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Reporter: Philip Conneller

In Philip Conneller’s eight years with Casino.org, 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 Casino.org/news 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.

Contact Philip at philip.conneller@casino.org.

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3135 stories by Philip Conneller

Frank Stronach, the Stronach Group, 1/ST, sexual assault charges

Stronach Group Founder Frank Stronach Faces Additional Sex Assault Charges

Canadian billionaire and Stronach Group founder Frank Stronach has been charged with eight additional counts of sexual assault after police said more victims had come forward. The 91-year-old was arrested again Wednesday, three weeks after his initial detention on charges of rape, indecent...

Philip Conneller June 28, 2024
Philip Davies, UK election, betting scandal, Craig Williams, Rishi Sunak, Laura Saunders, Conservative Party

Senior UK Policitician Accused of Betting on Himself to Lose Election

A senior UK Conservative politician says he has nothing to apologize for after he was accused of betting on himself to lose his seat in parliament at next week’s general election. Sir Philip Davies MP neither confirmed nor denied placing the £8,000...

Philip Conneller June 28, 2024
MGM Grand Detroit, Denise Ezell, progressive blackjack, jackpot, lawsuit

MGM Grand Detroit Sued for Refusing to Pay $127K Progressive Blackjack Jackpot

A Michigan woman who won a $127K jackpot playing progressive blackjack at the MGM Grand Detroit is suing the casino after it refused to pay out and instead accused her of “trespassing.” That’s despite the plaintiff playing at the casino – and...

Philip Conneller June 27, 2024
Nick Mason, Tory betting scandal, Election, Conservatives, Rishi Sunak, Craig Williams, Laura Saunders, Tony Lee, Election bets, UKGC

UK Tory Party Election Betting Scandal Blows Up as New Suspect Named

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is investigating a fourth staffer in Britain’s governing Conservative (Tory) Party administration for insider betting. The party’s chief data officer, Nick Mason, has joined the list of government insiders suspected of betting on the timing of the...

Philip Conneller June 24, 2024
Julian Bear Runner, Oglala Sioux, Prairie Wind Casino, embezzlement

Ex-Oglala Sioux Leader Gets 22 Months for Embezzling from Tribe

A former leader of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux has been sentenced to 22 months in a federal prison for embezzling from the tribe. Julian Bear Runner, 39, was tribal president for just over a year, between January 2019 and January 2020. But...

Philip Conneller June 21, 2024
California lottery, lottery couriers, Edwin Castro

California Lottery Won’t Pay Out on Courier-Bought Tickets

Buy a ticket for the California Lottery from an online lottery courier and your prize will be voided. Even if you hit it big, you could end up with nada, Lottery officials said this week. Meanwhile, the Lottery has written to its...

Philip Conneller June 21, 2024
Jontay Porter, NBA, basketball, betting scandal, Ontario Provincial Police, OPP investigation

Jontay Porter Faces Criminal Probe in Canada Over NBA Betting Scandal

Canadian authorities have confirmed a criminal investigation is underway into former Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for manipulating NBA games. The American athlete was banned for life by the league in April for “spot fixing” and leaking insider information to a New...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2024
Greg Selman, pokies, slots, Queensland

Vintage Slot Collector Wants Aussie Law Change After Gambling Prosecution

A Queensland, Australia vintage arcade-machine enthusiast has been fined under state gambling laws for possessing decommissioned old-school slot machines, The Courier Mail reports. Now, Greg Selman wants the law changed so that hobbyists like him can pursue their interests without fear of...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2024
Rishi Sunak, Craig Williams, Laura Saunders, Tony Lee, Met Police, Election bets, UKGC

Rishi Sunak’s Bodyguard Arrested for Betting on Election

One of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s close personal protection officers has been arrested for allegedly placing bets on the timing of the forthcoming general election. The unnamed officer is understood to be a member of the London Metropolitan Police Force’s Royalty...

Philip Conneller June 20, 2024
Euro 2024, BetMGM, Golden Goals, Portugal, Czech Republic, Czechia

BetMGM Bettor Was Two Minutes Away From $2.5M in Portugal-Czechia Clash

One BetMGM customer was two minutes and about two inches away from winning a £2 million (US$2.5 million) payout on the Euro 2024 soccer championships on Tuesday. In the lead-up to the game between Portugal and the Czech Republic (Czechia) at the...

Philip Conneller June 18, 2024