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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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Finally, a Mac-compatible online casino

How to Gamble Online with an iMac or MacBook

Last update: August, 2018.

Mac-compatible online casino: Bovada


Their games work right in Safari, with either play money or for real money.
For some reason, online casinos have mostly ignored the Mac market.  In the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time looking for a good casino for Mac users, to no avail.  Then in 2006 Bovada (then Bodog) launched their play-in-browser games, which are 100% Mac-compatible.  Finally!

After that, I expected the floodgates to open, with lots of other casinos following suit.  They didn't.  Bovada was pretty much the only game in town for Mac users for literally years.  And although a few casinos have finally added some Mac-compatible games, they're far inferior to Bovada.

So, if you want to play instantly online with a Mac, then Bovada is it — especially if you want to play without having to register an account.  Almost every other online casino forces you to register before you can play even their free-play games.  That's one reason I'm happy to promote Bovada.

Lots of casinos claim that their no-download games work on Macs, but they don't.  They advertise that they do, to get you in the door, and then they don't deliver.  Which is pretty stupid — do they think you're going to stick around once you discover the games don't actually work?

As soon as Bovada launched their browser-based games, I put them to the test, starting with blackjack at $25/hand for both play money and real money.  Everything I played worked flawlessly right in Safari, very fast, with zero problems.  Here's what they've got:

 

The download version of the software is Windows-only, so Mac users can play only the browser-based games.  The advantage of the download version is that you can switch from one game to another very quickly.  So Bovada's Mac solution isn't perfect, but it's definitely good enough.  And for poker players, Bovada does have a Mac-compatible download poker app.

Before Bovada, I can't tell you how many casinos I tried that advertised Mac-compatible Java or Flash games where the games didn't actually work.  For example, I couldn't get no-download versions to work from Captain Cooks, Unified Gaming, InterCasino, Sands of the Caribbean (CryptoLogic), or Roman Palace.  Strike It Lucky casino finally acknowledged to me via email that their games don't really run on Macs, though months later their website still proudly (and falsely) claims that they do.  Fortunately there's now an alternative. (visit Bovada)