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UNLV Gaming Podcast

UNLV Gaming Podcast

In December 2008, the UNLV Center for Gaming Research began the UNLV Gaming Podcast in an effort to bring the successful Gaming Research Colloquium Series to a broader audience.

The podcast features audio presentations of the Gaming Research Colloquium Series and interviews with gaming authors, industry figure, and researchers.

The opinons expressed on these podcasts are those of the researchers and subjects and are not necessarily those of UNLV, its staff, faculty, or adminstration.

Subscribe to the UNLV Gaming podcast in iTunes, subscribe to the RSSRSS feed, or listen to episodes below.

For more information about the UNLV Gaming podcast, email Dr. Schwartz.

Recent Episodes

64: Jack Harpster, November 18, 2014

63: Richard Williams, May 30, 2014

62: Stefan Al, May 15, 2014

61: Stephen Andrade, April 11, 2014

60: Matias Karekallas, April 3, 2014

59: Lee Scrivner, March 27, 2014


Theme Music

From episode 17 onwards, the music heard under the introduction and conclusion is Dave Burrell's recording of John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" from his album The Jelly Roll Joys. You can learn more about or purchase that album on Amazon.com.

Episodes

64-November 18, 2014
Jack Harpster
"The Curious Life of Nevada's Lavere Redfield"
In this interview, author Jack Harpster discusses the subject of his most recent book, a Northern Nevada millionaire who was reportedly the state's first ultra-high limit gambler.

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63-May 30, 2014
Richard Williams
“Erle Stanley Gardner in Las Vegas”
In this May 30 Gaming Reserarch Colloquium talk, Williams discusses the manuscript history of Gardner's 1941 novel Spill the Jackpot and issues of gambling relevant to that history.

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62-May 15, 2014
Stefan Al
"Casino Architecture Wars: A History of How Las Vegas Developers Compete with Architectural Design."
In this May 15 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Al explores how various architectural aspects of Las Vegas Strip casino complexes have evolved – including architectural typology, signage, porte-cocheres, atriums and pools – from 1941 until today.

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61-April 11, 2014
Stephen Andrade
"Brave New Play: A Brief Look at Digital Natives, Changing Play Ecosystems, and Wager-Based Gaming"
In this April 11 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Andrade presents some recent research and insights into new forms of popular digital and reality-based play. New game forms such as cosplay, larping, virtual-location based games, co-presence, and play communities are established norms of play with tens-of-thousands of players/participants and gaining popularity as productive gaming communities.

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60-April 3, 2014
Matias Karekallas
"The Ambivalent Images of Las Vegas in Popular Music"
In this 4/3 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Karekallas discusses how Las Vegas is represented in popular music and the role of music in the portrayal of Las Vegas in popular culture, in place promotion, and in the endorsement of gambling.

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59-March 27, 2014
Lee Scrivner
"Las Vegas: An Atemporal History"
In this 3/27 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Scrivner discusses how Las Vegas is associated with the deconstruction of time, particularly in its casinos.

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58-March 21, 2014
Robert Miller
"Paradise of Spectacle: Imagining and Re-presenting Casino Resorts as Spaces of Luxury and Leisure in the Twentieth Century"
In this 3/21/14 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Miller (Assistant Instructor and PhD Candidate in History, University of Kansas) examines how Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Havana, and Macau each created spatial imaginaries that helped to anchor the cities as destinations centered around gambling. Each locale shares cosmopolitanism, luxury, and spectacle, allowing them to draw on a large cross-section of the public.

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57-March 18, 2014
Michelle Robinson
"Billy Graham Comes to Las Vegas: Faith at Work on the Strip"
In this 3/18/14 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Robinson (assistant professor of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill) discusses Graham's 1978 crusade in Las Vegas, considering its attempts to change perceptions of the city, and how it altered the dynamics of religion in the tourist corridor.

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56-March 3, 2014
Jay Sarno Roundtable
Audio of the 3/2/2014 UNLV Libraries Jay Sarno Roundtable. Jay Sarno did more than build two of the most iconic casinos in the world, Caesars Palace and Circus Circus. He created the mold for modern Las Vegas. In this panel discussion, those who knew him best will talk about his contributions and his quirks. Panelists include: Oscar Goodman, Mel Larson, Dana Gentry, Jay C. Sarno, September Sarno, Freddie Sarno, and Heidi Sarno Straus. The panel is moderated by CGR Director and Grandissimo author David G. Schwartz.

