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Reason #3 why the Wizard likes Bovada: Excellent Odds
In my opinion many online casinos are too stingy when setting the odds on their games. They think they will make more money that way but I believe they are misguided, because when players lose too quickly it's not fun, and those players might not come back.
Bovada is one of the few casinos that understands this. They offer generous odds to let you play longer and get you a better chance of winning. Among their generous offerings are Full-Pay Jacks or Better returning 99.54%, five other video poker games paying over 99%, single-zero roulette, and my favorite, Double Jackpot Poker, returning 99.63%!
Kudos to Bovada for not being afraid to give their players a good gamble.
To use the strategy look up all viable ways to play an initial hand on the following list and elect that which is highest on the list. A "high card" means a jack or higher.
- Four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush
- 4 to a royal flush
- Three of a kind, straight, flush, full house
- 4 to a straight flush
- Two pair
- High pair
- 3 to a royal flush
- 4 to a flush
- Low pair
- 4 to an outside straight
- 2 suited high cards
- 3 to a straight flush
- 2 unsuited high cards (if more than 2 then pick the lowest 2)
- Suited 10/J, 10/Q, or 10/K
- One high card
- Discard everything
High card: A jack, queen, king, or ace. These cards are retained more often because if paired up they return the original bet.
Outside straight: An open ended straight that can be completed at either end, such as the cards 7,8,9,10.
Inside straight: A straight with a missing inside card, such as the cards 6,7,9,10. In addition A,2,3,4 andJ,Q,K,A also count as inside straights because they are at an extreme end.
Example: Suppose you have the following hand.
The top three plays are (1) keep the low pair, (2) keep the 4 to a flush, and (3) keep the 2 suited high cards. The4 to a flush is listed highest and is thus the best play, so discard the 3 of hearts.
Comparison to Optimal Strategy
The following table compares the probability and return of each hand under both the simple strategy and the optimal strategy.
Simple Strategy to Optimal Strategy Comparison
|Four of a kind||25||0.002363||0.002363||0.059067||0.059064|
|Three of a kind||3||0.074543||0.074449||0.223629||0.223346|
The next table is a frequency distribution of the error,or difference in expected return, between the simple strategy and the optimal strategy.
|.01% to .99%||5808||0.223474%|
|1% to 1.99%||12084||0.464955%|
|2% to 2.99%||6336||0.24379%|
|3% to 3.99%||7320||0.281651%|
|4% to 4.99%||11976||0.4608%|
|5% to 5.99%||11868||0.456644%|
|6% to 6.99%||1260||0.048481%|
|7% to 7.99%||216||0.008311%|
|8% to 8.99%||0||0%|
|9% to 9.99%||0||0%|
|10% to 10.99%||0||0%|
|11% to 11.99%||768||0.02955%|
|12% to 12.99%||36||0.001385%|
|13% to 13.99%||216||0.008311%|
|14% to 14.99%||840||0.032321%|
|15% to 15.99%||216||0.008311%|
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