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Do Simulcasting And Off-Track Betting Benefit Or Harm Kentucky On-Track Betting?, Thomas E. Lambert 2021 University of Louisville

Do Simulcasting And Off-Track Betting Benefit Or Harm Kentucky On-Track Betting?, Thomas E. Lambert

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


The House Edge And Play Time: Do Industry Heuristics Fairly Describe This Relationship?, Anthony F. Lucas, A.K. Singh 2021 UNLV

The House Edge And Play Time: Do Industry Heuristics Fairly Describe This Relationship?, Anthony F. Lucas, A.K. Singh

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

Based on modified versions of licensed pay tables from reel slot machines, simulations of play failed to indicate a statistically significant difference in the spins per losing player (SPLP), despite a marked difference in the pars (i.e., 7.9% vs. 12.9%). To reflect a volume of play consistent with frequent gambling, the simulations included results from 1-4 visits per week, for the equivalent of one year. Additionally, this level of play was repeated for 100 “years,” within multiple scenarios of buy-in amounts and stoppage-of-play criteria. Still, most outcomes indicated a negligible decline in SPLP, in spite of the ...


Historical Horse Racing Trends Over The Last Five Years: How Much Does Each Machine Earn?, Thomas E. Lambert 2021 University of Louisville

Historical Horse Racing Trends Over The Last Five Years: How Much Does Each Machine Earn?, Thomas E. Lambert

Faculty Scholarship

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Did Covid Benefit Or Harm Horse Racing Wagering? A Comparison Of Trends, Thomas E. Lambert 2021 University of Louisville

Did Covid Benefit Or Harm Horse Racing Wagering? A Comparison Of Trends, Thomas E. Lambert

Faculty Scholarship

Different media accounts during the recent Covid-19 pandemic have mentioned an upswing in horse racing gambling thanks to a decline in other forms of wagering at casinos and with sports gambling. This paper examines gambling trends across the US before and during the pandemic for these forms in gambling as well as lotteries. Horse racing wagering did see an increase, but not as dramatically as one would expect.


Sports Gaming, Casinos, And Horse Racing In New Jersey: The Record Before And During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Thomas E. Lambert 2021 University of Louisville

Sports Gaming, Casinos, And Horse Racing In New Jersey: The Record Before And During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Thomas E. Lambert

Faculty Scholarship

New Jersey was the first state to legalize sports gaming outside of Nevada after a landmark US Supreme Court decision in May 2018 struck down a federal law banning sports gambling in all other states and the District of Columbia (Liptak and Draper 2018). Some race tracks such as Monmouth Park race track began offering sports gambling as a way to bring back fans to parimutuel wagering which had been and still is in decline for several decades at tracks throughout the nation (Associated Press 2019). This brief paper examines trends in New Jersey on how sports gambling has grown ...


Increasing Investment In Stem Education For Females: Policy Considerations, Becky Harris, Andrea Dassopoulos, Daniel Sahl, Anna Starostina 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Increasing Investment In Stem Education For Females: Policy Considerations, Becky Harris, Andrea Dassopoulos, Daniel Sahl, Anna Starostina

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

During this difficult economic time, as policy makers decide how to use their limited resources to help prepare the rising generation for the demands of an ever-changing workforce, aligning K-12 educational priorities with higher education and economic development can help maximize public dollar investments in STEM education, particularly when females are given access to STEM and STEM-related education and programs. Smart public policy initiatives can help increase the representation of women in the technology, research and development, and innovation departments.

The purpose of this article is to provide policy recommendations that could help increase gender diversity and participation in STEM ...


What Happens Here? Educating Las Vegas’S Guests During Covid-19, Marta Soligo 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

What Happens Here? Educating Las Vegas’S Guests During Covid-19, Marta Soligo

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

When, in 2003, the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority (LVCVA) launched the tag line “What happens here, stays here,” it reinforced the idea, already supported by the media, that in Sin City everything is allowed. Looking at the COVID-19 crisis, one might wonder how, after being seen for years as a place without restrictions, Las Vegas could convince its tourists to respect some rigid safety guidelines. This paper tries to answer that question starting from the framework of the host-guest relationship, which is widely used in anthropology and sociology of tourism. On the one hand, I state that short-time ...


