New Podcast: RJ Rowley’s talk

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)

UNLV Gaming Podcasts

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.

Author: Dave

Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of several books, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gaming. Also Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.

4 thoughts on “New Podcast: RJ Rowley’s talk”

  1. This podcast was outstanding! The speaker arrived at the heart of what the local’s casino is in Las Vegas. He clearly defines it, analyzes its marketing concepts and why it is many ways the “third place” in many people’s lives. That place between people’s home and work where they have established their identity. I have recommended it to my 3 casino classes this semester at Fairleigh Dickinson and Rowan University in New Jersey.
    Professor Robert Ambrose

  2. I really enjoyed Dr. Rowley’s podcast about locals casinos. He discusses thoroughly how the original locals casinos (Showboat, Moulin Rouge and Bingo Palace) evolved in Las Vegas and how the present local casinos serve Las Vegas residents. I also liked how he compared three of Stations Casinos properties (Fiesta Henderson, Sunset Station and Green Valley Ranch) and how by their geography they cater to three different groups of customers in Henderson and Las Vegas.

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