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55-February 23, 2014
Larry Gragg
Audio of the 2/23/2014 UNLV Libraries Author Event featuring Larry Gragg, author of Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture. Remarks by CGR Director Dave Schwartz and historian Michael Green. Dr. Gragg's talk is about the interactions between Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and the Las Vegas community.

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54-October 7, 2013
Rex J. Rowley
Audio recording of the 10/06/13 UNLV Libraries Author Series event featuring Rex. J. Rowley, author of Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town. Includes remarks by Libraries Dean Patricia Iannuzzi, CGR Director Dave Schwartz, and Rowley.

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53-May 16, 2013
Brian Beaton
"Drawing Crowds to Citizen Science Data Collection and Analysis as Everyday Gaming"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Beaton (Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh) discusses what citizen science initiative can learn from the history of public participation in non-profit gambling enterprises such as bingo.

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52-May 9, 2013
David T. Courtwright
"Learning from Las Vegas: Addiction, Limbic Capitalism, and Pleasure Meccas"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Courtwright (Presidential Professor, Department of History, University of North Florida) discusses three overlapping features of modern history: the global spread of potentially addictive pleasures, limbic capitalism (the production of goods and services that stimulate pleasure and emotional responses in the brain), and the rise of pleasure meccas. He traces the economic, social, technological, and ideological changes that led to the rise of the meccas, and several potential challenges to them.

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51-April 11, 2013
Stephen Andrade
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Andrade (Associate Professor of Computer Graphics, Johnson & Wales Universityy) discusses his research the history of visual metaphor in games of chance, stretching from early playing cards to new online games designed to appeal to "digital natives."

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View images referenced in talk (pdf)

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50-April 2, 2013
Diana Tracy Cohen
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Cohen (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Central Connecticut State University) discusses her research into how Las Vegas has marketed itself to families.

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49-February 14, 2013
David J. Hart
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Hart, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at West Texas A & M University, discusses the links between epilepsy, gambling, and the birth of probability in the early modern period.

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48-January 31,2013
Beverly Geesin
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Geesin, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the York St John University Business School, discusses the relationship between the marketing of Las Vegas and the surveillance that is endemic in casinos.

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47-January 2, 2013
Julian Serrano
Chef, Picasso, Julian Serrano, and 2012 Gaming Hall of Fame inducee
In this January 2, 2013 interview, Chef Serrano discusses his career in restaurants, his decision to move to Las Vegas, the pressures of running restaurants in casinos, and offers advice for young chefs.

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Julian Serrano Gaming Hall of Fame page

Picasso (Bellagio)

Julian Serrano (Aria)


46-September 21, 2012
Mark Brandenburg
President and co-owner, Golden Gate casino, Las Vegas
Interview in which Brandenburg discusses the history of the Golden Gate, his own tenure as president, the development of the Fremont Street Experience, and the latest renovation and expansion of the property.

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Golden Gate casino


45-June 22, 2012
Doug Smith and Todd Barrett
Interview with the president of the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club and the edtior of Casino Collectible News from the site of the 2012 CCGTCC convention.

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Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club

Casino Collectible News


44-May 25, 2012
Mariann Mohos
Interview with the author of "You Want What??? Concierge Tales from the Men and Women Who Make Las Vegas Dreams Come True," recorded 05/25/2012 at UNLV.

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Las Vegas Concierge Tales


43-April 12, 2012
Christopher Wetzel
Wetzel is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stonehill College. His project looks at how issues of race, class, and gender have shaped debates over gaming legalization since the 1930s. His talk examines how casino proprietors, civic organizations, and elected officials in Nevada have framed subsequent efforts to establish pari-mutuel wagering and a state lottery.

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42-April 5, 2012
Lynn Gidluck
Gidluck is a doctoral candidate in history and public policy in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her current work includes a cross-national comparison of how governments around the world distribute revenues from state-directed gambling and how these choices have been justified by proponents and vilified by critics. She is particularly interested in examining cases where governments have collaborated with the voluntary sector to promote and justify gambling expansion through the delivery of public services from gambling revenue

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41-March 29, 2012
Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven Andrew Light
This talk, "Gambling Law and Legal Education: Educating Lawyers, Forming Identities," was delivered at Boyd Gaming School on March 27, 2012 as part of the gaming law program's continuing commitment to legal education. Rand and Light are the co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota.

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UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy


40-March 23, 2012
Scott and Melanie Russell
The Russells have recently published a unique Las Vegas guidebook, Betcha Missed It--Las Vegas! that doubles as a guide for new visitors and as a game. In this interview with CGR Director David G. Schwartz, they discuss how the got the idea for the book, their favorite places in Las Vegas, and much more.

