link to $150M US Payments Fraud

UK financial regulators have seized £2 million (US$2.57) from digital payments processor QPay Europe. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) claimed the funds were proceeds of a $150 million US bank fraud linked to illegal online gambling and other “high risk” transactions. The...

Philip Conneller April 24, 2022
Trey Songz assault video

Trey Songz ‘Assault’ at Foxwoods Casino Caught on Video, Victim Wants $5M

Just two weeks after Las Vegas Metro Police (LVMPD) dropped its sexual assault investigation against Trey Songz, video footage has emerged of the singer pulling a woman’s breast out of her bikini top. The incident reportedly occurred at a party at Foxwoods...

Philip Conneller April 22, 2022
Selwyn Balkissoon

Resorts World New York City Security Guard Busted for Planned Casino Heist

FBI agents arrested a Resorts World New York City security guard Wednesday for plotting a heist at the casino on the following day. In March, Selwyn Balkissoon of Ozone Park, Queens, recruited a would-be accomplice for his scheme. Unfortunately for Balkissoon, he...

Philip Conneller April 22, 2022
Cedric Cromwell

Ex-Mashpee Chairman Bribery, Extortion Trial Underway in Boston

The bribery and extortion trial of Cedric Cromwell, the former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts, kicked off this week in Boston. Cromwell was indicted in January 2021 for extorting almost $60,000 from Providence, R.I.-based RGB Architects from 2014 to...

Philip Conneller April 21, 2022

Philippine Online Cockfighting ‘Fixers’ Still Missing as Senate Investigation Wraps

A Philippine Senate committee investigating the mysterious disappearances of 34 men with connections to the newly regulated online cockfighting (e-sabong) market wrapped up proceedings this week. But The Philippine Inquirer reports the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs was no...

Philip Conneller April 21, 2022
Janet Mills

Maine Legislature Approves Tribe Controlled Mobile Sports Betting Bill

The state Senate comfortably approved a bill that would hand a future mobile sports betting monopoly in Maine to the state’s four federally recognized tribes. The bill now wends its way to the desk of Gov. Janet Mills (D). The legislation is...

Philip Conneller April 21, 2022

Gaming Entrepreneur Quits, Launches Platform to Help Problem Gamblers is a web platform and mobile app that offers support and counseling for people with problem gambling. It’s also a growing community of 400-plus members, where people can discuss their problems and share their stories. Its founder, Anders Bergman, says he...

Philip Conneller April 20, 2022
Car showroom lottery

Kentucky Lawyer Sues Car Showroom Over Dubious ‘Lottery Win’ Mailer

A lawyer in Kentucky has had it with car showrooms’ congratulating him on winning staggering sums on the lottery, The News-Enterprise reports. Adam Mellor is suing his local Kia Store after it sent him an advertisement that appeared to be saying he...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2022
Seneca Nation

Seneca Nation Protests Against NY Gov. Kathy Hochul in Gaming Dispute

Around 200 members and supporters of the Seneca Nation demonstrated in Buffalo, N.Y.’s Niagara Square Friday, The Democrat and Chronicle reports. They were protesting against perceived heavy-handed tactics by the state to end a longstanding a casino revenue share dispute, which at...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2022
Stephen Cohen

UK National Lottery Bid Chair Linked to ‘Kremlin’s’ Investment Bank

The chair of a UK Gambling Commission committee that last month awarded the country’s National Lottery contract to Allwyn Entertainment was previously a big deal in Russia’s finance sector, The Mail on Sunday has learned. That’s controversial because Allwyn is owned by Czech...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2022