Thanks for visiting my website. I am the Director of the Center for Gaming Research and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and I also write for and a few other places. I’m interested in a variety of areas, with a loose focus around Las Vegas, including gambling, casinos, video games, professional wrestling, and hospitality/tourism.

I have written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City. You can learn more on the Books page, or just click one of the books below to head to Amazon, if you like to cut to the chase.

I was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and earned my bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving my doctorate in US History from UCLA. How did I get interested in studying gambling?  Mostly where I grew up, combined with my hands-on experience in the casino industry as a security officer, surveillance officer, and Mr. Peanut.

You can learn more about me on the about page, discover what kinds of speaking I do, or check out my books and articles.

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