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

Nevada Gaming Commission Likely to Change CTR Policies for Rural Satellite Sportsbooks

May 15th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Nevada Gaming Commission is considering a change in the state’s gaming laws which would close a loophole for money launderers. The change being considered involves current transaction reports, usually referred to as CTRs. Anytime a gambling transaction over $10,000 is processed, Nevada casinos are supposed to file a report to the Treasury. The statute which requires the CTR policy is the Bank Secrecy Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970. CTRs and the Bank Secrecy Act The BSA

Las Vegas Strip Casinos to Stop Providing Free Drinks to Non-Playing Visitors

May 13th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International each have rolled out programs in the last year to stop giving free drinks to visitors who do not gamble. Now, patrons must play to get a free cocktail. For decades, free drinks at Las Vegas casinos have been the standard. While players view free alcohol as a nice giveaway, casino managers see the booze as an investment or a promotional expense. When players have a few drinks, many of them have significantly fewer

Nevada Democrats Open Hearings to Investigate Adam Laxalt’s Dealings with Las Vegas Sands

May 11th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Nevada Democrats want a public hearing to look into the state’s Republican Attorney General’s interactions with Las Vegas Sands representatives. Democrats say Adam Laxalt’s meetings with a Republican political donor’s representatives may amount to corruption, because of the legal advice Laxalt provided. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt met with representatives of the Las Vegas Sands Corp, owned by Sheldon Adelson, in 2016. Laxalt said the meetings were routine and work-related, while Democrats charge they are evidence of political corruption. Adam

Resorts Casino and Sports AD Partner to Bring New Jersey the FastPick DFS Game

May 10th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Resorts Casino plans to test the legality of daily fantasy sports in New Jersey. Resorts Casino signed a deal with Sports AD, a business-to-business (B2B) daily fantasy sports supplier. The Atlantic City casino will partner with the DFS supplier to launch FastPick, a daily fantasy sports product that will be available to New Jersey residents only. FastPick is expected to launch in June 2017. Daily Fantasy Sports with a Twist Daily fantasy sports is not legal at the moment in

Gila River Gaming Enterprises Might Buy Naming Rights to University of Phoenix Stadium

May 9th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A casino company might soon hold naming rights to an NFL stadium. Gila River Gaming Enterprises, which owns four casinos in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Gila River Gaming might soon own the naming rights to the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium, which originally was named Cardinals Stadium and currently is named University of Pheonix Stadium. Those reporting the rumors state that the chances Gila River buys the right to place its name on the Cardinals’ stadium remains slim, but such a high-profile

David Moradi Receives $160 Million in Damages from Cosmopolitan Marquee Assault Case

May 8th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A man who filed a lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2014 was awarded $160 million by a Las Vegas jury on Wednesday. The attack allegedly occured in 2012. The 5-week trial targeted The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Marquee nightclub, and Roof Deck Entertainment LLC. The lawsuit was filed by David Moradi, a New York resident, who suffered traumatic brain injury when the manager of a nightclub and the security staff at the Cosmopolitan “back roomed” him

Gambling Addiction in Retirement Age Women Appears to Be on the Rise

May 6th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Problem gambling experts say the rate of gambling addiction women at-or-near retirement age is increasing “in scope and severity“. Those experts say the women’s compulsive gaming habits have caused many to lose significant amounts of money, while jeopardizing their retirement. Keith Whyte of the National Council on Problem Gambling said it is difficult to track the percentage increase of elderly women who engage in problem gambling, but the problem appears to be increasing in scope and severity. For people on

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds, Favorites, Dark Horses, and Analysis

May 4th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The 2017 Kentucky Derby runs at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The race this year has 20 entries, which could cause problems for several of the favorites, who run from some of the outside gates. A number of relatively unknown or untouted horses have entered the field, including Untrapped (58-1), State of Honor (51-1), and J Boyz Echo (45-1). Irap (38-1), Fast and Accurate (37-1), and Battle of Midway (37-1) are all dark horses, too. Always Dreaming at 4-1 Odds The

Saipan Casino Construction Raided by FBI Due to Undocumented Chinese Workers

May 3rd, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

When a construction worker at a Saipanese casino development died on site in late March, U.S. investigators raided the construction company’s headquarters. In the documents the FBI agents confiscated, they found evidence that hundreds of undocumented Chinese workers were a part of the project. In late April, U.S. prosectors filed charges against individuals asscociated with two big Chinese contractors. The work on the Imperial Pacific casino face delays, while the New York Times is writing expose pieces on Imperial Pacific

U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall Recommends Supreme Court to Reject New Jersey’s Sports Betting Appeal

May 1st, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall is rumored to be advising the US Supreme Court to deny New Jersey’s sports betting appeal. Jeffrey Wall is an appointee who will serve in his position until Donald Trump’s nominee, Noel Francisco, is confirmed by the US Congress. Michelle Minton, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, posted on Twitter, “Hearing chatter that Solicitor General’s office is ‘unlikely’ to recommend SCOTUS grant NJ’s PASPA appeal. Here’s hoping it’s wrong.” New Jersey’s Sports Betting

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