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Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling by [Schwartz, David G.]
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This comprehensive and often entertaining history of gambling begins with the origins of odds and evens as an ancient divination "game" and ends with the 21st-century Internet gambling phenomenon. Schwartz, a historian at the University of Nevada's Center for Gaming Research, gets credit not only for his thoroughness in describing the development of gambling in Western Europe and the U.S., but also for including gambling in Native American, Chinese and other non-Western cultures. Similarly inclusive is his examination of the doctrinal attitudes of each of the world's major religions toward the human penchant for gambling. Schwartz adds interesting anecdotes, even if likely apocryphal: aces, for instance, supposedly became superior to kings as a result of 18th-century French revolutionary fervor. But this thoroughness leads Schwartz to devote too much space to the rules of archaic games of chance and to the exploits of famous and not- so-famous gamblers. Although he doesn't ignore the underside—such as compulsive gambling and cheating—this aspect is underdeveloped. Also, a more in-depth inquiry into why people gamble and the societal impact of government-sponsored gambling, such as lotteries, would have made this encyclopedic effort even more complete. (Oct.)
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"Thisis a serious history that's as fun to read as a fiction thriller, written by aguy who really understands gambling. A winning trifecta."
--AaronBrown, author of Red-Blooded Risk and The Poker Face of Wall Street

"This updatededition of Rollthe Bones is even moreindispensable than the original. Schwartz, a serious historian writing for allof us who love gambling (and even those who don't), has illuminated the historyof gambling like no one before. This is a comprehensive and compelling look atthe history of risk-taking, refocused on casinos, with a welcome perspective onthe longest losing streak the casino industry has seen yet."
-- JamesMcManus, author of PositivelyFifth Street
 
Praise forthe original edition
"A greatread for both the serious student of gambling history and the merely curious.This book will become the 'gold standard' of gambling history."
--CrandellAddington, championship poker legend
 
"More thanjust a history of gambling...this is a bountiful guide to the origins of dice,playing cards, and other gambling pastimes, filled as well with colorfulvignettes of the famous at their gaming."
--JosephMazur, author of What's Luck Got to DoWith It?
 
"A winninghand for the true student of gambling"
--KirkusReviews

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  • File Size: 13133 KB
  • Print Length: 454 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winchester Books; Casino Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVZMCUK
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