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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Chris Philps

UK Digital Economy Minister Says £100 Affordability Checks Not on Horizon

UK digital economy minister Chris Philp confirmed Wednesday that online gaming affordability checks would be one of the upshots of an ongoing review of the nation’s Gambling Act. But they would be “proportionate,” he said. That means gamblers will not have to...

Philip Conneller December 9, 2021
LLaneros v Union Magdalena

Colombia Soccer on Trial After ‘Match-Fixing’ Video Goes Viral

Colombia soccer’s top tier has launched an investigation into possible match-fixing after footage of a game played Saturday went viral and threatened to shame the country’s national sport. Second-tier club Llaneros was beating Union Magdalena 1-0 until the 95th minute, when the...

Philip Conneller December 9, 2021
Jessica Marcialis

Horse Racing’s Rossi Family Busted By French Cops on Suspicion of Doping, Fraud

French authorities on Tuesday arrested three members of one of France’s foremost racehorse-training families on suspicion of doping and fraud, Le Parisien reports. Cédric Rossi, along with his uncle, Fréderic, and brother, Charley, was taken into custody at their training center in...

Philip Conneller December 8, 2021
Ken Ravenell

MGM National Harbor Investment Leads to RICO Trial for Drug Kingpin’s Lawyer

The trial of a top Baltimore defense lawyer accused of racketeering and money laundering for a major drug distribution ring kicked off Tuesday. Prosecutors believe Ken Ravenell enjoyed a “more than 20-year criminal partnership” with drug kingpin Richard Byrd, and even helped...

Philip Conneller December 8, 2021
Stephen Gibbs

Lottery Winner Stabbed in Face, Jealous Partner Gets 18 Years for Attempted Murder

A British man who stabbed his lottery-winning partner seven times in the face when she told him she planned to leave him was sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempted murder Monday. Stephen Gibbs, 45, a floor fitter from Barry, Wales,...

Philip Conneller December 8, 2021
Hermie Sadler

Ex-NASCAR Driver Hermie Sadler Puts the Skids on Virginia Skill Game Ban

Former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler has won a temporary injunction from a Virginia court blocking the enforcement of the state’s skill game ban. Sadler sued to challenge the ban in June, arguing it was “unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable.” He says the ban...

Philip Conneller December 7, 2021
Wynn Macau

Wynn Macau, Melco to Shut Junket VIP Rooms by December 21

Wynn Macau and Melco Resorts & Entertainment said Monday they would close junket VIP rooms at their Macau properties within the next two weeks. That’s according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg News who are said to be familiar with the matter. The...

Philip Conneller December 7, 2021

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sues Over Alleged Seminole Signature Blocking in Florida

Las Vegas Sands Corp is suing a political action committee backed by Florida’s Seminole tribe for allegedly trying to sabotage its own political ambitions in the state. The Las Vegas-based casino giant has teamed up with Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians...

Philip Conneller December 3, 2021
Colossus Bets

Colossus Bets Sues DraftKings, Alleging ‘Cash-Out’ Patent Infringement

UK-based betting outfit Colossus Bets is suing DraftKings in a Delaware federal court. It claims the American company has infringed its patent rights by offering a “cash-out” function via its online sportsbook. It's the second patent infringement lawsuit filed against DraftKings this...

Philip Conneller December 3, 2021
Pansy Ho

Stanley Ho Family Bicker After Late Casino Mogul Didn’t Leave Will

Stanley Ho’s famously schismatic family can’t agree over the value of the late Macau casino mogul’s multibillion-dollar estate, nor even on a third party to administer it, The South China Morning Post reports. Now, a court in Hong Kong has been tasked...

Philip Conneller December 2, 2021