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Reason #2 why the Wizard likes Bovada: No-hassle practice games
Most online casinos spend more effort trying to separate you from your money than they do trying to give you a good experience. They have all kinds of popup windows, they usually make you download their software, and if they do offer play-in-browser games then you have to register an account before you can play. And if you register they start sending you emails trying to get you to deposit real money.
But Bovada is different. They have no popup windows at all, and their practice games play right in your browser, with no download, and no registration required. You don't even have to give up your email address. It couldn't be simpler: just one click and you're playing the game.
I wish all online casinos showed this much respect for their players. Other casinos practically ask for your first born child to play for free. Meanwhile Bovada is patient and does not twist anybody's arm to play for real money. You can play as long as you like for free with no obligation. The real-money games are available if that's your preference, but if not, you can play the free practice games for as long as you like without hassle.
Alphabetic Roulette is a roulette variant I saw at the Fitzgerald's in Las Vegas on August 7, 2011. It is a simple roulette variant involving both colors and letters. There are 25 spaces, one for each letter from A to X, and one for both Y and Z. There are also six colors, each consisting of four letters. The YZ is treated much the way the 0 is in single-zero roulette and has no color.
There are ten types of bets, as follows:
- Straight Up: Bet on any one letter, or YZ.
- Split: Bet on any two neighboring letters.
- Top Line: Bet on A, B, and YZ.
- Four Way: Bet on any four neighboring letters.
- Color: Bet on any one color.
- Six Way: Bet on one of four groups of six letters: A-F, G-L, M-R, S-X.
- Party Pit: Bet that any letter in "party pit," i.e. the P, A, R, T, Y, or I.
- Roulette: Bet that any letter in "roulette," i.e. the R, O, U, L, E, or T.
- Dozen: Bet on one of two groups of 12 letters: A-L or M-X
- Column: One of two bets of alternating letter: A, C, E, ... , W or B, D, F, ... , X.
The following table shows the probability and expected return of each bet. The right column shows that every bet has a 4.00% house edge.
Every bet has the same house edge so it makes no difference what you bet on.
If you enjoy roulette and conventional roulette is also available, here is how Alphabetic Roulette compares to some other horizontal-wheel games.
|Atlantic City roulette||2.63%|
Alphabetic Roulette: Official game web site.