In 2015, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Center for Gaming Research received a grant from the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board that enabled it to undertake an oral history project intended to capture the stories of table games managers, including both those currently working in the field and those who have retired. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Pit provides an overview of how the interviewees felt about a variety of topics, ranging from their experiences breaking in as new dealers to their transitions to management and the changes the industry has seen over their careers. The current and former managers speak candidly about the owners, bosses, dealers, and players who made each day challenging.
About the Author
David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center for Gaming Research and instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies gambling and casinos, Las Vegas, tourism, and games. Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City. He has been extensively quoted in the media and featured in television programs. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 Breaking In 3 Craps and Pai Gow Tiles 4 Cheating & Advantage Play 5 Moving Up 6 Memorable Players 7 Dealers 8 Bosses 9 What Makes Good Management? 10 What Makes Bad Management? 11 Las Vegas Casinos 12 Casinos Outside of Las Vegas 13 Changes in the Business 14 Do You Gamble? 15 General Thoughts 16 Advice to Those Starting Out The book also features a list of contributors and an index.