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Center for Gaming Research
November 2017 Update
A new survey and collections made available for research. 
Latest UNLV Gaming Podcast

Colleen O'Neill
"Jobs and American Indian Sovereignty: The Challenge of Gaming"

In this October 20, 2017 Colloquium Talk, O'Neill discusses the conflict between labor unions and Native American tribes over the issue of Indian gaming and labor in 1990s California.
2017-18 Eadington Fellows Announced

The UNLV Center for Gaming Research, part of the UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, has selected seven researchers to receive the 2017-18 Eadington Fellowships.

This year's fellows include:
  • Colleen O'Neill, associate professor of history at Utah State University
  • Kim Manh, PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Houston
  • Paolo L. Bernardini, Professor of Early Modern European History, Insubria University
  • Cynthia Van Gilder & Dana R. Herrera, Anthropology faculty at St. Mary's College of California
  • Michelle L. Malkin, doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University
  • Tim Simpson, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Macau

For more information about this year's fellows, please see the news release
Harrah's Entertainment Corporate Archives Available to Researchers

The UNLV University Libraries has made the Harrah's Entertainment Corporate Archives available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, formerly called Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., is a gaming corporation based in Nevada. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and its predecessors can be traced back to 1946 when businessman William (Bill) Fisk Harrah purchased a casino in Reno, Nevada and named it Harrah's Reno Club. In 1956 Bill Harrah, the sole owner, expanded the Harrah's brand and opened Harrah's Tahoe Club in Stateline, Nevada. In 1971 Harrah decided to take the company public and Harrah's Inc. made its initial public offering. After Bill Harrah's death in 1978, Holiday Inns, Inc. purchased Harrah's Inc. In 1985 Holiday Inns, Inc. was renamed Holiday Corporation. In 1990 Holiday Corporation created The Promus Companies, a corporate spin-off that included the Harrah's brand. In 1995 Promus rebranded as Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and continued expanding across the United States. The company was renamed Caesars Entertainment Corporation in 2010.

The Harrah's Entertainment Corporate Archives (dating from 1811 to 2004 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1940 to 2000) contain the promotional and corporate files of Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and its predecessors, as well as Bill Harrah's personal papers, playing card, and card game collection. The collection is primarily comprised of casino and employee periodicals, reports, manuals, promotional files, ephemera, and newspaper articles that document Bill Harrah's casinos in Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe as well as Harrah's Inc., Holiday Inns, Inc., Holiday Corporation, the Promus Companies, and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Also included are photographs that document the construction of Harrah's properties, business operations, the people who worked and performed at Harrah's properties, Bill Harrah's family, and his automobile collection.

Processing of the collection by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives was made possible by a $129,600 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete summary of the items available in the collection can be found online at  https://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/finding-aids/MS-00460.pdf.

Titled "America's Great Gamble: A Project to Promote the Discovery of Sources About the Expansion of Legalized Gambling Across the United States," the grant funded two temporary archivists who have organized and described four collections: the Gary Royer Papers on Gaming, the Eugene Christiansen Papers on Gaming, the Katherine A. Spilde Papers on Native American Gaming, and the Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Corporate Archives.

For 50 years, UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives has collected and preserved the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and made it available for researchers. For more information about Special Collections and Archives, visit  www.library.unlv.edu/speccol.

Eugene Christiansen Papers Now Available for Research

The UNLV University Libraries has made the Eugene Martin Christiansen Papers available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.

Christiansen is a consultant and chairman of Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC. He has worked as a consultant for the commercial gaming and entertainment industries since 1976, and written extensively on gambling legalization and regulation, the economic impacts of legalized gambling, taxation of gambling and entertainment, Native American gaming, and pari-mutuel wagering. Christiansen is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Eugene Martin Christiansen Papers, dating from 1948 to 2017, contain research files, reports, and presentations about gambling written and collected by Christiansen. Most of the collection is comprised of research files and reports about legalized gambling, casinos, hotels, racetracks, and entertainment venues, including the economic impacts of legalized gaming, popularity of off-track betting, horse and dog racing, table games, gambling addiction, gaming regulation, taxes, lotteries, and Native American gaming.

Processing of the collection by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives was made possible by a $129,600 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete summary of the items available in the collection can be found online www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/ead/MS-00561_christiansen.pdf.
Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming Available Now
The UNLV University Libraries has made the Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming available to researchers through the Special Collections and Archives Division at Lied Library.

Royer is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who served as an auditing agent, supervisor of internal control for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and President of the Casino Control Corporation. In the late 1970s, Royer founded the Casino Control Corporation (CCC), a management consulting firm that focused on researching and creating management and internal control procedures for facilities and corporations involved in the gaming industry, particularly in Nevada and New Jersey. CCC provided management services to casinos, manufacturers, distributors, and regulatory agencies involved in the gaming industry both in the United States and internationally.

The Gary W. Royer Collection on Gaming, dating from 1950 to 2009, contains research files, legal files, reports, and manuals about gaming written and collected by Royer throughout his career. Files related to his work withduring his time at the Nevada Gaming Control Board. These files primarily document the legislation and regulation of gaming in Nevada, but include information on other states in the US and some international locations.

Processing of the collection by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives was made possible by a $129,600 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete summary of the items available in the collection can be found online at  www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/ead/MS_00658_royer.pdf.

Updated Reports--Monthly
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, 2004-17

Annual and Monthly Hold Percentages, 2004-2017

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
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
edited by David G. Schwartz 
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Sharing Expertise with the Media
Last month, Center Director David G. Schwartz spoke with approximately 22 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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