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.
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|