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Reason #4 like Bovada:

It's fair and safe

Online gambling is largely unregulated in the U.S.  That means the casinos serving U.S. players generally don't answer to anyone.  If you have a problem with a casino (like they won't pay you), then you're usually out of luck.  I can't count how many players have written to ask me for help because they didn't get paid by some other casino.  (Not that I helped them—if a dodgy casino won't pay you then you're on your own.)

That's why the most important thing in playing online is to pick a good casino.  The good ones know they make more money with fair games and consistent payouts, because that ensures repeat customers and good word-of-mouth referrals.  It's no coincidence that the most successful online casinos are the ones that focus on their customers.

But some casinos aren't so smart.  The stupidest ones actually rig the games, promptly get blacklisted at sites like Casinomeister, and then their business dries up.  (It's pretty easy for watchdog mathematicians like the Wizard of Odds to determine whether a casino is cheating.)

Cheating is rare.  You're more likely to have a problem getting a payout.  Some casinos try to find excuses to not pay winning players, especially players who have won big.  And again, since online gambling is unregulated in the U.S., if you can't get a payout from a casino, then you're usually out of luck.

So all this is another reason why I advertise Bovada, and have done so for over ten years.  They use industry-standard software, it's absolutely fair, and players get their payouts, consistently.  I have a choice in whom I advertise, so I purposefully picked a casino with a good reputation where I'm confident my readers will have a good experience.

To be clear, Bovada's not perfect.  Once they got duped by a vendor (Betsoft) who provided progressive slots whose jackpots weren't winnable.  When I discovered this I alerted Bovada, and they pulled all the Betsoft games from the site, but I thought they were slow to do so and didn't offer proper restitution to affected players.  Still, even with this incident, their overall history is better than most; as just one example, there are many other casinos still offering Betsoft's questionable games.

Another good thing about Bovada is that they allow me to mediate if one of my readers clicks over to them, plays the games, and has a problem they can't get Bovada to resolve.  Believe me, I wouldn't offer that service if I got more than a trivial number of inquiries over the years on that topic.

Bottom line: I'm confident that Bovada is fair and safe.  You might have a good experience with another casino...and you might not.  I trust Bovada, and that's why I picked them.

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Gambling problem?
  1. Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.
Play these
free slots now

Gambling problem?
  1. Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.
Welcome! I'm Michael Bluejay, and I'm here to share what I know about Las Vegas and gambling.  With this site, you'll have the insider's edge.  (Here are my credentials if you want to know where this info is coming from.)

Here's what I've got for you:

Las Vegas: I've got lists and info about Casinos, Hotels, Cheap Airfare, Attractions, Gambling 101, the buses, how to get Comps, Maps, Vegetarian Dining, and more.

Learn how to gamble: Never gambled before? I've got you covered. Start with Gambling 101 and proceed to my exclusive and popular Crash Course in Table Games. I've also got specific lessons for tables games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, though the most popular part of the site are the articles about Slot Machines. What's more, these tips will help you avoid losing big money. I also cover some interesting topics like betting systems and how to win a million dollars.

Online Gaming: In the sidebar at left you can see why I recommend Bovada if you want to practice casino games for free. I also have a beginner's guide to online gambling which answers questions about legality, fairness, and potential problems.

Gambling in General: I offer special features such as the odds of winning a million dollars and a rundown of popular betting systems, including my very own Half-Bankroll System — all stuff you won't find anywhere else.

I'm also proud of what I DON'T have...

  • No annoying animated banner ads.
  • No frustrating popup windows.
  • No spam — I don't share your email with anyone else.

Vegas Click in the News

Web Interviews

Radio Interviews

  • WCAP 980, Eagle Radio 1100, Sicilian Corner, interview about slot machines. Mar 18, 2016
  • Gambling with an Edge, hosted by Bob Dancer & Richard Munchkin, July 28, 2015
  • WOGL, 98.1fm, Philadelphia PA, Morning Show, about the new Sugar House Casino in Philly, Sep. 23, 2010
  • KSRO, 1350am, Sonoma County, CA, Marci Smothers Show, about casino gambling, Aug. 5, 2005 MP3

Articles we've been quoted in:

The VegasClick editor also wrote the cover story for Casino Player magazine in October 2005 and Wikipedia references our article on slot machines in its own article on the subject.


Top 10 Las Vegas Tips

  1. Visit mid-week. Hotel rooms often cost three to four times as much on the weekends as during the week!  Plus, with weekend crowds you'll wait in line for everything.  Mid-week visitors save tons of money and have a much better time.
  2. Get a player's card. Go to the Player's Club desk at any casino you visit and sign up for a free player's card, even if you don't plan to gamble there.  Then the casino will mail you offers for discounted or even free rooms on your next visit.  You can also sign up for the MGM/Mirage card online, which will work at 10 Vegas Strip casinos.
  3. Set loss limits.  Make a gambling budget for each day and if you lose it, then stop playing.
  4. Don't play slot machines. They suck your money away hand over fist.  Compare $600 lost over 16 hours on a $0.25 machine compared to just $40 lost at blackjack or craps @ $5 a hand.  See my crash course on table games to have a much better chance of winning.
  5. Tip the dealers $5+/hr., and the cocktail waitresses $1 every drink or two.
  6. Ask for comps. When you play either slots or table games the casino will reward you with buffets, show tickets, or room discounts.  Ask at the player's club booth (slot players) or at the tables (table players) for how to claim your goodies. (more on comps)
  7. Use the buses. The Westcliff Express bus goes straight from the airport to the South Strip (MGM Grand, NY NY, Luxor, Tropicana) for $2.  The #108 goes from the airport to the Stratosphere and then to downtown, for $2.  Pay $8 for a 24-hour pass when you get on any bus, and then ride any bus in the city for free for the next 24 hours, including the Deuce and Strip/Downtown Express (SDX) buses.  See our special page that tells you all about the buses.
  8. Don't try to get taxis on the strip. Taxis can't stop directly on the strip; that's why they're passing you by. Go to the taxi area of the hotel to get one. Up to 4 people ride for the same price as 1; if there's just 2 of you, don't be afraid to yell out, "Anyone want to split a cab to [some casino]?" It doesn't just save money, it's eco-friendly.
  9. Walk.  You'll discover stuff.  When the Strip is crowded, sometimes it's even faster than taxis or buses.  Plus, it helps work off the calories from the buffets.
  10. Get Half-Price Show Tickets. You can get deeply-discounted tickets for most Vegas shows at one of the several Tix4Tonite booths on the Strip and downtown. See all my tips for getting free and cheap tix.
  11. Bank your winnings. Set aside half your win when you win big, and never gamble it, so you have a guaranteed win.

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