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Anthony F. Lucas
Professor, Hotel Administration
Expertise: Casino marketing, Casino management, Business operations analysis, Slot operations
Anthony F. Lucas is a professor in UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, where he has developed award-winning research on the business aspects of the global gaming industry.
Lucas has worked extensively on the development of statistical models to better understand the effects of various casino marketing and operations-related variables on hotel-casino performance measures. He also developed several performance-potential models to explain the variation in individual slot machine performance. He has previously worked in areas of financial and operations analysis for Harvey’s Resort Hotel Casino, Harrah’s, MGM Grand, and the Palace Station Hotel Casino.
Lucas has published numerous articles in professional journals, including Cornell Quarterly and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. He has received awards for his research in the area of casino management, including the 2002 Best Article Award from Cornell Quarterly, CHRIE’s Wiley Research Award, and UNLV’s Boyd Research Award. Lucas co-authored Introduction to Casino Management, Principles of Casino Marketing, and Casino Operations Management, which are three of the most widely adopted textbooks in the field.
- B.S., Accounting, Ball State University
- M.B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Ph.D., Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Anthony F. Lucas In The News
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