Matt Jacob

Matt Jacob


The local freelance writer has penned Vegas Seven's “Going for Broke” column since the publication debuted. Jacob has been a professional handicapper for five years, and prior to that he worked as an editor at Las Vegas Life and a sportswriter and sports copy editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Three Questions

“The interactive art installations at EDC create not only a spectacle, but a playground.”

Speedway Boss Embraces EDC

As the host of the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been just as big a winner as electronic-dance music fans and purveyors of brightly colored bracelets. On the eve of EDC’s return, we check in with speedway boss Chris Powell to discuss the festival’s impact on his venue—and whether LVMS will be opening the doors to other events that don’t involve gentlemen starting their engines. Read More

Kruger/Rice Photo by Jon Estrada; Background collage by Elek Miller

21st Century Rebels

UNLV basketball has always been important to this town’s identity, and a big part of that has been the fans’ ability to get to know the players. But in today’s college basketball scene, players are rarely with the same program for four years, or even three. Has it become more difficult for the community to Read More

For Larry Ruvo, convincing architect Frank Gehry to design a brain-science center in Las Vegas was critical. “I’ve got to package and market this thing,” he thought, “so the world knows that we’re serious.” | Larry Ruvo by Anthony Mair; Ruvo Center by Jon Estrada

The Rise of the Ruvo

Nearly two decades ago, Larry Ruvo set out to create a medical facility to honor his father, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s the inside story of how a world-class brain-science center wound up in Sin City. Read More