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

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Generate a Lot of Action with New NFL Draft Prop Bets

April 27th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Nevada Gaming Control Board approved NFL Draft proposition bets this year, so gamblers have a chance to wager on the 1st Round of tonight’s NFL Draft. This year’s slate of NFL prop bets appear to be fairly straightforward, but it is an experiment that might open the flood gates to NFL Draft prop bets in 2018 and beyond. Each of the Las Vegas sportsbooks designed their own bets. John Murry, sportsbook manager at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, told

Major League Baseball Commissioner Says Rays or A’s Might Move to Las Vegas

April 26th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said his sports association would be open to an MLB franchise moving to Las Vegas. The announcement reverses a decades-long policy against having a franchise so close to the gambling capital of America. Commissioner Manfred said franchises like the Tampa Bay Rays or the Oakland Athletics would be given consideration, if they wanted to move to Las Vegas. Both franchices play in outdated stadiums at present; neither Tampa nor Oakland want to provide public

The Florida House and Senate Agree to a Decoupling and Designated Player Games

April 25th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Florida House of Representatives made several concessions this week which would allow a deal to be made between the state and the Seminole Tribe. The House appears to have changed course after the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling which allows an anti-casino voter initiative on the 2018 mid-term election ballot. The announcement came after Florida State Senator Bill Galvano and State Representative Felix Diaz co-hosted a gambling conference over the weekend. Galvano and Diaz postponed the gathering until

Carl Icahn Files 10 Tax Appeals Worth Millions of Dollars for Atlantic City Casinos

April 24th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Carl Icahn has tax appeals for Tropicana Atlantic City, Trump Taj Mahal, and Trump Plaza which could cost Atlantic City millions of dollars. Given the fragile state of Atlantic City’s finances, the tax abatements could make life harder for the city’s financial leaders. The billionaire activist investor recently filed tax appeals for 2014 through 2017 for Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, which he bought when he took control of Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2015-2016. Icahn also filed for a

PokerStars Announces 2017 New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) Schedule

April 21st, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

PokerStars announced this week a guaranteed prize pool of $1,200,000 for the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker, usually referred to as NJSCOOP. The online poker toiurnament runs from May 6 to May 22. The 2017 NJSCOOP schedule contains a wide variety of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, and HORSE events. It also contains 6-Max, 8-Max, Bubble Rush, and Turbo Shootout events. For low rollers, two separate methods of playing in the Main Event exist. NJSCOOP Main Events: High Roller

Jason Chaffetz, Top Online Gambling Opponent in Congress, Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

April 20th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the top advocate for Restore America’s Wire Act, announced he would not seek reelection in 2018. As the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz arguably is the most powerful proponent of anti-online gambling legislation in the current U.S. Congress. Jason Chaffetz sponsored Sheldon Adelson’s pet bill, Restore America’s Wire Act (RAWA), in the House of Representatives from 2014 to 2016. In fact, Chaffetz chaired hearings on RAWA in the Oversight Committee, hoping to gain

NCAA Criticized for Reversing Ban on North Carolina Sports Events over Social Policy

April 19th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The NCAA has lifted its ban on North Carolina sporting events it had imposed last year due to the Tarheel State’s law against LGBTQ citizens. North Carolina’s legislature recently passed a “fig leaf of a bill” that partially reversed the policies imposed in early 2016. In return, the NCAA Board of Governors agreed to allow 23 NCAA Division I, II, and III championship events to be held in North Carolina beginning in the 2017-18 season and ending in the 2021-22

Florida House and Senate Leaders Meet to Negotiate Tribal-Racino Gambling Laws

April 18th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate met on Monday to discuss conflicting policies on gambling legislation. It was decided that a conference committee on gambling will begin meetings on Thurday and the two sides might negotiate throughout the weekend. Florida State Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), a longtime expert on Florida gambling laws, is set to chair the conference. The main agenda is to determine a common policy on a deal with the Seminole Tribe, whose previous deal

The Ivey League, Phil Ivey’s Poker Training Site, Plans to Close on May 1

April 17th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

The Ivey League, Phil Ivey’s poker training website, announced it would close on May 1, 2017. The Ivey League’s clossure ends a business venture that began in 2012. In 2012, Phil Ivey bought Leggopoker, an online poker training website that already had a community of trainees. The plan to was to make the Ivey League into a successful training video site like CardRunners. Ambitions as an Online Poker Site Eventually, Phil Ivey wanted the site to become an online poker

Bellagio Annex’s Roof Caught Fire, Shutting Down the Las Vegas Strip

April 14th, 2017 Written by Cliff Spiller

A fire raging on the roof of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino closed down the Las Vegas Strip for several hours last night. Within hours, traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard returned to normal. The Bellagio is operating normally at the moment, while traffic once again flows on the Vegas Strip. Clark County Fire Department personnel extinguished the blaze, though they said that the location of the fire made it a difficult task. Assistant CCFD Fire Chief Larry Haydu suggested the

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