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Tales from the Pit: Casino Table Games Managers in Their Own Words (Gambling Studies Series) (Volume 1) First Edition, First

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Dealing in a casino presents challenges and rewards not seen in many workplaces. With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake every minute, table games pits are high-stress workplaces. Managing a workforce of dealers and attending to the needs of players brings stresses of its own. In 2015, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Center for Gaming Research received a grant from the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board that enabled it to undertake an oral history project intended to capture the stories of table games managers, including both those currently working in the field and those who have retired. Drawn from these interviews, Tales from the Pit provides an overview of how the interviewees felt about a variety of topics, ranging from their experiences breaking in as new dealers to their transitions to management and the changes the industry has seen over their careers. The current and former managers speak candidly about the owners, bosses, dealers, and players who made each day challenging. This book illuminates the past several decades of casino history through the words of those who lived and made it.

About the Author

Dr. David G. Schwartz directs the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, teaches history, writes about gaming and hospitality for Vegas Seven magazine, and only occasionally pines for his days as Mr. Peanut on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

An Atlantic City native and former casino employee, Schwartz has written books about the development of casinos (Suburban Xanadu), the Wire Act (Cutting the Wire), gambling history (Roll the Bones), Las Vegas casino builder Jay Sarno (Grandissimo), and Atlantic City (Boardwalk Playground). His non-fiction writing has won multiple Nevada Press Association awards, and he was named the 2014 Trippies Las Vegas Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the study of gambling and Las Vegas--and perhaps his tasty artisanal nut butters. In his neighborhood,he is more widely appreciated for his macaroons.

Schwartz received his bachelor's and master's degrees(anthropology and history) from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in United States History from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his work at the Center for Gaming Research, he also teaches history at UNLV and speaks to a variety of groups on numerous topics, including "Seven Things You Should Know about Casinos" and "How Bugsy Blew It." He lives in Las Vegas with his wife Suni and their two kids, who prefer his homemade pizza.

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  • Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1939546095
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1939546098
  • Paperback : 300 pages
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : UNLV Gaming Press; First Edition, First (May 12, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : Baby and up
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