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.
Double Draw Poker is a video poker variation by Bally. I noticed it at the Suncoast on November 7, 2006. The game plays like conventional video poker, with the following exception: if the player gets a three of a kind or a full house on the deal, he gets TWO draws.
With a three of a kind or full house on the deal, the player should always keep the three of a kind only. This includes sacrificing any full house. On the second draw, if the player gets a four of a kind he should obviously keep it. If the player gets a full house on the first draw, he should keep that too; however, if the full house contains three aces, he should discard the pair. If the player has a three of a kind after the first draw, he should always discard the two singletons.
In 7/5 Double Bonus, three of a kind and full house draws contribute 14.325% of the game's return. In 7/5 Double Draw Poker (the game at the Suncoast), three of a kind and full house double draws contribute 19.450% to the return. So the second draw adds 5.125% to the return.
The following two tables show the return of all hands, broken down by whether it was obtained normally or as the result of a three of a kind or full house on the deal. Comparing 7/5 Double Draw to 10/7 Double Bonus, the former will generate 43.4% more four of a kinds. The Suncoast features the 7/5 pay table.
"6/5" Double Draw PokerExpand
|Three of a kind||3||6682645102680||2175818768640||8858463871320||0.074068||0.222203|
"7/5" Double Draw PokerExpand
|Three of a kind||3||6690119992200||2175818768640||8865938760840||0.07413||0.222391|