1st Edition

Legalized Casino Gaming in the United States
The Economic and Social Impact

ISBN 9781138979697
Published May 13, 2016 by Routledge
284 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Covering the entire United States gaming market, Legalized Casino Gaming in the United States provides gaming researchers, policymakers, and hospitality students comprehensive overview of the history, development, legislation, and economic and social impacts of riverboat, land-based, and Native American casino gaming. Containing national and regional research about the industry, this book will provide students with a historical view on gaming and the hospitality industry, offer researchers data and current market status of the industry; and will give policymakers information about the advantages and disadvantages of a gaming industry in their community.

Comprehensive and thorough, Legalized Casino Gaming in the United States is full of case studies, data, and surveys that provide you with credible information on community incomes, residents’attitudes about gaming, and gaming taxes in certain states. This fact-filled book will help you evaluate and learn about the pros and cons of the industry, including:

  • reviewing changes in the gaming laws and regulations in particular regions and segments of the industry
  • explaining laws and regulations by state for riverboat and other Native American land-based gaming
  • examining negative and positive social impacts of gaming, including crime; quality of life; community services; availability of entertainment, recreation, and cultural activities; community attractiveness, such as reputation, appearance, cleanliness, and traffic; local resident attitudes; and pathological gaming
  • explaining Nevada’s gaming regulatory system, including the roles of the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board, and discussing issues related to currency transactions, exclusion lists, work permits, customer disputes, and underage gambling
  • discussing positive economic aspects of Native American gaming, such as tax benefits, in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Minnesota, and how the industry impacts surrounding communities
Examining the industry from ethical, economic, and social standpoints, the contributors offer you several perspectives of a situation, not just one side of an issue, to help you make educated decisions or opinions about gaming. Bolstered with charts, graphs, tables, and future research recommendations, Legalized Casino Gaming in the United States offers you an in-depth and comprehensive look at the gaming industry, helping you weigh the positive and negative effects of one of the most popular areas of hospitality.

Table of Contents


  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Section 1: History, Development, and Legislation
  • Chapter 1. History, Development, and Legislation of Las Vegas Casino Gaming
  • Historical Development
  • Las Vegas Gaming Today
  • Nevada’s Gaming Regulatory System
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Personal Recollections of the New Jersey Gaming “Experiment” in Atlantic City
  • Background
  • Let the Games Begin!
  • My Odyssey
  • Events/Agencies
  • The Future
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. History, Development, and Legislation of Native American Casino Gaming
  • Native Populations: Some Unhappy Perspectives
  • Promoting Tribal Self-Sufficiency: The Promise
  • Gaming: Beginning to Realize the Promise
  • Efforts to Regulate Native American Gaming
  • The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988
  • The Future of Native American Gaming
  • The Bottom Line: Does Gaming Help or Not?
  • Chapter 4. History, Development, and Legislation of Riverboat and Other Land-Based Non-Native American Casino Gaming
  • Riverboats
  • Land-Based Non-Native American Casinos
  • Other States
  • Section 2: Economic Impacts
  • Chapter 5. Casinos in Las Vegas: Where Impacts Are not the Issue
  • Introduction
  • The Success Story That Is Las Vegas
  • Why Las Vegas Is Successful and Growing
  • The Future Economic Health of Las Vegas
  • A Casino Development Model
  • Some Downsides for the Las Vegas Economy
  • The Bottom-Line Upside
  • Chapter 6. Economic Impacts of Casino Gaming in Atlantic City
  • The Queen of Resorts
  • The Decline of Atlantic City
  • Atlantic City tuns to Casinos
  • Promises Made
  • An Explosion of Growth
  • More Jobs Than Ever Imagined
  • Tax Revenues Soar
  • Billions Invested
  • Casino Benefits for All of New Jersey
  • Some Social problems Addressed, Not cured
  • Gaming Helps Seniors
  • Reinvestment in Nongaming Sectors
  • A City Rebuilt
  • Chapter 7. Economic Impacts of Native American Casino Gaming
  • Background
  • History of Their Economic Development
  • Economic and community Impact
  • Tax Benefits
  • Economic Impact Studies
  • Current Issues and Challenges
  • Chapter 8. Economic Impacts of Riverboat and Land-Based Non-Native American Casino Gaming
  • Evaluating Economic Impacts
  • Gaming Industry Growth
  • Public Economic Impacts
  • Trends and projections
  • Section 3: Social Impacts
  • Chapter 9. Social Impacts of Casino Gambling: The Case of Las Vegas
  • Introduction
  • Assessing Social Impacts of Gaming in Las Vegas
  • Social Impacts of Gaming in Las Vegas: A Comparative Approach
  • City-Specific Social Impacts of Gaming
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Social Impacts of Atlantic City Casino Gaming
  • Introduction
  • Demographics
  • Casinos
  • Pathological Gambling
  • Crime
  • Antigaming
  • New Jersey Casino Control Act
  • Politics
  • Urban Redevelopment
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Social Impacts of Native American Casino Gaming
  • Tribal Division and Residents’ Attitudes
  • Initial Struggle and Exploitation
  • Gaming Contribution
  • Not All Rosy
  • Continued Debate
  • Chapter 12. Social Impacts of Riverboat and Land-Based Non-Native American Casino Gaming
  • Assessing Social Impacts
  • Social Impacts of Gambling and Gaming Development
  • Conclusions
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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