Center for Gaming Research
February 2017 Update
The new year got off to a busy start at the Center, with plenty of new and updated reports.
UNLV Gaming Podcasts 77-78
In the past three months, the Center has released two podcasts.
78-January 26, 2017
Jessalyn R. Strauss
"Promoting Las Vegas: Stories and Strategies of Casino Press Releases"
In this January 25, 2017 Colloquium Talk, Strauss discusses how casino press releases reflected the efoorts of PR professionals to secure coverage for their organizations.
77-November 30, 2016
In this November 30, 2016 interview, Dan Lubin, author of The Essentials of Casino Game Design: From the Cocktail Napkin to the Casino Floor discusses the game design process.
In the past two months, the Center has published two Occasional Papers.
ABSTRACT: This paper explores the performance history of the Korean girl group The Kim Sisters, once highly visible racial icons, within the social and cultural context of 1960s Cold War America and popular entertainment culture. The Kim Sisters' disappearance from American screen and scene raises questions about public memory of the Korean War, the status of Asian American performers in popular entertainment industries, and shifting attitudes about race, gender, and sexuality in the 1960s. Focusing in particular on the production and reception of their feminine beauty on stage and television, this paper highlights the Kims' early years in the newly-formed Republic of Korea, as well as their success in the Las Vegas showroom scene and on television musical variety shows such as
The Ed Sullivan Show and
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.
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ABSTRACT: This paper discusses the Indian Gaming Subcommittee of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC). It illustrates the efforts tribes made to educate members of the NGISC about the positive impacts of Indian casino gaming, and it also highlights the resistance tribes faced from the NGISC.
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These are some of the most-accessed reports, and they are all updated with 2016 data:
Nevada Fiscal Year
Latest Results of Nevada casino resort revenues generated by Gaming, Rooms, Food, Beverage, and Other Departments by fiscal year.
Nevada Casino Departmental Income, 1990-2016
Percentages and Totals for Selected Reporting Areas
Nevada Gaming: Assets, Liabilities and Expenses, 1984-2016
Statewide Casinos' Revenue, Liabilities, Assets, and Selected Expenses
Nevada Casino Credit, 1980-2016
An Analysis of Bad Debt Write-offs by Reporting Area
Nevada Calendar Year
Evolution of Nevada Baccarat, 1992-2016
A summary of the number of casinos that offer the game, the number of tables, and the annual baccarat win, in the context of the total tables and gaming win.
Nevada Gaming Revenues,1984-2016
Calendar Year Revenues for Selected Reporting Areas: Statewide, Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, Boulder Strip, and Washoe County
Average Casino Reports
The "Average Big Strip Casino" reports for their respective years give snapshots of how Las Vegas casinos earning over $72 million a year in gaming revenue are performing. This report shows how revenues and expenses have tracked over time.
A statistical summary of the average Las Vegas Strip casino with annual gaming revenues of over $72 million with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
A statistical summary of the average Las Vegas Strip casino with annual gaming revenues between $1 million and $72 million with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
A statistical summary of the average Downtown Las Vegas casino (with annual gaming revenues of over $1 million) with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
A statistical summary of the average Boulder Strip casino (with annual gaming revenues of over $1 million) with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
A statistical summary of the average Laughlin casino (with annual gaming revenues of over $1 million) with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
A statistical summary of the average Reno/Sparks casino (with annual gaming revenues of over $1 million) with both gaming and non-gaming revenues and information on employment, taxes, and expenses
Monthly combined win totals for (nearly) every U.S. commercial casino and racino
Revenue trends for Statewide, Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, Boulder Strip, and Washoe County for the month for the past ten years
Rolling summary for the past half-year
Annual hold percentage averages, with monthly maximum and minimums, 2004-16
Annual and Monthly Hold Percentages, 2004-2016
An Analysis of Monthly Statewide Results
Monthly and Year-to-Date Revenue Results
Table and Slot Machine Operating Statistics
Gross Terminal Revenue, Number of Machines, and Win/Unit/Day
Monthly Handle, Win, Promotional and Other Totals
Units, Credits In, Promotional Credits, Net Revenues, and Other Metrics
Revenues, Year/Year Change, and Market Share by Casino
Slot, Table, and Total Revenues by Month, 2012-present
Latest Book: Tales from the Pit
Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, casinos are high-stress workplaces. Managing a casino workforce brings stresses of its own. Drawn from these interviews and edited by CGR Director David G. Schwartz,
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.
Tales from the Pit: Casino Table Games Managers in Their Own Words
by David G. Schwartz by UNLV Gaming Press
List Price: $23.00
Our Price: $18.00
|Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 18 print, online, radio, and television media contacts about a range of topics.
We are always seeking donations of materials that document the history of gambling and Southern Nevada. If you would like to discuss donating company or personal papers, photographs, or documents, please call or email
If you would like to donate money to support new book acquisitions or the
program, please visit
and specify "Eadington Fellows" as the designation.
About the Center for Gaming Research
Located within Special Collections at UNLV's state-of-the-art Lied Library, the Center for Gaming Research is committed to providing support for scholarly inquiry into all aspects of gaming. Through its website,
, the Center offers several unique research tools and information sources.
About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.