Reason I like Bovada #4:

It's fair and safe

As always, 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 largely 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 customers.

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, with the lack of regulation in the U.S., if you have a problem with an online casino, you're usually out of luck.

So all this is another reason why I advertise Bovada, and have done so for over ten 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 14 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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  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.

Blackjack

Roulette

Craps

Baccarat

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