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May 15 , 2018

Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

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This revised, updated, and extended new edition of the original, award-winning Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling traces the development of gaming from the first rolls of the bones in paleolithic time to the current growth of online poker. 

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Some of the topics covered include:

  • Early gambling
  • The first casino
  • Frontier gambling and gamblers
  • The development of Monte Carlo in the 19th century
  • How American illegal gambling became such a lucrative business
  • Reno’s stint as the nation’s gambling captial
  • The rise of Las Vegas
  • The role of the mob in building up the Las Vegas gaming industry
  • Atlantic City’s spin of the wheel
  • Indian casinos, riverboats, and nation-wide casino expansion
  • Las Vegas strikes back
  • The brief history of online gambling
  • The recession’s impact on Las Vegas
  • The Asian casino explosion of the past seven years

If you're curious about why and how casinos have become so widespread, this book has some of the answers.


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