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Nevada, and especially Las Vegas, is unimaginable without gambling. Tourists flock to gambling venues large and small to try their luck. Residents work in many facets of the industry, and gambling revenues are an important part of the state's economy.
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The International Encyclopedia of Gambling - William N. Thompson
The most complete single-source collection on gambling ever assembled gives readers access to the best possible information about one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

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Whats Luck Got to Do with It? - Joseph Mazur
Mazur has written an essential book for anyone who wants to get a better idea of why we consistently bet against the odds. From the betting window to Wall Street, he offers insights into both the mechanics of chance and the enduring appeal that luck holds for those who wager every day, whether they call it gambling, speculation, or just hoping for the best.

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Legalized Gambling - Matt Doeden
Discusses issues pertaining to legalized gambling, covering laws, compulsive gambling, and positive and negative aspects of gaming, and includes related quotes, anecdotes, and discussion which were originally published in "USA Today."

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Gambling - David M. Haugen (Editor); Susan Musser (Editor)
Essays debate the pros and cons of gambling, discussing how it affects society and the economy, the problems of compulsive gambling, and whether lotteries affect the gaming industry.

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Gambling, Space, and Time - Pauliina Raento; David G. Schwartz
The essays consider such topics as the impact of technological advances on gambling activities, the role of the nation-state in the gambling industry, and the ways that cultural and moral values influence the availability of gambling and the behavior of gamblers.

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Casinos - Kathryn Hashimoto; Chris Roberts
Casinos: Organization and Culture is a fascinating look at the world inside the casino building. Customers, departments, employees, and services make up the culture.


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Nevada Gambling Research

From the early days of Las Vegas to being "excluded" from casinos, learn what you can. You can understand the impact of gambling has on Las Vegas to Nevada to the United States.

State Commission

Since Nevada was the first state to regulate gaming, the laws and policies of the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada Control Board have been an example to places that later allowed gaming:



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When the Mob Ran Vegas - Steve Fischer
Twenty-one short, sizzling, behind-the-headlines stories about the men, the Mob, movie stars, and missing money that made early Vegas such a hot spot in the Nevada desert in the early ‘40s to ‘60s. From Bugsy’s Flamingo to beheadings at the Riviera, from the Rat Pack to Sinatra’s sucker punch. Diagrams of mob events and photos of mobsters and celebrities are included.

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The Moulin Rouge and Black Rights in Las Vegas - Earnest N. Bracey
This book is a comprehensive history of the Moulin Rouge, explaining the important role that the hotel-casino played in early desegregation efforts in Las Vegas.

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American Casino Guide - Steve Bourie
Shares detailed, money-saving information for beginner through veteran casino enthusiasts on hundreds of casino/resorts, riverboats and Native American casinos in 41 states, providing play strategies, state maps, slot machine payback percentages and more than $1,000 in casino coupons.

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Casino Women - Susan Kerr Chandler; Jill B. Jones
Casino Women is a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming. But behind the neon lies another world, peopled by thousands of remarkable women who assert their humanity in the face of gaming empires' relentless quest for profits.

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The New Politics of Indian Gaming - Kenneth N. Hansen; Tracy A. Skopek
Passage of the Indian Gaming Regulation Act (IGRA) in 1998 caused negotiations over gambling on Native American land to descend almost entirely to the state level. As issues such as whether or not to build on non-reservation land rise to the surface, Native Americans run the risk of becoming just another interest group competing for resources and privileges.


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