Steve Bourie shares gambling tips in Right Casino interview

26th May 2014 by RightCasino facebook 27 mins read Category: Features

In an exclusive interview for, former chief editor at Joseph Attard meets Steve Bourie: author of the American Casino Guide.

Steve is one of the most prolific gambling educators in the world. He cemented his reputation in 1992 by publishing the American Casino Guide; a massive directory of all U.S. casinos. Today, Steve provides expert guidance to thousands of gamblers via his website and YouTube channel .

Watch him reveal all about the history of gambling, cast his two cents on advantage play, share killer tips for online punters and explain how Las Vegas coupons helped launch him to success.

Joseph: This is Joseph Attard interviewing Steve Bourie for Hi Steve how you doing?

Steve: I’m doing great Joey how are you?

Joseph: I’m very well thanks, thanks very much indeed for agreeing to do this interview with us.

Steve: Glad to be here.

Joseph: So I guess we should probably start fairly generally, obviously you’re probably one of the most prolific gambling educators in the industry, but from your own perspective I’d like to learn a little bit more about you and your career and about your current status?

Steve: Well I had been employed in the gambling industry for many years, actually it wasn’t casino gambling it was para-mutual gambling which is slightly different. And then back in 1992 there was a proliferation of an expansion of casino gambling in the United States. River boat gambling had opened up and Indian Casinos had started to also open up in different states and I think a lot of people knew that these casinos were popping up, but they weren’t quite sure where these casinos were.

So I had this idea, I came out with a guide that would give information on the casinos, where they were and back then we only put information in on about six states I think it was. What we did was through the years we’ve expanded the book and it now covers more than 40 states. Back then I think it was a thirty six page pamphlet, now is a 496-page book.

And actually the book is divided into three parts, the front part has information on how to play the games. I write most of those stories, there’s other people who contribute to the book. Then the middle part is information on where all the casinos are and it has names, maps, name, address, phone number, room rates, buffet prices, games offered things like that.

Then the back part of the book has coupons to save you money when you go to the casinos. We have 216 coupons in this year’s book and usually if you just use one or two of the coupons you can recover the cost of the book.

So it’s sort of an all-around useful book for gamblers, or anyone who likes to go to casinos.

Joseph: So it’s a brilliant casino guide that pays for itself pretty quickly?

Steve: I like to think of it that way, and a lot of the people, we do get some people come back year after year, they buy the book, they enjoy the book and they also are able to save money because of the coupons.

Joseph: Okay so it would be fair to say that the American Casino Guide has kind of evolved as you have?

Steve: It has and actually if you go, we sell a lot through Amazon it’s the number one bestselling book on Amazon about casino gambling.

Joseph: Wow that’s quite an achievement. When you first put the guide together a good few years ago now if you don’t mind me saying, did you intend it to be an ongoing project, I mean did you envision that you would just keep adding to it, or did you just design it at the time to be the most comprehensive guide you could?

Steve: Well I had to keep updating it because each year there were more casinos popping up. Because originally they, I think Illinois, no Iowa was the first state that had gambling. And it’s interesting how the gambling evolved, because when it first started Iowa was the first state to offer gambling. And in order to make it more palatable, because it had to be approved in voter referendums. And in order to get it approved what they did was they required it only to be on river boats.

And the river boats would go on like three hour cruises and you were limited in that when the cruises first started you had to pay to get on the boat, you had to go on the boat for these cruises which were for three hours and they limited the amount of money you could lose. I think initially it was $200 loss limit. And when you would go to the cage they would give you a voucher so that you couldn’t buy more than $200.

Then after Iowa did this and Illinois said oh that works well, and then Illinois copied Iowa and then they opened theirs, but I think they didn’t have the loss limits.

So this is how it started and then eventually it expanded where they allowed, the boats didn’t have to cruise anymore, because all these states, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, all these Mid-West states they were all river boat gambling even Louisiana. And the boats you had to actually go on the boats and you had to cruise, but eventually they got rid of all those restrictions, so now they’re land based casinos. But they originally started as river boats.