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Betcha Missed It website

Betcha Missed It for sale on amazon.com


39-March 14, 2012
Jessalynn R. Strauss
Strauss is an assistant professor at Xavier University. Her teaching and research interests include public relations, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit organizations, and the history and culture of Las Vegas. She recently completed a dissertation examining corporate social responsibility in the Las Vegas casino industry. Her colloquium talk examines the history of public relations and promotions by Las Vegas casinos.

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38-January 31, 2012
Rick Santoro
Santoro is a thirty-year verteran of casino security who has worked executive protection, conducted investigations, and managed security departments for two of the biggest names in the business, Steve Wynn and Donald Trump. In this January 31, 2012 interview, Santoro discusses his career in casino security, issues facing casinos and other public and private sector organizations today, and Interbrief.org, his security/risk management consultancy.

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Interbrief.org


37-December 20, 2011
Paul Steelman
In this December 20 interview, Sarno Award-winning casino architect Paul Steelman discusses several of his projects, Atlantic City's Steel Pier, and the future of casino architecture. Part II of II

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Steelman Partners


36-December 8, 2011
Thomas Norman
Norman is a Fellow in economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.  His research is in game theory, and his project at UNLV is the game-theoretic study of poker.  In particular, his work extends a standard model of poker to the case where players can bet any amount from their stack, and analyzes how this modification alters game-theoretic predictions.

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35-November 29, 2011
Paul Steelman
In this November 8 interview, Sarno Award-winning casino architect Paul Steelman reflects on his career in the field and shares his thoughts on Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and several other casino jurisidictions. Part I of II.

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Steelman Partners


34-November 10, 2011
George Maloof
In this October 20 interview, conducted for Vegas Seven magazine, Palms founder and chairman George Maloof discusses his entire career in gaming and hospitality, with a special emphasis on the last decade at the Palms. It's a wide-ranging talk, covering everything from how Robert Urich inspired Vegas reality TV to the Palms' recent restructuring.

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The Man Who Got the Party Started (Vegas Seven interview)

Palms Casino Resort


33-November 2, 2011
William R. Eadington
In this November 2, 2011 interview following his induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame, Professor Eadington reflects on his career in gaming studies, starting with his youth in Orange County, California, continuing through his decision to pursue a career in economics and his subsequent emphasis on gambling and casinos, and finishing with his thoughts on the future of gaming studies. Among the topics Dr. Eadington discusses are the foundation and development of the International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, the expansion of gambling in the past decades, and the changes he has seen in the study of gambling over his 40-year career.

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32-October 7, 2011
David G. Schwartz
In this October 6, 2011 talk to the Yale Club of Nevada and other invited guests, Center for Gaming Research director David G. Schwartz looks at where Las Vegas might be headed over the next 5 years and answers questions on a variety of casino-related topics.

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31-September 15, 2011
Kah-Wee Lee
"Taming Vice: How Machines and Architecture Changed the Culture of Gambling"
Lee is a doctoral candidate in the department of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation looks at the taming of vice in the context of postcolonial urbanism. Taking as his sites the recent casino developments in Singapore and Macau, he looks at how architectural design, urban planning and other environmental technologies help to draw the line between what is tolerated and what is not. His work at the Lied Library focuses on the historical evolution of gaming machines as part of this larger trajectory.

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30-March 24, 2011
Benjamin Min Han
“We’re Right Next Door’: Televisual Las Vegas in Cold War America”
Han, currently a graduate student in cinema studies at New York University, is looking at how television performances helped to shape perceptions of Las Vegas. Since World War II, Las Vegas has evolved into an entertainment capital of the world.  While we often associate Las Vegas with gambling and casinos, many foreign ethnic talents arrived in the city to perform in hotels and nightclubs.  These talented performers were instrumental in the development of televisual Las Vegas.  This talk explores the migration of ethnic talent, and how such prominent Las Vegas entertainment business figures like Jack Entratter and Bill Willard envisioned transforming the city into a primary center of television production from the 1950s to 1970s.

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29-March 3, 2011
Marilyn Spiegel, President and CEO, Wynn Las Vegas
In this interview with CGR Director David G. Schwartz, Spiegel shares her thoughts on luxury at Wynn Las Vegas and chronicles her career in gaming.

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28-February 24, 2011
Darryl A. Smith, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College
“'Dark with Excessive Bright'”: Gambling Tells and the Naming Taboo"
Within sacred language the belief has existed that the personal name is an intrinsic part of oneself. As such, its revelation threatens exposure to powers that might undo its bearer. Smith considers the relation between the detection of tells in gambling and that of so-called true names. Strategies of concealment and detection that are basic to both tell-reading and true-naming are explored in relation to post-colonial theory's insights into using light in order to hide things.

