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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

Timbisha Shoshone, Death Valley, Inyokern casino, Ridgecrest, California casino

Death Valley Tribe Gets BIA Approval on California Casino

The Death Valley-based Timbisha Shoshone Tribe has received approval from the US Interior Department to build a casino in Inyokern, Calif. That’s two years after its effort to build one in the nearby city of Ridgecrest collapsed spectacularly. According to a July...

Philip Conneller July 8, 2024
Richard Bredice, insider betting, Manchester City, Burnley, Anderlecht, FA

Ex-Man City Analyst Banned from Soccer for Insider Betting

English soccer’s governing body, the Football Association (FA), has banned a former Manchester City analyst from all soccer-related activity for 12 months for betting with insider information. But the analyst, Richard Bredice, claimed he simply used his instinct and knowledge of the...

Philip Conneller July 8, 2024
Kangwon Land, fire, arson

Kangwon Land Gambler Loses $7K, Sets Fire to Hotel Room

South Korean police have arrested an unnamed Chinese national on suspicion of setting his hotel room on fire at the Kangwon Land Casino in the country’s Gangwon Province. The suspect, in his fifties, told authorities that he set the blaze “in a...

Philip Conneller July 5, 2024
UK election, Keir Starmer, Labour Party, Conservative Party, betting scandal, Rishi Sunak

UK Election: Betting Scandal Helps Propel Keir Starmer to Historic Win

An insider-betting scandal has helped sweep Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party to a landslide victory in the UK general election. With Labour taking 412 of 650 parliamentary seats to the Conservative Party’s 120 (two results are yet to be called at the...

Philip Conneller July 5, 2024
Alvin Chau, appeal, Suncity, Macau Court of Final Appeal

Alvin Chau 18-year Sentence Appeal Fails in Macau Highest Court

Macau’s highest court has rejected an appeal by fallen junket king Alvin Chau to reduce his 18-year sentence for illegal gambling and criminal association. The ruling marks the end of the road for Chau, who has launched multiple appeals since his January...

Philip Conneller July 4, 2024
Coquille, Indian Tribe, Medford casino, Brenda Meade, Karuk, Cow Creek, Elk Valley, Tolowa Dee-ni’

Coquille Tribe Hits Back Against Oregon Casino Opposition

The Oregon-based Coquille Indian Tribe has lashed out at efforts by other tribes to oppose its ambitions for a casino in the city of Medford, Oreg. In an op-ed for Oregon Live this week, Coquille tribal chair Brenda Meade accused fellow tribal...

Philip Conneller July 4, 2024
Jontay Porter, criminal charges, NBA, Toronto Raptors

Ex-Raptors’ Jontay Porter to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges in Betting Scandal

Ex-Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, who was kicked out of the NBA for life in April because of an insider betting scandal, will face federal criminal charges. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn filed a criminal information sheet indicating Porter will face...

Philip Conneller July 4, 2024
California cardrooms, tribal casinos, SB 549, Tribal Nations Access to Justice Act, Tasha Cerda, James Siva

California Cardrooms Protest as Bill Advances Allowing Tribes to Sue

Over 100 demonstrators gathered in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday to protest against legislation they say could cost California cardrooms thousands of jobs, iGB reports. Despite protestations, the bill was advanced 15-1 by the California Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee. Senate Bill 549, also known...

Philip Conneller July 4, 2024
Singapore, money laundering, terrorism, Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, FAFT

Singapore Casinos Get New Cash Rules to Fight Dirty Money, Terrorism

Singapore is to lower the reporting threshold on casino cash transactions as part of new measures to combat terrorism financing and money laundering, the island nation’s Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) said Monday. Due diligence checks will be conducted on cash deposits of...

Philip Conneller July 2, 2024
Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Casino, Sire Steele, negligence lawsuit, Erin Carpio

Penn National Sued After Horse Death Linked to Tail Tied to Starting Gate

Horserace trainer Erin Carpio is suing Penn Entertainment claiming its employees’ negligent treatment of her horse, Sir Steele, led to his untimely death. Sir Steele suffered a severe injury before a race at Penn National Race Course in Granville, Pa. on Aug....

Philip Conneller July 1, 2024