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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2350 stories by Philip Conneller

Ronaldo rape

Las Vegas Police Wanted to Arrest Cristiano Ronaldo for Alleged Palms Casino Rape

Las Vegas police (LVMPD) believed they had the evidence to arrest and charge soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for an alleged 2009 rape at the Palms Casino, and even applied for an arrest warrant. That was just before Clark County AG Steve Wolfson...

Philip Conneller February 15, 2022
Casino M8trix

Parkwest Casinos Boss Wins $47M Judgment Against Lawyer Over Casino M8trx Deal

A California court has awarded Parkwest Casinos founder John Park $47.4 million in compensatory damages from his ex-lawyer. That’s for sabotaging his bid to purchase a 50 percent stake in San Jose’s Casino M8trix, per court documents. Park sued his former council...

Philip Conneller February 15, 2022
Flying Lark

Flying Lark Plans in Disarray as Oregon AG Says HHR Machines Are ‘Slots’

Ambitions to install 225 historical horse racing machines at Grant Pass Downs’ new gaming and entertainment center could be a nonstarter. On Friday, Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum issued an opinion that the machines sought by the Flying Lark facility were more like...

Philip Conneller February 14, 2022
Sterling Wheaten

Atlantic City K-9 Cop on Trial for Excessive Force on Ejected Tropicana Casino Patron

The trial of an Atlantic City police officer indicted on charges related to the violent arrest of a man outside the Tropicana Casino is underway in Camden, New Jersey, reports. Sterling Wheaten, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury in...

Philip Conneller February 14, 2022
Halil Falyalı,

Turkish Gangster Detained in Northern Cyprus Casino Owner Murder

Turkish police have arrested a notorious gangster in relation to the Feb. 8 assassination of a Turkish Cypriot casino owner who himself had links to organized crime. Halil Falyalı was killed in a drive-by shooting when the motorcade he was traveling in...

Philip Conneller February 11, 2022

Camelot Group Big Favorite in £80B UK National Lottery Race

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is backing the Camelot Group to retain its license to operate the UK National Lottery, The Telegraph reports. The regulator has recommended the group be awarded “preferred bidder” status in the ongoing tender process. Camelot has operated...

Philip Conneller February 10, 2022
Gamal Abdelaziz

Gamal Abdelaziz: Ex-Las Vegas Casino Exec Gets 13 Months in ‘Varsity Blues’ Case

Former Wynn and MGM executive Gamal Abdelaziz has been sentenced to one year and one month’s imprisonment for his role in the 2019 college admissions scandal. He was convicted of fraud and bribery conspiracy by a jury in Boston in October. Abdelaziz’s...

Philip Conneller February 10, 2022
star sydney

Star Sydney Encouraged Local High Rollers to Lie in Possible Tax Dodge: Whistleblowers

Australia’s Star Sydney Casino told high rollers to lie about their residential status so it could pay less tax, sources who spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) claimed this week. Two former workers at The Star said they were directly involved...

Philip Conneller February 9, 2022
live lure

Greyhound Breeder Still Racing Despite Admitting to Illegal ‘Live Lure’ Training

A Colorado greyhound breeder who has admitted using the cruel and illegal practice of live-lure training is scheduled to race dogs in Arkansas and West Virginia this week, The Denver Post reports. John Lashmet is one of two licensed breeders remaining in...

Philip Conneller February 9, 2022
Florida Voters in Charge

‘Florida Voters in Charge:’ Authorities Investigating Casino Ballot Petition Fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has launched a full investigation into the inclusion of thousands of fake signatures on a pro-casino ballot campaign bankrolled by gaming giant LVS Corp. Election supervisors counting the signatures last month reported an unprecedented amount...

Philip Conneller February 9, 2022