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Reason I like Bovada #3:
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.
All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.
A betting system is a method of changing the size of your bets and/or timing when to bet and when to sit out, depending what happened in previous rounds, to increase your chances of winning in the short term. No betting system works in the long term, which is another way of saying that no betting system can overcome the house edge (the casino's built-in mathematical advantage on every game).
Now you're wondering how a system could be more likely to win in the short term but no better the long term, so let's look at a made-up game as an example. Let's say I have a hundred shoe boxes with a hole cut out on the side so you can stick your hand inside to grab the contents. In 99 of these shoe boxes there's a hundred-dollar bill. But in one of them there's a rattlesnake. The game is that you pick a box and put your hand in to try to get a $100 bill. Of course you don't know which box contains the snake. Every time you successfully get a $100 bill the box is removed. You can play as many times as you want.
Obviously, the odds are always in your favor for getting a $100 bill, unless there are only one or two boxes left. The fewer times you play, the greater your chances of walking away with money instead of getting bitten. The longer you play, the more likely you are to lose. And when you do lose you'll lose big.
A betting system such as the Martingale works a similar way. It makes you more likely to win in the short term, but the longer you play the more likely you are to lose, and when you do lose you'll lose big. The Martingale works by having you double your bet every time you lose. Let's say you bet $5 on red in roulette. You lose, so you bet $10 on the next spin. You lose, so you bet $20. You lose, so you bet $40. You lose again (man, you have bad luck), so you bet $80. You win that bet, so then you drop back down to a $5 bet again.
Using this method, you're actually likely to win a 1-hour playing session. But if you do lose, you'll likely lose a lot more than if you had just flat-bet $5 every time.
And how could you lose if you always double your bet until you win? Simple: you'll sometimes have a losing streak so long that you can't afford to double your bet. Lose 11 bets in a row (it happens) and you'll have the honor of ponying up $10,240 for your next spin. Even if you could afford it, every casino game has a table limit, which limits the amount you can wager.
A betting system can be fun to use as long as you understand the risks involved. With the Martingale, the risk is that you'll eventually have a very large loss. Before using the Martingale, read our article about the Martingale betting system.
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