Prohibition not the right answer for online gaming in Las Vegas Review-Journal

This morning, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an op-ed piece I wrote about the ultimate futility of online gaming prohibition:

The nation faces a dangerously seductive form of gambling, as cross-border, high tech telecommunications networks threaten to siphon money out of homes across the country. The problem is getting worse, and the states, with the constitutional mandate to regulate gambling within their borders, are indifferent or worse. The only solution is for Congress to act now.It took years, but Congress eventually did — in 1907

via Prohibition not the right answer for online gaming | Las Vegas Review-Journal.

I’d like the chance to write about this some more–it’s nice to draw on the research I did for Cutting the Wire.

The I-Team tackles Grandissimo

Last Friday, George Knapp of 8 News Now’s I-Team ran a feature on Jay Sarno’s legacy and Grandissimo:

While some might think the father of the Las Vegas Strip is mobster Bugsy Seigel, or casino titans Kirk Kerkorian or Steve Wynn, the true architect of modern Las Vegas might be a self-described degenerate gambler named Jay Sarno.

While there is no statue to honor Sarno’s memory, there is a new book that tells his amazing story, warts and all

I-Team: The Man Behind Modern-Day Las Vegas

I’m glad that George reached out to me for this. Here is the video of the story:

8 News NOW

And a link to the video if that embed doesn’t work. 

Watch Grandissimo on Frequency

Last Thursday, I took part in Frequency, DTLV.com’s interview series. It was a great night, and I’m thrilled that the event was recorded so that you can see it for yourself:

Watch Frequency With David G. Schwartz, William Swaney and Wassa Coulibaly

I’d like to thank my friend and editor Greg Miller for being a great interviewer—wonderful questions and we could have talked for much, much longer.

Watch Grandissimo on Frequency

Last Thursday, I took part in Frequency, DTLV.com’s interview series. It was a great night, and I’m thrilled that the event was recorded so that you can see it for yourself:

Watch Frequency With David G. Schwartz, William Swaney and Wassa Coulibaly

I’d like to thank my friend and editor Greg Miller for being a great interviewer—wonderful questions and we could have talked for much, much longer.

Grandissimo at the Clark County Library, 3/6

This morning I received the flyer for next month’s event at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Rd). 

On March 6, at 7 p.m., I”m giving a talk called “Grandisismo: How Jay Sarno’s Wild Life Changed Las Vegas” and signing books.

Here’s the flyer—would love to see you there:

Live Event! Frequency @ The Beat

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!

Grandissimo on Peter Greenberg Worldwide

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. 

Numbers, Transparency, and the Health of Gaming | Vegas Seven

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.

Grandissimo Event: Jay Sarno Roundtable, March 2

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.

Panelists include

  • 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 in Literary Las Vegas

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.