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Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2013

Bovada Flash Casino Review


This page outlines the games available at the Bovada casino. Players may play instantly on a Flash casino or by downloading their software. This review is based on the Flash casino. The review was completed on January 11, 2012, but I welcome correction if any new games are added or any rules change.

Single-Deck Blackjack

  • One deck
  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Split only once.
  • Surrender — No
  • Double after split — Yes
  • Re-split aces — No
House edge of 0.19% with basic strategy. See my basic strategycalculator for get the basic strategy for any standard set of rules.

Blackjack

  • Six decks
  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Re-split to three hands
  • Surrender — Yes
  • Double after split — Yes
  • Re-split aces — No
House edge of 0.56% with basic strategy.

Double-Deck Blackjack

  • Two decks
  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Re-split to three hands
  • Surrender — No
  • Double after split — Yes
  • Re-split aces — No
House edge of 0.46% with basic strategy.

European Blackjack

  • Six decks
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Double on hard 9 to 11 only
  • Re-split to three hands
  • Surrender — No
  • Double after split — No
  • Re-split aces — No
  • Dealer hole card — No (player loses total amount bet against dealer blackjack)
House edge of 0.66% with basic strategy.

European Roulette

Single-zero wheel, for a house edge of 2.70%.

American Roulette

Double-zero wheel. House edge of 5.26%.

Tri-Card Poker

The same thing as Three Card Poker. Bovada follows the full pay rules. To be specific, the Ante bet has Ante bonuses of 1-4-5, for a house edge of 3.37%. The Pairplus pay table is 1-4-6-30-40, for a house edge of 2.32%.

Craps

Standard craps rules. Player may take 2X odds, or lay to win 2X odds, after a point, for a blended house edge of 0.61% on the pass, and 0.46% on the don't pass. Loose field, paying triple for a 12. Hop bets pay 15 and 30 to 1.

Let 'Em Ride

The same thing as Let it Ride. However, instead of pulling back bad bets, the player adds good bets. Mathematically, it is the same game. The standard 1-2-3-5-8-11-50-200-1000 pay table is followed for a house edge of 3.51%.

Baccarat

Standard baccarat rules are followed. The game uses six decks. Instead of the usual 8 to 1 win on a tie, Bovada pays 9 to 1, which lowers the house edge on the tie from 14.40% to 4.93%.

Pai Gow Poker

Standard pai gow poker rules are followed. The A-5 straight is the second highest. As usual online, the player never gets to bank. The house edge is 2.73%.

Vegas Three Card Rummy

This is an unusual game found only at Bovada and Internet casinos using Real Time Gaming or Cryptologic software. Please see my page on Vegas Three Card Rummy for all the rules. The house edge is 3.23%.

Caribbean Hold 'Em

The same game as Casino Hold 'Em. The usual 1-2-3-10-20-100 pay table is used, for a house edge of 2.16%.

The side bet follows the 75-100-500-10%-100% pay table. The expected return of the side bet is 41.15% plus 2.92% for each $10,000 in the meter. The break-even meter is $201,241.58.

Caribbean Stud Poker

Bovada uses the 1-2-3-4-5-7-20-50-200 pay table. This is the same as the standard U.S. pay table, except pays 200 for a royal flush, instead of 100. This lowers the house edge by 0.01% to 5.21%.

For more information, please see my page on Caribbean Stud Poker. The side bet follows the 75-100-500-10%-100% pay table. The expected return of the side bet is 41.15% plus 2.92% for each $10,000 in the meter. The break-even meter is $201,241.58.

Video Poker

Bovada Video Poker

Game Pay Table Return
Bonus Deuces 9-4-4-3 99.45%
Jacks or Better(single-line) 9-6 99.54%
Jacks or Better(3-, 5-, 10-, 52-line) 8-5 97.30%
Joker Poker(single-line) 80-50-20-7-5-3-2 100.05%
Joker Poker(3-, 5-, 10-, 52-line) 80-50-20-6-5-3-2 98.48%
Deuces Wild 25-15-9-4-4 98.91%
Loose Deuces 25-15-5-4-3 99.07%
Bonus Poker 8-5 99.17%
Double Double Bonus Poker 9-6 98.98%
Bonus Poker Deluxe 8-6 98.49%
Double Bonus 45-10-7 99.37%
Double Jackpot 40-20-8-5 99.63%
Double Double Jackpot 160-160-160-80-50-9-6 99.34%

Slots

Here is a list of the slot games available.

  • Witches & Wizards
  • Reel Blood
  • Hydro Heat
  • Aztec's Treasure
  • Sevens & Stripes
  • Fruit Frenzy
  • Caesar's Empire
  • Crystal Waters
  • Dirty Martini
  • Cleopatra's Gold
  • Diamond Dozen
  • Goldbeard
  • Derby Dollars
  • Shoping Spree
  • Rain Dance
  • Tiger Treasures
  • Mister Money
  • Ronin
  • Red Sands
  • Lion's Lair
  • Food Fight
  • Super Diamond Mine

Keno

Bovada has a standard keno game. The player can pick 1 to 10 numbers. Following is the pay table.

Bovada Keno — Pay Table

Catch Pick 1 Pick 2 Pick 3 Pick 4 Pick 5 Pick 6 Pick 7 Pick 8 Pick 9 Pick 10
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 40 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
4 150 13 5 2 0 0 0
5 800 100 30 10 5 2
6 1800 400 120 60 25
7 8000 1600 300 150
8 30000 4000 1200
9 50000 10000
10 100000

I have to admit the pay table could be better. The following table shows the return and hit frequency according to the number of picks.

Bovada Keno — Summary

Pick Return Hit Freq.
1 75.00% 25.00%
2 84.18% 6.01%
3 83.25% 15.26%
4 84.51% 25.89%
5 84.10% 9.67%
6 81.42% 16.16%
7 85.16% 6.16%
8 85.41% 2.08%
9 85.03% 3.89%
10 86.64% 6.47%