Joseph: That’s fascinating, so there really was a genuine evolution of gambling, sort of started in the water, then climbed onto the land?

Steve: Oh yes very much so.

Joseph: Obviously I’m a little bit embarrassed to have to ask you this, but why is it that initially in the States casinos could only be based on river boats and couldn’t be on dry land?

Steve: Well here traditionally the Mid-West states are rather conservative.

Joseph: So I gather.

Steve: So it was easier to sell to the voters if they say well you know it’s not a 24 hour gambling operation. People can go out on these boats and they can only go out for three hours at a time so they really can’t lose a lot of money. And it was sold as low stakes gambling for people to have fun.

Joseph: And I suppose if you don’t like it then just give them a stern kick and they float away, if you don’t like the party boat parked near your town just kick the boat and it floats off?

Steve: Yes and then they would say right it didn’t affect the town, the gambling wasn’t really in the town. It was on this boat that went out in a river or the lake somewhere.

Joseph: Yes sure so it’s isolated from affecting the community.

Steve: Right.

Joseph: Okay so obviously you’ve spoken about the way that the American Casino Guide evolved and expanded and accumulated more information. Lately of course you guys have expanded into the online space with a web-based directory and the really popular YouTube channel. So from your perspective and the perspective of the American Casino Guide how has moving your activities online affected your approach to educating players about gambling?

Steve: Well I’ve noticed in the past and actually also today that anybody can automatically become a gambling expert. And they can just put up information and say oh well this is the way it is. But there’s a lot of bad information out there. So what we try to do, the information that we put in the book and a lot of the information we put in the book we also put on the website, is factually correct.

So we’ve created this channel American Casino Guide at YouTube and we have over 4,000,000 views and we just try and put factually correct information there. Excuse the phone line in the back, but we’re here working at the same time.

Joseph: That’s fine you’re a busy man we know.

Steve: Okay.

Joseph: Well that’s fantastic, and obviously a fairly significant transition from authoring a book, I mean have you enjoyed the video content, do you like putting that together?

Steve: When we first started the YouTube channel I did a lot of the videos myself but since then I interview other people who are gambling experts. And I know am awful lot of gambling writers that are experts in their own particular fields so I interview them and put them on the channel.

The most important thing is to get factually correct information out there, there’s a lot of bad information on the internet and we have over 4,000,000 views and we put out one video each month and we just make sure that it’s factually correct information.

Joseph: As you mentioned straight off the bat there’s a lot of bad information online for gamblers. How do you, other than the fact that you obviously have a bit of reputation that sort of proceeds your website, how do you let people know that the information you provide is credible?

Steve: Well the only thing I can do is give information on, let’s talk about slot machines, because slot machines, there’s a lot of bad information about slot machines. You know people say always look for a hot slot machine, look for slot machines on the aisles.

And years ago what I did was I went to Nevada, I went to the Nevada Gaming Control Board and I interviewed the people there in charge of their laboratory, I’ve been to Gaming Labs International which is the world’s largest independent testing laboratory for slot machines, and I asked people and I interviewed people.

A lot of times, and I put this in the book that I’ve done as well as on the website. And each year we go to the Global Gaming Expo which is the world’s largest trade show for the gaming industry in Las Vegas, I interview slot manufacturers there. So I do put in the time and effort to interview these people who create these games and are, and also regulate these games. So a lot of people who write, who put these stories out on the internet about these slot machines they don’t do anything. They do their research on the internet and read other people’s stories.

So at least I put in the time and effort to interview the proper people who have the expertise in this particular field.

