Today I was fortunate to hear one of the best Gaming Colloquium talks we’ve had in a while: RJ Rowley talking about locals casinos in Las Vegas. Here’s the info you need:
26-January 25, 2011
RJ Rowley, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
“Neon Beyond the Neon: The Geography of Locals Casinos”
In this talk, Rowley discusses his research into the origins of the locals casino phenomenon in Las Vegas. Locals casinos, which cater primarily to residents of the city rather than tourists, date from the 1970s and are a characteristic development of the local landscape. Rowley also links the expansion of the locals gaming market with the proliferation of casino gambling across the United States.
Listen to the audio file (mp3)
View flyer (pdf)
If I have time before class, I’ll upload his two maps. Otherwise, I’ll do it tomorrow.
This was a great talk, and a wonderful start to 2011 for the podcast series. I’m chasing a few big interviews which will hopefully materialize soon.