Center for Gaming Research
January 2019 Update
New reports and much more.
Recent Book: Regulating Land-Based Casinos, 2nd Edition
Once restricted to exotic locations like Las Vegas, Macau, and Monte Carlo, casinos are now operating in many cities nationally and internationally from the Maryland waterfront to Ho Chi Minh City. This expansion of the gaming industry, both geographically and economically, raises new and important policy questions about the role of government in gaming regulation, the obligations and opportunities for casinos, and public support for gambling and gaming tax revenue. The contributors to this book have decades of experience in gaming regulation and business and are optimistic about the future of gaming and casinos. Each author critically engages the subject and offers his or her insight into what works and what does not in the gaming business and gaming regulation. Whether a jurisdiction is considering legalizing gaming or deciding how to regulate an existing gaming industry, it should engage in a careful cost-benefit analysis informed by available data and the jurisdiction's particular public policy goals.
With almost 200 pages of new content, this second edition adds a new chapter on Casino Organization and Operations and updates and expands many of the other chapters.
Anthony Cabot, Ngai Pindell, and Brian Wall, editors.
Regulating Land-Based Casinos: Policies, Procedures, and Economics. Second Edition.
Las Vegas: UNLV Gaming Press, 2018.
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.
|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.
Monthly combined win totals for (nearly) every U.S. commercial casino and racino jurisdiction
Monthly and YTD Revenue Results from States
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
Hold and Revenue Information, 2015-Present
|Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 17 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.