David Schwartz

Director, Center for Gaming Research

David Schwartz has been at UNLV since 2001 and now oversees the acquisition of new materials for the Center for Gaming Research, where he encourages its utilization by scholarly, media, government, and industrial researchers. He also is a writer, speaker and consultant on gaming and related issues. Schwartz's books include Suburban Xanadu: The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and BeyondCutting the Wire: Gaming Prohibition and the InternetRoll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. As a speaker, he talks to a variety of audiences, from visiting classes to convention groups, who enjoy his wide-ranging, fast-paced introduction to casino topics, including his "Seven Things You Should Know About Casinos" presentation.


Articles by David Schwartz

Business and Community | June 3, 2014
Women have been forces to reckon with in the often rough-and-tumble history of Nevada gaming. Here are five you should know about.
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Research | May 28, 2014

David G. Schwartz’s latest work offers a fascinating sketch of one of Las Vegas’ greatest characters, Jay Sarno, and a reminder of the importance of sharing stories.

UNLV History | April 9, 2014

How did Nevada become a world leader in gaming? Expert David Schwartz picks out the key dates that changed our state's biggest industry.

Research | April 12, 2010

For nearly 40 years before the downturn of 2008, the gaming industry had been touted as "recession-proof." But, as the economic downturn intensified and the national gambling spend declined, it became clear that consumer demand for casino gambling was indeed sensitive to larger economic fluctuations.