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David G. Schwartz, Director

 

David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center, has been at the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2001.

David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is a writer, speaker, and consultant whose areas of specialty include the history of gambling, gaming statistics, casino surveillance and security, gaming and technology, casinos and social media, and related issues.

In addition to his work at UNLV, Schwartz is an active consultant. As Vice President of Research and Analytics for Santo Gaming, he assists the Las Vegas-based gaming management and consulting firm with a range of projects. Schwartz has published three books about gambling, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling. He is also the Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.

As a speaker, he talks to a variety of audiences, from visiting classes to convention groups, who enjoy his wide-ranging, fast-paced introduction to casino topics, including his "Seven Things You Should Know About Casinos" presentation.

Born and raised 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 seeking his doctorate in US History from UCLA.

He became the youngest Ph.D. in recent memory from UCLA's history department, filing his dissertation and receiving his Ph.D. at the age of 26 in early 2000.  His dissertation, Suburban Xanadu, charted the evolution of the casino industry on the Las Vegas Strip from 1945-1978.  It is now a published book, the first of three currently available.

David G. Schwartz
David G, Schwartz

After completing his graduate studies, Schwartz worked in the surveillance department of an Atlantic City casino resort and taught casino history, communications, and hospitality courses as an adjunct professor, before coming to UNLV. In his current work, he combines his "real world" experience in the casino industry with his academic expertise.

For more nformation about Dr. Schwartz's creative and professional activities, including his speaking, executive seminars, and consulting work., visit his website: http://www.dgschwartz.com.

Written Work

Schwartz has written three books and numerous articles.

His books include Suburban Xanadu: The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and Beyond, Cutting the Wire: Gaming Prohibition and the Internet, and Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.

Suburban Xanadu is a look at how casinos began and developed on the Las Vegas Strip in the years after World War II, and how they changed late 20th century ideas of gambling.

Cutting the Wire looks at how the Wire Act, the culimation of a half-century's effort to contain interstate bookmaking, ended up being used to prosecute legal online sportsbooks in the early years of the Internet.

Roll the Bones is a comprehensive history of gambling, from the dawn of civilization to roughly 2 AM, April 28, 2005, incorporating cards, dice, lotteries, horseracing, and several other forms of gambling.

He is also co-editor (with Pauliina Raento) of Gambling, Space and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Culture, a collection of essays published by by the University of Nevada Press in 2011.

He is the Gaming and Hospitality edtior of Vegas Seven magazine.In that capacity, Schwartz pens the bi-weekly "Green Felt Journal" gaming and tourism column and occasional essays and feature articles. You can see an index of his work here.

From 2005 to 2012, Schwartz wrote a biweekly opinion column for the Las Vegas Business Press. You can see an index of his columns here. For Casino Connection, Schwartz wrote a monthly Atlantic City history column from 2003 to 2011. You can see an index of his work here.

To learn more, and for an in-depth list of publications, see Dr. Schwartz's full Curriculum Vitae.


Contact info:

dgs@unlv.nevada.edu | (702) 895 2242 | fax (702) 895-2253

mailing address:
Center for Gaming Research
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 457010
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010

Roll the Bones

Cutting the Wire


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