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Reason #1 I like Bovada:

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Most online casinos annoy the hell out of me. They insult you with popup windows and spam, and do everything they can to separate you from your money. Even if you want to just play with fake money for free, they make you register for an account so they can pester you by email trying to get you to deposit real money.

On the whole Internet, I found exactly one online casino that's different: Bovada. You can play their games for free, with absolutely no hassles. And that's the main reason why I promote them exclusively.

Here's what I mean by no hassles:

  • Completely free. It's not one of those "Buy 1 get 1 free" kind of deals, it's absolutely free. You can click over and start playing with fake money right away, with no cash out of pocket. Here, go ahead and try it.
  • No registration required. Most casinos let you play for free, but there's a catch: They make you register an account first. That's not just a hassle: after you do it you can expect them to badger you by email trying to get you to deposit real money. But Bovada lets you play right away with no registration required. One click and you're in. Honest. Here, try it.
  • Plays right in your browser. If you'd rather not download the casino software to your hard disk, you don't have to. The games play right in your web browser. Nice.
  • Works on Macs. The play-in-browser games are MacOS compatible! Before Bovada, Mac users were pretty much out of luck for gambling online. Not any more.
  • No popups. I'll never understand why companies think it's a good idea to annoy their visitors, but that's standard practice at most online casinos. Bovada is one of the rare exceptions -- no popups, no popouts, no browser hijacking, just the website with no B.S.

All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.

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Keno

What is Keno?

Keno is kind of like the state lottery — you pick

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several numbers on a ticket, and hope to match the numbers drawn from the ping-pong ball machine. There's another way that it's like the state lottery: the odds are very bad. Keno in the casino has the highest edge of any game in the casino -- 25% or more.

The good about this game is that it's played very slowly, and for as little as $1 a pop. If you're almost out of cash at a casino, you can always hang out in the Keno lounge and play $1 Keno games (where you have the chance of winning up to $250,000, or smaller amounts).

If you're playing online the odds are often much better. Of course, the pace is much faster, so you could still wind up losing more money by playing online even though the odds are better, because you're placing so many more bets.

Never play Keno?

Many gambling authors will tell you to never play Keno because the edge is so high. In The New Gambler's Bible, Arthur Reber says, "I wouldn't play it with Monopoly money, and I hope you never will." Now, I think Reber's a great writer, and his Bible is a fantastic book, but I have to disagree with him on this. Really, is it so bad to blow a dollar on a Keno ticket for a chance to win a quarter million dolars? So you've lost a whole dollar — so what? We all know that gambling is usually a losing proposition, so what's the crime if you limit your Keno play to what you can afford to lose and you fully understand that the odds are bad? Sure the house edge is high, but playing a few cheap games is certainly not going to devastate you. You don't have to get a fantastic expected return on every dollar you spend — for example, what's the expected return when you pay to see a movie? You "lose" 100% of your money with no chance of getting it back. But you got some entertainment value out of it, so why is the entertainment value from buying a keno ticket any less valid?

We have a related discussion about this idea on our page where we challenge the idea of only playing the lottery when the jackpot is high.

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More on Keno

Here are some other Keno resources:
  • The Wizard of Odds. A professional actuary analyzes the holy living mortal snot out of the game.
  • Keno FAQ. Explains various keno topics such as the odds of getting different numbers of matches , and shows you how to calculate that yourself. Contains no info on the house edge, though.
  • The Keno Guide. The kitchen sink of Keno. Odds, casino picks, books, movies, software, what more do you want? Kind of heavy on the animation, though. (Ow, my eyes.)

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Gambling Problem?
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Also, know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling