Reason I like Bovada #2:

Good Odds

The odds are always against you when you gamble, which is an excellent argument for not gambling in the first place.  If you're gonna gamble anyway, then it pays to play at a casino that offers good odds.  I spent quite a bit of time looking for an online casino with better-than-average odds, and the result is Bovada.  Let me first tell you about the competition, though.

Many online casinos are stingy when setting the odds on their games.  They think they'll make more money by setting the games tighter, so the player has less chance of winning, but they're wrong.&nsbp; When players lose at a tight casino too quickly, those players much less likely to return.  Contrast that with a casino with good odds: Players get to play longer, which is a good experience, so they're more likely to return and become long-term customers.

Bovada has always offered games with good odds, knowing that if your money lasts longer, you'll be a happier, loyal customer.  Among their offerings are:

  • Two blackjack games returning over 99.8%
  • Single-0 roulette
  • Full-pay Jacks or Better (99.54%)
  • Nine other video poker games returning over 99%

You don't have to play at Bovada, but wherever you play, make sure they offer odds at least this good!

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Casinos should be reformed to stop predatory tactics

Last update: April 2021

Casinos don't simply offer the games and hope people play them, they do everything they can to encourage people to play, even with addicted gamblers.  Make that especially with addicted gamblers. (NY Times, The Atlantic)

This shouldn't be surprising.  For as long as we've had modern companies (the industrial revolution), they've tried to exploit workers, screw over customers, and inflict cruelty on animals, in the name of profit.

And casinos prey on the public, including problem gamblers, simply because they can, because there are no laws to the contrary.

There should be.  And that's what it will take, new laws, since casinos won't implement the changes voluntarily.  After all, if the casinos wanted to be doing these things, they already would be.  Unfortunately, nobody's pushing for these kinds of laws.  There are groups opposing opening new casinos (akin to Prohibition), but nobody working on reforming the existing industry.  If I ever have enough time to get a non-profit off the ground maybe I'll start one.  Until then, here are some ideas for laws to make casino gambling less exploitative of the players, and especially of problem gamblers.

Suggested Reforms for Casinos
Problem Suggested Reform
(1) Casinos target problem (addicted) gamblers Casinos must be prohibited from doing so.
(2) Casinos cash paychecks and Social Security checks for customers, and most actually offer incentives for doing so (like free chips, or free entries in a drawing), clearly enabling problem gamblers. Casinos must not cash third-party checks.
(3) Casinos extend credit to customers, especially to customers who run out of money.  Some casinos do this even from the slot machines. Casinos must not loan money to gamblers.
(4) It's easy for players to lose life-changing sums and the casino will never intervene. Land casinos must:
(a) Require all players to sign up for a Player's Card.
(b) Require the card be used for all play (slots and table games)
Note:  The items below are enforceable only if a card is required for play.

All casinos (land + online) must:
(a) Have players set daily, weekly, and monthly loss limits when signing up.
(b) Cut players off when they've reached their limit.
(c) Allow players to self-exclude themselves from further play.
(d) Punish the casinos for allowing players to play in violation of the above, not the players.  (Self-exclusion doesn't work well at land casinos because player cards are not required, and when a player plays anyway, it's the player who gets charged, not the casino.)
(5) Players have no idea how hard it is to win a slot jackpot. Casinos must post jackpot odds on every machine, including the number of hours, days, weeks, months, or years of continuous play that it takes to hit the jackpot on average.
(6) Players have no idea what the payback (theoretical return) is on slot machines. Casinos must post the payback on every machine.

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Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.

I like Bovada's practice games the best, because you can play right away without registering for an account.  Most every other online casino makes you give up your email address just to play the fake-money games — ugh.  That's why Bovada is the only online casino that gets space on my site.  I hope other casinos will eventually start treating their visitors like human beings rather than walking wallets, but until they do, there's Bovada.  One click and you're in.

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