Center for Gaming Research | June 2016 Update
This month, we published a new paper, a new book, and continued to update our monthly reports.
New 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
New Paper: Scott Boylan on Nevada Gaming Revenue
ABSTRACT: Throughout much of its existence, Nevada's gambling industry has been dominated by table games. Historically, slot machines were of secondary importance because they did not generate much revenue and were costly to maintain and operate. Starting in the late 1970s, a series of technological milestones improved the form and function of slot machines, and fueled replacement cycles on casino floors. Nevada gaming revenue data provides evidence of the economic effects of these improvements. Since 1984, slots generally have produced larger revenue gains than tables, although those gains are distributed neither uniformly over time nor across gaming markets. In addition, slots have achieved most of those revenue gains through superior unit growth, and to a lesser extent, through improvements in efficiency. Overall, the evidence suggests technological advances have broadened the appeal of slots relative to table games. However, there is comparatively little evidence of wholesale increases in the revenue-generating ability or usage of the devices on a per unit basis.
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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
|Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 23 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
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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.