All in: The Spread of Gambling in twentieth-century United States
University of Nevada Press
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"Gambling, the risky enterprise of chance, is one of America's favorite pastimes. Office March Madness brackets, a day at the race track, a friendly wager, the random ridiculous Super Bowl prop bet, bingo night, or the latest media frenzy over the Powerball jackpot--all emphasize the ubiquity of this major economic force and cultural phenomenon. Approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly engage in some form of betting, amounting to over $140 billion in combined casino and lottery revenue every year. A hundred years ago, however, legal gambling was a rarity in the United States. A fresh take on the history of modern American gambling, All In provides a closer look at the shifting economic, cultural, religious, and political conditions that facilitated gambling's expansion and prominence in American consumerism and popular culture. In its pages, a diverse range of essays covering commercial and Native American casinos, sports betting, lotteries, bingo, and more piece together a picture of how gambling became so widespread over the course of the twentieth century. Drawing from a range of academic disciplines, this collection explores five aspects of American gambling history: crime, advertising, politics, religion, and identity. In doing so, All In illuminates the on-the-ground debates over gambling's expansion, the failed attempts to thwart legalized betting, and the consequences of its present ubiquity in the United States." --Publisher information.
Gaming and Casino Operations Management
Cohen, J. D.,
Schwartz, D. G.,
All in: The Spread of Gambling in twentieth-century United States.
Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press.