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Center for Gaming Research
August 2018 Update
Two books, a paper, employment reports, and much more.
New Occasional Paper


Unions have played important roles in Indigenous struggles in Latin America and in campaigns that fueled civil rights movements in the United States, including efforts to organize agricultural, hospitality, and health care workers. But, Native Americans have had less of a connection with organized labor. Indeed, in the current climate, labor and tribes seemed to be locked in an adversarial relationship. Tribal leaders see unions as a threat to their sovereignty. Unions, such as Unite-HERE and the United Food and Commercial Workers, clearly see their rights to organize as part of a larger civil rights struggle. Examining struggles between tribal governments and unions (that largely represent workers of color) reveals how distinct historical experience produced divergent types of political strategies and notions of citizenship.

View the paper  here (pdf)


Recent Book: Tales from the Slot Floor
edited & with an introduction by David G. Schwartz

Slot machines are the backbone of most casinos. They earn the most money and determine the physical layout of the casino floor. The management of slot machines, which includes overseeing employees, selecting machines, designing the playing space, resolving customer disputes, and conducting analyses to improve operations, is a challenging field whose complexity has grown as the machines themselves have become more sophisticated.

To better document the current issues in slot management-and the change the field has seen over the past four decades-the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research conducted an oral history project. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Slot Floor features slot managers discussing several of the most important issues in today's casino world, including: the optimal layout of a slot floor; the qualities demonstrated by both good and bad managers; what customers want from their visits to the casino; the vendor/casino relationship; appealing to millennials; and what the future holds.

Paperback

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Recent Book: Sports Wagering in America
by Anthony Cabot and Keith Miller

Whether by court decision or legislative change, gambling's next expansion in the United States will be sports wagering. However, state and federal policymakers and regulators have limited experience in addressing the many issues that are presented by regulated sports wagering.  The challenges they will face are complicated by the fact that sports betting is a global industry encompassing both legal and illegal markets.

This book first provides a detailed explanation of the scope and economics of the sports wagering industry and a description of how sportsbooks operate.  It then describes the evolving legal landscape for sports wagering in the U.S., culminating in the Supreme Court case that considered New Jersey's challenge to the federal law that has limited sports betting to the state of Nevada.


Paperback

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Infographic Series Continues
In March, the Center began a new series that condenses some of the data it collects into easy-to-read infographics.


Recent infographics include:
This series is intended to expand the Center's reach and encourage use of its reports. If you have suggestions for infographic topics, please email the Center Director, Dave Schwartz.

For more information, see  http://gaming.unlv.edu/about/infographics.html 
Updated Reports--Nevada Casino Employment

Now with data for 2017:
Productivity, Revenues, and Payroll: A Statistical Study, 1990-2017
Productivity, Revenues, and Payroll: A Statistical Study, 1990-2017
Productivity, Revenues, and Payroll: A Statistical Study, 1990-2017
Productivity, Revenues, and Payroll: A Statistical Study, 1990-2017
Updated: 3 Nevada Gaming Footprint Reports

A breakdown of total licenses and numbers of games, tables, and slots from 1963 to the present--restricted and non-restricted locations.

A breakdown of total licenses and numbers of games, tables, and slots from 1963 to the present--restricted and non-restricted locations.

A breakdown of total licenses and numbers of games, tables, and slots from 1963 to the present--restricted and non-restricted locations.

Updated: Macau Jurisdiction Page

Now with helpful data through June 30:


Updated Reports--Monthly

Nevada
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, 2004-18

Annual and Monthly Hold Percentages, 2004-2018

An Analysis of Monthly Statewide Results

New Jersey
Monthly and Year-to-Date Revenue Results

Other States
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
Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 21 print, online, radio, and television media contacts about a range of topics.
Get Involved
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 Dr. Schwartz

If you would like to donate money to support new book acquisitions or the Eadington Fellowship program, please visit this page 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,  http://gaming.unlv.edu, 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 29,700 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.
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