• Roll The Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)

  • By: David G. Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-19-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Winchester Books
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Roll the Bones tells the story of gambling: where it came from, how it has changed, and where it is now. This is the new Casino Edition, which updates and expands the global history of gambling to include a greater focus on casinos, from their development in European spas to their growth in Reno and Las Vegas. New material chronicles in greater depth the development of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and their spread throughout the United States. A new chapter better places Atlantic City's casinos into their correct context, and new material accounts for the rise of casinos in Asia and online gaming. 
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.
©2013 David G. Schwartz (P)2018 David G. Schwartz
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-28-18

Everything you ever wanted to know about Gambling.

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5 out of 5 stars
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.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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