Joseph: Of course I mean our slot machine rules are slightly different in the United Kingdom, most of our slot machines are run on adaptive logic. Compensated slot machines. I had a chat with Michael Shackleford AKA the Wizard of Odds the other day, and he, we had a very, very long conversation actually where he was determined to work out whether there was any credence in the claim that you could optimise betting on British slot machines. Because they’re mostly compensated rather than RNG and he actually tracked down the patents which indicated that it is possible at the very least to optimise your play, but to really, as you say there’s a lot of people repeating a lot of the same assumed information on line, you have to really go to the source to be able to ascertain whether any of that information is credible.

Steve: Alright no we’ve done I think about six interviews, six videos with Michael Shackleford who is also known as the Wizard of Odds, we put that out there and one of our slot videos, slot machines, How to Play and How to Win, which I did, that was one of the first ones I did. But I get people on there who are from England and they ask me about how, do their’s work the same way? And I say I don’t know, I really don’t know anything. The videos in my, the slot machines in my video that I refer to are US machines.

Now even in the US there are some places and I put this in the book and I you can also see it on the website on line there are some states where the machines work a little differently. For example if you go to New York State, their video gaming terminals and they’re run by the

New York Lottery and those machines do not work the same way as in my video. Also if you go to Washington State, there are Indian casinos there and those machines do not work the same way. And also there are some states that have the class 2 gaming.

Here in the US we have class 2 and class 3. Class 2 sometimes you’ll find in Indian casinos and Class 2 is where you are playing against other players, it’s not you against the house, it’s you against the other players.

Joseph: Interesting.

Steve: It’s not a house bank game. And so in a class 2 casino in the US you’re actually playing a game of bingo. And if you play a slot machine, you’re not playing, it looks like a slot machine but it’s not really a lot machine, you’re playing a game of bingo against other people in the casino. And the way you can tell is there’s a little bingo card up in the corner.

Joseph: In the course of that fairly extensive career as a gambling expert how would you say that American casino culture has evolved and furthermore how does it compare to gambling cultures elsewhere in the world?

Steve: Well I guess since I started back in ‘92 what I said about how it initially was introduced on river boats and somewhat isolated in the sense that you had to go out on the water and do your gambling out there, but then it was eventually accepted by the public as 24 hour year round gambling. I would say that’s mostly how it’s evolved.

Then again around that same time they started introducing Indian casinos, so there are a lot of successful Indian casinos in the US. But the market might now is pretty much saturated, I don’t think there’s any new states, well they are going to build in Massachusetts.

Joseph: Didn’t New York recently have a about of a…?

Steve: I think there’s five casinos Massachusetts are going to build.

Joseph: Wasn’t there recently a bill that made it through New York, the state of New York to start constructing casinos in that state?

Steve: Right I think six casinos will be added in New York and one thing that’s changed is Atlantic City used to be a huge market, it lost about half their business because casino gambling was legalised in Pennsylvania which, so a lot of people from Philadelphia would drive over to Atlantic City so they lost that business. And then in New York actually the most successful casino now is in New York City its

Resorts World New York which is at the Aqueduct Race Track. That is now the most successful casino in the United States. And might even be the world.

Joseph: How has that happened how has New York become more successful than any casino in Vegas?

Steve: Well it’s just the geographical location that they can draw all the people from New York City. A lot of the people from New York City used to go, you know you’d have to drive to get to Atlantic City you’d have to drive for about three hours or take a train there and it’s just simpler to you know just hop on a subway and twenty minutes you’re at Resorts World Casino.

And most people they don’t really know the difference among the casinos, or how they work and they just want to go there and play a slot machine. Most people are going to go and play a slot machine. So you know for twenty minutes rather than taking a three hour drive, they’d rather do that.

Joseph: So obviously there’s been even in this interview and certainly across your work, an emphasis on the facts, would you say that’s it’s important that gamblers have all the facts, by which I mean is this tantamount to levelling the playing field because we all know the truism, it’s a cliché the house always wins, the odds are stacked against the player? Is it the duty of people in the know to provide all the facts so that gamblers know exactly where they stand?

