Gaming Expert Eadington Dies at 67

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Bill Eadington, a word-renowned expert on the gambling industry and longtime author and economist at the University of Nevada, Reno, has died at the age of 67.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports he died at his Lake Tahoe-area home on Monday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Eadington was an economics professor in UNR's College of Business since 1969 and founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming in 1989. He was inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and honored with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education.

Reno gambling analyst Ken Adams said Eadington was the most influential academic in the gambling industry. He said he built the gambling institute "as an academic discipline when no one was taking it seriously."