Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)

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Roll the Bones tells the story of gambling: where it came from, how it has changed, and where it is now.

This is the new Casino Edition. which updates and expands the global history of gambling to include a greater focus on casinos, from their development in European spas to their growth in Reno and Las Vegas. New material chronicles in greater depth the development of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and their spread throughout the United States. A new chapter better ...

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Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)

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Overview

Roll the Bones tells the story of gambling: where it came from, how it has changed, and where it is now.

This is the new Casino Edition. which updates and expands the global history of gambling to include a greater focus on casinos, from their development in European spas to their growth in Reno and Las Vegas. New material chronicles in greater depth the development of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and their spread throughout the United States. A new chapter better places Atlantic City's casinos into their correct context, and new material accounts for the rise of casinos in Asia and online gaming.

From the first modern casino in Venice (1638), casinos have grown incredibly. During the 18th and 19th century, a series of European spa towns, culminating in Monte Carlo, hosted casinos. In the United States, during those same years, gambling developed both in illegal urban gambling halls and in the wide-open saloons of the western frontier.
Those two strands of American gambling came together in Nevada's legal casinos, whose current regime dates from 1931. Developing with a healthy assist from elements affiliated with organized crime, these casinos eventually outgrew their rough-hewn routes, becoming sun-drenched pleasure palaces along the Las Vegas Strip.
With Nevada casinos proving successful, other states, beginning with New Jersey in 1976, rolled the dice. From there, casinos have come to America's tribal lands, rivers, and urban centers.
In the last decade, gambling has moved online, while Asia--with multi-billion dollar projects in Macau and Singapore--has become a new casino frontier.

Reading Roll the Bones, you'll get a better appreciation for how long casinos and gambling have been with us--and what they mean to us today.

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Editorial Reviews

Author of Red-Blooded Risk and The Poker Face of Wall Street - Aaron Brown
“This is a serious history that’s as fun to read as a fiction thriller, written by a guy who really understands gambling. A winning trifecta.”
Author, Positively Fifth Street - James McManus
“This updated edition of Roll the Bones is even more indispensable than the original. Schwartz, a serious historian writing for all of us who love gambling (and even those who don’t), has illuminated the history of gambling like no one before. This is a comprehensive and compelling look at the history of risk-taking, refocused on casinos, with a welcome perspective on the longest losing streak the casino industry has seen yet.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939546005
  • Publisher: Winchester Books
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Schwartz is the Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an internationally-known expert on casinos and gambling history.

Schwartz, an Atlantic City native, began his formal study of gambling history while getting his Ph.D. in United States History from the University of California, Los Angeles; his dissertation considered the rise of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip within its national context.

Since arriving at UNLV in 2001, Schwartz has written or edited six books about gambling.

Schwartz is also a regular contributor to Vegas Seven magazine. As gaming and hospitality editor, he writes the bi-weekly "Green Felt Journal" column about the city's casino scene and pens frequent feature stories.

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