Roll The Bones: The History Of Gambling (casino Edition) by David G SchwartzRoll The Bones: The History Of Gambling (casino Edition) by David G Schwartz

Roll The Bones: The History Of Gambling (casino Edition)

byDavid G Schwartz

Paperback | January 7, 2013

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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 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.
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...
Title:Roll The Bones: The History Of Gambling (casino Edition)Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.92 inPublished:January 7, 2013Publisher:On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create SpaceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0615847781

ISBN - 13:9780615847788


Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Those Seriously Interested in the History of Gambling (2006 edition) This voluminous tome must contain just about everything that anyone would ever want to know about the history of gambling and probably much more – in my case, too much more. Starting with pre-history and making his way to the twenty-first century, the author discusses various means of gambling and their evolution throughout the world. From my perspective, everything seems to have been included: gambling tools, innumerable games and how they are played, legal matters, business/financial aspects, religious perspectives, social ramifications, political involvements and so much more. But not the mathematics; probability theory and its formulas for various games are all excluded, unfortunately. On the positive side, I enjoyed some of the key individuals’ mini-biographies, some of the local histories and how gambling evolved. On the negative side, I found the detailed descriptions of how so many games (several quite obscure) are played to be quite a slog to go through, as were the detailed descriptions and evolution of countless gaming establishments around the world. In fact, I found myself just skimming over most of those details in an effort to reach the book’s end. Although the author’s writing style is friendly, lively and authoritative, I believe that the book would be more ideally suited as an important reference in a formal course on the history of gambling. It could also be enjoyed by the most serious enthusiasts of this subject – much more so than by a general reader like me.
Date published: 2018-12-15