Roll the Bones, a gambling history

Paperback edition available again!

I’ve successfully migrated Roll the Bones from Lulu to CreateSpace, which means that the book is available directly from the print on demand vendor again.

The upshot of all this for you, the reader, is that the retail price has dropped from $26.00 to $21.95. Thanks for CreateSpace producing books less expensively than Lulu, I’m able to offer them at that new, low price. 

I’ve also made a few slight interior changes, including modifying the title page and cleaning up a few typos, and the spine of the book is now much better looking. I’ll try to post a picture later.

This printing will be working its way into other distribution channels over the next week or so, so if you’re planning on buying from Barnes and Noble, wait until you see it for $21.95 retail. At Amazon, it’s now on sale for $20.85. Follow this link and you can’t go wrong!

Thanks to everyone who helped me migrate the book. And thanks to you, if you have bought it or are thinking about buying it.

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 14, “Runaway…

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 14, “Runaway American Dream: Gambling in the public interest,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter describes how casinos expanded from two states, Nevada and New Jersey, to being found nearly nationwide. It starts by discussing the origins of Indian casinos, and also handles the rise of riverboat gambling, limited gaming in South Dakota and Colorado, land-based casinos, urban casinos, and racinos.

If you don’t see a video, go here: http://youtu.be/Vl2wFimz7o4

For more information about the book, visithttp://www.rollthebonesbook.com

New paperback printing

If you want to buy this book in paperback, I’ve got some good news and some inconvenient news.

The good news: I’m changing my print-on-demand vendor from Lulu to Create Space, which will substantially lower the cost of the paperback ($26 retail to $21.95).

The bad news is that it will take a little bit of time for the change to go through, so you may have difficulty ordering the book over the next week or so. As of now it’s still for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but is no longer available directly on Lulu. 

With the help of CreateSpace’s great technical services team, I’m hoping to have the CreateSpace store open within the next two weeks, with the book’s availability at its new price on Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon after.

The upshot? If you’re thinking of buying Roll the Bones, hang on for a week or two. If you want something of mine to read in the meantime, I’ve got two options: here’s my archive of Vegas Seven writing, which runs to tens of thousands of words, and here’s some info about Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet, which is also a fun read.

The Roll the Bones ebook is still available across all platforms, and will continue to be.

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 13, “The…

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 13, “The Burger King Revolution: Las Vegas bounces back for the first time,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

If you don’t see a video above, go here: http://youtu.be/SlyHlAfgxqM

This chapter covers the changes that tranformed Las Vegas in the 1980s. First, it deals with the forces that led to the mob’s decline and eventual exit from the ownership of casinos in Las Vegas. Then, it discusses the trends that led to a crisis for Las Vegas in the early 1980s, and how Las Vegas rebounded by remaking itself to appeal to mass-market and family vacationers.

Some casinos discussed include the Stardust, Riviera, Circus Circus, and Tropicana.

Trump comes to Atlantic City

Donald Trump’s first Atlantic City casino wasn’t wholly his own—it was a joint venture with Harrah’s, and was initially called “Harrah’s at Trump Plaza.” 

For the full story of how Trump gained sole possession of that property and two other Atlantic City casinos, read Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 12,…

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 12, “America’s Playground…Again: Atlantic city becomes the casino capital of the East,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

If you don’t see a video above, go here: http://youtu.be/UtsacolklS4

This chapter covers the development of casinos in Atlantic City. It starts with a brief recap of the city’s history through the 1960s, and discusses the trends that led to the successful 1976 referendum that approved casinos in the city.

From there, the chapter covers the development of New Jersey’s regulatory and licensing system, the first casino (Resorts International), and several other landmark casinos, including Caesars Boardwalk Regency, Bally’s, the Sands, the Golden Nugget, and Donald Trump’s three casinos. Finally, it talks about the last few years, taking the city from the excitement surrounding the opening of the Borgata in 2003 to the malaise and doubt surrounding Revel’s opening in 2012.

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 11, “The…

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 11, “The Sky’s the Limit: Las Vegas reaches for the stars,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter starts with the arrival of Jay Sarno, a true casino visionary who built Caesars Palace and Circus Circus. It then covers the impact on Las Vegas of an even more eccentric figure, Howard Hughes. From there, it discuses the corporate gaming acts, Kirk Kerkorian, the origins of the World Series of Poker, and several personalities who came to prominence in Downtown Las Vegas, including Steve Wynn, Jackie Gaughan, and Sam Boyd.

For more information about the book, visit http://www.rollthebonesbook.com

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