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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.

Areas of Expertise

3135 stories by Philip Conneller

Erik Gutierrez Martinez, Circa, Eureka Mesquite, Golden Nugget Laughlin

Alleged Circa Imposter Charged with Similar Con at Eureka Mesquite

A Las Vegas man arrested on June 18 for bilking Circa out of $1.17 million, allegedly by pretending to be one of the casino’s owners, may have attempted similarly audacious scams at other Nevada casinos. Prior to the Circa heist, Erik Gutierrez...

Philip Conneller July 7, 2023
Dirt bike, reckless rider, Las Vegas, RAID

Las Vegas Police Arrest ‘Reckless Rider’ Who Rode Dirt Bike Through Casinos

Las Vegas police said Thursday they arrested a man on suspicion of riding a dirt bike through the gaming floors of “multiple casinos,” and up and down stairs and escalators. He is also accused of “doing wheelies” along Las Vegas Boulevard. Police...

Philip Conneller July 6, 2023
Dwan White Owl, Seven Clans Casino, Red Lake Nation, Minnesota

Seven Clans Casino Dealer Dies in Red Lake Nation Jail, Sparking Anger

The family of a table-game dealer at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minn., is demanding to know why she was left to die of a suspected drug overdose while incarcerated at the nearby Red Lake Detention Center. Dwan White...

Philip Conneller July 5, 2023
Janet Mills, Wabanaki, Maine, veto

Maine Gov. Janet Mills Vetoes Bill to Give Wabanaki Tribes Federal Rights

Maine’s Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed legislation that would have afforded the state’s tribes greater access to federal beneficial laws. Mills’ rejection of the bill (ID 2004) Friday occurred despite overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate. The four Wabanaki...

Philip Conneller July 4, 2023
Tammy Gordy, Iowa Lottery

Iowa Woman Loses House in Tornado, Wins $2M on Lottery

An Iowa woman whose house was wiped out by a tornado 22 years ago has won $2 million on the lottery. Tammy Gordy, 56, and her husband, Steve, from Ottumwa, have been renting since their home was destroyed by extreme weather that...

Philip Conneller July 3, 2023
Kennedy Street Crew, KDY, MGM National Harbor

Kennedy Street Crew Washed Drug Profits at MGM National Harbor

A dozen alleged members of Washington DC’s notorious Kennedy Street Crew, aka KDY, have been indicted by federal prosecutors on drug and money laundering charges. The feds allege KDY trafficked large quantities of marijuana, crack, and fentanyl into the city to be...

Philip Conneller June 30, 2023
Timothy Mitchell, Hard Rock, Atlantic City

6′ 5″ Man ‘Body Slams’ 4′ 11″ Woman at Hard Rock AC

A New Jersey man accused of “body slamming” a woman while she played a slot machine at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will remain in jail after an Atlantic County judge denied him bail this week. Timothy Mitchell,...

Philip Conneller June 30, 2023
Gamal Aziz, Wynn Resorts, Varsity Blues

‘Varsity Blues’ Charges Dropped by Feds Against Ex-Wynn, MGM Exec

Federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against Gamal Abdelaziz, the former MGM and Wynn senior executive caught up in the “Varsity Blues” scandal. Egyptian-born Abdelaziz, also known as Gamal Aziz, was sentenced to 13 months in a federal prison in February 2022....

Philip Conneller June 29, 2023
Carly Nunes, Joseph Reddem, Massachusetts Lottery

Store Clerk in $3M Lottery Theft Case Went on Lam, Pleads Not Guilty

A Massachusetts store worker who went on the lam after being accused of stealing a customer’s $3 million lottery ticket pleaded not guilty to related charges this week, MassLive reports. Carly Nunes, 23, aroused the suspicion of lottery officials when she presented...

Philip Conneller June 29, 2023
Nicholas Calisi, Genovese, Mafia, John Campanella

Reputed Genovese Mafia Capo Sentenced for Illegal Gambling, Extortion

A reputed Genovese crime family capo has been sentenced to 24 months in prison on gambling and racketeering charges. Nicholas Calisi, 54, pleaded guilty to the charges in February, along with alleged Genovese soldier John Campanella, 48. The latter was sentenced to...

Philip Conneller June 29, 2023