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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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3135 stories by Philip Conneller

King Gaming Ltd, kgvip.com, Isle of Man, fraud, Dalamine Ltd, Soteria Solutions

King Gaming Raided on Isle of Man in Fraud, Money-Laundering Probe

Last summer, Asian-facing online gambling operator King Gaming Ltd. obtained planning permission from the Isle of Man government to build a multimillion-dollar HQ on a derelict vacation complex. The project, which would have included office and residential space, plus two eateries and...

Philip Conneller May 2, 2024
Billy Joy, Vigo County, Democratic Party, Terre Haute

Indiana Election Candidate’s Illegal Gambling Conviction Could Sink Campaign

A Democratic election candidate in Indiana’s Vigo County could see his hopes of reaching office dashed because of a decade-old conviction for illegal gambling. Billy Joy of Terre Haute, Ind. is seeking the Democratic nomination for Vigo County treasurer in the spring...

Philip Conneller April 30, 2024
Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa college athletes, gambling scandal, Iowa State, DCI, Kibana, GeoComply, Brian Sanger, Isaiah Lee and Jirehl Brock, Paniro Johnson, GeoComply, Kibana

Iowa College Athletes Sue for Damages Over Botched Illegal Gambling Probe

A group of Iowa college athletes who were prosecuted by state authorities under dubious circumstances are suing for damages. In a civil lawsuit filed Friday in the Des Moines federal court, 26 Iowa and Iowa State athletes claim their rights were violated...

Philip Conneller April 29, 2024
888 ad campaign, London mayoral race, elections, Sadiq Khan, Susan Hall

888 Ad Campaign Becomes Political Football in London Mayoral Race

Online gambling giant 888 has agreed to pull part of its new ad campaign from London’s public transport system after it became a political football for opponents of the city’s incumbent mayor Sadiq Khan (Labour Party). The 888 campaign rolled out over...

Philip Conneller April 29, 2024
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, roulette cheating, Joe Lin, Chen Lin, Robin Schnepp, Anthony Laush, Jack Daniel Mars III, Interblock

Rivers Pittsburgh Roulette Cheating Case Sees Two More Players Charged

Two Wexford, Penn. men have been charged in relation to a roulette cheating scheme at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh that involved collusion between a dealer, a floor supervisor, and players. Chen Huan Lin, 67, and Joe Jeng Chiou Lin, 65, benefitted from the...

Philip Conneller April 29, 2024
Nevada Gaming Control Board, NGCB, Scott Sibella, Wayne Nix, Dave Stroj, Ippei Mizuhara

Nevada Regulators Join Las Vegas Money Laundering Probe as Net Widens

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has joined a sprawling investigation into the possible laundering of proceeds from illegal bookmaking at Las Vegas casinos, the Nevada Current reports. The gaming regulator is a little late to the party. Last year, the board...

Philip Conneller April 26, 2024
Mitchell Kerr, Mitch Kerr Racing, fraud, bankruptcy

Racing Trainer Who Sold Nonexistent Horse Gambled $2M Before Bankruptcy

A former harness-racing trainer from New Zealand was convicted last year of fraud for selling a horse that didn’t exist. This week, it emerged he illegally gambled more than $2 million before filing for bankruptcy, according to local media reports. In June...

Philip Conneller April 25, 2024
Evolution AB, Calcagni & Kanefsky, New Jersey Superior Court, Bet365

Evolution Accuser Still a Mystery in ‘Black Market’ Defamation Case

Online gaming software giant Evolution AB will have to wait to discover the identity of the author of a report that it claims was defamatory and wiped $3 billion off its market cap. Evolution is suing the unknown entity for libel, along...

Philip Conneller April 24, 2024
Texas Lottery, Rook TX

Texas Lottery Player Won $95M Jackpot by Buying 26M Tickets

The mystery winner, or winners, of a $95 million jackpot on the Texas Lottery 12 months ago appear to have scooped the top prize because they purchased every possible combination of winning numbers, The Houston Chronicle has learned. That means they bought...

Philip Conneller April 23, 2024
Michael Frontier, bookie, illegal sports betting, Chicago Outfit, Mafia

MMA Fighter Turned Bookie Gets Two Years in Chicago Mob-Linked Case

A former MMA fighter turned illegal Mob-linked bookie who claims to have reformed his ways was sentenced to two years in prison Friday. Michael Frontier from Chicago pleaded guilty in January to running an illegal gambling operation between 2015 and 2016. His...

Philip Conneller April 22, 2024