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Reason #1 why the Wizard likes Bovada: Excellent customer support
The thing that separates Bovada from the rest is its customer support. Many other online gaming companies outsource their support. It can be difficult getting a response from them, and if you do it is often slow and handled by somebody with little understanding of gambling or even of English. But Bovada's support is handled by Bovada, and their support staff is actually knowledgeable and helpful.
I'm so confident that you'll have a good experience with Bovada that if you have a problem getting paid and you can't resolve it with them on your own, I'll talk to them myself. I personally have known the Bovada management for about three years and always found them to be professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I have also personally visited one of their call centers so I could see first-hand how they handle customer issues. (More on my mediation service.)
If you have a problem with any other casino besides Bovada, I can't help you. I get complaints from players of other online casinos every day who have difficulty getting paid. However that isn't my job nor my problem. If you play at Bovada after clicking through my site I'll stand behind you 100%. Any place else and you're on your own.
3-5-7 Poker is a simple poker based game slowly finding a home in the casinos. It is actually 3 games in 1, the player can bet on a 3, 5, and 7 card hand and is paid according to the poker value of each.
RulesPlay begins with the player making 2 or 3 wagers. The player must bet on the 3 card and 5 card hand, the 7 card hand is optional. The player may bet any amount on any hand, subject to the table minimum and maximum.
After all players have bet, the dealer will give 3 cards to each player and 4 to himself, face down. Based on his first three cards the player may surrender half his 7 card bet if he wishes, in other words the dealer gets half the 7 card bet and the player gets back the other half.
The following pay tables show what each hand pays for each bet.
3-Card Hand Pay Table
|Straight flush||40 to 1|
|Three of a kind||25 to 1|
|Straight||6 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1|
|Pair||1 to 1|
5-Card Hand Pay Table
|Royal flush||500 to 1|
|Straight flush||100 to 1|
|4 of a kind||40 to 1|
|Full House||12 to 1|
|Flush||9 to 1|
|Straight||6 to 1|
|3 of a kind||4 to 1|
|2 pair||3 to 1|
|Pair (6's or better)||1 to 1|
7-Card Hand Pay Table
|Royal flush||100 to 1|
|Straight flush||20 to 1|
|4 of a kind||7 to 1|
|Full House||5 to 1|
|Flush||4 to 1|
|Straight||3 to 1|
|3 of a kind||2 to 1|
|2 pair (10's high or better)||1 to 1|
StrategyThe player should never surrender. Since the 7 card hand has the lowest house edge I would recommend betting the most on that, and the least on the 5 card hand.
StatisticsThe following tables show the probabilities and return for each hand for all 3 bets.
3-Card Hand Return Table
|Three of a kind||52||0.002353||25||0.058824|
5-Card Hand Return Table
|4 of a kind||624||0.00024||40||0.009604|
|3 of a kind||54912||0.021128||4||0.084514|
|pair (6's or better)||760320||0.292548||1||0.292548|
7-Card Hand Return Table
|4 of a kind||224848||0.001681||7||0.011765|
|3 of a kind||6461620||0.048299||2||0.096597|
|2 pair (10's high or better)||20598408||0.153967||1||0.153967|
The next table summarizes the house edge of each bet.
House Edge Summary