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.

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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.

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Two Recent Books For Any Gambler’s Library

Two authors have recently published books with the gambler in mind.  Both are giants in their fields – Dr. David Schwartz, professor at the UNLV Center for Gaming Research; and Bob Nersesian, expert in gambling law.

BOOK #1 – BOARDWALK PLAYGROUND – The Making and Unmaking of Atlantic City

Dr. David Schwartz has been mentioned here on other occasions. Click on the following previous posts:

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

“Roll the Bones”

"Boardwalk Playground," by Dr. David Schwartz

“Boardwalk Playground,” by Dr. David Schwartz

Well, he has done it again.  This time writing about some of his back east roots in Boardwalk Playground.  Boardwalk Playground shares a hundred stories of Atlantic City’s high spots and low points of the past century and a half, with an emphasis on the hospitality business that evolved into casino gaming—and is evolving again. With sections on the city’s history, its classic hospitality, personalities, community institutions, and casino resorts, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what gives Atlantic City its unexpected allure.

The hundred stories of Boardwalk Playground show Atlantic City from its awakening as a tourist destination in the 1860s to its lowest point a century later, its gambling-fueled rebirth to its current crossroads. It provides a personal, thoughtful view into a city that continues to fascinate the world.

BOOK #2 – The Law for Gamblers: A Player’s Guide to Legal Survival in the Casino Environment

Bob Nersesian has made a career out of suing casinos and their security for assault and battery on behalf of customers.

510N3KQIaQLThe Law for Gamblers brings together decades of experience from the world’s pre-eminent gambler’s advocate, providing perspective gleaned from defending hundreds of casino-related criminal cases. With detailed discussions of subjects that include gambler taxation, the use of aliases, Indian gaming rules, and casino credit, and even hiring an attorney when necessary, The Law for Gamblers provides anyone who sets foot in a casino easy access to understanding their rights. Additionally, the collection of case law and statutory points of view within is unparalleled in the rapidly expanding area of gaming law.

I recently heard Bob describe parts of his book on Gambling With An Edge – a podcast for Advantage Players, hosted by Bob Dancer & Richard Munchkin. (which I highly suggest.)

These two resources will be both entertaining and valuable additions to any gambler’s library. Both are available at Amazon and as e-books.

Now, get reading!

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