Roll The Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)
- Narrated by: Eric Martin
- Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-19-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Winchester Books
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From the first modern casino in Venice (1638), casinos have grown incredibly. During the 18th and 19th centuries, a series of European spa towns, culminating in Monte Carlo, hosted casinos. In the United States during those same years, gambling developed both in illegal urban gambling halls and in the wide-open saloons of the Western frontier. Those two strands of American gambling came together in Nevada's legal casinos, whose current regime dates from 1931.
Developing with a healthy assist from elements affiliated with organized crime, these casinos eventually outgrew their rough-hewn routes, becoming sun-drenched pleasure palaces along the Las Vegas Strip. With Nevada casinos proving successful, other states, beginning with New Jersey in 1976, rolled the dice. From there, casinos have come to America's tribal lands, rivers, and urban centers. In the last decade, gambling has moved online, while Asia - with multibillion-dollar projects in Macau and Singapore - has become a new casino frontier.
Roll the Bones will give you a better appreciation for how long casinos and gambling have been with us - and what they mean to us today. This audio edition includes a brand-new exclusive author interview with background on the book and developments since its print publication.
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By cosmitron on 03-28-18
Everything you ever wanted to know about Gambling.
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By Tom Anderson on 04-24-18
Take A Chance
At the end of the audiobook “Roll The Bones” there is an update by the author on what has happened since the book was written. In it he mentions that this is a condensed version of a previous edition of “Roll The Bones” focusing mainly on casino gaming in all its forms. That being said, it is hard to imagine a seventeen hour condensed version of any book but that is what you have here. Seventeen hours makes for a very long audio book but if what you’re looking for is a comprehensive history of casino gaming then this is the book for you.
Eric Martin does a good job of winding through David G. Schwartz’s written journey of casino gaming from the early, ancient times until the early twenty-first century and from the Middle East through Europe to the United States and now beyond to Asia. I can’t imagine anything has been left out.
If you’re got the time “Roll The Bones” makes for interesting listening.
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