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

Casino Cancels Kathy Griffin Show Due to Trump Photo Scandal

May 30th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico announced it had canceled a show by comedian Kathy Griffin scheduled for July 22. The cancellation came a day after Kathy Griffin posted an image online of herself holding the bloodied likeness of President Donald Trump’s apparently severed head. The graphic image offended commenters on both the left and right of American politics. Kathy Griffin Fired by CNN It was not the only reaction from an employer of Kathy Griffin. CNN

Lawsuit against New Jersey PILOT Bill Filed by Constitutional Advocacy Group

May 29th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Liberty and Prosperity, described by the Press of Atlantic City as “a constitutional advocacy group“, has sued New Jersey to block the PILOT law involving Atlantic City casinos. Liberty and Prosperity claims the property tax bill is unconstitutional. The PILOT (“Payments In Lieu Of Taxes”) was enacted in 2016 as an alternative to costly property tax assessments for Atlantic City casinos’ property taxes. Each year for the past 40 years, tax assessors would determine the property taxes for the casinos.

The Golden State Warriors are -260 Favorites to Win the 2017 NBA Finals

May 26th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Golden State Warriors are strong favorites to win their NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Warriors a -260 favorite, while the Cavs are a +220 underdog. This is the third straight year the two teams have played in the NBA Finals. In 2015, the Golden State Warriors won in 6 games, though the Cavaliers were missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in that series. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers won in

Tunica Outlet Mall Has Trouble after the Casino Nearby Closed Its Doors

May 24th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A Tunica outlet mall, Casino Factory Shoppes, is having trouble keeping its doors open after traffic to the mall’s casino declined in the past 5 years. Large retail businesses are dropping out of the outlet mall, while smaller businesses are moving into the complex. The story of the closure of Harrah’s Casino across the street shows the negative economic impact a casino sometimes has on a community. In this case, the Tunica Chamber of Commerce said that the casino in

New Jersey General Assembly Approves a Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

May 23rd, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A bill to legalize, license, and regulate daily fantasy sports in New Jersey was passed by a wide margin in the General Assembly on Tuesday. The measure passed in the Democrat-controlled Assembly by a 65-15 vote, and now passes to the State Senate for a vote. Assembly Bill 3532 would regulate the daily fantasy sports industry in New Jersey, allowing operators like DraftKings and FanDuel to seek a license. If the new law were to pass, operators would need to

MGM Resorts Walks Away from $1.3 Billion Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem Purchase

May 22nd, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

MGM Resorts International is not buying the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, after all. MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands have been in talks for two months on a $1.3 billion deal to sell the most lucrative casino in Pennsylvania. McCall reported that Sands executives have decided Sands Bethlehem’s recent fiscal performance is the main reason LVS will not sell to a major rival. Sands Bethlehem is the smallest of Las Vegas Sands’ casinos, but it is also well-situated to draw

13-1 Cloud Computing Wins 142nd Preakness Stakes on the Back Stretch against Classic Empire

May 20th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

13-1 long shot Cloud Computing won the Preakness Stakes today in an upset. Cloud Computing ran down Classic Empire on the back stretch, edging out the thoroughbred many thought was Always Dreaming’s main competition. Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner, meanwhile finished in 8th place. Halfway through the race, it looked like Classic Empire and Always Dreaming would have a classic finish, as Classic Empire stuck his nose in front. Cloud Computing Edged Out Classic Empire Then the improbable happened,

Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Dies at the MGM Grand Detroit

May 18th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, died of an apparent suicide at the MGM Grand Detroit. The 52-year old icon of the grunge rock era was found dead overnight in his room at the casino-hotel. The Wayne County Medical Examiner determined Cornell’s death to be suicide by hanging, though the coroner noted that a full autopsy has yet to be completed. Cornell was on tour with his band at the time of the his death. Chris Cornell

Suspected Carjacker at Venetian Las Vegas Dies While Being Apprehended by Metro Police

May 17th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun on a man 7 times during a struggle at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday. The police officer also held the man in a neck hold for one minute, before the man lost consciousness. The man, 40-year old Tashi Farmer, later was pronounced dead, said Las Vegas authorities on Wednesday. LVPD noted that the man was attempting to carjack a vehicle when he was confronted by the

Las Vegas Rehab Center Uses Video Poker Machines for Motor Skills Therapy

May 16th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A Las Vegas rehab center is using 2 video poker machines to help stroke patients and those with other maladies regain their muscle motor skills. The patients using the video poker machines include those with Parkinson’s Disease, amputees, and any other medical issue which affects motor ability. The HealthSouth Rehab hospital decided to get creative with its rehab program. Surrounded by the tens of thousands of gaming machines in Sin City, the therapists at HealthSouth Rehab decided to see if

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