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Type: Author/Storyteller Visit 
Age Group: Adults & Seniors 

3/6/2014 • 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Clark County Library

Room: Main Theater


Grandissimo: How Jay Sarno's Wild Life Changed Las Vegas

Author: David G. Schwartz

Las Vegas was both the best place and the worst place for Jay Sarno, a confirmed problem gambler, to make his career. Through his casinos, Caesars Palace and Circus Circus, he completely changed ideas of how Las Vegas should operate, opening the door for the "what happens here" era of adult fantasy. In the biography, “Grandissimo,” author/historian David G. Schwartz, examines Sarno's life and, in this multimedia presentation, brings to light just how Sarno ended up in Las Vegas and how profound his influence on his adopted hometown has been.

Schwartz is director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research as well as a writer, speaker and consultant on a variety of subjects, from the history of gambling to casino surveillance and security to gaming technology and social media. He is a frequent guest expert on radio and TV shows and is the author of three books about gambling, including “Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.”

Free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk. For more information on this event, call 702.507.3459.