Reason I like Bovada #3:

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Let me share my experience at another online casino whose name I won't mention:  I wanted to try out their free-play games, and they made me sign up for an account.  That was annoying, just for free-play, but actually most casinos make you register, so they can annoy you by email to pressure you into depositing real money.

I didn't get to choose my own username, they assigned one, and it was long! An astounding twelve digits of mixed numbers and letters.  There was no way I'd be able to memorize it, I'd have to write it down.

After trying out the free-play games I decided to deposit money and play for real.  And guess what? I had to register a separate account to play for real.  They assigned me a brand-new twelve-digit username.  Great.

Shortly thereafter they started offering play-in-browser games.  That's convenient, so I wanted to get in on that.  Guess what?  Yet another username.

And guess how they handle they money they give you as a matching bonus on your deposit?  You guessed it, another account.

Okay, now let's fast-forward to Bovada: One account gets you everything.  And I mean everything.  Real money, fake money, bonuses, you name it.  I didn't get to choose my account name, but at least it's easy to remember.

And if you want to play for free with fake money, you don't even need an account at all.  For example:

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All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.

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Craps:  The “Don’t Pass” Bet

Last update: September 2019

In the How to Play Craps article, we saw how to make the Pass Line and Odds bets.  Those bets are all you need to know, but if you get bored with them, then you might be interested in the Don't Pass bet.  The good news is that its house edge is about the same as for the Pass Line bet.  The bad news is that many craps players frown on people who bet Don't Pass instead of the Pass Line.

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Don't Pass

The Don't Pass is the opposite of the Pass Bet, winning when the Pass Bet would lose, and losing when the Pass Bet would win.  Here's how it works:

Pass vs. Don't Pass

Pass Don't Pass
   Win 7 or 11 2 or 3
   Lose 2, 3, or 12 7 or 11
   Push (tie)
Bonus Round
   Win Point 7
   Lose 7 Point

Most players bet Pass/Come instead of Don't Pass/Don't Come.  Someone who bets Don't Pass/Don't Come is called a “Wrong Bettor”.  That doesn't mean he's betting incorrectly, it just means he's betting contrary to the way most people at the table are betting.  As a Don't Pass/Don't Come player, you'll be losing when everyone else is winning, and winning when everyone else is losing—and the other players may be hostile towards you as a result of the latter.  At the very best, there won't be any camaraderie.

Just like you can make an Odds bet after your Pass bet, you can make an Odds bet after your Don't Pass.  As you might suspect, the Odds bet for Don't Pass is the opposite of the Odds bet for the Pass.  For example, on a winning point for an Odds Bet on the Pass you're paid 2 to 1, but for a winning 7 on an Odds bet on the Don't Pass, you're paid 1 to 2.  That means that a $10 Odds bet wins $5.  You also get paid on your original Don't Pass bet.

Technically, the Don't side has a slighter smaller house edge than the normal bets, but it's so tiny it's not worth worrying about—especially for the heat you'll take from the other players for being a "wrong bettor". But for inquiring minds, here's the house edge for Pass Line+Odds compared to Don't Pass+Odds (rounded)

House Edge for various Craps Bets

Combined House Edge
on Pass Line + Odds
Combined House Edge
on Don't Pass + Odds
No odds 1.41% 1.36%
1x 0.85% 0.68%
2x 0.61% 0.46%
3x 0.47% 0.34%
5x 0.33% 0.23%
10x 0.18% 0.12%
100x 0.021% 0.014%
Figures from Wizard of Odds, then rounded

Let's put this into perspective: Let's say you're playing 16 hours, $5 basic bet, at a rate of 30 Come Out rolls per hour.  Your average loss from betting on the Pass Line is $33.84, compared to $32.64 from betting Don't Pass instead.  That's an extra 7.5¢ an hour.  Big whoop.

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