Center for Gaming Research
August 2018 Update
Two new books, a paper, a podcast,, and much more.
New Podcast: Tim Simpson
88-July 6, 2018
In this July 6, 2018 Colloquium Talk, Sim
pson discusses how the former Portugu
ese city-state, and now Chinese Special Administrative Region, of Macau has been transformed into the world's most lucrative site of casino gaming, with annual revenues five times greater than those produced on the Las Vegas Strip. He positions Macau's contemporary gaming industry within the city's 500 year history as a Portuguese territory, and its crucial role in two eras of global capitalism: capitalism's origins in European maritime trade, and its current guise in China's emergent market-socialist regime and analyzes the productive role of Macau's ambiguous sovereignty in the city's casino industry, and the city's function in the development of Chinese capitalism.
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.
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.
New Occasional Paper
Paper 42: July 2018
Religions hold complex relations with games and, in particular, with gambling. The article focuses on Christianity. On the one hand, the history of this religion shows a tendency to condemn games as source of distraction from spiritual rectitude and to stigmatize gambling, above all, as opening to metaphysical randomness and, as a consequence, as challenge to the idea of divine omniscience. On the other hand, Christianity has also sought to reinterpret games, and even gambling, as possible occasion for moral improvement and as useful distraction from the hardship of monastic life. A theological perspective that reaches its peak in Thomas Aquinas, but has its roots in Aristotle's evaluation of playfulness, tends to suggest the need for eutropelia, meant as the citizens' virtue to appropriately have fun.
View the paper
|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.
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
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
|Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 16 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 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.