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Reason I like Bovada #2:

Good Odds

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The odds are always against you when you gamble, so it pays to play at a casino that offers good odds. I spent some time looking for an online casino with good odds, and I found it in Bovada. Let me first tell you about the competition, though.

It's disappointing that most online casinos are greedy when setting the odds on their games. They think they'll make more money by setting the games tighter, so the player has less chance of winning, but they're wrong. Most gamblers eventually gamble away all their playing budget anyway. They're going to lose the same amount of money no matter what, the only question is how long it takes them to do so. And when they play at a tight casino and lose quickly, they're less likely to return.

A casino which offers good odds will make just as much money as a tight casino, because the players will usually gamble away whatever they deposit anyway, no matter what the odds. The only difference is that with better odds, they'll get to play longer before they go bust. And that means they had more fun in the process, and they're more likely to return.

Bovada is one of they few casinos that understands this. They offer games with good odds, knowing that if your money lasts longer, you'll be a happier, loyal customer. Among their offerings are:

  • Two blackjack games returning over 99.8%
  • Single-0 roulette
  • Full-pay Jacks or Better (99.54%)
  • Nine other video poker games returning over 99%

You don't have to play at Bovada, but wherever you play, make sure they offer odds at least this good!

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

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Last update: June 2016.


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Who's behind VegasClick?

VegasClick is run completely by one person, me, Michael Bluejay.  (There are no bylines on the articles because I write all of them.)  I'm better-known for my sites on topics such as how to buy a house, saving electricity, and bicycle safety (which have been covered in Newsweek, Forbes, NPR, the Christian Science Monitor, etc).  In fact, those who know me from my other endeavors think that Vegas and gambling are out of character for me.  But my greatest passion is sharing information that's truly useful, so in that sense this site is no different from the others that I run.

How can I trust your information about gambling?

That's a fair question, because there are so many sites out there just pulling random crap out of the air and stating it as fact, especially about slot machines.  So here are my credentials:
  • I worked with Michael Shackleford (aka the Wizard of Odds) for ten years. He's probably the best-known gambling mathematician in the world.
  • I'm a former professional gambler.  I used to make my living from counting cards at blackjack.  My skill is good enough that there are six casinos where I'm not allowed to play blackjack in Nevada (two I'm not allowed to set foot in).
  • On slot machines, I've done the math design of actual slot machines, professionally, for hire.  These were for the Internet, and those machines work exactly the same way as Internet casinos.  I also walk readers through the slot machine math on this site, and I cite the very best sources in my slots articles.  And the first time I met the Wizard was to help him with his original research into slot machine odds, way back in 2000.
  • I've spent plenty of time in Vegas.  Though I no longer live in Vegas, I make extended trips back on occasion to make sure the content on this site is up-to-date.  I'm in Vegas now as I write this.
  • Those in the gambling community seem to think I'm credible.  I was invited to write a cover story for Casino Player magazine on money management (which I did), and I was a guest on the radio show Gambling with an Edge, hosted by luminaries Bob Dancer (in the Video Poker Hall of Fame) and Richard Munchkin (in the Blackjack Hall of Fame).  Other guests on that show have included Stanford Wong, John Chang (subject of the movie "21") blackjack legend Arnold Snyder, Las Vegas publishing magnate Anthony Curtis, and gambling law expert I. Nelson Rose.  My name was also floated by GamblingOnline.com as a possible candidate for the Video Poker Hall of Fame.  (I'll be the first to admit that I'm not deserving of such an honor, but the point is, if others are considering me for that, then you can certainly trust the information on this site.) 

If you're so good at counting cards, why don't you still do it?

  1. I can make more money by working.  A big misconception about card-counting is that players make tons of money.  For the most part, they don't.  While I made a decent amount of money, I can actually make more by doing what I do now, publishing websites (or what I used to do, developing sites for others).
  2. Counting cards isn't rewarding.  By publishing my sites, helping people by sharing useful information, and making them happy, I have some satisfaction.  Counting cards is a fun novelty (which is why I tried my hand at it), but it doesn't add any value to the world.
  3. Smoky casinos.  Cough, cough.
  4. Card-counting is stressful.  It's mentally draining to do it constantly, especially while constantly pretending you're not the skilled player you actually are so that you don't get caught.
  5. I'd have to live in Vegas (or travel a lot).  Been there, done that.  I make my home in Austin, which I greatly prefer.  Working from home, I get to spend my days at home with my wife, and be there when the kids get home from school.

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