Covid-19 And Its Implications For Women In Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, And Culture Changes In The United States, Shekinah Hoffman, Itzel Alanis 2021 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Covid-19 And Its Implications For Women In Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, And Culture Changes In The United States, Shekinah Hoffman, Itzel Alanis

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

COVID-19 exposes structural inequalities within American society which can no longer be ignored. Here, we highlight the structural inequalities women and women of color face that are glaringly apparent or exacerbated in the pandemic. Inequalities that play a role in the unemployment, insufficient workplace protection, and increased work-life demands of women and women of color in the gaming industry. Instead of returning to “normal” business post-pandemic, we urge gaming leaders to reflect on these inequities within their workplaces. We offer that guaranteed paid leave and permanent flexible work arrangements could improve the life of gaming women employees and their families.


Derby City Gaming Expansion: Its Impact On The Louisville Metro Area, Thomas E. Lambert 2021 University of Louisville

Derby City Gaming Expansion: Its Impact On The Louisville Metro Area, Thomas E. Lambert

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Picks On Clicks With An Rg Schtick: Building Long Term Sustainability In Esports Betting Growth, Brett Abarbanel 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Picks On Clicks With An Rg Schtick: Building Long Term Sustainability In Esports Betting Growth, Brett Abarbanel

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

During the COVID-19 pandemic, esports and its associated betting markets grew – and in some cases, continue to grow – exponentially as consumer entertainment filled the gap left by a sport shut down around the world. What does this mean for gambling-focused organizations seeking to enter the esports and gaming space? What lessons from gambling should gaming and esports organizations be aware of as they embark on the hunt for gambling-related partners? What potential consumer impacts exist as brands, both endemic and non-endemic to esports and gaming, peddle their gambling wares?


The Relationship Between In-Play Betting And Gambling Problems In An Australian Context Of Prohibited Online In-Play Betting, Sally Melissa Gainsbury, Brett Abarbanel, Alex Blaszczynski 2020 The University of Sydney

The Relationship Between In-Play Betting And Gambling Problems In An Australian Context Of Prohibited Online In-Play Betting, Sally Melissa Gainsbury, Brett Abarbanel, Alex Blaszczynski

International Gaming Institute Faculty Publications

Internationally, Internet gambling is increasingly permitted under regulated licensing conditions; however, the specific products that are legal varies between jurisdictions. Online sports and race wagering are now legal in many jurisdictions, but in-play betting (also referred to as "live action" or "in-the-run" betting) is often restricted. In-play betting enables bets to be placed on an event after it has commenced. Prohibitionist policies often cite the potential for this type of betting to increase risk of gambling problems. This study aimed to identify which online bettors are most likely to engage in in-play betting, and to investigate the relationship between in-play ...


Sweden’S Casino Cosmopol Stayed Open During The Pandemic: What Can We Learn?, Kasra Ghaharian, Bo Bernhard 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sweden’S Casino Cosmopol Stayed Open During The Pandemic: What Can We Learn?, Kasra Ghaharian, Bo Bernhard

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated countless research questions for academics in every conceivable field. Chief among those are the biomedical questions, particularly those related to diagnosis, prevention and treatment (National Institutes of Health, 2020), as this public health crisis relentlessly spreads across the globe. Meanwhile, virtually every other research field finds itself exploring the intersections of those biomedical questions with more specific queries on a range of everyday impacts. Sweden’s approach to COVID-19 has captured the imaginations of critical thinkers worldwide. Sweden has resisted the tendency of governments to shut down society, instead electing for a more sustainable approach ...


After Howard, Before The Mirage: The Early Corporate Era Of Nevada Casinos And The Shifting Visual Landscape Of Las Vegas, David Schwartz 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

After Howard, Before The Mirage: The Early Corporate Era Of Nevada Casinos And The Shifting Visual Landscape Of Las Vegas, David Schwartz

Executive Vice President & Provost Faculty Publications

Las Vegas casino history is often divided into the “classic” or “Rat Pack” era and the “corporate” or “megaresort era.” Classic Vegas starts in the early 1950s as the burgeoning gaming industry established itself on the Strip and can be said to end in 1967, when Howard Hughes’ purchase of five casinos signaled the start of a new regime. The megaresort era started in 1989 with the opening of The Mirage, and the time between Hughes’ arrival and Steve Wynn’s game-changer is typically brushed over as a mere precursor to the massive changes of the 1990s.


