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David G. Schwartz

Director, Center for Gaming Research

Vice President of Research and Analytics for Santo Gaming

Expertise: History of Gambling, Gaming Statistics, Casino Surveillance and Security, Gaming Technology, Casinos and Social Media


David G. Schwartz directs 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.


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

David G. Schwartz In The News

Feb 21, 2018

On Feb. 6, when Wynn Resorts announced that its founder and CEO Steve Wynn had resigned, it also revealed his successor: Matt Maddox.

Feb 7, 2018

A shareholder derivative lawsuit has been filed in Clark County district court on the behalf of the Norfolk County Retirement System, a current Wynn Resorts stockholder.

Feb 7, 2018

Some gaming industry sources talked about Steve Wynn’s resignation as if he had died.

Feb 1, 2018

Steve Wynn got it on both coasts today.

Articles Featuring David G. Schwartz

Item from University Libraries Special Collections
Dec 8, 2015
Campus News

National Archives grant helps University Libraries' Special Collections Division preserve archival collections on expansion of gaming in America from 1970 to 2010.

bookshelf and slot machine
Oct 27, 2015
Campus News

Five national scholars will study aspects of gaming and gambling during residencies at the University Libraries Center for Gaming Research.