Best online casino for most U.S. players: Bovada

If you're in DE, NJ, PA, or WV, online casinos are legal in your state, and you should play at a casino licensed there.

If you're in any other U.S. state, your best bet is Bovada, not because they're good, but because everything else is even worse.  I'm reminded of the Simpsons episode where the RV salesman is telling Homer, "Simpson, you're never gonna own a finer RV.  And I don't mean that in a good way, I mean this is IT for you!"

THE GOOD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Play the practice games without having to register an account.  Other casinos force you to register so they can market to you.  Bovada is the only U.S.-wide casino I know of that lets you play right away with no registration.  (If you see a registration box, you can cancel it and continue to the game.)  Blackjack?  One click and you're in.  And the games play right in your browser, so you don't have to download any special software.
  2. Consistent payouts.  Online gambling is mostly unregulated and if a casino refuses to pay your winnings you have little recourse.  But Bovada has always had a good reputation for paying out properly.

THE BAD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Not licensed.  Because online gambling in most states isn't explicitly legal, no legitimate authority will license a U.S.-wide casino.  That means if you have a dispute, you have no recourse.
  2. Customer service is pretty pathetic.
  3. Phantom bets in live dealer games.  While I was watching (not playing) a live roulette game to record spin data for an article, Bovada claimed that I made two losing bets ($45 and $15) that I didn't actually make.  I complained about this, but they insisted I made those bets.  So, you probably want to steer clear of the live dealer games.

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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.

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  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.

Martingale Betting System Tester

See the Martingale in action

Last update: September 2019

Here's yet another exclusive from Easy Vegas: a computer simulation that plays the Martingale Betting System until it runs out of money, so you can (1) see how the Martingale works, and (2) see how long you might go before a bust.  The result is random every time, so after you run it, you can run it again and get different results.

See the Martingale in Action
Starting bet: $   Bankroll $

Game:


If the results aren't clear:

  1. Each line is a series of bets, ending with a winning bet.  We double until we win.
  2. Red bets are losing bets.  Green bets are winning bets.  Each line ends with a green bet, because we always double until we win.
  3. The sim ends when there's not enough money to place the next doubled bet.
  4. Click the "Play" button to run the simulation.  Click it again to run a new sim.

Want to try it on a table?

The best way to try out the Martingale is to play the fake-money games at Bovada online, because then you're not out anything if you lose.  You can certainly bet with real money, but remember the very real chance of the catastrophic loss!

Note that for this to work, the table has to allow a bet spread of at least $1-$200 or $5-1000.  Lots of online casinos don't, but Bovada does.  In brick-and-mortar casinos, $5 to $1000 is pretty common.



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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.

You can play Bovada's games (below) 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 the mean reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising 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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