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.
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.
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.
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.
Goldstein lobbies for riverboats
Bernard Goldstein, former owner of the Alter Companies, was influential in lobbying for the legalization of riverboat casinos in Iowa in 1988 and 1989. Goldstein’s riverboat casino company eventually became Isle of Capri.
You can learn more about riverboat casinos in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.