Cashing out: Legalized sports gambling raises addiction concerns By Nate Fain, Arizona Sports July 13, 2018 at 8:00 am Another football game hadn’t gone Joe Schiller’s way, and the thousands of dollars of debt he had accumulated from betting was about to bury him. With his life spinning out of control, he hopped in his car with his then-pregnant wife’s paycheck in his pocket and went into hiding for two months. Mo (Maureen) Michael’s boyfriend maneuvered through a haze of cigarette-smoke at Cliff Castle Casino, looking for his missing girlfriend. He searched the Campe Verde facility until he found her, on the tail end of a two-day gambling binge, stuffing her last dollar bill into a video poker machine. Haunted by suicidal thoughts, Joe Watson had lost all of his money playing cards and felt like he was running out of options. The clean-shaven, well-spoken writer pushed his pointed fingers in his jacket pocket to make it look like he was carrying a gun. He burst through the doors of a gas station in Scottsdale, demanding the cashier open the register.