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Talk about the Kefauver Committee, Tuesday 1/6

Like most people, you probably want to start your New Year with a discussion of historic Las Vegas. I can’t think of many better ways to do that than at this talk I’m giving as part of Mob Month on Tuesday, January 6 at 7 PM at the Clark County Library:

Mob Month 2015 – The Mob on Trial: The Kefauver Hearings and Their Impact on Organized Crime

In 1950, Senator Estes Kefauver led a U.S. Senate Committee to investigate organized crime. The investigation, known as the Kefauver Hearings, were held in Las Vegas and 14 other cities and included testimonies from over 600 witnesses including National Crime Syndicate bosses Willie Moretti, Joe Adonis and Frank Costello. The hearings were televised and introduced America to the concept of the Mafia. David G. Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center For Gaming Research and author of bestselling books Grandissimo, Roll The Bones, and Cutting The Wire will examine the importance of the hearings and the subsequent impact on organized crime, law enforcement and state gaming regulations.Free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. For more information, please call 702.507.3458.

via LVCCLD-Event

I had a great time giving talks this summer at the Clark County Library, and I’d like to thank everyone there for making this possible.

The Kefauver Committee’s Las Vegas hearings are a fascinating topic, because they clearly made a major impact, but were relatively brief. In this talk, I discuss why the hearings were held, what they were about, and how they were received. I’ve certainly learned a great deal researching this, and I hope that you are able to attend the talk.

UNLVs High Roller | UNLV News Center

Thanks to the recent news that I’ve been named to the “40 under 40″ list in Global Gaming Business, the UNLV News Center has posted an interview with me. Great questions:

David Schwartz is the ultimate Vegas insider. On any given moment, he can talk about gaming trends locally and nationally, casino security, the history of Vegas mobs, the tourism industry and places to take your kids when youre visiting Vegas yes, there are places to take the kids. After all, Schwartz is a researcher so hes bound to have good tips.It’s no wonder why Schwartz was recently named among the top 40 emerging gaming leaders by Global Gaming Business Magazine.

via UNLVs High Roller | UNLV News Center.

I liked getting the chance to think deeply about some of the issues we discussed.

I’m an “Emerging Leader” in Gaming

It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized by one’s peers, and I am energized and awed by being part of G2E’s “Emerging Leaders” group.

As part of that honor, I am part of Global Gaming Business magazine’s “40 under 40″ feature this month, with a brief profile:

Unlike most academics, Schwartz’s experience in gaming brings a realistic view of the world not always shared in the ivy-covered towers. Schwartz’s mentors include the late Shannon Bybee, a former casino executive and founder of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, and the late Bill Eadington, the founder of the Center for the Study of Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno. Schwartz combines Bybee’s real-life approach to education with Eadington’s love of research, and is truly the spiritual academic heir to their gaming education tradition.

via Learning the Game | Global Gaming Business Magazine.

It’s great to have a platform to not only get to ask the really interesting questions, but to share what I learn not just with academics but also with people in the industry. I hope I’m able to continue to contribute in ways that help people better understand not only where gambling has been, but where it is going.

Catch me tomorrow at the SNCCC meeting

Tomorrow night (2/12), at 7 PM, I’m speaking to the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club. I’ll be talking about gambling history and maybe sharing some things from Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.

I’ve known many of the collectors through the years, and I’m always energized by their passion for gambling history. But the best part about this event is that you are invited.

Yes, even if you’re not a member, the event is open to the public. Consider it your chance to check out the club, and to see if you can find that $25 Dunes chip you’ve been hunting for. And if you like what you see, you can become a member.

They start buying and trading chips and other collectibles around 6 PM. I’m on around 7 PM. I’ll have copies of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling available if you want one signed.

The meeting is at the Marine Corps League Museum / Leatherneck Club, 4360 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada, at the northeast corner of Spring Mountain and Arville.


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Looking forward to seeing you there!

New Year, New Look

As you’ve noticed if you’re reading this, I’ve given the site a slightly new look. I switched WordPress themes, to Retina, and did a little light editing of my own to customize it. I’m still not totally settled on the look (I think I’m doing to tweak the header color to tie in better with the rest of the page, and maybe switch the image out), but this should be the look of the site for the foreseeable future.

One of the weaknesses the site has had has been how it displays on mobile devices. Muddling around the WordPress plug-in site, I stumbled upon WPTouch, which automatically creates a smartphone-friendly version of the site for mobile devices. I really like it, and I wish that I’d looked into this two years ago.

I’ve added something new: an Amazon store. Right now, I’ve just got a link in the navigation bar above, but I’ll integrate it better into the site in the coming days. I started by just putting my books in there, but I’m going to add books by people I interview and other friends, as well as books I review.

As always, I still want to improve the site and showcase my work better, so if you’ve got comments or problems, share them. The one issue that I’m most aware of isn’t with this site–it’s a podcast problem that, as best I can figure out, has something to do with UNLV’s server. I’m going to talk to the UNLV web folks this week and try to find a solution. But if you’ve got anything to share about this site, please let me know.

Thanks for reading!

