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

Football Index

Football Index Wrongfully Used Customer Funds for Expansion, Leaked Docs Show

Failed soccer trading platform Football Index plowed £15 million (USD $20 million) of its customers’ money into a speculative international expansion in the lead-up to its dramatic collapse, The Athletic has discovered. According to leaked documents seen by the sports media group,...

Philip Conneller October 8, 2021

Disbarred Lawyer Funded Gambling with $2.4M Philadelphia Eagles Season Ticket Scam

A disbarred New Jersey lawyer pleaded guilty this week to defrauding an investor in a bogus business that purported to offer loans to Philadelphia Eagles fans. Instead, Frank Tobolsky spent most of a $2.4 million investment on personal expenses and a “crippling”...

Philip Conneller October 7, 2021
Gamal Abdelaziz

Ex-Wynn, MGM Exec Accused in College Admissions Scandal in Jury Deliberation

A jury in Boston began deliberation Thursday on the case of a former Wynn Resorts president and MGM Resorts CEO charged with fraud in the 2019 college admissions scandal. In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said Gamal Abdelaziz “crossed the line” when he...

Philip Conneller October 7, 2021
Evander Kane

San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane in NHL ‘Fake Vaccination Card’ Probe

Embattled San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is being investigated by the NHL over allegations he supplied the league with a fake vaccination card to dodge health and safety protocols. The news, first reported by Front Office Sports, comes two weeks after...

Philip Conneller October 6, 2021

Gambling Helplines Report Uptick in Calls from Users of Digital Trading Apps

Problem gambling helplines say they are receiving an increasing number of calls from online day traders concerned about addiction. Experts say this may be partly attributable to people having more time on their hands during the lockdown, coupled with a lack of...

Philip Conneller October 6, 2021
New York DFS

New York Court of Appeals to Decide if Daily Fantasy Sports is Gambling

The New York Court of Appeals is set to determine whether daily fantasy sports is a game of skill or a game of chance. Spectrum News 1 reports that the state’s highest court began hearing arguments in Albany on Tuesday. Ultimately, the...

Philip Conneller October 6, 2021

Talons Out! Online Cockfight Betting Sparks Spat in Philippine Legislature

The Philippines’ new licensing regime for online cockfight betting, known as e-sabong, is gathering momentum – too much momentum for the liking of some lawmakers. The county’s gaming regulator, PAGCOR, began handing out licenses in May. That’s after the legislature passed a...

Philip Conneller October 1, 2021
AIBA, McLaren report

Rio 2016 Olympics Boxing Was Fixed By AIBA Judges, McLaren Report Finds

Corruption was endemic in boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympics, according to a new report. It blames the International Boxing Association (amateur) (AIBA) for “corruption, bribery and the manipulation of sporting results.” The report’s author, Professor Richard McLaren, describes a “culture of...

Philip Conneller October 1, 2021
Shakir Khan, Lodi

Lodi, Calif. City Councilman Arraigned on Illegal Gambling Charges Won’t Resign

A Lodi, Calif. city councilmember and his brother were arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges, including illegal gambling, money laundering, and tax evasion, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. Councilmember Shakir Khan and Zakir Khan are alleged to have operated...

Philip Conneller September 30, 2021
Viktor gjonaj

Michigan Real Estate Guru Gets Prison for Stealing $23M to Chase Lottery

A Detroit real estate executive who became obsessed with a system he believed was guaranteed to win the Michigan Lottery was sent to prison for 53 months on Wednesday for bilking investors to buy tickets. Viktor Gjonaj was the founder of the...

Philip Conneller September 30, 2021