Roll The Bones By Dr. Schwartz

"Roll the Bones" by Dr. David Schwartz

“Roll the Bones” by Dr. David Schwartz

Roll The Bones By Dr. Dave Schwartz Is A Must Read for many reasons:

  • If you gamble, buy it!
  • Are you interested in the history of gambling, read it!
  • Does the correlation between history and social practices interest you, it should be in your resource library
  • 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.

YES, IT’S THAT GOOD!

What is “Roll the Bones” about?

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.

“Roll the Bones” Roll the Bones by Dr Schwartz is the first narrative history of gambling, spanning the Stone Age to the Internet era. It examines how gambling 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. Dr. Dave explains how the emergence of these two giants in the industry follows along the vast history of gambling itself.

Related Post – New England Casino History

Dr. Dave Schwartz, Professor at UNLV

Dr. David Schwartz

Dave Schwartz, or Dr. Dave was dubbed “gaming’s leading historian” by Global Gaming Business magazine. He is 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 maintains the university’s gaming studies portal.

The Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Las Vegas Review-Journal quotes Dr. Dave often as an expert gambling historian.

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.”

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? ”

Related Post – Another Must Read From Dr. David Schwartz – “Grandissimo”

That’s all for now.

Binbin

The Fathers of Casino Gambling

Today we tip our hat to the Fathers of Casino Gambling on Father’s Day! This is a look back at those who either invented a game or made it prominent in the industry’s casinos.  Some were inventors, some were just the first or the best at it. Here are some important Fathers of Casino Gambling.

The Father of the Slot Machine – Charles Fey 

1895 was a year of slots invention when Charles Fey represented his own brainchild called Liberty Bell. It is significant to know that the popularity of the slot machine was so astounding that allowed the inventor to open the factory of slots manufacturing in 1896. The first slots were designed and manufactured by Fey himself. They were soon placed into the local gambling establishments on the basis of the 50 rent percent. Hence, in addition to being the first inventor, Charles Fey was recognizable as the first proprietor of the slots.

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Charles Frey and a picture of the famous “first” slot machine the “Liberty Bell.”

A little know fact is that in 1901, Charles Fey added a Draw feature to his very popular Slot machine. This allowed some of the drums to be held when taking a second spin. This feature greatly increased the popularity of the Slot machines and turned them more into a skill-based gambling machine, and this development set the stage for the future history of video poker.

The Father of Card Counting – Ed Thorpe

It was during his tenure at the MIT that he came up with the thought of using his knowledge of mathematical principles to come up with a model that could help decrease the house advantage. Former mathematics professor Edward Oakley Thorp brought card counting to modern Blackjack in 1962, when he published his book, “Beat the Dealer.” Although it has been succeeded by other methods since it was introduced, Thorp’s Ten Count System is regarded as the first mathematically proven system for card counting made available to the general public.

Ed Thorp’s ground-breaking counting system.

The Father of Casino Gambling – Modern Craps and  John H. Winn

It was American dice maker, John H. Winn, who developed the rules further to allow betting for or against the shooter, thus becoming the father of modern Craps. His influence on the game brought us the game as we know it today, a full table setup in the air-conditioned comfort of a casino.

The Father of casino gambling -Roulette and Blaise Pascal 

So, how did he get that title as the father of Roulette? At 16, Blaise Pascal actually presented a paper about geometry that blew away the best math minds in Paris during that period! He ended up making many math formulas and ideas that are still used today. More importantly to us, he was also the inventor of probability which led to his connection with Roulette. A friend of his, Chevalier de Mere posed a question to him about gambling. Blaise Pascal created a formula to show the probability of two people winning in a casino game, and this has become the essence of probability theory! So, when Blaise Pascal was trying to invent a perpetual motion machine, he invented Roulette instead!

The Godfather of Texas Holdem Poker – Benny Binion.

Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker. He, more than anyone else, was responsible for putting the game of Texas Holdem Poker on the world map.

Some recent Fathers of Casino Gambling (Inventors) of casino games:

  1. Sam Torosian (Father of Pai Gow Poker) was the owner of the California Bell Casino in Bell, California, near Los Angeles, in 1985. Sam Torosian had a brilliant idea: he took certain ideas and methods of play from the game of Pai Gow and mixed them with elements of poker to create a brand new casino game: Pai Gow Poker. This new casino game was a perfect blend of old and new, East and West, luck and strategy, and it was an instant hit.
  2. Derek Webb was the first “inventor” of the casino variant for Three Card Poker in 1994 and patented in 1997. He had a vision for a game that combined the excitement of poker and the speed of regular casino games. His version of Three Card Poker is now a staple of casino table games.
  3. David Sklansky is the first person wanting to take credit for the invention of Caribbean Stud Poker. As is noted poker author and player David Sklansky claims he invented a game known as Casino Poker, which is fundamentally the same as Caribbean Stud Poker. However, the dealer exposes his two cards instead of just the one. His version did not include the progressive jackpot feature which Caribbean Stud Poker players know and love today. Never-the-less, the beginnings of this island card game is cloudy at best.  Matter of fact, there are many variants on the origin of the game.
  4. Let It Ride – The game was invented by Shuffle Master founder John Breeding, with the goal of fueling demand for the company’s shuffling machine.

I’m sure there are more, but for now we tip our NETG hat to the father’s of gaming.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL FOUNDER OF VID-POKER.COM – SKIP HUGHES

“THE MONDAY LINK”

Video Poker Expert skip hughes

Skip Hughes was inducted into the Video Poker Hall of Fame in 2006. He was incredibly important to recreational and advantage VP players alike – actually more important to the latter. As an expert video poker player. Skip’s writings are more oriented toward the recreational rather than professional player. Here are a few things we are grateful for that had a direct connection to Skip’s work:

  • He was the founder of the VPMail Video Poker Mailing List which pioneered internet communication among members of the video poker community.
  • He producing strategy cards for players in 1997.
  • He later released “Frugal Strategy Cards” in cooperation with Jean Scott and Jim Wolf designed for recreational players who aim to win. They were the easiest to read, learn and to use at that time.
  • Hughes coined the phrase “Not-So-Ugly” deuces video deuces to differentiate it from full pay deuces. Full-pay deuces pays back 100.76 percent with perfect play strategy, while the ugly versions only pay back 98.91 percent and less.
  • He published a monthly magazine, named “Video Poker Player,” together with John Kelly, which was delivered via e-mail as a subscription. VPP included information on where the best machines were found, and dedicated sections to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
  • He developed the early video poker forums and communities.

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Skip Hughes passed away in March, 2010 and many of his innovations have influenced video poker players for over twenty years. As a follower of many VP Hall-of-Famers, I am grateful for the legacy of Skip Hughes. Our beginning of a Video Poker week is dedicated to Skip Hughes  I hope you enjoy our Monday Link from Vid-Poker.com :

Tribute to the original founder of vid-poker.com – Skip Hughes