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Bovada.lv Sports Welcomes US Players

Bovada.lv has opened its doors to US-based real-money players. In addition to a sportsbook, Bovada has an online casino, an online poker room, and an online racebook.

Note: Contrary to what you might think, .lv does not stand for Las Vegas — it stands for Latvia.

Bovada Sports

BOVADA embarks on its own road, armed with the experience and talent to quickly become the industry’s powerhouse brand and the most trusted and most fun place to bet on sports.

New Depositors benefit from a Free Sports Bet up to $100 – while many lean on signup bonuses in trying to earn your business, BOVADA is focused on providing free wagers up to 20% of your deposit. That free bet can be up to a maximum of $100 and it can be used on any sports market or wager type in the sportsbook.

Props and underdog odds – BOVADA has an unmatched variety of prop bets. You will find more betting options on Sports, Politics and entertainment than anywhere else.

Live betting – mobile betting – BOVADA is available on the go. They Offer live- Betting and mobile betting options from a variety of portable devices. Join BOVADA and learn more today.

Easy-to-understand website -BOVADA offers betting on every major sport and carefully steers you where you need to go each day. Find your favorite team, or odds type in a snap, whether you are betting the late baseball game on the moneyline or the quarterback props on Monday Night Football.

Best customer service, best sports stats – looking for trends, matchup details and game previews before going to the betting menu? BOVADA offers statistics on all major sports so you don’t need to venture far to do your research and handicapping. Need to contact customer service? You can always get a real, live, knowledgeable person who can help answer your questions. Customer Satisfaction is a top priority at BOVADA.

Your information is safe – security, privacy and payouts are three of the most important aspects of playing online. BOVADA’s pledge is 100% safety and satisfaction in all three areas and has independent oversight to make sure you have the best betting experience in their sportsbook. So when it’s time to feel comfortable about playing online, BOVADA is synonymous with this trust.

(For those familiar with Bodog, Bovada is the US-facing rebranding of Bodog.)


Best Online Sites for Three Card Poker

Three Card Poker (also called Tri-Card Poker) is a popular table game at many casinos. Most casinos, both online casinos and land-based casinos, have reasonable pay tables for winning hands. However, as with most casino games, it pays to shop around for the absolute best returns that you can find.

I’ve analyzed the Three Card Poker pay tables from over a dozen online casino software vendors. Eight of them offer the best pay tables — meaning the lowest house edge, and the best returns for the player. The Three Card Poker from these eight online casino software vendors has a 5.32% house edge, assuming that you play with Q6x or better, and fold otherwise. Here is the pay table to look for:

HandRanking Pair Plus Payout
Straight Flush 40 : 1
Three of a kind 30 : 1
Straight 6 : 1
Flush 4 : 1
One Pair 1 : 1
High Card Lose
HandRanking Ante Plus Payout
Straight Flush 5 : 1
Three of a kind 4 : 1
Straight 1 : 1

The eight online casino vendors with this Three Card Poker pay table are as follows:

Good luck at the tables!


NuWorks Video Poker Analysis

As I recently blogged, NuWorks is a new online casino software vendor. It is being used by only a few sites, one of which is US-friendly BuzzLuck Online Casino.

BuzzLuck offers 1, 3, 10, 52, and 100 hand versions of Jacks or BetterDeuces Wild, and Joker Poker video poker. Looking at their paytables for single-hand quarter video poker, and assuming optimal play and max coins in:

  • Their Jacks or Better video poker is the best. They have a full-pay paytable with a return of 99.54%. You won’t find a better Jacks or Better video poker paytable anywhere, either online or in land-based casinos.
  • The Deuces Wild returns 98.91%. This is decent, and matches the best return that you can find at any online casino that accepts US players.
  • You can skip their Joker Poker video poker with its 98.40% return. BoDog rocks Joker Poker with its incredible 99.97% payback.

To attract the real video poker player, NuWorks/BuzzLuck are going to have to:

  • Add more video poker varieties. Double Double Bonus comes to mind.
  • Support keyboard shortcuts for card selection a dealing.
  • Provide a way to turn off the double-or-nothing screen that annoyingly appears after each win.

    Online Poker in the USA – Making Sense of Fees and eWallets

    Since Black Friday in April 2011, online poker players in the United States have been struggling with not only where to play, but also with how to make deposits and withdrawals from their accounts in a way that minimizes the fees to conduct these transactions. Granted, medium-to-high-stakes players probably worry less about these fees, but for recreational, low-stakes players, fees make a difference.

    I’ve written previously about the few online poker rooms that are still accepting new US-based real-money players. As a quick review, they are:

    This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from only 49 states. Barred states are: WA MD. Doyles Room Poker100% bonus on initial deposits between $25 and $1000!

    This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from all 50 states. Bodog Poker110% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $1000!

    This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from only 49 states. Barred states are: KY. Cake Poker110% bonus on initial deposits between $25 and $545!

    This is a 4 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from all 50 states. Poker4Ever100% bonus on initial deposits between $10 and $500!

    I’ve just spent several hours running down as many details as I can about their deposit and withdrawal options, and their associated fees. It is frustrating to say the least. Often times, the information that they have on their sites is out of date, unclear, or is contradictory to information that they have published elsewhere.