Steve: Well we can put the facts out there, but a lot of people don’t bother with the facts. Most people they think it’s all luck, you know you go into a casino and if I’m lucky will win and if I’m unlucky I’ll lose and they won’t bother learning about you know. They’ll go in and they’ll spend your know $200, $300 in a casino and lose it, but they won’t spend any money to find out the information about how they could be better as a gambler.

And there are certain games where you, where there’s skill involved, there are a lot of games where it is pure luck. But even if it’s pure luck there are some very high advantage casino bets. As an example craps. Craps can be a very good game, craps can be a very bad game. If you stick with the pass line and the odds you can lower the overall casino advantage to less than 1%. If you make a pass line bet and take the free odds. But if you bet the any 7s it’s almost a 17% house edge. So you have to stay away from those bets in the centre of the table.

So that’s an example where you know you have a game and depending on the bet you make you’re either going to give the casino very little edge or a very high edge. And people say well you know it’s all luck I don’t care, I’ll go in there and maybe I’ll get lucky and I’ll win, but it’s accumulative effect and you know it’s very difficult to be a long term winner when you’re playing against a casino edge of 17%. It’s much easier to be a winner when you’re casino advantage is less than 1%.

So that is part of the problem, people need to learn the different bets you can make and how to lower the casino advantage on the bets that they want to make.

Joseph: See I think it’s interesting you talking about people almost wilfully ignoring the facts and choosing to play every game although it’s pure luck. Actually when I was talking to the Wizard he said he went to Vegas with his uncle. Not a great player. Apparently they were at a black jack table and he was playing like an absolute novice, and losing an awful lot of money and Michael Shackleford said that he kept giving him advice on how to play, where to bet, what’s a sensible bet, what’s a chump bet. And his uncle apparently got really ratty and just went it’s no fun if you just play by the book. Which I thought was really fascinating, like people would rather not know everything because to some people the entertainment comes from not knowing, the luck’s more fun than potential to win more successfully.

Steve: I think that’s part of it, but let me give you an example here. In Europe roulette is a very popular game and I have a video called the Roulette How to Play and How to Win, where I go over all the bets and give you the how to win. And the bottom line is that the only way you’re going to win at roulette is if you get lucky because there nothing you can do to change the house advantage.

But one thing I talk about in the video is that you’d be better off playing a single zero wheel if you can find one. They’re hard to find in the US. But a single zero wheel, the casino advantage is 2.70% and in double wheel it’s 5.626%. So that means it’s almost, the casino advantage is almost twice as high on a double zero wheel.

And I have been in casinos where there’s a single zero wheel table, there’s a table with a single zero wheel and right next to it a table with a double zero wheel. And actually the casino was a Riviera in Las Vegas which is a low level player casino and I think the minimum bet was $5 or $10.

And I’m looking at this, so one table the advantage is 2.7% the other one is 5.26%, and there are about three times as many people playing on the game with the double zero than there are with the single zero. And this doesn’t make sense.

Joseph: Yes I agree, I personally think there should be an unwritten rule that anybody when given a choice decides to pay American rather than European roulette should have all their money taken off them at the door because it’s just a patently ridiculous thing to do.
But at the same time and I’ve been told by people who don’t gamble very often that I have to be kind about this some people just don’t really care of they win or if they lose and I think that’s fine. As long as they play responsibly and they have a set bank role that’s not a problem.

Steve: Well if they don’t care, but you’re saying they don’t care if they win or if they lose, I’ve heard stories that compulsive gamblers, compulsive gamblers, and I’ve done an interview with the head of the National Council of Problem Gambling. And one time, I have a friend who runs a programme for compulsive gamblers and I went to the, I went to a meeting once just to see what it was like because I originally thought, well these people they’re just bad gamblers they don’t know what they’re doing. But it goes much, much deeper than that.

