Tales from the Pit

Author: David Schwartz
Publisher: Unlv Gaming Press
ISBN: 9781939546098
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Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, table games pits are high-stress workplaces. Managing a workforce of dealers and attending to the needs of players brings stresses of its own. In 2015, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's Center for Gaming Research received a grant from the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board that enabled it to undertake an oral history project intended to capture the stories of table games managers, including both those currently working in the field and those who have retired. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Pit provides an overview of how the interviewees felt about a variety of topics, ranging from their experiences breaking in as new dealers to their transitions to management and the changes the industry has seen over their careers. The current and former managers speak candidly about the owners, bosses, dealers, and players who made each day challenging. This book illuminates the past several decades of casino history through the words of those who lived and made it.

Suburban Xanadu

Author: David Schwartz G
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136757406
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Urban gambling, linked to poverty, crime and corruption, was once considered a blight on US cities. Gambling then followed the exodus of Americans into the suburbs after World War II and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, most Americans live within a four-hour drive of a casino. What explains the success of places like Las Vegas? The self-contained casino resort removes gambling and its social problems from cities and provides Americans with the comfort of gambling in a setting matched to their suburban lifestyle. In a detailed look at the growth of the earliest casino resorts to the 'pleasure palaces' and riverboat casinos of today, 'Suburban Xanadu' locates the rise of the casino resort in suburbanization and the significance of this development for today.

The Essentials of Casino Game Design

Author: Dan Lubin
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781935396727
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The Essentials of Casino Game Design is a handbook for aspiring or practicing game designers. It explains, in detail, the techniques of designing a casino game that actually works. The author, Dan Lubin, is an experienced game designer. He not only succeeded as an independent, with EZ Pai Gow and Double Blackjack, to name only a couple, but also worked as a table-games designer and manager for big gaming corporations, including Galaxy Gaming, the largest independent supplier of table games in the world. His approach in this book is more than just giving advice in the how-to style. Rather, he walks aspiring table-game designers through the decision points, and the reasoning behind them, that can make or break a game. Aside from main game design, topics also include proper side-bet development, including as a stand-alone money maker, game protection, game design, technical writing, and business and negotiation considerations.

Contemporary Casino Table Game Design

Author: Eliot Jacobson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781883423179
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Just 25 years ago, blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat were the mainstay of casino table games. With Caribbean Stud®, Let it Ride®, Three Card Poker® and the Texas Hold'em boom starting in 2002, the landscape of the casino has been dramatically transformed. New table games, bonuses, progressives and side bets are flooding the market. Today almost every casino offers a wide selection of proprietary table games. Contemporary Casino Table Game Design was written to fill the information gap between game developers, casino management and players. For developers, this book offers a thorough explanation of the principles of game design. For management, it explains the essential information necessary to the game selection process. For players, it gives insights into what's going on behind the curtain. This book is a comprehensive and informative guide to a fascinating and elusive subject.Contemporary Casino Table Game Design includes chapters on: • Table game and gambling mathematics • Principles of table game design and development • Card counting, hole carding, and other advantage play • Gambling mythology • Professional perspectives from industry insiders • Game descriptions for popular and new table games

Roll the Bones

Author: David Schwartz
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780615847788
Format: PDF
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Roll the Bones tells the story of gambling: where it came from, how it has changed, and where it is now. This is the new Casino Edition. which updates and expands the global history of gambling to include a greater focus on casinos, from their development in European spas to their growth in Reno and Las Vegas. New material chronicles in greater depth the development of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and their spread throughout the United States. A new chapter better places Atlantic City's casinos into their correct context, and new material accounts for the rise of casinos in Asia and online gaming. From the first modern casino in Venice (1638), casinos have grown incredibly. During the 18th and 19th century, a series of European spa towns, culminating in Monte Carlo, hosted casinos. In the United States, during those same years, gambling developed both in illegal urban gambling halls and in the wide-open saloons of the western frontier. Those two strands of American gambling came together in Nevada's legal casinos, whose current regime dates from 1931. Developing with a healthy assist from elements affiliated with organized crime, these casinos eventually outgrew their rough-hewn routes, becoming sun-drenched pleasure palaces along the Las Vegas Strip. With Nevada casinos proving successful, other states, beginning with New Jersey in 1976, rolled the dice. From there, casinos have come to America's tribal lands, rivers, and urban centers. In the last decade, gambling has moved online, while Asia--with multi-billion dollar projects in Macau and Singapore--has become a new casino frontier. Reading Roll the Bones, you'll get a better appreciation for how long casinos and gambling have been with us--and what they mean to us today.

Casino ology

Author: Bill Zender
Publisher: Anthony Curtis
ISBN: 9780929712277
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Is casino management an art? It is for the best casino managers! And Bill Zender knows the art of casino management. In addition to having worked in, managed, and owned casinos for decades, Zender has also been an enforcement agent for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as well as spent time as an advantage player, exploiting the vulnerabilities of casinos from the civilian side of the tables. Today, he travels the globe consulting for the international casino industry. In Casino-ology, Zender argues against excessive card-counter and shuffle-tracker countermeasures in favour of hand production to increase profits, and concludes that rhythmic dice rollers are not the threat they are made out to be. He details the dangers of customer-service breaches; ill--conceived non-negotiable chip programs; and past-posting, marked-card, and false-shuffle scams. He addresses player tracking systems, 6-5 payouts for blackjacks, the sub-tleties of marketing to Asian customers, nuances of the derivative pit games, even the science of turning around a distressed casino. By challenging long-cherished conventions, this book provides contrary and radical, yet proven, solutions to common gaming issues, all in the service of refining the art of casino management.

Casino Women

Author: Susan Chandler
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 080146269X
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Based on extended interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, and vice presidents, Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming.

Grandissimo

Author: David G. Schwartz
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780990001607
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Grandissimo is the story of how Jay Sarno won and lost his casino empire, inventing modern Las Vegas along the way. Jay Sarno built two path-breaking Las Vegas casinos, Caesars Palace (1966) and Circus Circus (1968), and planned but did not build a third, the Grandissimo, which would have started the mega-resort era a decade before Steve Wynn built The Mirage. Sarno invented the modern Las Vegas casino, but he was part of a dying breed--a back-pocket entrepreneur who'd parlayed a jones for action and a few Teamster loans into a life as a Vegas casino owner.

Tales from the Pit

Author: Peter Neville
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1291355804
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A series of short stories set in theatre orchestra pits of amateur operatic productions

How to Detect Casino Cheating at Blackjack

Author: Bill Zender
Publisher: Rge Pub
ISBN: 9780910575096
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Protect Yourself from Casino Cheats! Bill Zender, a highly paid consultant to the gambling industry, is widely respected as an expert on game protection. Although cheating is rare in today's modern, highly-regulated casinos, the proliferation of casinos throughout the U.S. and around the world has created new opportunities for crooked dealers, and new dangers for honest players. Never before has any casino insider revealed the hidden tricks of the trade of the scam artists. Zender describes in vivid detail how slick blackjack dealers can rob you. None of this information has ever been made available to the general public in the past. The cheats aren't talking, and the casinos rarely disclose this sensitive information because they don't want to scare players away from their games. With blackjack now being dealt on riverboats, Indian reservations, and vacation resorts, as well as in high stakes private games all over the country, the time has come for players to know how to recognize cheaters and how to protect themselves.