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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

WinStar World, MyWinStar, data leak, Dexiga

WinStar Casino App Was ‘Spilling Customer Data’: TechCrunch

A Nevada-based tech startup that developed the app for the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., was “spilling customers’ private information to the open web,” according to a TechCrunch report. The company, Dexiga, built the MyWinStar app, which allows users...

Philip Conneller February 10, 2024
U Kyaw Lwin, Grand Andaman Casino, Myanmar, Thailand, Thahtay Kyun island.

Grand Andaman Casino in Myanmar Shutters as Owner Goes on Lam

Myanmar’s military junta has issued an arrest warrant for the owner of a five-star hotel casino on the paradise island of Thahtay Kyun. U Kyaw Lwin is wanted in Thailand for money laundering, operating illegal gambling sites, tax fraud, and fuel smuggling....

Philip Conneller February 10, 2024
Northville Downs, Detroit, Michigan, Plymouth Township

Northville Downs, Michigan’s Last Racetrack, Closes After 80 Years

Northville Downs, Michigan’s last surviving racetrack, has run its last race. The 80-year-old harness racing venue in Detroit is expected to be demolished to make way for a $250 million mixed-development project. The closure is another nail in the coffin for horse...

Philip Conneller February 10, 2024
Steve Wynn, Associated Press, Halina Kuta, defamation, Nevada Supreme Court

Steve Wynn’s False Rape Defamation Case Against AP Dismissed

The Nevada Supreme Court has tossed Steve Wynn’s defamation suit against the Associated Press (AP), the AP reports. The case stemmed from a February 2018 AP news story alleging sexual misconduct that turned out to be false. The article reported a woman’s...

Philip Conneller February 9, 2024
Michael Hermalyn, DraftKings, Fanatics, Michael Rubin, corporate espionage

Ex-DraftKings Exec Accused of Stealing Company Secrets Hits “False” Allegations

A former DraftKings executive accused by the sports betting giant of corporate espionage has called the allegations “entirely fabricated" in a new filing to a Massachusetts federal court. DraftKings sued its former SVP, Michael Hermalyn, on Monday. The lawsuit claims he plotted...

Philip Conneller February 8, 2024
Sauber,,, Stake, Kick, Formula One, F1, Alessandro Bravi

F1’s Sauber to Race Under Two Names to Avoid Headache

Formula One racing team Sauber will be known by two names this season, “Stake” or “Kick,” depending on country-specific gambling regulations. At an unveiling event of its new-look C44 race car in London, Sauber Group managing director Alessandro Bravi said the team’s...

Philip Conneller February 6, 2024
Jamel Berry, Zhong Wang, Flushing, Queens, New York City, illegal gambling den, robbery

New York Gang Accused of Gambling Den Robbery, Cold Shooting

Two men accused of robbing an underground gambling den in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York, allegedly shot a man in cold blood as they fled. They each face 10 years in a federal prison, Queens Post reports. Just after midnight...

Philip Conneller February 6, 2024
Utah lottery, Kera Birkeland, lottery bill

Utah’s ‘Spiritually Destructive’ Lottery Bill Gets Mixed Reception

A somewhat optimistic legislative effort to establish a lottery in Utah has gotten off to a stuttering start in Salt Lake City. Gambling bills are a rare occurrence in the state capitol -- Utah is one of just two states, along with...

Philip Conneller February 6, 2024
Michelle Mone, Doug Barrowman, Monbeg Genius, PPE Medpro, Grand National, fraud

Baroness Mone A Grand National Favorite Despite £202M Medpro Fraud Allegations

A racehorse owned by the UK’s most controversial couple may be pulled from England’s famous Grand National steeplechase despite being one of the favorites for the race. Monbeg Genius is owned by Baroness Michelle Mone and her husband, Doug Barrowman. It is...

Philip Conneller February 5, 2024
Allwyn, National Lottery, UK, Camelot

UK Lottery Operator Allwyn Won’t Hit Short-Term Donation Targets

Allwyn Entertainment officially took over the reins as the UK’s new lottery operator last week. Yet it has already admitted that it won’t hit its promised short-term targets on donations to good causes. That’s controversial because Allwyn won the estimated $80 billion...

Philip Conneller February 5, 2024