The Wizard of Odds is Michael Shackleford, A.S.A., one of the foremost authorities on the mathematics of gambling. WizardOfOdds.com provides the mathematically correct strategies for most every casino game that exists, as well as information about the odds in each game. We do not encourage or promote gambling, and we're not just saying that to cover ourselves -- we simply want to provide readers with the opportunity to be educated gamblers if they're going to gamble anyway. In fact, if you read the site thoroughly, the inescapable conclusion is that with very few exceptions, there is no way to beat the house.
We take quality seriously. We don't have popup windows or animated ads, and we don't spam. The net is littered with cheap gambling sites that seem to want nothing better than to give you an epileptic seizure. We're trying to set the standard for a quality gambling site. We hope others will follow.
Terms & Conditions
We try hard to make sure the information throughout Wizard of Odds is accurate but we make no guarantees. All information on this site is provided without any warranty or guarantee of any kind. (Hey, it's free.) You agree that neither we nor our webmaster are responsible or liable for any loss or harm you may suffer as a result of your using the information you find on this site or in our email newsletter. If you do not agree to this then please do not use the free information provided here.
Gambling involves risk, and that's why they call it gambling. When you gamble you will probably lose. The only way to ensure that you will not lose money at gambling is not to play.
As for online gambling, please check your local, state and provincial laws before you gamble online. (Don't ask us, we're not lawyers.) If your local laws prohibit online gambling then we recommend you consider an alternative form of entertainment. Nothing on this site should be construed as an inducement to violate any law.
We don't sell, rent, or give out your email address or last name, period.
Visitors who sign up for our email newsletter (The Wizard's News) provide their email address. We do not sell our mailing list or otherwise make it available to anyone else. The only time we will do so is if we are required to by law.
Sometimes we run a cross-promotion with other gambling sites in which we select a random winner who wins only if they have subscribed to the newsletter at each site participating in the promotion. In that case we have to tell the webmasters of the other sites whether a particular email address is on our list or not.
We list readers whom we have referred to our advertiser and who have then had big winnings on our Big Winners page. We identify players only by first name, last initial, and state. (We never list last names, email addresses, physical addresses, or anything else.)
Visitors often write to us to ask questions about gambling. We may publish these questions (and our answers) in our Ask the Wizard column, but will identify questioners only by their first name, last initial, and city (or even less than that if they ask to be 100% anonymous instead of just 99% anonymous).
Most ads on our site contain tracking codes so we can track how many clicks each advertiser is getting. Click data is recorded in a database and includes the name of the browser used and the IP address the click came from. The IP data is used only to distinguish clicks from each other, and never to try to identify any particular individual.
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.