"Roll the Bones" is a MUST READ!

  1. If you gamble, buy it!
  2. If you are interested in the history of gambling, read it!
  3. If the correlation between history and social practices interest you, it should be in your resource library
  4. If you visit Las Vegas, AC, Monte Carlo (the one in Europe), or Asia, this book will make every visit more meaningful than ever before.


In Roll the Bones, historian David G. Schwartz tells the epic story of gambling, beginning with its early emergence from divination rituals and ending with today’s global gaming culture. In a sweeping, rollicking narrative, Schwartz looks at the betting games people have played since the dawn of history, and argues convincingly that gambling has always been a crucial part of the human experience.

It is referred to as “The first narrative history of gambling, spanning the Stone Age to the Internet era, examining how it evolved with—and influenced—human civilization.”

I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down – and I really don’t like reading anything more than the sports page in the newspaper!

It opens with an introduction about the Connecticut Pequot / Mohegan history and how the immergence of these two giants in the industry of Casino Gambling follows along the vast history of gambling itself. 

Dave Schwartz, or Dr. Dave as he is called on the Vegas gang Podcast, has a bio that includes:

  • currently the Gaming and Hospitality Editor for Vegas Seven,
  • is an active consultant. As Vice President of Research and Analytics for Santo Gaming
  • earned his bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before earning his doctorate in US History from UCLA.
  • was dubbed “gaming’s leading historian” by Global Gaming Business magazine & has been in charge of the Center for Gaming Research within Special Collections in UNLV’s Lied Library. In addition to overseeing the holdings of the Gaming Collection, Schwartz designed and maintains the university’s gaming studies portal
  • he lives in Las Vegas. (where else?)

Schwartz is a member of the Vegas Gang podcast, and has been quoted by writers for the Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired, Congressional Quarterly Weekly, Indianapolis Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, International Gaming and Wagering Business, Player, San Francisco Chronicle, Crane’s Business, Los Angeles Times, Reno Gazette Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Card Player Magazine says “When you sit down to play poker, in a cardroom or online, you’re taking part in a drama that spans human history, and Schwartz has written the definitive account of that history in Roll the Bones.”

The book can be found easily at book stores or online, with copies available for Kindle, Nook, or iBook.

Dr. Dave himself says it all on his website, http://www.dgschwartz.com , “Ultimately, Roll the Bones explains how the human predilection for a wager shaped human history from the Ice Age to the Information Age. People spend nearly one trillion dollars worldwide on gambling a year–wouldn’t you like to learn a little about how we got there? “

Well, wouldn’t you?………Then, read the book!

That’s all for now.



5 thoughts on “"Roll the Bones" is a MUST READ!

  1. binbin415 says:

    Thanks for the great comment. Glad you liked it. Dr. Dave is a great author and an amazing scholar of Gambling History and Knowledge.


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