Reason I like Bovada #5:

Simple Bonuses

Many online casinos give you a big matching bonus when you sign up and make a deposit.  For example, deposit $100, get a $100 match bonus, so you have $200 to play with.  They also give smaller bonuses for subsequent deposits.

Of course there's a catch.  You can't just deposit $100 and then cash out for $200.  You have to do a lot of betting before cashing out the bonus.  Playthrough requirements vary from casino to casino (and bonus to bonus), so check the rules.

Here's what I like about Bovada's bonuses vs. the other guys'.

  1. Most games count.  At many casinos, play on the most popular games doesn't count towards the wagering requirement.  Sometimes the only thing that counts is slots.  At Bovada, everything counts except craps and live dealer games, though with anything but slots the playthrough requirement is higher (and clearly spelled out in the terms).
  2. The terms are right up front.  You don't have to hunt for them, the summary is right there on the bonus page, with a link to the nicely-formatted complete rules.

What I don't like:  Like many casinos, Bovada can cancel your bonus if it looks like you were trying to just meet the play-through and then cash out, or if you strategize your play to maximize the bonus potential.  (See the terms for examples.)  This could hurt players who weren't trying to game the system if their play looks suspicious.  I haven't heard of any such cases but it's possible.  My advice: If you accept a bonus, play normally, as though the bonus wasn't really there.

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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)
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   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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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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