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Most online casinos insult you with popups and spam, and they give you the hard sell even if you just want to try their free-play games.  Fortunately there's Bovada, which is the opposite.  That's the primary reason they're the only online casino I accept advertising from.

  • No registration required.  Most casinos let you play for free with fake money, but there's a catch: They make you register an account first.   That's not just a hassle: after you register you can expect them to badger you by email trying to get you to deposit real money.  But Bovada lets you play right away without forcing you to register an account.  Just close any registration boxes that appear, and then you can play without registering.  Here, try it.
  • Plays right in your browser.  If you'd rather not download the casino software to your hard disk, you don't have to.  The games play right in your web browser.  Nice.
  • Works on Macs.  The play-in-browser games are MacOS compatible!  Before Bovada, Mac users were pretty much out of luck for gambling online, even for free-play.  Not any more.

Bovada's not perfect, but there's no better site serving most of the U.S.

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Best of Las Vegas

Last update: August 2021

Best Deals

Best Insider Tip:  Visit mid-week.  Hotel rooms often cost 3-4x as much on the weekends, and with weekend crowds you'll wait in line for everything.  (more tips...)

Best Hotel Value on the Strip.  Strat, often as cheap as $35 (plus resort fee).  Circus Circus is just as cheap but much dumpier and smokier.

Best Transportation Deal.  The double-decker Deuce bus goes up and down the strip and to downtown, 24/7, $8 for a 24-hour day pass. (more...)


Best Things to See & Do

Best Free Attractions.  Bellagio Water Fountains, and the Fremont Street Experience. (more...)

Best Thrill Rides.  Anything on top of the Strat Tower. (more...)

Most Luxurious Casino Interiors.  Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian


Gambling

Easiest Game for a Beginner to Get Good Gambling Odds.  Baccarat. (more...

Best Blackjack:

  1. Non-strip/downtown.  Pretty much every casino that's not on the Strip or Downtown has real 3:2 blackjack games with low table minimums.  (e.g., Ellis Island $5, South Point $5, Gold Coast and Orleans, $10.)  They're your best bet for blackjack, and all other games.
  2. Strip.  Strat often has $5, true 3:2 blackjack, but never in the evening.  Treasure Island has $1, 3:2 Stadium Blackjack.
  3. Downtown.  The Downtown Grand has $5, true 3:2 blackjack.
    (Thanks to Vegas Advantage for keeping up with blackjack conditions.)

$1 Blackjack.  OYO (even-money)

Roulette:

  • Lowest-limit single-zero game.  Plaza, $10 (source)
  • Lowest-limit double-zero game.  Cannery, $1 (source)


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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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