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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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.

Las Vegas casino lawsuit settlements

Last update:  October 2020.

Casinos get sued a lot, and often they settle, because going to trial risks losing even more, not to mention paying legal fees.  I'm starting this page to document some recent cases.  It's a work in progress.

Mandalay Bay (shooting) • Oct. 4, 2019

Mandalay Bay was the site of the worst mass-shooting in American history on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman busted out the window of his hotel room and fired on outdoor concert-goers, killing 61 and injuring hundreds.  Survivors and family of the dead sued Mandalay Bay, claiming that the hotel should have done more to prevent the shooting.

It's a curious argument.  Obviously staff and security had no idea that one of their guests was bringing weapons to his room or how he planned to use them.  This kind of incident had never happened before in human history so it's kind of hard to argue that it's something that staff should have known to look out for.  Had they noticed the gunman bringing several cases to his room, what were they supposed to do, ask to see the contents?  If the gunman had refused, did they have any authority to demand that he show them?  Without any idea what was in the cases that they couldn't see, should they have kicked their paying hotel guest out of his room?

Nevertheless, Mandalay Bay settled for $800M, probably because of a combination of their insurance company picking up $750M of the tab, and the facts that fighting a gazillion lawsuits would be likewise expensive and keep Mandalay Bay in the news in a bad way.

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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