Commonwealth Policy Center

Ellis Park in Henderson is expanding its slot-machine operation without legislative approval. As controversial as that is, land-based casinos are in competition with digital casinos, even ones that don’t pay out. The Center for Investigative Reporting ran a story on its Reveal program exploring abuses by digital casinos that can be found on Facebook. In one segment they talked about Big Fish Casino, a popular social casino. A social casino has online games like poker, blackjack and slot machines. They start out free for players and then after the free chips or tokens are used up, they begin to charge. The thing is, they don’t have a payout. But this doesn’t stop players from becoming addicted. One woman that was interviewed shared that her addiction led to over $400,000 in losses.