Author Archives: Cliff Spiller

About Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller has been an online writer for 14 years. He worked for Small World Marketing for a decade, where he covered topics like gaming, sports, movies, and how-to guides. Since 2014, he has blogged about US and international gambling news on,, and

Caesars Holds MBA Poker Tournament

January 22nd, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

Last weekend Caesars Entertainment put on a job fair, of sorts, that was definitely out of the ordinary. Instead of having a boring old meet-and-greet, Caesars hosted an MBA Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas as a means of meeting prospective job applicants in an environment that is relaxed and fun. Depending on how you look at it, the tournament has either a very small or a very large buy-in: the only requirement for “players” was that they

Michael Mizrachi Signs with Lock Poker

January 20th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

Poker pro Michael Mizrachi, known as “The Grinder”, is no stranger to endorsement deals, and now he can add another to his list, having signed a deal last week to be a Team Pro at online poker room Lock Poker. The owner and CEO of Lock Poker, Jennifer Larson, said of Mizrachi, “Michael is a pioneer of this industry. He is the perfect combination of dedication, passion, insight, perseverance and unbelievable skill.” Mizrachi, a native of Florida, is one of poker’s best-known

Las Vegas Sands to Sell Pennsylvania Casino

January 19th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

It was widely reported in the news media last week that Las Vegas Sands, the largest casino company in the world, is seeking to sell its Pennsylvania property, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The story was first reported by Bloomberg News and was later picked up by other outlets. The Sands company won’t confirm the reports, with Bloomberg citing an anonymous source. The same source went on to say that it is basically part of the company’s strategy to be

PokerStars Bids for Atlantic City Casino

January 18th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

Online poker site PokerStars was last month rumored to be interested in purchasing a land-based casino in Atlantic City, the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. News broke this week that PokerStars is moving forward with its bid to acquire the property, and has submitted an application to New Jersey state gambling regulators to take over operation of the struggling resort. PokerStars, whose parent company, Rational Group US Holdings, also controls Full Tilt Poker, reached a purchase agreement with the Atlantic Club’s

2012 Lame Duck Session of US Congress Is Complete

January 12th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

The 2012 lame duck session of the U.S. Congress has come to its formal close, and once again online poker players are left with little more than the status quo. Expectations were moderate to high for some sort of online poker legislation to come out of the session. Proponents pointed to the support of two powerful Senators from opposite ideological poles – Nevada’s Harry Reid and Arizona’s Jon Kyl – and the growing press from individual states such as Delaware

Hard Rock Casino Plans Expansions in MA / OH

January 12th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Hard Rock Casino, which operates 174 entertainment properties in 53 different countries worldwide, 16 of which are combination hotel and casino resorts, has submitted an application to the state of Massachusetts to open a casino at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds, located in the city of West Springfield. Currently the fairgrounds is the host of the Big E Agricultural fair. While agricultural fairs and Hard Rock don’t exactly seem to go hand in hand, the company has big plans

Five States to Watch For Regulation in 2013

January 12th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

For poker players, 2012 ended with a whimper, not a bang. Those who expected to see some sort of federal regulation of online poker before year’s end were sorely disappointed. In fact, some would argue poker players in the U.S. ended the year worse off than they were when it began. Will 2013 bring better luck for those who wanted to see regulated online poker in America? Possibly, but most agree that players should be keeping an eye on the

Frank Fahrenkopf Steps Down as AGA President

January 12th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

The AGA has announced that its head, Frank Fahrenkopf, will be stepping down from his positions as chief executive and president of the powerful lobbying group at the end of June. Fahrenkopf has worked for the AGA since it was formed 1995 and will continue to serve as a consultant to the group after he leaves his duty as head of the organization. Fahrenkopf came to the position with an impressive resumé in hand; previously he served as the chairman

Atlantic City Annual Revenue Results

January 12th, 2013 Written by Cliff Spiller

On the positive side, 2012 ended with growth across several key indicators for AC. Year-over-year reports showed improvement in hotel bookings related to conventions, along with an increased spend per convention attendee. Perhaps even more encouraging: the number of shows booked in December 2012 at the city’s sprawling convention center facilities shot up some 20% from the previous year. Further suggesting that better times lie ahead for the gambling capital are a number of positive trends in website visits and

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