Interview with American Casino Guide Author Steve Bourie

hi and welcome to our series of
educational videos that are designed to make you smarter gambler my name is Christine Bourie I’m from
the American casino guide which is the number one bestselling book
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more about the book be sure to visit our website at in this video I’ll be interviewing American casino
guide out there Steve Bourie who also happens to my father now be asking questions about his gaming
background in his book and now here’s my interview with Steve
Bourie what is your background in the casino gaming industry I worked for 25 years in the gambling
industry but it was actually in the parimutuel
gaming industry rather than casino gambling the difference is that with
casino gambling it’s you betting against the house and
with parimutuel gaming it to you betting against other bettors with parimutuel gambling the house always makes money because the
money is put into a pool and the house takes a commission with
casino gambling it’s slightly different because it’s you against the house and actually casinos could actually lose
money if they had a bad day for the players got lucky but with parimutuel
betting that never happens because the money to put into a
pool and the house takes a commission what made you wanna write the book actually I didn’t start out to write a
book the books or have developed along the way what happen is that that back in
nineteen ninety-two I wrote an eight-page flyer that gave
information on the major casinos in the United
States in las vegas atlantic City Reno Lake Tahoe and out through the years I kept adding
more states and more information on the casinos so now on 2013 itself or in ninety six
page book the front part has information on how to
play all the games I write some other stories %uh there are gambling experts would
also contribute to that part of the book the middle part of the book as
information casinos in forty-one states at has map showing
where the casinos are and the best part of all which a lot of
people really like is the coupons in the back of the book and the 2013 edition of the book we have
more than 200 coupons and usually just use one or two the
coupons you can more then recover the cost to the book so
people really like those coupons a lot how many casinos have you visited I visited a lot of casinos in the book we
have almost 800 and I’d say have been about 75
percent of them I of course you go to Las Vegas to get
to see a lot of casinos but also if you go to somebody a smaller
casinos that are concentrated together like in South Dakota into black hawk central city in Colorado
also Cripple Creek in Colorado so in those places you have
a lot to casinos but they’re all rather small casinos fear Las Vegas you
see a lot of big casinos but I i I’ve been about the seventy-five percent
have you visited many casinos outside the US outside the US seven visited that many
casinos but that because I live in Florida I’ve
been to the Bahamas so quite a few times I’ve been to Atlantis on Paradise Island
that’s the very very pretty place two beautiful casino and that one place
I always wanted to go my wife and I went about three years ago
I finally got to go to Monte Carlo I we flew to Paris been a few days there
and then we flew down to nice and then took a helicopter into Monte
Carlo so that was a big thing for me because as a kid growing up I always
heard about it and to me it was the most famous casino in the world so that was %uh place I always want to
see you need to get to see it about three years ago and actually this New Year’s Eve my wife
and I was going to go to London and while I’m there I plan to see
a a few casinos there too do you gamble yourself I love to gamble I i used to be a
blackjack player pro primarily a blackjack player and I took
a few months to teach myself how to count cards and for eight years I
counted cards and I never tried to make a living at it
I just tried to see tried to do it on my own to see whether
or not it worked and yes it did work and yes I did make money at it but I I
did make a lot of money but i wasnt paying a lot of money I found that if you bet a lotta money
you just attract attention to yourself and you probably get kicked off the
casino and I was playing most my play was at a
local casino on a casino boat which we don’t have any more here in Florida but I didn’t wanna get kicked off so I
just kept my batsman back then too probably maximum fifty dollars and that
will keep you under the radar so you can get kicked off but that nowadays I play primarily video
poker I like video poker I find the comp so
much better if you can bet that much in blackjack
you can earn that much in comp budging a lotta cash back you couldn’t
get cash back in video in I’m so you can get cash back and
blackjack but again can get cash back in video poker so I enjoy playing that and what I try
and do as I try and play a about an even game at the casino this allows me
to stay even some nyquil is a lot of money I get to
take advantage above the cops at the casino has I put a lot on my play my my video poker play in a casino that has a a concert hall so they sent me a lot I think it’s so I
can get you know a few thousand dollars worth I’ve a
invitations to these concerts each year and basically played a break-even level
so it allows me to take advantage at the casino com program without losing a lot of money have you
seen any interesting things in casinos if you spent a lot of time a casinos
like I do you will usually see something interesting and a when the most intriguing things
ever saw happen in a casino was a in atlantic city many
years ago when Steve when first built the Golden Nugget which is now the notebook what used to
be the Atlantic City Hilton and I believe it’s Tia Atlantic Club
Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City originally that was the Golden Nugget
and I was in there playing blackjack this as many years ago gosh it probably won twenty years ago
and a %uh the I got kept hearing this night as well of
of what and i’m looking around saying what is
that noise and the dealers pointed out that the table a few tables
over was the %uh the boxer Joe Frazier who has since passed away
but I he was championship boxer that time
and the or explain that that Joe like to bark at the cards as
they were being dealt out at the shoot because he thought that he could change
the order of the cards i said %oh well that’s interesting I i
think thats the only time my life I i’ve ever heard that but that that was his a method for
winning I i don’t think it worked too well but the you know that was on the strange
things I saw something else had happened not exactly
in the casino but near casino many years ago I was at the
%uh Stardust in Las Vegas and I was with my I was with my friend
ann we were walking around this little ball towards the end of the it was a very tiny mall at the end of
the Start Assist artist has been imposed doesn’t exist anymore used to be on the strip and that he went
into a candy store and i sat down on a bench in this little mother probably
only maybe a a a 8 eight stores in this entire mall
and what a muzzle video arcade for kids would play I’m a
the arcade machines and i’m saying that I’m looking nice at
all look at that there there’s a Michael Jackson impersonator and this guy who look like Michael
Jackson he he walked over into the the arcade and
