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 Forbes.com contributor.

Panel Discussion: Evaluating Gaming vs Non-Gaming Guest Spending | CDC 

For my friends at CDC Gaming Reports, I took a long look at a very interesting panel session: For the past few years, panelists, pundits, and panjandrums have laid the blame for this decline at the foot of younger players. But Jacks sees it differently. “It’s not the millennials’ fault,” he said. Zenishek echoed his …

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The Las Vegas Insider Meetup Where Casinos Find The Future | Forbes

In Forbes, I just tried to explain the phenomenon that is G2E: “The show,” as the true insiders call it, is divided into two parts. “Education” is a 12-track series of panels, seminars, and keynotes on topics ranging from gaming leadership and career development to non-gaming growth opportunities in esports (one of several new 2018 …

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Book Review: The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games – First Person Scholar

Today I’ve had a book review I wrote of Christopher A. Paul’s The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games posted on First Person Scholar. Here’s a sample: My difficulties with conceptualizing a non-meritocratic review, perhaps, illustrate just how hard-wired meritocratic norms are—especially in academia—which demonstrates that this book makes a very good point about thinking more …

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Inside The Las Vegas Strip’s Overnight Ultra-Luxe Changeover | Forbes

My latest for Forbes.com describes a very hectic night in Las Vegas: The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas opened in December 2009, bringing a different kind of non-gaming luxury to the Strip. When it was sold earlier this year to Andrew and Peggy Cherng and Tiffany Lam, the property’s management shifted to Hilton, owners of the …

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Look Beyond Las Vegas To See Casino Gaming’s Large Local Impact | Forbes

My latest for Forbes.com considers the ultimate impact of casino gaming: Even though Nevada lost its monopoly on casino gaming in 1976, many Americans still think of the national casino gaming industry as being mostly in—and benefiting—Las Vegas. But most of the $72 billion or so tribal and commercial casinos make each year comes from …

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Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor Could Be Las Vegas Turning Point For Wrestling | Forbes

My latest for Forbes.com consider the return of Ring of Honor to Las Vegas: Part sport, part theater, pro wrestling has evolved along with other forms of entertainment. While World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been for many years the dominant promotion in the United States, there are an increasing number of alternatives for wrestling fans. …

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How Las Vegas Casinos Are Getting More With Fewer Employees | Forbes

My latest from Forbes.com looks at trends in casino employment: Las Vegas casinos, like any hospitality business, owe everything to their employees. After all, they are the ones that provide the hospitality that guests are paying for, the link between the product and the people who buy it. And those employees are more valuable than …

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