Center for Gaming Research
November 2018 Update
A paper, updated reports, and much more.
New Occasional Paper
Paper 45: October 2018
Kim Manh. "
Luck of the Land: The Growth of Tribal Gaming
In this paper, I examine the factors that influence tribal decisions regarding gaming policy. First, I look into past accounts of the causes of gaming diffusion and attempt to overcome some of their shortcomings. In particular, previous research has neglected the limited role of federalism, geography, and the impact of gaming during undetermined legality. By collecting data from gaming expansion on tribal lands in California, I provide increased nuance to the story of gaming diffusion. I argue that proximity to major population centers will have the strongest impact on the success of tribal casinos. Only when there is an appropriately large population near proposed gaming sights can they maintain larger facilities. Using data from California's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, I find surrounding population to be the only impactful factor in predicting donor status contradicting many previous conclusions in the extant literature.
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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.
|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
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 25 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.