Reason #1 I like Bovada:
Play for free
with no hassles
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
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
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
- 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,
- 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.
- Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
- See these horror stories.
- Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.
What is Keno?
Keno is kind of like the state lottery — you
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
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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
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
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More on Keno
Here are some other Keno resources:
Wizard of Odds. A professional actuary analyzes
the holy living mortal snot out of the game.
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.
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
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