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What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by watching the…

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by watching the author summarize chapter 9, “Hard to Resist,” of Roll the Bones? Certainly, there are several, but watching the video won’t be the least fun way to spend your next five minutes. In it, I talk about all sorts of fun things contained in this chapter, which covers the development of legal commercial gambling in Nevada. You can even learn my favorite quirk of Nevada’s 1869 gambling law and the real reason that Harolds Club made it into the book.

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As always, for more info about the book, including how to order and plenty of videos, facts, and samples from Roll the Bones, visit http://rollthebonesbook.com.

Author David G. Schwartz discusses Chapter 8, “Wise Guys…

Author David G. Schwartz discusses Chapter 8, “Wise Guys & One-Armed Bandits,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition). 

This chapter covers the rise of Saratoga Springs as a racing and gambling center, the invention of slot machines, and the development of gambling syndicates throughout the nation. These groups dominated illegal gambling in the cities they controlled and were a precursor of the larger organized crime groups that took over during Prohibition.

Finally, it discusses the growth of illegal casinos throughout the United States, legal casinos in Cuba and Tijuana, and the Kefauver Committee, whose reforming zeal closed down illegal operations in many states.

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Video summary of Chapter 7, “Fools of Fortune,” in Roll…

Video summary of Chapter 7, “Fools of Fortune,” in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter covers the spread of gambling throughout urban America during the 19th century, starting with the first urban gambling houses and ending with “trade stimulators” throughout the small towns of America. Topics covered include wolf traps and other early gambling houses, New York City faro houses, John Morrissey, Chicago gambling, Midwestern gambling houses, and professional gamblers.

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