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27-February 23, 2011
Lee Amaitis, President and CEO, Cantor Gaming
In this interview with CGR Director David G. Schwartz, Amaitis gives a perspective on his career and discusses the current state of sports trading, as well as sharing his thoughts on the future.

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Cantor Gaming


26-January 25, 2011
RJ Rowley, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
"Neon Beyond the Neon: The Geography of Locals Casinos"
In this talk, Rowley discusses his research into the origins of the locals casino phenomenon in Las Vegas. Locals casinos, which cater primarily to residents of the city rather than tourists, date from the 1970s and are a characteristic development of the local landscape. Rowley also links the expansion of the locals gaming market with the proliferation of casino gambling across the United States.

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View map: Las Vegas Casinos (pdf)

View Map: Henderson/Green Valley Locals Casinos (pdf)

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25- November 20, 2010
Paulina Raento, Research Director, Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research
This research project takes an interdisciplinary look at the naming of Nevada's gambling establishments in the latter half of the twentieth century. In this talk, Raento supports her qualitative data analysis with local, contemporary voices and visualization.

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24- August 11, 2010
Joseph Mazur, Author, What's Luck Got to Do With It?

In this interview, Dr. Mazur discusses his new book, which combines history, psychology, and mathematics in its exploration of the persistent hold that luck has on the human psyche. An emerius professor of mathematics at Marlboro College and Guggenheim fellow, his book is a welcome edition to the study of gambling.

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Professor Joseph Mazur--webpage

Buy the book (Amazon.com)


23-August 5, 2010
Jack Harpster, Author, King of the Slots: William "Si" Redd

In this interview, Harpster discusses his background and his new book about IGT founder Si Redd.

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Buy the book (Amazon.com)


22-June 14, 2010
Jack Effel, Vice President, International Poker Operations and Director, World Series of Poker at Harrah's Entertainment
In this interview, conducted June 14, 2010, WSOP Director Jack Effel talks about his early interest in poker, the path of his career, and the logistics behind puttng on the World Series of Poker. It's an extremely informative interview, and a must-listen for anyone interested in how tournament poker works.

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21-May 27, 2010
Laura Cook Kenna, Visiting Professor, George Washington University
"The Promise of Gangster Glamour: Sinatra, Vegas and the Allure of Excess"
In the 1950s and 60s, both Vegas and Sinatra linked the conspicuous display of excess with a promise that tourists could be participants—not just onlookers—in their glamorous realm.  The city and the star, however, also had something else in common: both were allegedly underwritten by the mob.  This paper/talk examines how Rat Pack performances and Vegas spaces offered access to “the good life” even as innuendos of gangsterism tacitly associated that lavish lifestyle with ethnic difference.

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20-April 27, 2010
Theodor Gordon, doctoral candidate, University of California, Riverside
"Tribal Sovereignty and Worker Solidarity: Casino Labor Relations & Tribal Self-Determination"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, the April 2010 Gaming Research Fellow, Theodor Gordon, explores the relationships between tribal sovereignty and unionization at Indian casinos.

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19-April 1, 2010
Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling
Interview with the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling recorded March 25, 2010 at the Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling, held at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada..

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National Councl on Problem Gambling website

Quick self-test: Pathological Gambling Criteria


18-March 25, 2010
Pascale Nedelec, doctoral candidate, University of Lyon 2 (France)
"Urban Dynamics in the Las Vegas Valley: Casinos and Urban Growth"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, the March 2010 Gaming Research Fellow explores the connections between the proliferation of neighborhood casinos and the metropolitan development of Las Vegas.

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17-March 10, 2010
Bill McBeath, President and COO, Aria Resort and Casino
Mr. McBeath, a UNLV alumnus, talks about his career to date and his thoughts on helping to plan and open Aria, the hotel/casino component of MGM Mirage's $8.5 billion CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip

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Aria Resort and Casino


16-December 3, 2009
Rob Bone (WMS Gaming)
In this talk, UNLV alum Rob Bone, vice president of marketing for WMS gaming, talks about his career path, the behind-the-scenes of slot development and marketing, and the challenges ahead for slot manufacturers.

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WMS Gaming


15-October 26, 2009
Roger Gros (Global Gaming Business)
Mr. Gros talks about his days as a dealer in Atlantic City, unionization efforts there, his early work on Casino Journal, the founding of the Global Gaming Expo and Global Gaming Business, and much more.

