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by Christine Bourie

In 1992, the first edition of the American Casino Guide, a guidebook to all casino/resorts, riverboats, and Indian casinos, was published. Through the years, two new sections were added to the book: Stories by some of America’s best gaming writers, and a special coupon section to save readers money at some of the most well-known casinos in America’s major gaming cities. More than 750,000 copies of the American Casino Guide have been sold and it’s now the #1 best selling book in the U.S. on casino gambling.

Note: The following article was written by Christine Bourie, who is an Associate Editor for the American Casino Guide. She also runs an online vintage clothing boutique, which can be found at

The best-selling American Casino Guide (ACG) is updated each year with information on all U.S. casino/resorts, riverboats, and Indian casinos. The 2015 edition covers more than 700 casinos in 41 states and is loaded with pertinent details on each casino: their toll-free numbers, web site addresses, and room rates, buffet prices, casino size, casino games offered, and any special features of that particular property. There are maps of each state showing where the casinos are located, plus detailed maps of five major gaming cities: Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, Biloxi, and Tunica.

For casino players interested in playing slot machines, the ACG also includes the slot payback percentage for every state where the information is made available. You’ll also learn which states’ gambling differs from other states. For example, Native American casinos in Montana are only allowed to offer class-II gaming machines that are based on bingo games and the results of the spinning reels are for "entertainment purposes only." Another example is the pari-mutuels in New York. The video poker on their Video Gaming Machines resembles video poker, but there is no skill involved as these machines have a predetermined number of winners, similar to a scratch-off lottery ticket (you’ll want to avoid those machines).

The main reason that players really enjoy this book is all of the money-saving, cut-out coupons located in the back pages of the book. For 2015, we have a whopping 201 money-saving coupons that can be used in many casinos throughout the U.S. (However, the majority is for the Las Vegas area.) These include 2-for-1 buffets, 2-for-1 show tickets, free drinks, special room rates, and most importantly, many gambling coupons. By using just a few of the coupons, you’ll recoup the cost of the book.

Here is a sample of the blackjack and video poker coupons in the 2015 ACG for Las Vegas.


  • Get out of blackjack hand for free at The D ($25 max bet)
  • $25 matchplay for new members only at Golden Gate
  • $25 matchplay for new members only at The D
  • $10 matchplay at the Downtown Grand
  • $10 matchplay at Gold Coast
  • $10 matchplay at Hooters Casino Hotel
  • $10 matchplay at Lucky Club
  • $10 matchplay at The Orleans
  • $10 matchplay at The Palms
  • $10 matchplay at The Riviera
  • $10 matchplay at Tuscany Suites and Casino
  • $5 matchplay at Ellis Island
  • $5 matchplay at Bighorn
  • $5 matchplay at Jerry’s Nugget
  • $5 matchplay at Longhorn
  • $5 matchplay at Las Vegas Club
  • $5 matchplay at the Rampart

Video Poker:

  • $5 in free slot play at Las Vegas Club for new and returning members
  • $5 in free slot play at the Plaza for new and returning members
  • $5 in free slot play at Gold Coast for new members only
  • $5 in free slot play at the Silverton for new members only
  • $5 in free slot play at South Point for new members only
  • $10 in free slot play at Golden Nugget for new members only
  • $10 in free slot play at The Palms for new members only
  • $10 in free slot play at Tuscany Suites and Casino
  • Play $10 get up to $100 in free play at Ellis Island
  • Play $10 get $10 in free play at The Orleans
  • Play $10 get $10 in free play at Hooters Casino Hotel
  • Play $25, get $10 freeplay for new members only at ONE of the following: California, Fremont or Main Street
  • Earn $5 in free play for every 50 points earned (up to $100) at The D
  • Earn 200 points get $25 in free play for new members at Golden Gate
  • Earn 15,000 points (2,000 for slots), earn $50 in free play at The Palms
  • Earn 500 points, get $5 in free play at the Silver Nugget

Just remember that many of these gambling coupons have restrictions (e.g., most of the matchplay coupons can only be used once per calendar year). They also require that you are a member of the casino’s players club before you can use them.

If you are making a trip to Lake Tahoe, there is a coupon for $10 matchplay or $10 in free play at the Grand Lodge Casino if you are a new slot club member.

The 2015 ACG also features coupon offers for South Florida casinos. You’ll get $25 free play for new members at The Isle Pompano Park, and $10 in free play for new and current members at Mardi Gras Casino.

One final note about the book: it also contains 114 pages of how-to-play-and-win articles. The most popular table games of blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat are covered in detail, as well as tips for playing the slot machines and video poker. You’ll find all the details on how to properly play these games, plus information on the best strategies for winning. Therefore, after you use all the money-saving coupons in the book, you will still have a good reference book for your gambling library.

Here is a sample of the articles in the first section of the book:

  • Your Best Casino Bets by Henry Tamburin
  • Players Clubs and Comps by Steve Bourie
  • Las Vegas Resort Fees by Dewey Hill
  • Slot Machines by Steve Bourie
  • Slot Machine Trends by John Grochowski
  • Video Poker by Steve Bourie
  • "Not So Ugly Deuces" Optimum Strategy by Steve Bourie
  • The Government’s Interest in your Gambling by Jean Scott
  • Boyd's Eye View of Video Poker - Blurred Lines by Linda Boyd
  • Say No! To 6-5 Blackjack Games by Henry Tamburin

I think you’ll agree with the critics who say:

"If you buy just one book on gambling, make it this one."

"A great book and a resource I wouldn’t be without."

"Best resource we’ve seen on gambling destinations."


Note: The 2015 edition of the American Casino Guide is available in our BJI store. Retail price is $18.95. Our price is only $12.95 (plus S&H). Great book for gift giving; click here for details.

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