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Reason I like Bovada #4:

It's fair and safe

The best way to avoid losing money by gambling is to not gamble in the first place.  That goes double online, because online gambling is mostly unregulated in the U.S.  That means the casinos serving the whole U.S. 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, it's not what I do—if a dodgy casino won't pay you then you're on your own.)

So if you're intent on gambling online, then the #1 most important thing is to pick a good casino.  The good ones know they make more money with fair games and consistent payouts than the dodgy casinos, because fair play means 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 players.

Many casinos try to find excuses to not pay winning players, especially players who have won big.  Outright cheating (rigged games) is pretty rare, but it happens.  Either way, if you have a problem with most U.S.-facing online casinos, you're usually out of luck.

This is another reason why Bovada is the only online casino I've accepted advertising from for over 15 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 bad 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. (more on this)  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.  My time is valuable and I wouldn't offer that service if I had to do it very often.  I think I've gotten maybe one or two inquiries from affected players in the 15+ years I've been advertising Bovada.

Bottom line: I'm confident that Bovada is fair and reasonably 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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Shopping in Las Vegas

Last update: November, 2018.

Indoor Malls

There are a number of large, indoor shopping malls on the Strip.

  1. Fashion Show Mall.  More than just fashion, boasting more than 200 stores in its 1.9 million square feet.
  2. Grand Canal Shoppes (Palazzo).  208 shops, 736,228 square feet.
  3. Forum Shops (Caesars Palace).  270 shops, 636,000 square feet.
  4. Miracle Mile (Planet Hollywood).  200 shops, 475,000 square feet.
  1. The Shops at Crystals (City Center). 45 shops, 500,000 square feet.
  2. Wynn Esplanade.  19 shops.
  3. Bellagio Shops.  27 shops.
  4. Le Boulevard (Paris).  15 shops.
  5. The Shoppes (Mandalay Bay).  29 shops
  1. Grand Bazaar Shops (Bally's).  46 shops.
  2. Linq Promenade.  40 shops in 200,000 square feet
  3. Strat Tower Shops.  41 shops

Outdoor Malls

Premium Outlets North.  A whopping 175 stores including Coach, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more.  875 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Downtown Container Park.  Super-quirky, built from shipping containers.  15 shops off the beaten path, including an outlet of the Kappa Toys, Gamblers General Store, Black Spade Tattoo, Vintage NV, and a few clothing stores.  Don't miss the big treehouse with the 33' tall slide, and the huge praying Mantis sculpture that spews real fire at night.

Town Center.  127 shops.  1.5 miles south of the Strip  6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Premium Outlets South.  145 stores.  2.5 miles south of the Strip.  7400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Specialty Shops

Souvenirs.  While souvenir shops abound, the Bonanza Gift Shop touts itself as the world's largest gift shop, and they may be right. 2460 S. Las Vegas Blvd. @ Sahara

Showcase Mall.  Only a handful of shops, but they include quirky ones like M&M's World, the Coca-Cola Store including a museum, and a three-story Adidas Performance Center.  Look for the giant Coke bottle.  3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Gambler's General Store.  Cards, dice, chips, tables, books, supplies, souvenirs, you name it.  800 S. Main St. (Downtown).

Chinatown Plaza.  4255 Spring Mountain Rd., west of the Strip.

Magic.  Houdini's Magic Shops are scattered throughout, including Circus Circus, New York New York, Planet Hollywood, and the Venetian. (more)

M&M's World.  Four floors of all things M&M's if you can believe it, and if you don't mind that the chocolate is likely produced with child slave labor.


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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