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Reason I like Bovada #3:

One-stop shopping

Let me share my experience at another online casino whose name I won't mention: I wanted to try out their free-play games, and they made me sign up for an account. That was annoying, just for free-play, but actually most casinos make you register, so they can annoy you by email to pressure you into depositing real money.

I didn't get to choose my own username, they assigned one, and it was long! An astounding twelve digits of mixed numbers and letters. There was no way I'd be able to memorize it, I'd have to write it down.

After trying out the free-play games I decided to deposit money and play for real. And guess what? I had to register a separate account to play for real. They assigned me a brand-new twelve-digit username. Great.

Shortly thereafter they started offering play-in-browser games. That's convenient, so I wanted to get in on that. Guess what? Yet another username.

And guess how they handle they money they give you as a matching bonus on your deposit? You guessed it, another account.

Okay, now let's fast-forward to Bovada: One account gets you everything. And I mean everything. Real money, fake money, bonuses, you name it. I didn't get to choose my account name, but at least it's easy to remember.

And if you want to play for free with fake money, you don't even need an account at all. For example:

Play for free, no B.S.
One click and you're in.

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

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Last update: July, 2016.

Different ads are served to different countries

The ads shown depend on the country you're viewing from.  That's because some casinos don't take U.S. players, and Bovada doesn't take non-U.S. players.  If you're in the U.S., you'll generally see ads for Bovada.  For elsewhere, you'll generally see Bodog, though I intend to switch to VideoSlots for non-U.S. traffic when I have time to update the site.

How I pick the advertisers

Almost since I first accepted advertising on this site over a decade ago, I've generally advertised only a single online casino, trying to pick the best one.  I advertised Bovada exclusively to U.S. traffic from about 2005 (back when they were known as Bodog in the U.S.) to about 2016.

Here are my ideal criteria for an online casino:
  • Available to U.S. players (most of my readership)
  • Browser-based free-play games, playable without registering
  • Good reputation, responds promptly and professionally to player issues
  • Publishes the RTP (return to player) for all of their slots
As far as I know, there is no online casino that meets all these.  Bovada meets the first two.  They used to meet the first three, until there was a problem with progressive jackpots which they addressed slowly and incompletely.

I'm continuing to advertise Bovada because even with their faults, they're still better than the other U.S.-facing casinos, especially in that they're the only one I know of that lets you play their games right in your web browser, with fake money, without having to register an account.  And if any readers know of a U.S.-facing casinos with a great reputation that has browser-based games that are playable without registering an account, then by all means please let me know.

Am I biased because I get advertising money?

Readers often allege that site owners, like me, are biased towards our advertisers because we get ad money from them.  That might make sense if I were desperate to find an advertiser, but I'm not.  There are literally hundreds of casinos I could advertise on this site.  I don't pick the advertiser randomly, I spend time trying to find one with a good reputation that will give players a good experience, one that I could feel good about recommending.  The fact that I get advertising money from Bovada certainly didn't stop me from criticizing their handling of the Betsoft jackpots issue.

That said, if you don't believe me and you think I'm biased towards my advertiser(s), then feel free to not play there.

Only 0.03% of my readers gamble at the advertiser

The overwhelming majority of my readers (99.97%) don't gamble online, or at least not at the online casino I advertise.  I'm not sending tons of people to the poorhouse, as some of my critics have alleged.  Also, one of the whole points of this site is to show how to minimize losses when gambling.  Following my advice makes gambling one of the cheaper forms of entertainment one can engage in.

Non-Casino Affiliate Advertising

Besides Bovada, some of the links on the site are affiliate links, where I get a commission if you click through to the advertiser and buy something (like a hotel room).  But that doesn't mean I'm going to steer you to a lesser-quality site in an effort to make more money.  For example, I'd get paid if I steered you to Travelocity for airfare booking, because Travelocity would pay me, but instead I steer you to HipMunk, even though they won't pay me a thin dime.  I link to HipMunk simply because I feel they're the best site for finding airfare.  I'd love it if they'd pay me, but they won't, but that doesn't stop me from linking them up in my airfare section.