I went to the meeting and I heard some of the saddest stories. You know I was talking to one guy and he said he would go to a blackjack table and he couldn’t leave the blackjack table. He would sit there, and he would pee in his pants because he couldn’t force himself to leave the black jack table to go to the bathroom.

I said oh my God, and then there as another guy who told a story about he had stolen money from his employer because he had a gambling problem. And he told his employer he’s stolen I don’t know $4,000 or something and the employer forgave him and worked out a programme to pay back the money, and then he told this story about how he had to go back and tell the guy he stole another $4,000. So I mean, so there’s more to it, certainly a lot more to it than being a bad gambler. These are people who have problems.

But so in my book and I know there are people that will get compulsively involved in gambling, in my book, I put a chapter on how to tell there’s a twenty question quiz you have to ask yourself to see if you might be a problem gambler and then there are numbers in there for resources you can call of you need help with the possible gambling problem.

Joseph: Yes I spoke to a psychologist from the United Kingdom actually who is our foremost authority on problem gambling and addiction. And obviously there’s a big difference between problem gambling and addiction. Problem gambling is just if you have a problem with gambling, you know if you spend too much money gambling that’s a problem, whereas addiction has specific criteria. But you’re right there’s definitely more going on than just an unfulfilled desire to win or an inability to win because you’re not a terribly good gambler. For some people there is a chronic difficulty.

A somewhat controversial statistic came out of a gambling expert I won’t name who argued that 99% of people who claim to be advantage gamblers are in fact just compulsive or addicted gamblers.

Steve: Well I would like to know what he based that on because I don’t know who claims to be, I don’t think there’s that many people out there that are advantage amblers. I know some people that are advantage gamblers and I’m sure people I know do not have a gambling problem, but I’d be interested to see where he got his information, where these people who claim to be advantage gamblers.
It’s been my experience that a lot of people, most gamblers in general, you ask the how they’re doing and they’ll say oh okay I’m about even. You know they’re going to say I’m about even, but most people don’t track their wins and losses.
If you are an advantage gambler you would know exactly to the penny how you are doing, so and if they were claiming to be an advantage gambler they would know exactly how they were doing, and if they knew they were losing money I don’t think they would claim to be an advantage gambler.

So I would doubt that very much that statement, I wouldn’t think those people were advantage gamblers because if they thought they were advantage gamblers they wouldn’t be playing of they were losing.

Joseph: On a slightly lighter note you’ve crossed a few different media boundaries in your time. You’ve gone in print, you’ve gone on the radio, you’ve gone on TV, you’ve shared information online. So which of those mediums have you enjoyed the most, and which do you think provides the most value to gamblers?

Steve: Well I enjoy doing the videos. I think you can get a lot more information out there and I used to write articles. I don’t write many articles now, mostly I do the videos. And I would, because originally I would write the stories myself and then I found I got tired of writing and how many times can you write about blackjack, how many times can you write about you know roulette?

So I found it more interesting to interview other people. I have some articles on my website, interviews – famous gambler interviews. We have a link there on the site to famous gambler interviews where I interviewed Stanford Long who is very famous in the world of blackjack.

He’s probably one of the foremost experts. So I interviewed him, I interviewed Tommy Highland who ran, who still runs one of the most successful card counting teams in the United States. Bob Dancer a video poker professional, so people can go there and read those.

And then after doing interviews with them then I spoke to other people, other experts to get their ideas on how to play the games and their opinions on what people can do to improve their chances of winning when playing these games.

Joseph: And who made for the most interesting interviewee?

Steve: The most interesting interview, you know I’m not sure. Tommy Highland was a lot of fun. He’s a very nice guy, he’s still in Las Vegas I see him every once in a while and I would, he was interesting, and Stanford Long I would say was also very interesting so I would put those two guys up there.

You know they were card counters, very successful at it and they were interesting guys to talk to.

Joseph: Okay of course the correct answer was Joe Attard from, but never mind it’s fine.

Steve: I’ll keep that in mind next time.

