‘Wide Open’ Part 2: 90 Years of Legal Gambling in Nevada: Becoming a Global Destination, 1961-2021

‘Wide Open’ Part 2: 90 Years of Legal Gambling in Nevada: Becoming a Global Destination, 1961-2021

Date: March 25, 2021
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum Admission
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Nevada’s gambling industry will recognize its 90th anniversary in March. It is an epic story packed with brazen entrepreneurs, dangerous mobsters and legendary entertainers. The Mob Museum will host a two-part speaker series featuring experts on the turbulent and Mob-infused history of Nevada’s dominant industry. Speakers will be joining in-person.

On March 25, David G. Schwartz, professor and the associate vice provost for faculty affairs at UNLV, and Alan Feldman, one of the world’s leading experts on responsible gaming, trace gaming’s evolution from the themed resorts of the 1960s through the megaresort era starting in the 1990s.

This program will take place in The Mob Museum’s Historic Courtroom. Tickets for in-person attendance are now sold out. Reservations are not needed to join this program’s livestream.


Featured Speakers

David G. Schwartz  

David G. Schwartz


David G. Schwartz, a professor and the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies gambling and casinos, video games, Las Vegas, tourism, and higher education.

Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA. His academic interest in gambling stems from his hands-on experience in the casino industry as a security officer, surveillance officer, and Mr. Peanut.

Alan Feldman  

Alan Feldman


Alan Feldman is one of the world’s leading experts on responsible gaming.

As Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming for UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, Feldman develops programs and policies to advance related knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community.

Feldman spent nearly 30 years in the gaming industry with MGM Resorts, where he recently spearheaded the launch of GameSense, an innovative, player-focused responsible gambling program that encourages players to adopt behaviors and attitudes that can reduce the risk of developing gambling disorders. This landmark program is now available at all of MGM’s U.S. properties.

A frequent speaker on responsible gaming at conferences, universities and media events around the world, Feldman serves as Chair of both the National Center for Responsible Gaming as well as the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. He also serves as a member of the Gambling Research Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

In 2002, the Casino Management Association honored Feldman as the Gaming Professional of the Year and in 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications from the American Gaming Association.