he at the kids were there playing the games
and he didn’t say anything but he would walk up next to the kid
that was playing the game and he would just stare at at at the kid while the kid was playing
the game so I never could find a pinball game the kid was playing with the levers and it was not
that I’m aware like what is this guy doing but he would he wanna he went over and
look down to watch the kid play for about a minute or so then he walked over to another kiddos
ban another game walked right up next some never said a word to him and and
just the Phantom like that it was a little
weird and then I’m thinking well its israeli Michael Jackson personage
sums going on here but then he he walked out at the arcade
when he walked out of the arcade a bike I went in front of him behind
them on his left hand on his right and they all got together and walked out
31 at the site exits out into the parking lot cell looking
back on it and then a couple years later all this stuff came out about Michael
Jackson the kids so I’m pretty sure that was Michael
Jackson in there it was it was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen it
didn’t happen in the casino that it happened right by the casino how often do you travel to Las Vegas I go to Las Vegas at least twice a year
went on to go for the g2e show II go there with my son and we go to the
skating show where the manufacturers introduce all of their new
games and we do videos age probably know if you watched a video so I put them up
on YouTube what is your favorite see now my
favorite casino is anyplace I can go and win money that
means that I’ll play and some dumpy casinos of have a special promotion or something
that I think I can take advantage other make money at it but I do like I must say I do like if I
got a las vegas I like a win-win is a beautiful place and also below zero so those are two of
my favorite places in Las Vegas and a and Atlantic City I guess gotta
put Borgata in there I haven’t seen the new revel casino but
I understand it’s very nice but in atlantic city I would say I’m Borgata is my favorite there what is the
strangest casino you’ve ever been to there are I few interesting cuz he knows
I’ve come across one and I have to say is a treasure Bay and Black Sea
mississippi that’s right there on the Gulf Coast the
casino is still there but the actual all casino that was on a barge got
destroyed in Hurricane Katrina Anna it again it was a casino on a barge
but it was built to look like a pirate ship that was a pretty cool thing and I remember gaining their couple
times and I was impressed with that it was very unique cuz I I never saw one
like that I another interesting on I have to go to
Reno and talk about the Peppermill now cuz usually like to go downtown Las
Vegas to see all the beautiful neon on the outside at the Peppermill is the only casino
i’ve seen where I think they have more neon on the inside and they do on their outside their place
is just loaded with her neon they have it in the table 7 you know under the slot machines under
the bars as all sorts a neon overhead so that’s pretty pretty unique and
another one I went to a few months ago is right here
in florida is called the Big Cypress casino I it’s part of the seminal reservation a and that they have a few casinos largest
has a son of hard rock and in Tampa and Hollywood Florida but this one is out on the everglades
it’s an attraction in the everglades a a swamp towards called Billy bill the swamp Safari tore and there you
go an airboat rides there as part of the attraction ever room set aside with slot machines and their so I’d have
to say that is definitely one of the most unique casinos i’ve seen what is the most you ever want and Xtina the most everyone at a casino was up
until this year I was four thousand dollars and now I
didn’t want it on my own II was a partner with my friend Walter
who was an old gambling body in mind we’re in atlantic city and we were partners and I was going
around doing research for the book and I said okay we’re partners on this
news planned dollar %uh video poker and he was dealt a Royal Flush and Harrison Atlantic City’s so each won two
thousand dollars and the other bigger jackpot I I got was
this year and again I was partners this time not
with my friend what their life gamble with here but it was at the SRI rocket
Hollywood I was partners with my son and I’ll I was by a 25-cent a video poker machine
one thousand dollars and they went over to a dollar video
poker machine and within 20 minutes we had at it was a triple play dollar
machine and within another 20 minutes we won
another a Royal Flush so that was five thousand
dollars in a period of 20 minutes so that was my biggest win to date what advice do you have for the average
person visiting casino I think that the average person visiting
a casino things that all casinos are the same there there and there’s no difference among them but
really there are the there’s you know some casinos have their
machines had to pay back higher like it when people go to Las Vegas I so I ought
to try and rather than just gambling on the Las
Vegas Strip take some time go to visit one of the of strip casinos sometimes
there’s free shuttles you can take from this trip to some they are outlying casinos I like Sam’s Town
summers online casinos have much better returns on their slot machines unfortunately some sometimes those big
beautiful casinos and then they are very nice very pretty but the slot machines
are set to pay back less than others so the other thing is people think that
that while you go and there’s nothing you can do your you can’t win it’s all a
quality it’s not really all lock there are some games in a casino that
are pure locking are some that are skill so what you want to try and do is play
the game did have a very low casino ads and there’s some skill involved so you
can cut down the casino and even more I wanna games as blackjack blackjack a
good game but there’s a skill involved in need to
know how to learn how to have to learn how to play your cards in the game blackjack a skill blackjack player will
do better in the long run then someone guess is how to play their hands
so that’s a good game to play another good game to play as as video poker most people going to casino are gonna
play a slot machine in a slot machine is really not the best
thing game to play have a very high casino ads especially
those those anyone’s about 12 percent at so what you want to do is learn to play
video poker to find it so much less Khao was much
less of a casino advantage probably a 5 percent or less and your
money will last a lot longer and sometimes when you go to casino it’s
not necessarily about winning money it’s about losing last and what you want
to do is try and take advantage of these casino promotional programs were they
give you free cash back over to give you calms and all that helps to stretch your
gaming dollar so ken there there are subtle differences among
different casinos and its it’s not all pure luck there is
a skill involved in some of these came so you wanna learn to play the games of skill and
learn how to plan properly and your money last longer how can someone find out
more about you and your book the best place to learn
more about the book is on our website at American casino guide dot com I we have a new book that comes out each
year in early November so we have a 2013 book coming out at all
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