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License to steal : Nevada's Gaming Control System in the megaresort era
Burbank, Jeff, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Reno ; Las Vegas : University of Nevada Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Cheating and murder : the American coin caper -- To Ralphie from Adolph : Ralph Engelstad and the war room at the Imperial Palace -- Who's minding the casino cage? : Joe Slyman and regulation 6A -- Near miss : the rise and fall of slot machine innovator Universal Distributing of Nevada -- Casino politics : the Gambing Board vs. Sheldon Adelson and the Las Vegas Sands -- Fixed ods and wise guys : the sport of kings -- A cheater in our midst : gambing board computer wiz Ron Harris beats the system -- Profiles of Nevada State Gaming Control Board and Navada Gaming Commission members.
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Examining the state of Nevada's gaming laws in the age of the megaresort, this book presents seven unusual, precedent-setting case studies, taken from the files of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Commission.

Author Notes

Jeff Burbank has covered the casino industry for the Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the International Gaming and Wagering Business Journal. He has published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and served as a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He is currently the managing editor of the Las Vegas Business Press

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Booklist Review

Burbank, a reporter who covered the gaming industry in Las Vegas, analyzes the economics and politics of the gambling experience in the state that gave birth to gaming. He offers the Nevada experience as a case study of the impact of gambling on local economies and politics, examining the precedent-setting studies taken from the files of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Commission. With the expansion of the gaming business initially to New Jersey and now throughout the nation, the Nevada experience has nationwide significance. Burbank offers a short history of how gaming evolved in Nevada and how Mob influence was essential to the development of gambling's infrastructure. Burbank outlines Nevada's struggle to minimize Mob involvement and the eventual incursion of Wall Street money as megaresorts pushed the Mob to the fringes. He also addresses insider corruption that continues to undercut public confidence. The specter of cheating is forever present, and Burbank reveals how insiders manipulate the odds so that gambling is not quite a game of chance. --Vernon Ford

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: An Overview of Gambling in Nevada, 1861 to 1999p. 1
Chapter 1 Cheating and Murder: The American Coin Caperp. 35
Chapter 2 To Ralphie from Adolph: Ralph Engelstad and the War Room at the Imperial Palacep. 55
Chapter 3 Who's Minding the Casino Cage? Joe Slyman and Regulation 6Ap. 80
Chapter 4 Near Miss: The Rise and Fall of Slot Machine Innovator Universal Distributing of Nevadap. 104
Chapter 5 Casino Politics: The Gaming Board vs. Sheldon Adelson and the Las Vegas Sandsp. 128
Chapter 6 Fixed Odds and Wise Guys: The Sport of Kingsp. 156
Chapter 7 A Cheater in Our Midst: Gaming Board Computer Whiz Ron Harris Beats the Systemp. 187
Chapter 8 Profiles of Nevada State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission Membersp. 207
Appendix 1 Organizational Structure of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commissionp. 223
Appendix 2 Budget for the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Fiscal Years 1997-1999p. 227
Notesp. 233
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 251