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Tales From The Pit

Author : David Schwartz
ISBN : 1939546095
Genre : Cardsharping
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Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, table games pits are high-stress workplaces. Managing a workforce of dealers and attending to the needs of players brings stresses of its own. 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. This book illuminates the past several decades of casino history through the words of those who lived and made it.

Suburban Xanadu

Author : David Schwartz G
ISBN : 9781136757402
Genre : Games
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Urban gambling, linked to poverty, crime and corruption, was once considered a blight on US cities. Gambling then followed the exodus of Americans into the suburbs after World War II and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, most Americans live within a four-hour drive of a casino. What explains the success of places like Las Vegas? The self-contained casino resort removes gambling and its social problems from cities and provides Americans with the comfort of gambling in a setting matched to their suburban lifestyle. In a detailed look at the growth of the earliest casino resorts to the 'pleasure palaces' and riverboat casinos of today, 'Suburban Xanadu' locates the rise of the casino resort in suburbanization and the significance of this development for today.

Contemporary Casino Table Game Design

Author : Eliot Jacobson
ISBN : 1883423171
Genre : Games
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Just 25 years ago, blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat were the mainstay of casino table games. With Caribbean Stud®, Let it Ride®, Three Card Poker® and the Texas Hold'em boom starting in 2002, the landscape of the casino has been dramatically transformed. New table games, bonuses, progressives and side bets are flooding the market. Today almost every casino offers a wide selection of proprietary table games. Contemporary Casino Table Game Design was written to fill the information gap between game developers, casino management and players. For developers, this book offers a thorough explanation of the principles of game design. For management, it explains the essential information necessary to the game selection process. For players, it gives insights into what's going on behind the curtain. This book is a comprehensive and informative guide to a fascinating and elusive subject.Contemporary Casino Table Game Design includes chapters on: • Table game and gambling mathematics • Principles of table game design and development • Card counting, hole carding, and other advantage play • Gambling mythology • Professional perspectives from industry insiders • Game descriptions for popular and new table games

The Essentials Of Casino Game Design

Author : Dan Lubin
ISBN : 1935396722
Genre : Games
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The Essentials of Casino Game Design is a handbook for aspiring or practicing game designers. It explains, in detail, the techniques of designing a casino game that actually works. The author, Dan Lubin, is an experienced game designer. He not only succeeded as an independent, with EZ Pai Gow and Double Blackjack, to name only a couple, but also worked as a table-games designer and manager for big gaming corporations, including Galaxy Gaming, the largest independent supplier of table games in the world. His approach in this book is more than just giving advice in the how-to style. Rather, he walks aspiring table-game designers through the decision points, and the reasoning behind them, that can make or break a game. Aside from main game design, topics also include proper side-bet development, including as a stand-alone money maker, game protection, game design, technical writing, and business and negotiation considerations.

My Week At The Blue Angel

Author : Matthew O'Brien
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A savage journey into the heart of Hunter S. Thompson's Las Vegas with the Good Doctor as tour guide. A Lord-of-the-Rings-like adventure in the city's underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street. The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren't about Steve Wynn, Cirque du Soleil, or how to play poker, and they aren't set in Caesars Palace, XS Nightclub, or a 2,000-seat showroom. They're about prostitutes, ex-cons, and the homeless, and they're set under Caesars Palace and in trailer parks and weekly motels. In this creative nonfiction collection, Matthew O'Brien--author of Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas--and veteran photographer Bill Hughes show a side of the city rarely seen. A side beyond the neon lights, themed facades, and motel-room doors. A side beyond the barbwire fences, No Trespassing signs, and midnight shadows.

Roll The Bones

Author : David Schwartz
ISBN : 1490562729
Genre : History
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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.

Casino Women

Author : Susan Chandler
ISBN : 9780801462696
Genre : Business & Economics
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Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, and vice presidents, Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming.

Casino Ology

Author : Bill Zender
ISBN : 0929712277
Genre : Games
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Is casino management an art? It is for the best casino managers! And Bill Zender knows the art of casino management. In addition to having worked in, managed, and owned casinos for decades, Zender has also been an enforcement agent for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as well as spent time as an advantage player, exploiting the vulnerabilities of casinos from the civilian side of the tables. Today, he travels the globe consulting for the international casino industry. In Casino-ology, Zender argues against excessive card-counter and shuffle-tracker countermeasures in favour of hand production to increase profits, and concludes that rhythmic dice rollers are not the threat they are made out to be. He details the dangers of customer-service breaches; ill--conceived non-negotiable chip programs; and past-posting, marked-card, and false-shuffle scams. He addresses player tracking systems, 6-5 payouts for blackjacks, the sub-tleties of marketing to Asian customers, nuances of the derivative pit games, even the science of turning around a distressed casino. By challenging long-cherished conventions, this book provides contrary and radical, yet proven, solutions to common gaming issues, all in the service of refining the art of casino management.

Sports Wagering In America

Author : Anthony Cabot
ISBN : 1939546125
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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. With this foundation, the book turns to an examination of the range of issues that legislators and regulators must consider in establishing regulated sports wagering, such as the need to protect the integrity of sporting events from corruption by criminal elements. Other important topics discussed include the level of regulation needed for sportsbook operators, the proper role of the federal and state governments, taxation, international cooperation, preventing illegal wagering, the role of data collection and analysis, and how to maximize innovation and patron engagement. Legalization is only the beginning of the journey of offering sports betting in the U.S. The authors offer guidance to policymakers as they take up the daunting task of building a regulatory structure for sports wagering. As the book illustrates, the decisions made on how to regulate sports betting will go a long way toward determining the success of this popular form of gambling.

Whale Hunt In The Desert

Author : Deke Castleman
ISBN : 9781935396598
Genre : Games
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The only book that examines the lifestyles and motivations of the world’s biggest gamblers, the whales, and how the casinos harpoon and beach them. This definitive exposé reveals the shrouded world of ultra-high rollers and the Faustian pacts they forge with their hosts, the casino representatives whose job it is to part them from their fortunes. The third edition includes an extensive update about Las Vegas, the "greening" of gambling, the nightclub and day club scenes, the evolution of the host position, and much more--all in the words of superhost Steve Cyr.

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