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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Abel Berhany

London Slots Parlor Killer Gets Life for ‘Inhuman’ Attack on Stranger

An Eritrean man who tortured a stranger to death in a London slots parlor has been imprisoned for life for the killing. Abel Berhany, 23, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia when he attacked Abraham Haile, 56, a...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2022
Steve Albini

Nirvana Producer Steve Albini Wins WSOP H.O.R.S.E. Bracelet, Drops It, Breaks It

Record producer Steve Albini has been making noise in the poker world. The former Big Black punk rocker won his second WSOP bracelet Saturday, taking down the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament for $196,089. Albini outlasted 773 players in one of poker’s toughest disciplines to...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2022

ThePokies.Net Targeted in Australia Illegal Gambling Crackdown

Australian communications regulator ACMA has ordered internet service providers to block online casino after data showed it attracted 30,000 Australians each month. The regulator said it had received reports from customers who claimed they weren’t being paid their winnings or that...

Philip Conneller June 17, 2022
Malta FAFT

Malta: Europe’s Online Gaming Hub Removed from Graylist

Malta, Europe’s foremost online gambling hub, has been removed from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) graylist. It’s news that will have politicians in the tiny Mediterranean island-state and its online gambling industry exhaling. The industry is drawn to Malta by its...

Philip Conneller June 16, 2022
Cullen commission

BC Casino Money Laundering Inquiry: Politicians Failed, But No Evidence of Corruption

An 1,800-page report into historical money laundering at British Columbia casinos found no trace of political corruption. But it did make 101 recommendations to combat the flow of dirty cash through the province. Among them is the establishment of a new anti-money...

Philip Conneller June 16, 2022
Little River Band

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Steamrolls Little River Band Casino Proposal

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday rejected a proposed off-reservation casino for near Fruitport, Muskegon County. The decision effectively torpedoes the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' 12-year effort to build the casino on the site of the former Great Downs racetrack....

Philip Conneller June 16, 2022
paddy power

Paddy Power Ad Spot Banned for Prioritizing Gambling Over Family Life

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV spot advertising the operator’s Wonder Wheel game for portraying gambling as “taking priority in life over family.” The offending spot shows a young man playing the game in his partner’s parents’ home while...

Philip Conneller June 15, 2022
Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Bus Driver Ate Gummies Laced with THC, Passed Out on Freeway

A bus driver was charged with 38 counts of reckless endangerment after passing out on I-95 while ferrying a busload of Boston casino-goers back home from Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun. The driver allegedly also polished off a whole bag of “Smokies Edibles Cannabis-Infused...

Philip Conneller June 15, 2022
Doyle Brunson, Tony Spilotro

Tony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro Once Threatened to Kill Poker Legend Doyle Brunson with Ice Picks

Poker legend Doyle Brunson was once threatened with death by vicious Las Vegas Mob enforcer Tony “The Ant” Spilotro. The 88-year-old Texan recounted his disturbing encounter with “The Ant” in an interview this week with Texas Monthly. Spilotro was a capo for...

Philip Conneller June 15, 2022
mitchell kerr

‘Corrupt’ Harness Racing Trainer Sold Victim Non-Existent Horse

A harness racing trainer from Christchurch, New Zealand, has been sentenced to seven months’ home detention for a series of racing industry frauds, including selling a victim a fictitious horse. Mitchell Kerr, 30, has also been ordered to attend problem gambling courses...

Philip Conneller June 15, 2022