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David G. Schwartz

David G. Schwartz

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Gaming and Hospitality editor David G. Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. By day, he directs the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A little later in the day, he teaches history classes at UNLV. In between all that excitement, he is hard at work contemplating a hyperlocal crowd-sourced artisanal nut butter start-up.

Green Felt Journal

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What the Nation’s Illegal Gambling Problem Means for Las Vegas

With the proliferation of legal casino gaming throughout the country, it’s tempting to think of illegal play as something from a bygone time. But if you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know that illegal gambling is alive, well and far more pernicious—and just as persistent—than the three-card Monte dealers who still pop up on Strip pedestrian overpasses. Read More

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The Long, Hot Summer of ’55

The black and white marble lobby floor, the 75-foot mural behind the lobby bar, the pink and purple flying saucers—the New Frontier really was new. The Las Vegas resort had swept aside the cowboy dust (and pretty much everything else) of its predecessor, the Last Frontier, and presented its opening-night guests with stratospheric glamour befitting the mid-1950s. Read More

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How to Keep Las Vegas’ Forward Momentum Rolling

Las Vegas may be breaking tourism records—May was the city’s busiest month ever, with more than 3.7 million visitors—but that doesn’t mean it’s time to get complacent. Governor Brian Sandoval must understand this, since he’s assembled a new committee that will spend the next year considering ways to create the infrastructure that will keep tourism—and the local economy—booming into the future. Read More

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Kirk Kerkorian, 1917-2015

When Kirk Kerkorian died June 15 at the age of 98, Las Vegas didn’t just lose a visionary whose fingerprints are all over the city’s most recognizable chunk of real estate. It lost a man whose accomplishments will almost certainly never again be equaled by a single person. Read More

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A New Era for the Tropicana?

Last week started with two big casino news items that were rife with symbolism: the closing of the Riviera and the official groundbreaking for Resorts World. Some 24 hours after padlocks were slapped on the Riviera’s front doors, lion dancers gyrated in an air-conditioned tent across the street on the former site of the Stardust. Read More