Joseph: So okay obviously you’re a fairly clued in gambler but would you say that for most people it’s fair to say that gambling should be primarily about entertainment rather than the desire to win. Like should people go into a casino with the expectation they’ll lose and just sort of see their bank roll as a time limit in their entertainment?

Steve: Well gambling should be about entertainment. Some people like we spoke about become problem gamblers but you know the vast majority of people they go there and let’s take, well I, when I play, if I go to Las Vegas what I will do is I will be in the player’s programme at a hotel, and I will put my play in at the hotel. And let’s say I lose $300, $400 in my couple of days in Las Vegas. Well I know that the hotel I’m staying at they’re going to count my room, they’re going to give me free food, they’ll give me free drinks, give me show tickets perhaps.
But what I try and do I try and play a break-even game with the casino. So yes I can lose some money, but the casino will give me benefits back. I mean I would have had to spend several hundred dollars for the room. So if I lost $300 and they give me a free room and free food then was I really losing, you know I don’t think so, I think it’s a break even deal.

So and then locally I have a casino near me and what I try and do at that casino is again play a break even game. They have a lot of shows they have a big auditorium where they put on shows, I’ve seen a lot of wonderful shows there. And if I’m going to go and buy those tickets, you know they’re $80 a piece for, you know $80 to $100 apiece. Sometimes as low as maybe $50.

So every time I go it’s $100 so if I lose $300 in a month and I’m getting $500 of show tickets did I really lose, I don’t know I figure it’s a break-even game. So that’s what I try and do.

Now that’s what I try and do but for the average person who goes into the casino what I’d say is try and take advantage of these player programmes, so don’t bet more money than you want to but don’t bet more money than your comfortable with just to try and get something for free, but just go in, play the games you like to play and then try and get the benefits from the players club so you get reimbursed for your losses and it really doesn’t cost you a lot.

And then you can go and you can have fun and enjoy yourself and enjoy some of the benefits form the casino.

Joseph: So I’m going to take you back in time for a minute here. Would it be fair to say that the success of the American Casino Guide was thanks in no small part to the fact that it contained odds and pay-out percentages for all the Las Vegas casinos?

Steve: Well we put that information in there each year. We contact the gaming commissions to find out what the machines paying, we put that in there, but actually I think the thing that drives the sales of the book is the coupons because you can save so much money with the coupons. You know you can get a two for one buffet, you can get a free room night, you can get free drinks, half price show tickets, so and there’s 216 coupons in there so that really is what drives the sale of the book.

Now it’s interesting there really is, there aren’t that many sources, if you want to find out what the slot machines paid in all these states you would have to go to each individual gaming commission and find out what they were paying on your own, but we have it on a page on our website and we also put it in the book. So you know which states have the highest paying machines. And generally its Nevada, Nevada usually has the highest paying machines.

Although I think overall the highest paybacks now are at Resorts World casino in New York and the reason they are so high is because they have a lot of video table games. They have electronic versions of table games which simulate the actual table games, but they don’t have black jack but they have roulette or baccarat or craps.

So some of those are rather low casino edges, but it shows up in the statistics as being a slot machine, an electronic gaming machine return. So that raises the pay back percentage for the regular slot machines.

The vast majority of the slot machines in the US worked the way that I speak about in the video but there are some states that don’t do that.

So New York State would be an exception, all of Washington state would be an exception, and any Indian casino that offers class 2 gaming because class 2 gaming is actually again you playing against, you playing a game of bingo, it looks like a slot machine, but it’s not really a slot machine. What will give it away in the upper corner somewhere on the screen you’ll see a little bingo card that lets you know you’re playing bingo rather than an actual slot machine with a random number generator.

