A history of gambling from its origins to the present day, with a highlight on the development of casino gaming. After discussing the origins of casinos in Venice and European spas, the book shifts to the United States, where illegal gambling halls and legal frontier gambling came together in Nevada casinos.
From there, the book charts the rise of the casino business in Las Vegas, its transplanting to Atlantic City, and its spread across the United States. New material chronicles the rise of casinos in Asia and online gaming.
Praise for the new edition:
"This is a serious history that's as fun to read as a fiction thriller, written by a guy who really understands gambling. A winning trifecta."
--Aaron Brown, author of Red-Blooded Risk and The Poker Face of Wall Street
“This updated edition of Roll the Bones is even more indispensable than the original...a comprehensive and compelling look at the history of risk-taking, refocused on casinos”
– James... More > McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street< Less