"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!
  • 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.


What is “Roll the Bones?”

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

“Roll the Bones” is the first narrative history of gambling, spanning the Stone Age to the Internet era. It examines how gambling evolved and influenced human civilization. I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down – and I’m not an avid reader.

It opens with an introduction to the Connecticut Pequot / Mohegan history. Then, he explains how the emergence of these two giants in the industry follows the vast history of gambling itself.

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 Gaming Collection holdings, 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 quote Dr. Dave often as an expert gambling historian.

“When you sit down to play poker, in a card room 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.”

Card Player Magazine

Dr. Dave says on his website, “Ultimately, Roll the Bones explains how the human propensity 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? “

That’s all for now.