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Are there other professionals who you’ve
learned from while working as a gaming
We work closely with gaming lawyers who help
us avoid patent infringement when we design
our games. So much of new games is borrowed
from older games, and it can be challenging
to tell what is in the public domain and what
is copyrighted. We also work closely with our
CFO and marketing experts to ensure that the
performance of our games is meeting our net
What other backgrounds do gaming
mathematicians come from?
Most gaming mathematicians do not have an
actuarial background. The vast majority of
gaming mathematicians have degrees in math or
Any plans to move to the United States—to
Las Vegas or Atlantic City—or overseas to
someplace like Macao?
While we recognize that the epicenter of gaming
math currently is in Las Vegas, we have no plans
to relocate there. In the last few decades, gaming
has spread across the world, with most of us
now living in areas with government lotteries or
within an hour’s drive of a casino. The Canadian
Bank Note Company currently is growing its
gaming portfolio both in Canada and internationally, which gives us an opportunity to be a
part of this growth.
What is your impression of the supply and
demand of gaming professionals?
There is an increasing demand for people with
strong analytical skills, coding skills, and a
passion for games. In our opinion, actuaries are
perfectly suited to lead the next generation of
Is this a growth area?
Gaming is in a strong growth phase right now,
especially internationally. The community of
gaming mathematicians is small but growing.
Three years ago, there were no gaming mathematicians in Ottawa, Canada, a city of about
1 million people.
Is it easier or harder to describe what you do to
people than when you described actuarial work?
We find it easier to describe what we do as
gaming actuaries than what we did when we
were pension actuaries. Most people have been
exposed to gaming in some form, either through
interacting with a slot machine or a table game
at a casino, buying a lottery ticket, or playing
card games at family gatherings. It was a bit
harder to get people to relate to the work we did
as pension actuaries. Most people find what we
Do you manage anyone? Is there the potential
for management/mentoring in the future?
When it comes to creating and validating the
mathematical models for our games, we are currently a team of two, but we expect this to grow
in the future. However, we also contribute to
other areas beyond math; for example, we provide input in the graphical design of our games,
where we work with a larger team. Bradley is
the chair of our Creative Committee, which
determines which new game concepts will be
Is it fun?
It is incredibly fun!
We sometimes forget that we
are at work. We work with various games all day
and we are encouraged to play at work.
Daniel has three slot machines in his office!