Joseph: That’s fascinating. I think the closest comparison we have I the United Kingdom would be the jackpots, the progressive slot linked jackpots that are becoming more popular. Although they’re actually, funny that you mentioned bingo, progressive linked jackpots are becoming more popular in bingo. The really funny thing is we’re noticing that’s changing the composition of bingo halls here as in the past it was usually elderly ladies who tended to go to bingo halls, these days you get young women, you get men, you get young men, it’s broadened the clientele if you like.

Steve: I would think here its still little old ladies playing at their local church.

Joseph: Obviously we’ve spoken a little bit about the early history of gambling, but even if you’re the course of your career as a gambling writer and expert, roughly thirty five years if I’m right?

Steve: That’s correct.

Joseph: You claim and it’s quite a bold claim to have visited around 75% of American casinos, is that about right?

Steve: I’d say that’s about right. Well it’s easy if you go to Las Vegas you’re going to visit most of them.

Joseph: Well I suppose that’s true.

Steve: I go there a couple of times a year so, but there are concentrations, but if you go to Atlantic City there’s 12, but if you go to like Deadwood, South Dakota, there’s probably about 30 there. They’re very small casinos. Because one time I went, I decided I was going to try and visit every casino in the United States, it was a bad idea.

Joseph: An expensive idea I would imagine.

Steve: Expensive and time consuming. This was about 15 years ago I think, and I think I flew to Illinois, Chicago and then I went and I visited every casino in Illinois, I visited very casino in Indiana and I visited every casino on the east coast of Iowa and I got tired of it and said this is a crazy idea and gave up on it.

Joseph: Ah it’s a shame so the round the world casino tour came to an abrupt halt?

Steve: Yes. Well here in the US we probably have about close to 800 casinos.

Joseph: Okay.

Steve: They’re rather spread out and remote. Some of them are in, well a lot of these Indian casinos are in remote places.

Joseph: Of course yes. Would you ever consider resuming your casino tour and do the last 25%?

Steve: No I don’t think so.

Joseph: No that ship has well and truly sailed.

Steve: Yes, I’ve seen an awful lot.

Joseph: I’m sure but I’ve got to say if I tried to do the same thing over here a tour of every British casino I could do that in a weekend. I mean we just don’t have a comparable casino culture. We don’t have Vegas, we don’t have Atlantic City, and we don’t have a Deadwood.

Really we’re just starting to dip our toes into the super casino market and even our super casinos are pretty laughable by American standards, certainly.

I think we’d better wrap up but I’d like to end with the question that I always like to end interviews with. Do you have any words of wisdom that you’d like to share with any players that might be watching?

Steve: Well again I’d have to go back to the fact that if you go to a casino number one you know don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. Don’t try and get carried away in these casino comp programmes again where you bet more than your comfortable with. What you want to do is you want to earn benefits for the play you are going to give the casino anyway.

If you’re a quarter slot player don’t jump up to dollars because you’ll get you know more benefits from the players club. Just bet what you’re comfortable with as your range for your bank roll. And then also try and learn more about how to play the game, there is a strategy to some games, for example if you’re a blackjack player there’s a basic strategy, you need to learn that basic strategy to lower the casino advantage.

Some games, we spoke about craps. There’s good bets there’s bad bets understand which are the good bets which are the bad bets. What you want to do is give the casino the lowest possibly advantage against you. And in the long run it’s much easier to come out ahead if you are making bets that give the casino a very low advantage around 1% or less.

So that’s what you want to do and it will help strict your bank roll.

Joseph: Okay wise words indeed and very much in line with your contributions as a gambling educator. Thanks so much Steve for agreeing to talk to us it’s been a really interesting interview and we really appreciate you taking some time out to talk to us.

Steve: Thanks very much for having me Joey.

Joseph: Okay that was Joey Attard interviewing Steve Bourie, I will include some links to Steve’s website on the page below so please go check him out and specially check him out on YouTube because the American Casino guide channel is fantastic. So finally signing off this is Joseph Attard for interviewing Steve Bourie, thanks very much, last time Steve.

Originally published on 26/05/2014. Updated 22/06/17.

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