New Lower Price for Roll the Bones ebook

In a little experiment on price sensitivity in the ebook format, I’ve decided to slash the price of the e-version of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling by nearly 20%. The list price for all versions of the RTB ebook is now $7.99. You can learn more or buy it at your favorite ebook retailer:

New Bookseller Partner

There is now another place to get Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

The Gamblers Book Club, probably the biggest seller of books about gambling in the world, is now stocking signed copies of the book. 

You can buy them in person at the store (5473 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119) or purchase them online

Each copy that is for sale through the Gamblers Book Club is signed by me, so if you’ve wanted a signed copy, this could be your chance to get one.

Here’s the cover!

You got a glimpse of it in the photo of the print proof—here is the cover in all of its glory.

Brilliant work from cover designer Mr. Charles S. Monster—it matches the interior content in many ways, some of them quite subtle. You’ll notice liberal use of Sarno block, an architectural element from Caesars Palace that to me perfectly represents Sarno’s design aesthetic.

Print proof received!

I got the print proof in the mail yesterday, It’s everything I had hoped it would be.

Now I’m looking through the proof for any issues to fix before putting the book into print. Once I do that, I’ll start working the conversion to ebook formats. The book will be available very, very soon.

Online island pioneer

The small island nation of Antigua capitalized on online gaming by encouraging early sports betting sites to set up business there. Like earlier resource-poor jurisdictions such as Monte Carlo and Nevada, it hoped to leverage its tolerance of gambling into substantial development.

To learn more about the early days of online gaming, see Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 17, “Reinventing the Wheel,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter covers the events of the last decade or so in the gambling world, minus the rise of Asian casinos, which was covered in chapter 16. It begins with a discussion of how Las Vegas casinos changed their approach after the 9/11 recession, becoming less dependent on gambling. This led to a mid-decade boom that was followed by a crash from which the Las Vegas industry has still not recovered.

The second half of the chapter discusses the short history of online gaming, beginning with the first sites in the mid-1990s and covering most of the regulatory and legal challenges it has faced.

Finally, the author discusses the epilogue that closes the books with thoughts on the present and future of gambling.

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If you don’t see a video, go here: http://youtu.be/1qQWzSfk-ok

Pachinko bounty

Pachinko machines in Japan take in an estimated $300 billion in ball rental fees—about three times the total gaming spend in the United States.

To learn more about Japanese gambling, see Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

If you don’t see a video, go here: http://youtu.be/sxWHmPafsGc

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 16, “All In: Gambling’s Global Spread,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter includes the background of casino gambling in a number of nations, including China (Macau), Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, North Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, and more.

For more information about the book, visit http://www.rollthebonesbook.com

If you don’t see a video, it’s here: http://youtu.be/EqZ82UwJuBQ

Author David G. Schwartz summarizes chapter 15, “A Clockwork Volcano: Las Vegas Strikes Back,” of Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition).

This chapter starts by discussing some of the technological changes that made possible the rise of slot machines, like the introduction of video poker and wide area progressive games like Megabucks. It then talks about The Mirage, which opened in 1989 and kicked off the 1990s boom for Las Vegas. Although it completely changed the Las Vegas Strip, before it opened, many were skeptical that it would succeed.

We then learn about other important companies like MGM Mirage and the Mandalay Resort Group, which, through a series of mergers (including one with Mirage Resorts) became MGM Resorts. Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo, is also profiled.

For more information about the book, visit http://www.rollthebonesbook.com

Grandest hotel…again

When the “new” MGM Grand opened in December 1993 with 5,005 rooms, it was the biggest hotel-casino in the world. That marked the third time majority owner Kirk Kerkorian has opened the world’s biggest hotel-casino. He did it with the International (1969) and original MGM Grand (1973).

For more about Las Vegas casinos, check out Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.