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Reason #4 why the Wizard likes Bovada: One-Stop Shopping
Bovada offers the triple crown of gambling: casino, poker, and sports. Many other casinos have tacked on poker as an afterthought, and many poker rooms have tacked on a casino as an afterthought, and the lack of attention shows, sometimes painfully. And very few of these sites let you make sports wagers.
But Bovada doesn't just offer all three, they do each one well, and everything's integrated. It's easy to play all three off one deposit, off just one account.
Another nice thing about Bovada is that you don't need a separate account to play casino games with fake money. In fact you do not even need an account for that at all, you can just click over there and play. Finally, Bovada usernames are only six or seven characters long making them possible to remember. By contrast some competitors' usernames are extremely long and cumbersome.
Super Times Pay is a video poker variant by IGT in which the game sometimes randomly multiplies the win for the price of a sixth coin. According to the rules screen, the multiplier appears once every 15 games and the average multiplier is 4.05. So the average win after the multiplier is 20.33% more, making the sixth coin a marginally good bet.
To get the return of any pay table simply look up the return in a standard video poker game and then multiply by 1.00278. Following are some common pay tables, showing the normal and Super Times Pay returns.
Super Times Pay Return
|Game||Standard Return||Super Times Pay Return|
|9/6 Jacks or Better||99.54%||99.82%|
|8/6 Jacks or Better||98.39%||98.67%|
|9/5 Jacks or Better||98.45%||98.72%|
|8/5 Jacks or Better||97.29%||97.56%|
|7/5 Jacks or Better||96.15%||96.41%|
|6/5 Jacks or Better||95.00%||95.26%|
|8/5 Bonus Poker||99.17%||99.44%|
|7/5 Bonus Poker||98.01%||98.29%|
|6/5 Bonus Poker||96.87%||97.14%|
|9/6 Double Double Bonus||98.98%||99.26%|
|8/6 Double Double Bonus||97.89%||98.17%|
|9/5 Double Double Bonus||97.87%||98.14%|
|8/5 Double Double Bonus||96.79%||97.05%|
|7/5 Double Double Bonus||95.71%||95.98%|
|6/5 Double Double Bonus||94.66%||94.92%|
|25/15/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild||100.76%||101.04%|
|25/16/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||99.73%||100.01%|
|25/15/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||99.42%||99.69%|
|20/12/9/5/3/2 Deuces Wild||98.94%||99.21%|
|25/15/9/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||98.91%||99.19%|
|20/12/10/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||97.58%||97.85%|
|25/16/13/4/3/2 Deuces Wild||96.77%||97.03%|
|20/10/8/4/4/3 Deuces Wild||95.96%||96.23%|
|25/15/10/4/3/2 Deuces Wild||94.82%||95.08%|
|9/7/5 Double Bonus||99.11%||99.38%|
|9/6/5 Double Bonus||97.81%||98.08%|
|9/6/4 Double Bonus||96.38%||96.64%|
|8/5/4 Double Bonus||94.19%||94.45%|
|7/5/4 Double Bonus||93.11%||93.36%|
In late 2007 the Venetian had a nice 9/6 Jacks or Better Super Times Pay game in the high limit room. I played it at various times between Sep. 27 and Nov. 9. As I played I tallied how often I received each multiplier. Here were my results.
Super Times Pay — Venetian Experiment
My average multiplier was 4.027, a little under the average 4.05.
After I did this study an anonymous source gave me the actual probabilities of each multiplier, as follows.
Super Times Pay — Actual Multiplier Probabilities
A chi-squared test of my results against expectations has a chi-squared statistic of 6.405, with five degrees of freedom, and a p value of 26.88%.
Based on the actual multiplier probabilities, the Super Times Pay feature increases the standard deviation by 51%, compared to not paying for it. Compare that to an increase of 100% by just doubling the bet size on a standard video poker game.
The strategy is exactly the same as that for standard video poker of the same pay table.
Super Times Pay official web site. Has a nice play for free game.
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