I’m doing a Focus Roundtable

Even though I’m ostensibly on leave right now, I’m still doing a surprising amount of work-related stuff. I’ve signed up to do a Focus Roundtable on Online Gambling this Thusday. Here are the details:

WHEN
May 18, 2011

WHERE
Toll-free Dial-In Number: (866) 951-1151
International Dial-In Number: (201) 590-2255
United Kingdom +44 08003581576
Conference # : 4999006

Moderator:
Michael Damphousse, CEO/CMO, Green Leads

Panelists:

David G. Schwartz, Director of Center for Gambling Research- UNLV>

Dan Michalski, Founder/Editor, Pokerati.com

John Pappas, Executive Director, PPA (Poker Players Alliance)

Greg Raymer, 2004 WSOP Champion and Lawyer

Follow the conversation:
On Focus: Follow the Economy topic page
- Submit your own question and use Economy as a topic
On Twitter: #FocusEconRT

via Focus Roundtable: The Online Gambling Industry Explained.

I’m not totally sure what to expect, not having done one of these before, but it looks like a great panel. I’m looking forward to being a part of this, and I encourage you to get involved as well.

Birth of the Las Vegas Strip on C-SPAN

For those who missed the live broadcast this week, the Lectures in History show featuring me is now available via streaming video from C-SPAN:

University of Nevada-Las Vegas history professor David Schwartz specializes in the history of gambling in America. In today’s class, Professor Schwartz—who is also the director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research—focuses on the early history of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1940s and 1950s

via Lectures in History: Birth of the Las Vegas Strip | C-SPAN.

Here is some context: This is the sixth lecture in a 15-lecture course called “The History of Casinos” that covers, you guessed it, the development of casinos. The week before, we talk about the origins of legal gaming in Nevada and handle the growth of gambling halls in Reno, Downtown Las Vegas, and a few other places in the state. The week after, we cover the 1950s boom along the Strip.

All in all, it’s 1:36:15 of Vegas casino history that I think is pretty important. When the American History TV producers approached me about recording one of my lectures, I gave them a choice of topics and this is the one they settled on, and I agree that it’s something that is more likely to capture the public imagination than the week before.

If all goes well, my next book project will be, more or less, a print version of this class–an easy-to-understand, smart-but-not-burdened-by-jargon look at how the casino industry in America grew. If you happen to know a publisher who’d be interested in working together on a project like that, please contact me.

Me on American History TV

Earlier this semester, a camera crew filmed one of my GAM 495 lectures so it could be broadcast as part of C SPAN’s American History TV series. It will air this weekend:

University of Nevada-Las Vegas history professor David Schwartz specializes in the history of gambling in America. In today’s class, Professor Schwartz—who is also the director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research—focuses on the early history of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1940s and 1950s.

Airing: Saturday 8PM ET & Midnight; Sunday 1PM ET

Lectures in History: Birth of the Las Vegas Strip

I’m really happy to see gambling history get a place in a forum that has some pretty important topics in history. I think that the changes that happened in Las Vegas in the 1940s and 1950s are significant not just for the Strip, but for broader American culture, and it is an honor to have the chance to share some of my work with a general history audience.

If that link doesn’t take you to the full lecture this Monday, I’ll add one that does.

I’d like to thank everyone at C SPAN, the crew from CoverEdge, and naturally everyone in my GAM 495 class.

On hiatus

Well, at least for a little while. Thanks to a much-anticipated arrival, I’m taking some family medical leave time off from my job at the Center for Gaming Research. I won’t be in the office for several weeks, though if you need to get a hold of me I will be checking email. I should be back in the office by early July.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few links to some of my writing here, but don’t expect to see too much going on.

Though I’ve got another announcement coming up in a few minutes that will tell you how you’ll still be able to see me talk about casinos at your leisure no matter what I’m doing.

Transitions

As you might have read over on Two Way Hard Three, I’m going to be blogging over there from now on. I’m really excited to be joining the TWHT team–I’ve admired Hunter’s work for years, and I really like the depth and analysis that Jeff Simpson brings to his pieces over there. I think that a lot of what I have to say will reach a bigger audience over there than it has here.

When I started dieiscast.com, I was in the middle of writing Roll the Bones, and mainly wanted a site to share information about my books and my thoughts on what was going on in Las Vegas.

Since then, my writing on Vegas has really flowered–I write biweekly for the Las Vegas Business Press, have a biweekly column in Vegas Seven, and also have been writing regular feature and news pieces for Vegas Seven. That means that I don’t really have the time to focus on doing the kind of blog I started doing, where I shared and commented on other people’s news stories. Instead, I’m generating my own news stories and writing more extended commentaries about big issues in the news. The blog as I’ve been doing it just didn’t seem like the best fit for that anymore.

I’ll still be using the space to link to everything I write, and also to highlight my books with a little more intensity. I’ll also use it to share information about my speaking and consulting services.

Basically, instead of this being my version of a catch-all blog about Vegas and the gaming industry with some information about my professional work appended, it’s going to focus primarily on my professional work.

I’m renaming the site www.dgschwartz.com, since most people who come here will be looking specifically for information about me. I’ve still got dieiscast.com, so old links will still work, but you should probably change your bookmarks.

Another change is that the carpet gallery is migrating over to RateVegas.com. Again, grouped with lots of other casino photos, it’ll be a better fit there, and even though I’ll still be updating it, shifting it over there will let me concentrate on talking about my professional work over here.

So I’ve had fun with DieIsCast for the past 6 years or so, and I look forward to sharing more of my work with you on dgschwartz.com.