American Casino Guide by Steve Bourie
Casino Vacations Press
This book consists of three distinct parts.
The first is a description of various casino games and how to play them. In my opinion, this is the weakest section of the book; while it’s good enough to get a beginning gambler up to speed quickly, it contains multiple mathematical errors, some of them pretty basic; for example, it says that you’re more likely to get a full house than a flush. Still, if you just want to know how to play the games so you can get to it, this is good enough.
The main part of the book is a listing of casinos. I read the chapter for my state – Colorado – and was surprised at how many there were. For each state, you get an alphabetical listing of casinos, a map showing where they are, and basic details such as which games each casino offers. If you’re looking for something specific, this could save you a lot of time.
The last section, of course, is the real reason to buy this book; it consists of a number of coupons, mostly for Vegas. This includes everything from show and food discounts to free drinks and gambling. Most of them are for downtown hotels, so they won’t do you a lot of good if you plan to stay on the Strip (although there are a few for the Strip as well – the wax museum, something at the Paris, etc). Off-strip hotels are less convenient to get to but also offer better odds; if you’re planning to hit them up, you can get quite a bit of extra gaming using these coupons. The coupons are good through the end of 2010.
Overall, if you’re deciding where to go gamble or if you plan to visit downtown Las Vegas, I recommend this book.