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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

Nam Hyun-hee, 남현희,Jeon Cheong-jo, 전청조, Paradise Group

South Korea Probes ‘Trans Con Artist’ Who Wooed Olympian Posing as Casino Scion

South Korea has been gripped by the saga of a female-born alleged con artist who was briefly engaged to one of the country’s most beloved sportswomen while identifying as a man. Jeon Cheong-jo claimed to be a scion of the Paradise Group,...

Philip Conneller October 30, 2023
Jan Marsalek, Marcos S. Nicodemus, Wirecard

Philippines Immigration Officer Gets Nine Years for Faking Wirecard Fugitive’s Travel Records

A former officer with the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been handed a nine-year prison sentence for falsifying travel records for Wirecard fugitive and suspected Russian spy Jan Marsalek. Marcos S. Nicodemus was convicted for cooking the books to make it...

Philip Conneller October 27, 2023
Quincy Bear Robe, Myron Pourier, Grand Gateway Hotel

Grand Gateway Hotel Killer Pleads Guilty, Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

A Rapid City, S.D. man who shot to death an acquaintance at the Grand Gateway Hotel in the city, sparking a “racist ban,” has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Quincy Bear Robe, 21, admitted to killing Myron Blaine Pourier Jr. on March...

Philip Conneller October 27, 2023
Edwin Castro, Jose Rivera, Powerball

$2B Powerball ‘Pretender’ Could Face Police Charges, Official Says

An Altadena, Calif. man who claims he is the rightful recipient of the world’s biggest lottery prize could be charged with filing a false police report, The US Sun claims. Jose Rivera sued $2.08 billion Powerball winner Edwin Castro in February 2023,...

Philip Conneller October 26, 2023
Andrea Cardinale, Antonio Calabro, Francesca Di Dio, Grosvenor Casino Stockton

Grosvenor Casino Worker Killed Colleague, Fiancée with Sledgehammer

An Italian casino worker in the UK killed two of his compatriots during an acute schizophrenic episode because he believed they had put spells on him. Andrea Cardinale, 22, attacked his “best friend,” Antonio Calabro, 26, and Calabro’s fiancée, Francesca Di Dio,...

Philip Conneller October 26, 2023
Crockfords Casino, London, Closure

Crockfords, ‘UK’s Oldest Casino’ Closes After 195 Years

Crockfords, which claimed to be the UK’s oldest casino, has closed, The Daily Mail reports. The swanky venue in London’s affluent Mayfair district, which once courted aristocracy and royalty, has been owned by Malaysian casino giant Genting since 2006. It’s the third...

Philip Conneller October 26, 2023
Florida sports betting. Seminole tribe, Ron DeSantis, SCOTUS

US Supreme Court Declines to Squelch Florida Sports Betting

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday declined to block the $2.5 billion gaming compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe, owner of the Hard Rock Casino brand. The SCOTUS decision means the tribe is free to launch mobile sports betting throughout the state...

Philip Conneller October 26, 2023
Neil Jones, lottery, European Pool Championships

UK Lottery Winner Becomes Pool Champ, Now Plays for England

The first thing UK lottery winner Neil Jones bought after collecting a £2.5 million jackpot in 2010 was a good pool table. Thirteen years later, he’s representing his country in the sport. Jones, a former tiler, will play for England this November...

Philip Conneller October 25, 2023
Marina Bay Sands, roulette cheating, Daniel Koh Tze Zhou

Marina Bay Sands Roulette Colluders Get Prison in Singapore

A gambler at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison Monday after admitting to conspiring with two dealers to win at roulette, CAN reports. Daniel Koh Tze Zhou pleaded guilty to two counts of violating Singapore’s Casino Control...

Philip Conneller October 25, 2023
Jessy Kurczewski, Lynn Hernan

Wisconsin’s Alleged ‘Eyedrop Killer’ Stole $300K to Feed Gambling: Prosecutors

The trial of a Wisconsin woman accused of murdering a wealthy family friend with eyedrops got underway in Waukesha County Court Tuesday. Prosecutors believe Jessy Kurczewski, 39, killed Lynn Hernan, 62, by administering a fatal dose of Tetrahydrozoline, the main ingredient in...

Philip Conneller October 25, 2023