Anthony F. Lucas received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2000. He also received an MBA, in 1992, from UNLV, and a BS, in Accounting, from Ball State University in 1986. Over a ten-year period, Dr. Lucas worked in the areas of financial and operations analysis for Harvey’s Resort Hotel Casino, Harrah’s, the MGM Grand, and the Palace Station Hotel Casino. Currently he serves as a professor on the faculty of 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.
With regard to scholarly endeavors, Dr. 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. Additionally, he has developed several performance-potential models to explain the variation in individual slot machine performance.
Dr. Lucas has published articles in Cornell Quarterly, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel and Tourism Management, and the Gaming Research & Review Journal. He has received several 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. Finally, Dr. 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.