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Reporter: Philip Conneller

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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3135 stories by Philip Conneller

Football Index

Football Index Customers Exposed by UK Government Data Leak Blunder

Hundreds of former Football Index users have had their identities exposed in a clumsy data spill by the body tasked with investigating the demise of the controversial soccer trading platform. An email sent to former Football Index customers by the UK government’s...

Philip Conneller April 27, 2021
James Varga, Phantoml0rd

Streamer Wins Case Against Twitch Over CS:GO Gambling Ban

A former internet celebrity booted from the Twitch platform after a Counter Strike: Global Offensive gambling scandal has successfully sued the streaming service for damages. James Varga, known on Twitch as “Phantoml0rd,” took legal action against Twitch in 2018, claiming loss of...

Philip Conneller April 27, 2021

Legal Challenges Expected Over Florida’s $500M Seminole Compact

Hard Rock International owner the Seminole tribe on Friday inked a deal with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) that could herald the biggest gambling expansion in the state for decades. But DeSantis says state lawyers fully anticipate legal challenges, which they believe...

Philip Conneller April 26, 2021

Ex-Mafia Capo Michael Franzese Thinks Legal Connecticut Sports Betting is a Garbage Business

Michael Franzese, former caporegime of the Colombo Crime Family, isn’t sold on this whole regulated sports betting thing. As reported by the New Haven Register, the ex-wise guy told attendees at an online discussion on sports integrity for the University of New...

Philip Conneller April 23, 2021

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Pokagon Compact, State’s First Tribal Gaming Deal

The Indiana legislature on Monday ratified the state’s first Native American gaming compact. The agreement was signed between the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R). The agreement marks the transformation of the tribe’s South Bend Four Winds Casino...

Philip Conneller April 21, 2021

Betting Suspended on Champions League, Europa League Amid ESL Uproar

Bookmakers have halted the betting markets on the two major European soccer tournaments. That's after organizer UEFA threatened to kick out 12 elite teams over their intent to form the breakaway “European Super League” (ESL). The controversial plan has been condemned by...

Philip Conneller April 20, 2021

Quapaw Nation Charges Former Chairman Berrey with Embezzlement

The Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma filed criminal charges on Monday against its former chairman. The Nation is accusing John L Berrey in the tribal court of embezzlement and other crimes. Accompanying the criminal complaint is a civil lawsuit that seeks $7 million,...

Philip Conneller April 20, 2021

Turkish Online Casino Disguised as Kids’ Endless-Runner App to Fool Apple

An online casino masquerading as a second-rate iOS endless-runner game for kids has highlighted just how sophisticated rogue online casinos have become at evading detection. First spotted by Kosta Eleftheriou, an app developer and exposer of scam software, JungleRunner 2K21 is ostensibly...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021
King’s Resort

King’s Resort Rozvadov Sues Facebook for $24 Million Over Copycat Casino Ads

Czech casino owner and poker player Leon Tsoukernik is suing Facebook for $24 million over advertising he claims have appropriated his intellectual property. According to the lawsuit filed in the regional court in Pilsen, Czech Republic, ads appearing on the Facebook platform...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021

Oaktree Capital Offer Would Buy James Packer Out of Crown Resorts for $2.3 Billion

Oaktree Capital Management wants to help Crown Resorts buy out its biggest shareholder, James Packer. Crown announced Monday morning that the private equity giant has proposed funding a A$3 billion (US$2.3 billion) deal to acquire Packer’s 37 percent stake. The deal offers...

Philip Conneller April 19, 2021