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

Hard Rock Tejon

Hard Rock Tejon: Tribe Signs Compact with California for $600M Casino

California’s Tejon Indian Tribe has signed a compact with the state’s Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom. The agreement puts the state seal of approval on the tribe’s reservation, the first time it has had a sovereign homeland in more than 150 years. It...

Philip Conneller June 14, 2022
Bavet, Cambodia

Vietnamese Worker Found Hanged in Cambodia Casino

A Vietnamese casino worker was found hanged on his second day on the job at a casino in Bavet, Cambodia, according to local police. Cambodian news outlet VOD reports that 28-year-old Tran Van Ban is believed to have died by suicide Friday...

Philip Conneller June 14, 2022
Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Gov. to Decide on Little River Band Casino Project in Muskegon

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) must decide by Thursday on whether to authorize an off-reservation casino project proposed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The deadline comes after the federal government denied an application from the Governor’s Office for an...

Philip Conneller June 14, 2022
James Hall, Vale UK

Gambler Who Bilked UK Company Out of £6.7M Ordered Repay Just £69K

A gambling-addicted accountant who stole £6.7 million (US$8.1 million) from a family-run store-fitting installation company in Merseyside, England will repay just £69,000 (US$84,000) of the money he embezzled. James Hall, 49, was sentenced to six years in prison in March for fraud...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2022

Daniel Negreanu Extorted for $1M at World Series of Poker

Poker star Daniel Negreanu has reported a $1 million extort plot against him to the FBI. The player is currently in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker and vlogging daily about his experiences. And they’re turning out to be pretty...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2022
Lee Chung Chak

Australia Completes Extradition of Alleged High-Ranking Triad Who Washed Drug Money at Crown

An alleged international narcotics smuggler whose organization was accused of washing millions through the Crown Melbourne Casino’s VIP rooms has been extradited to Australia from Thailand. Lee Chung Chak, 66, is reputed to be second in command of “the Company,” also known...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2022
Euromillions winners

UK’s Richest Lottery Winners Spend Big on Used Volvo

The UK’s all-time biggest lottery winners are not letting their newfound wealth go to their heads. Since winning £184 million (US$224 million) on the EuroMillions draw on May 10, Joe and Jess Thwaite, a couple from Gloucestershire, England, have splurged a small...

Philip Conneller June 13, 2022
Ronaldo rape

Cristiano Ronaldo Palms Casino Rape Claim Dismissed by Las Vegas Judge

A Las Vegas judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit that accused global soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo of raping a woman at his penthouse at the Palms Casino Resort in 2009. US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey determined that the accuser’s lawyer had based...

Philip Conneller June 12, 2022
Gowran Park

Two Horses Named Sierra Nevada to Compete in Same Race Sunday

The smart money’s on Sierra Nevada for the 4:50 at Ireland’s Gowran Park on Sunday. But which one? Thanks to a weird blip in the Matrix, two horses with exactly the same name will run against each other in the same race,...

Philip Conneller June 11, 2022
Michael Owen

Michael Owen Blasted for Backing Unlicensed Crypto Casino, Misleading NFT Scheme

Former England soccer star Michael Owen has been criticized for promoting Punt Casino, an unlicensed crypto casino, in violation of UK gambling laws, The Athletic reports. Separately, the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid striker has been ordered by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority...

Philip Conneller June 11, 2022