David G. Schwartz

Gaming historian
Affiliate professor, Department of History
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Expertise: History of Gambling, Gaming Statistics, Casino Surveillance and Security, Gaming Technology, Casinos and Social Media

Biography

David G. Schwartz is a gaming historian. Currently serving as UNLV's associate vice provost for faculty affairs, Schwartz was the longtime former director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV, a hub for scholarly analysis of gambling and gaming issues. The center is part of University Libraries and boasts the largest repository of English-language materials on gambling and has an unparalleled repository of books, journals, and primary materials for gaming research. The center also maintains casino corporate archives including the Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Resorts, and Boyd Gaming Corporate Archives, gaming-related manuscript collections such as the Sands, New Frontier, and Binion’s Horseshoe collections, and a growing number of collections obtained under the Problem Gambling Pioneers initiative, which collects and preserves the papers of the pioneers of the problem gambling treatment and advocacy movement.

In addition to his work at UNLV, Schwartz is an active consultant. As vice president of research and analytics for Santo Gaming he assists the Las Vegas-based gaming management and consulting firm with a range of projects.

Schwartz is the author of three books about gambling, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, Suburban Xanadu: The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and Beyond, and Cutting the Wire: Gaming Prohibition and the Internet. He currently writes the biweekly Green Felt Journal column for Vegas Seven magazine and was named gaming and hospitality editor of Vegas Seven.

Education

  • Ph.D., American History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., American History, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Anthropology and History, University of Pennsylvania

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David G. Schwartz In The News

Associated Press
September 22, 2020
For decades, women have dealt cards or served drinks in casinos, but they rarely got the chance to run the joint.
New York Times
September 21, 2020
The “Autumn Wind” is still a Raider, but he’s no longer blustering in from the sea.
The Press of Atlantic City
September 21, 2020
The novel coronavirus, an airborne pathogen that affects the respiratory system, provided state officials a legitimate public health reason to temporarily ban smoking inside casinos.
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 14, 2020
When MGM Resorts reopens its last shuttered property on The Strip, guests won’t be able light up cigars or cigarettes at card tables or slot machines.

Articles Featuring David G. Schwartz

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
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Campus NewsJune 11, 2020
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Campus NewsMay 20, 2020
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