David G. Schwartz

David G. Schwartz


Green Felt Journal columnist David G. Schwartz is also director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, his base for operations as a writer, speaker and consultant on a variety of subjects, from the history of gambling to casinos and social media. He is a frequent guest expert on radio and TV shows. - See more at: http://stage.vegasseven.com/author/david/#sthash.AFzxAZq5.dpuf

EDC 2014


The Festivalization of Las Vegas

It takes one thing to go from outsider to establishment in Las Vegas: success. When Pasquale Rotella’s Insomniac Events first brought the Electric Daisy Carnival to Las Vegas in 2011, he was a renegade fleeing Los Angeles, which had hosted the festival for more than a decade but rolled up the welcome mat amid controversy in Read More

Green Felt Journal


The Man Who Gave Regulation a Good Name

Nevada’s casino regulatory system is intimidatingly massive. The relevant sections of the Nevada Revised Statutes span more than 83,000 words—more than 150 pages, single-spaced. But that’s just the foundation: The Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission promulgate regulations, technical specifications, policies, suitability findings, industry notices, and minimum internal control standards, which themselves run to Read More

The Week

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The Nightclub With a Casino Attached

For the past 25 years, nongaming elements—rooms, restaurants, shows and, increasingly over the past decade, nightclubs—have steadily gained market share relative to slot machines and table games. Which might be why, a generation and a still-lingering recession later, Caesars Entertainment’s Cromwell and the soon-to-open SLS Las Vegas are the logical continuation of the process that started with The Mirage. Read More