    So, as far as I can tell, only DoylesRoom offers online poker with no fees for certain deposit and withdrawal methods. Specifically, DoylesRoom offers no-fee Visa deposits ($20 minimum); in addition, they will credit to your account any fees incurred when depositing via Western Union or MoneyGram (both $200 minimum). On the withdrawal side,  they offer 1 free check-by-mail per month ($20 minimum), as well as debit cards ($5 monthly fee + per-load and per-use fees).

    Remember the good old days of  the free (or nearly free) e-wallets like FirePay, NetTeller, eWalletXpress, EcoCard, Click2Pay, QuickTender/UseMyWallet? Me too. 🙁  The current e-wallets that are accepted by various online poker sites all have 5% or more fees by the time you perform one deposit and one withdraw. The online poker site itself does not charge any fees to use these e-wallets, but the fees to load the e-wallet and then make a withdraw are substantial.

    • BoDog Poker supports MyPaylinQ, which loads via credit cards at 7% fee, or for free via Western Union (WU). But the only payout option is WU with a $20 MyPaylinQ fee + WU fees.
    • Cake Poker supports MoneyLineWallet (MLW), which charges $4 per load from your linked checking account. However, Cake Poker cannot payout back to your MLW account. Even if they could, there are MLW payouts fees — via a check for <$1000 (the fee is $10) and via a Bank Wire for larger amounts (with a $55 fee (plus your bank may charge an incoming international wire fee)).
    • Poker4Ever supports PICCLUB, which has the same load and payout fees as MyPaylinQ.

    Get Ready for NFL, NCAA Football @ the Top 4 Online Sportsbooks

    Here are the top four sportsbooks as determined by a survey of sports fans in August 2011:


    Intertops Online Sportsbook Review Image

    • Quick review: Fastest payments around. Wide variety of banking options, many of which are free or low-cost. Offers lines on non-sporting events as well as all of the most popular American and Eurporean sports leagues and events. Live Chat with an agent if you have any questions.
    • Languages: English, German
    • New player bonus: 25% of initial deposit, up to $100 bonus
    • Rollover: 8 times deposit + bonus

    Check out Intertops today!


    Bodog Online Sportsbook Review Image

    • Quick review: Hip brand. Very fast site allows quick navigation. Lowest rollover requirement on the Internet. Good articles on many sports provide different angles that you may not have considered.
    • Languages: English
    • New player bonus: 10% of initial deposit, up to $50 bonus
    • Rollover: 1 times deposit + bonus

    Check out Bodog today!


    OddsMaker Online Sportsbook Review Image

    • Quick review: Easy sign-up process. Generous bonuses in addition to the New player bonus. Live Chat with an agent if you have any questions. Live scores available on-site.
    • Languages: English
    • New player bonus: 100% of initial deposit, up to $1000 in bonus
    • Rollover: 15 times deposit

    Check out OddsMaker today!


    Sportsbetting.com Online Sportsbook Review Image

    • Quick review: Simple interface. Two free bank wires and 1 free check per month.
    • Languages: English
    • New player bonus: 20% of initial deposit, up to $250 bonus
    • Rollover: 4 times deposit + bonus

    Check out Sportsbetting.com today!


    Bodog Sportsbook Offline — Try Intertops!

    As of today at 1 pm EST, Bodog Online Sportsbook returns a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable from my location in Loveland, OH.

    Many if not all online sportsbook customers in the United States may be affected.

    Intertops Sportsbook is still rockin’ in the USA. Check them out — they have a very high acceptance rate of credit cards, and a very reasonable withdrawal policy for bank wires and checks.

    Quick update: As of 3:48pm EST I see that the Bodog Online Sportsbook is now accessible from my location.


    Online Poker in the United States as of July 2011

    There a few choices these days for US-based real-money online poker players. There are less than a handful of online poker networks that are still accepting new player accounts from US citizens.


    Bodog Poker Still Open To US Players

    Bodog Poker offers fantastic value to players of all types. From sign up to cashout, experience the VIP treatment, Bodog style!

    Sign Up with Bodog for a Huge Poker Bonus

    Bodog Poker now has the best sign-up poker bonus in its history at 110%! Make any deposit and you’ll immediately receive an up front cash bonus of 10%. Then hit the tables and for every 10 poker points you earn you’ll receive an additional $1 bonus up to 100% match of your first deposit (up to a maximum of $500). You earn poker points in three different ways:

    1. Rake: You earn up to 1 poker point per raked pot.
    2. Tournament Fees: You earn 3 poker points per dollar in tournament fees.
    3. Time Spent Player: You even earn an additional 1 poker point per hour of play!

    Plus, based on thousands of hours of user interaction and feedback Bodog Poker has recently released a slick, new version of their poker software. Check it out today while taking advantage of this limited time offer.

    Find out more about Bodog Poker’s 110% signup bonus.


    More Video Poker

    For you video poker enthusiasts, I’ve increased the number of video poker varieties that are analyzed on my video poker page from 15 to 18. The recently-added varieties of online video poker are:


    99.97% Payback on Joker Poker Video Poker

    Bodog Video PokerJoker Poker online video poker is video poker played with a standard 52-card deck plus a Joker. The minimum paying hand is a pair of Kings or Better, as opposed to a pair of Jacks or Better that is most often the minimum paying hand for video poker games without a Joker. What makes Joker Poker so appealing is that paytables do exist that offer an advantage to the player — if played optimally, of course.

    While there is no Joker Poker offered online that has a player edge (also referred to as a +EV, for “positive expected value”), Bodog.com online casino comes close at 99.97%.

    For a complete analysis of all forms of online video poker, see my online video poker page.