I’m the award-winning author of “Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America,” published by Rutgers University Press on Oct. 30, 2017. The book touches on the evolution and expansion of lotteries, tribal gaming, commercial casinos, sports gambling, daily fantasy, racetrack betting, and much more. The book was cited five times in the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion that struck down the federal ban on sports gambling in May 2018.

By night, I’m a news editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune, and I’ve been a journalist for more than twenty years. Please take some time to explore this site to learn more about the book and a bit more about me. Happy reading!

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(The header image taken by Jackie Clary will be familiar to Las Vegas aficionados as the ceiling of the Bellagio’s lobby. Steve Wynn commissioned artist Dale Chihuly to create the colorful glass flowers for the resort’s opening in 1998.)