I’m thrilled to be taking part in the next Frequency event at The Beat in Downtown Las Vegas. Here’s all the info you need:
Just in case that image didn’t display for you, the event is on February 13 at 7 PM, live in The Beat, 520 Fremont St Las Vegas, NV 89101.
I hope to see you there!
I was one of many guests interviewed on Peter Greenberg Worldwide’s radio show. You can listen to the episode here:
Peter Greenberg Worldwide – Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace – January 18, 2014
It was a nice chance to talk about Grandissimo for a national audience, and I’ve got to say that Peter is one of the best interviewers I’ve encountered. Totally conversational, but always moving the show ahead, talking with him on air is just great. I also talk candidly about my past career as Mr. Peanut, among other things.
In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I take a look at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s decision to release less information about gaming win. I think it’s a bad thing:
The industry is often misunderstood, partially because many people don’t grasp the nature of casino math. Some confuse the amount of money gambled with the amount the casino keeps. Others confuse revenue what casinos take in with profits what’s left over after they have paid their bills. Real numbers can clear up these misunderstandings.
via Numbers, Transparency, and the Health of Gaming | Vegas Seven.
With what I do, the more numbers the better. I’d like to think that having better information really does serve the public.
On Sunday, March 2, at 4 PM, you will get a chance to hear some of those who knew Jay Sarno intimately talk about his life and legacy:
Jay Sarno did more than build two of the most iconic casinos in the world, Caesars Palace and Circus Circus. He created the mold for modern Las Vegas. In this panel discussion, those who knew him best will talk about his contributions and his quirks.
- Oscar Goodman, former Las Vegas mayor and sarno’s attorney
- Burton Cohen, casino president
- Mel Larson, former Circus Circus vice president of marketing
- Jay C. Sarno, September Sarno, Freddie Sarno, and Heidi
- Sarno Straus, Jay sarno’s children
The panel will be moderated by David G. Schwartz, author of Sarno biography Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. books will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.
The event, which takes place at Lied Library, is free and open to the public, though Registration is encouraged
Register online at www.library.unlv.edu/sarno-rsvp or call 702-895-2277 by Monday, February 24.
Light refreshments will be served.
View invitation here (pdf)
Grandissimo has a write-up in the View’s “Literary Las Vegas” section:
Atlantic City native David G. Schwartz has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has hands-on experience in the gaming industry. Since since 2001 Schwartz has been at UNLV, where he serves as the director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research. The professor, speaker and consultant is also the author of several books on the gaming industry including his newest “Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas.”
Literary Las Vegas: David G. Schwartz
There is also a brief excerpt from the book.
If you want to buy Grandissimo in Las Vegas, there is one more place for you to visit. The Neon Museum now has several signed copies of the book for sale. If you haven’t been to the museum before, here’s everything you need to know:
770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (directions)
I’m thrilled to be working with the Neon Museum, and very happy that people have one more place to connect with the book in person.
In this week’s Green Felt Journal, I take a look at the resurgent American Gaming Association and what it means for Las Vegas:
In the past few months, the American Gaming Association has almost completely regenerated itself. Even though the gaming industry’s chief lobbying group has the same name and offices, it has a renewed mission under new President and CEO Geoff Freeman: to promote the overall positive community impact of gaming, urge a streamlined regulatory process and underline the reality that online gaming is not going away.
via The American Gaming Association Takes a Smart New Direction | Vegas Seven.
I think this is one of stories to watch–a changing AGA might lead the industry into directions that none of us foresee.
The Grandissimo media tour continues, this time as the author spends some time with Glenn Haussman, host of the Hotel Interactive podcast:
David G. Schwartz is not just a PhD but also the Director, Center for Gaming Research, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, an amazing historian as well as the author of several books including Roll The Bones, which is a history of gambling since the dawn of time and his newest, Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, the story of Caesars Palace developer Jay Sarno.
Friday, January 10, 2014
To listen to the podcast, follow the above link or go here.
With a busy spring ahead of me, I have updated the events page. Click through for the entire list. I’m excited to be featured in a number of events at Clark County, Henderson, and UNLV libraries, as well as UNLV’s University Forum lecture series.
And of course, I’m happy to take any chance I get to talk to people about Grandissimo in particular and all the other things I find fascinating about Las Vegas in general. I hope to see you at one or more events this spring!
And if you would like me to speak to your group, please get in touch.
Here is my final Green Felt Journal of 2013. It’s perhaps appropriate that it looks ahead to 2014:
While 2013 was mostly a year of building and transition, Las Vegas should definitively enter the post-recession era in 2014. That won’t mean a return to pre-recession prosperity, but rather a shift in how casinos approach visitors. In fact, it may turn out that the restaurants, retail and entertainment of the Linq will mark the biggest change on the Las Vegas Strip since the county began installing pedestrian overpasses in the 1990s.
via The Action, for Resorts, Is on the Street | Vegas Seven.
As I mention in the column, I think that the ultimate transformation that the inside-out model will bring hasn’t been fully considered, and it may bring some changes that are unexpected.