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New Paper: Massimo Leone

By David G. Schwartz on July 10, 2018 3:33 PM | Permalink

Just posted on the Occasional Papers page:

Paper 42: July 2018
Massimo Leone. "Christianity and Gambling: An Introduction"

Religions hold complex relations with games and, in particular, with gambling. The article focuses on Christianity. On the one hand, the history of this religion shows a tendency to condemn games as source of distraction from spiritual rectitude and to stigmatize gambling, above all, as opening to metaphysical randomness and, as a consequence, as challenge to the idea of divine omniscience. On the other hand, Christianity has also sought to reinterpret games, and even gambling, as possible occasion for moral improvement and as useful distraction from the hardship of monastic life. A theological perspective that reaches its peak in Thomas Aquinas, but has its roots in Aristotle’s evaluation of playfulness, tends to suggest the need for eutropelia, meant as the citizens’ virtue to appropriately have fun.

UNLV Gaming Podcast 88: Tim Simpson

By David G. Schwartz on July 6, 2018 3:54 PM | Permalink

The latest UNLV Gaming Podcast has been posted:

88-July 6, 2018
Tim Simpson
"From Casino Wars to Casino Capitalism: Sovereignty and Gaming in Macau"
In this July 6, 2018 Colloquium Talk, Simpson discusses how the former Portuguese city-state, and now Chinese Special Administrative Region, of Macau has been transformed into the world’s most lucrative site of casino gaming, with annual revenues five times greater than those produced on the Las Vegas Strip. He positions Macau’s contemporary gaming industry within the city’s 500 year history as a Portuguese territory, and its crucial role in two eras of global capitalism: capitalism’s origins in European maritime trade, and its current guise in China’s emergent market-socialist regime and analyzes the productive role of Macau’s ambiguous sovereignty in the city’s casino industry, and the city’s function in the development of Chinese capitalism.

Listen to the audio file (mp3)

Updated: 5 Nevada Reports (May 2018)

By David G. Schwartz on June 29, 2018 5:15 PM | Permalink

Now including data from May 2018:

Nevada Gaming Statistics: The Last Six Months 
Recent Trends for Casino Revenues, December 2017 to May 2018

Nevada Gaming Statistics: May Historical Comparison 
Statewide, Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, Boulder Strip, and Washoe County figures for the month of May, 2009-2018

Nevada Table Games: Historical Hold Percentage Variations 
Annual hold percentage averages, with monthly maximum and minimums, 2004-18

Nevada Slot Machines: Historical Hold Percentage Variations 
Annual and Monthly Hold Percentages, 2004-2018

Nevada Poker, 2004-2018 
An Analysis of Monthly Statewide Results

New Book: Tales from the Slot Floor

By David G. Schwartz on June 25, 2018 11:34 AM | Permalink

The latest UNLV Gaming Press book is now available:

Slot machines are the backbone of most casinos. They earn the most money and determine the physical layout of the casino floor. The management of slot machines, which includes overseeing employees, selecting machines, designing the playing space, resolving customer disputes, and conducting analyses to improve operations, is a challenging field whose complexity has grown as the machines themselves have become more sophisticated.

To better document the current issues in slot management—and the change the field has seen over the past four decades—the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research conducted an oral history project. Those interviewed were at all stages of their careers.


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