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UNLV Gaming Press

The UNLV Gaming Press, a collaboration between the University Libraries, the UNLV Harrah Hotel College, and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, was established in 2012 in order to make available the scholarly output of university-sponsored conferences, historic materials that the university holds, and new work that illuminates the legal, economic, social, and historical dimension of gambling and gaming in all of its forms.

All books are available in print (trade paperback) and selected titles in electronic (Kindle) versions.

In general, releases from the UNLV Gaming Press will include:

  • Proceedings from UNLV-sponsored conferences in gambling
  • Other publications generated by UNLV faculty and affiliates
  • Reprints of historic, public-domain gaming titles in UNLV Special Collections that are currently out of print
  • New editions of material drawn from manuscript collections or oral histories in UNLV Special Collections, to which UNLV currently owns the copyright
  • New monographs, by UNLV faculty or industry affiliates, that are within the scope of the Press’s mission

UNLV Gaming Press

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David G. Schwartz
Tales from the Slot Floor: Casino Slot Managers in Their Own Words

Slot machines are the backbone of most casinos. They earn the most money and determine the physical layout of the casino floor. The management of slot machines, which includes overseeing employees, selecting machines, designing the playing space, resolving customer disputes, and conducting analyses to improve operations, is a challenging field whose complexity has grown as the machines themselves have become more sophisticated.

To better document the current issues in slot management—and the change the field has seen over the past four decades—the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research conducted an oral history project. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Slot Floor features slot managers discussing several of the most important issues in today’s casino world, including: the optimal layout of a slot floor; the qualities demonstrated by both good and bad managers; what customers want from their visits to the casino; the vendor/casino relationship; appealing to millennials; and what the future holds.

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Tales from the Slot Floor

Anthony Cabot and Keith Miller.
Sports Wagering in America: Policies, Economics, and Regulation.

Whether by court decision or legislative change, gambling’s next expansion in the United States will be sports wagering. However, state and federal policymakers and regulators have limited experience in addressing the many issues that are presented by regulated sports wagering.  The challenges they will face are complicated by the fact that sports betting is a global industry encompassing both legal and illegal markets.

This book first provides a detailed explanation of the scope and economics of the sports wagering industry and a description of how sportsbooks operate.  It then describes the evolving legal landscape for sports wagering in the U.S., culminating in the Supreme Court case that considered New Jersey’s challenge to the federal law that has limited sports betting to the state of Nevada.

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David G. Schwartz
Tales from the Pit: Casino Table Games Managers in Their Own Words.

Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, casinos are high-stress workplaces. Managing a casino workforce brings stresses of its own. 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.

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.

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Tales from the Pit

Carlos Siu Lam.
On the Frontline in Macao: Casino Employees, Informal Learning, & Customer Service.

Macao is a large and vibrant casino market that continues to lead the world in gaming revenues. Tables games dominate Macao gambling, which means that frontline employees—casino dealers—have an even more central role than they do in other jurisdictions. In this study, Carlos Siu Lam investigates the role of informal learning processes in customer service. Four themes emerge: the importance of informal learning to frontline employees and casinos; experiences and processes encountered by frontline employees in their informal learning activities; how informal learning is acquired and shared by frontline employees; and the how casino management manages frontline employees.

This book is a must-read for researchers, gaming practitioners, and anyone else who wishes to know more about the gaming industry of Macao.

- Lei Heong Iok, President, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao

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On the Frontline in Macao

Ngai Pindell and Anthony Cabot, editors.
Regulating Land-Based Casinos: Policies, Procedures, and Economics. First Edition.

Once restricted to exotic locations like Las Vegas, Macau, and Monte Carlo, casinos are now operating in many cities nationally and internationally from the Maryland waterfront to Ho Chi Minh City. This expansion of the gaming industry, both geographically and economically, raises new and important policy questions about the role of government in gaming regulation, the obligations and opportunities for casinos, and public support for gambling and gaming tax revenue. The contributors to this book have decades of experience in gaming regulation and business and are optimistic about the future of gaming and casinos. Each author critically engages the subject and offers his or her insight into what works and what does not in the gaming business and gaming regulation. Whether a jurisdiction is considering legalizing gaming or deciding how to regulate an existing gaming industry, it should engage in a careful cost-benefit analysis informed by available data and the jurisdiction’s particular public policy goals.

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David G. Schwartz, editor.
Frontiers in Chance: Gaming Research across the Disciplines

The Center for Gaming Research’s Occasional Paper Series features papers on a variety of topics in gaming history, economics, and operations from scholars and members of the industry.

This collection pulls together 17 papers originally published in the series, making them available in one book for the first time. Ranging from the mythologies surrounding notorious gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel to a look at the lessons that the financial crisis (should have) taught Las Vegas casinos to a cross-national examination of how governments spend the money they accrue from gambling proceeds and taxes, this collection draws on several disciplines, including history, sociology, philosophy, public policy, and business.


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Frontiers in Chance

Ngai Pindell and Anthony Cabot, editors.
Regulating Internet Gaming: Challenges and Opportunities

Internet gaming sparks controversy from corporate board rooms to legislative hallways. Unlike traditional casinos, the Internet permits people to engage in gaming activities from virtually anywhere over computers and mobile devices. Governments and policy makers looking at this activity struggle with such questions as whether regulation can assure that Internet gaming can be restricted to adults, the games offered are fair and honest, and players will be paid if they win. This book is a timely collection of eleven chapters discussing key considerations and model approaches to internet gaming regulation and outlining the important questions and emerging answers to regulating gaming activity outside of land-based casinos.

Internet gaming is an emerging field, especially in the U.S., and the contributors to this book provide regulatory examples and lessons that will be helpful to lawyers, policy makers, gaming operators and others interested in this burgeoning industry.


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Regulating Internet Gaming



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