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Global Gaming Business magazine

GGB News


14-September 9, 2009
Derk Boss (DJ Boss and Associates)

Casino surveillance expert Derk Boss gives the September 2009 Gaming Research Colloquium lecture and tackles many topics, including the latest developments in casino surveillance, how much it costs to corrupt a dealer, and how someone embarks on a career in surveillance.

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DJ Boss and Associates


13-August 5, 2009
Nicole Barker (Barker Enterprises) and Hetty Fore
(Littlefield)
Nicole Barker and Hetty Fore interviewed at the Casino Marketing Conference 2009 about casinos, new media, and social networking.

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Barker Enterprises

Littlefield



12-July 20, 2009
Dennis Conrad, Raving Consulting

Mr. Conrad interviewed at the 14th Interational Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking by David G. Schwartz. Conrad, a veteran casino marketer, has recently published a collection of his articles, Conrad on Casino Marketing.

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Raving Consulting

Conrad on Casino Marketing


11-June 25, 2009
Ole Bjerg, Copenhagen Business School

Dr. Bjerg discusses his theories about the rise of poker and the transformation of capitalism.

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10-June 9, 2009
Dylan Evans, University College, Cork

At the 14th International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, Dr. Schwartz interviews Dr. Evans, who presented a paper on the risk intelligence of expert gamblers. When it comes to assessing risk, expert gamblers are far better than doctors, even good ones.

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09-June 3, 2009
Douglas Walker, College of Charleston, author, The Economics of Casino Gambling

At the 14th International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, Dr. Schwartz interviews Dr. Walker, getting his perspective on the applicability of "social cost of gambling" studies, casinos and crime, his latest book, and more.

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The Economics of Casino Gambling (amazon.com)


08-May 4, 2009
John M. Blink, co-author, California Casino and Hotel: Hawai'i's Home Away From Home

Dr. Schwartz does a quick interview with John Blink, who pioneered marketing to and in Hawai'i with downtown Las Vegas' California casino in the 1970s and 1980s. Blink talks candidly about working for both Sam and Bill Boyd at the Eldorado, Union Plaza, and California casinos, the early days at the California, and the loyalty of the casino's Hawaiian patrons and vice versa. Plus, learn how to get a free bowl of saimin noodles at the Cal.

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07-April 30, 2009
Steve Cyr, "From Hotel School to the Celebrity Suite: My Career in the Casino Industry”

Cyr, a legendary Las Vegas casino host, shoots from the hip as only he can in this dynamic, highly-informative talk. Learn how a casino host climbs the career ladder, see behind the scenes of high rollers suites, and much more.

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Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost from Huntington Press


06- April 22, 2009
Nicholas Tosney, "Commercialization, Crime, and Casinos: Legacies of 18th Century Gambling"
This talk features Dr. Tosney, who recently received his Ph.D. in history from the University of York and who served as the Center's April visiting fellow. He speaks about the development of licensing, regulation, and moral attitudes concering gambling in both early modern England and 20th century Las Vegas.

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05- March 12, 2009
Jacob Avery: "The Social Worlds of Everyday Poker Players"

Avery, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his research into poker, including his work with the collections at UNLV and a riveting reading from his field notes.If you are interested in poker or how grad students are approaching gambling research, this is an essential listen.

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04-March 6, 2009
Bill Eadington, Director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada Reno

In this quick (15 minute) interview, Dr. Eadington discusses UNR's upcoming Graduate Certificate in gaming and the 14th International conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, to be held in Lake Tahoe in May.

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For more information, see http://www.unr.edu/gaming.


03-February 23, 2009
Bill Zender, Author of Casino-ology

In this talk, noted gaming expert Bill Zender discusses his years at UNLV, how he got started in the gaming industry, and some highlights of his career and breaks down two key articles in his latest book, Casino-ology: The Art of Managing Casino Games, then takes questions from the audience. It's a great 49 minutes with one of the industry's leading experts.

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For more information, see Last Resort Consulting's website

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02-Janurary 29, 2009
Leslie Nino Fidance, "The Mob Never Ran Vegas"

This talk, originally developed as a law review paper, charts the evolution of organized crime's influence in Las Vegas and the efforst of regulators to stem that influence. Fidance demonstrates her throrough research, which included interviews with several high-profile regulators and attorneys, and explains that an easy explanation is not always the most accurate one.

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01 - December 2, 2008
Cristina Turdean: "Betting on Computers: "Digital Technologies and the Rise of the Gaming Industry in the U.S."

November Gaming Research Fellow Cristina Turdean explores the importance of computer technology to the expansion of the United States casino industry over the past half-century.

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