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

If you're in CT, 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.  (They throw up a registration box, but you can cancel it and continue to the game.)  For example, here's the free-play blackjack.  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.

Las Vegas Coupons

Last update: February 2022

Players' Clubs

When you sign up for the Player's Club at a casino (which is totally free), the casino will usually give you a coupon book with some choice, valuable coupons.  For example, they frequently include "match plays", which let you make a $20 bet for only $10.  Also, when you sign up for the Players' Club, the casino will often mail you offers for free or deeply-discounted rooms for your next trip.  I've gotten offers for free rooms at casinos I've never bet a dime in.

Las Vegas Advisor

A $37 subscription gets you a book with over 60 coupons, including things like 2-for-1 entrees, 2-for-1 show tickets, and 100-coin video poker bonus.  Here's a list of the coupons.

American Casino Guide

Their free app has a handful of coupons, but browsing is tedious.  You have to tap-through to each casino to see what's offered.  They used to publish an annual book with the coupons, but their last edition was 2020.  The American Casino Guide used to publish an annual book/magazine with info on every casino in the U.S., and with a dizzying array of coupons for those casinos, too.

Vegas4Locals

Vegas4Locals has tons of coupons you can print for free.  And despite the name, the coupons work for tourists, too.

Businesses — offer your coupons on Easy Vegas for free

I'll post coupons on this site from local businesses for free.  Just send it my way and I'll put it on this page, with a link to a printer-friendly version.  It's free advertising!  Take advantage of this before I come to my senses.

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 main reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising space on my site.  (When you see the registration box, you can cancel it and proceed to the game without registering.)

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