Twin River Worldwide Stepping It Up.”, David Schwartz 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Twin River Worldwide Stepping It Up.”, David Schwartz

Executive Vice President & Provost Faculty Publications

Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. (TRWH) announced that it was acquiring three casino resorts from Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp. The two gaming companies are in the process of consummating a merger.


Sin City: How To Shut Down A City That Never Closes, David Schwartz 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sin City: How To Shut Down A City That Never Closes, David Schwartz

Executive Vice President & Provost Faculty Publications

The casino closures that swept through the United States were entirely unprecedented. Never before had an entire hospitality industry been shut down overnight. While we don’t know when Americans will be free to gamble in casinos once more—or, indeed, what casino operations will look like when casinos reopen—the simple fact that casinos are closed gives us plenty to think about.


Where Women Stand In Tribal Vs. Non-Tribal Gaming Leadership, Toni Repetti, Shekinah L. Hoffman 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Where Women Stand In Tribal Vs. Non-Tribal Gaming Leadership, Toni Repetti, Shekinah L. Hoffman

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

Tribal casinos operate for the economic development and self-sufficiency of their members so additional profit generated directly benefits their communities. Gender diversity has been shown to increase firm performance across different types of business so if tribal casinos have gender diversity in management they may be able to increase their profits. This study evaluates casino management positions in 405 tribal and 567 non-tribal casinos in the United States. Results indicate that women in tribal gaming only make up 37.8% of all management positions and while they represent about half of managers, the percentage decreases as the position increases. When ...


Why Change In The Gaming Industry Should Never Surprise Anyone, David Schwartz 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Why Change In The Gaming Industry Should Never Surprise Anyone, David Schwartz

Executive Vice President & Provost Faculty Publications

There has been a great deal of change in the news lately for the gaming world. After more than a decade as head of MGM Resorts, Jim Murren is stepping down. The Chinese coronavirus outbreak has sent Macau gaming revenues into a tailspin. On a happier note, a big brand name is returning to a Las Vegas casino, with the announcement that Hilton will be operating three hotels as part of the Genting Group’s Resorts World development. Change is in the air. But that’s nothing new, and nothing the industry shouldn’t be expecting.


Regulated Sports Betting: A Nevada Perspective, Becky Harris 2020 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Regulated Sports Betting: A Nevada Perspective, Becky Harris

International Gaming Institute Faculty Publications

This article discusses the impact Nevada has had on legal regulated sports betting for the past seventy years. First, an overview and history of Nevada's sport betting regulatory framework will be presented; and, second, lessons learned and issues to consider for states wishing to embark on legalized regulated sports betting such as, integrity, why states and not the federal government should regulate sports betting, how tax rates and fees impact the legal and illegal markets, why technology is critical component of legal sports wagering, why multiple avenues for consumer protection are essential, and finally how cooperation among all stakeholders ...


What Hotel Attributes Matter? Understanding The Price Determinants In The Lodging Industry, Lan Jiang, Marcia H. Taylor 2020 Florida Gulf Coast University

What Hotel Attributes Matter? Understanding The Price Determinants In The Lodging Industry, Lan Jiang, Marcia H. Taylor

Journal of Hospitality Financial Management

The major purposes of the empirical study are to investigate the price determinants in the lodging industry (i.e., hotel class, hotel operation, location, size, age, and seasonality) and to examine how these price determinants affect financial performance of the hotel. A quantitative method was used in this study, with 6,732 valid observations collected and analyzed. The findings suggested that hotel class, hotel operation, location, size, and seasonality are significant factors determining hotels’ average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR). The results have both theoretical and practical contributions. They not only broaden the existing lodging research ...


F&B Performance In The United States Hotel Industry, Michael S. Lin, InHaeng N. Jung, Amit Sharma 2020 Penn State University

F&B Performance In The United States Hotel Industry, Michael S. Lin, Inhaeng N. Jung, Amit Sharma

Journal of Hospitality Financial Management

Competitive environments warrant otels to diversity products and services. Diversification is necessary to reduce the risks associated with revenues and profitability. This study explored whether food and beverage (F&B) activities have the potential to create a diversification of revenue sources for hotel businesses. Using STR hotel performance data from 2007 to 2016, the study conducted panel regression analyses and time trend analyses in the pre- and post-2008 recession period to investigate the impact of diversifying revenue and profit sources through F&B activities. Results indicate that F&B activities can be a source of diversification for upper upscale hotels ...


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