What Does it Mean to “Find Value” in Sports Betting?

What Does it Mean to “Find Value” in Sports Betting?
When I was starting out betting on sports, I got frustrated because everybody talked about “finding value,” but never really explained what that meant. As it turns out, the answer was right there in front of me. Years later, as an experienced (if a little unlucky) bettor, I’m hard-pressed to find anything more meaningful in sports betting than this concept of value. In sports betting, finding value is jargon that means finding a proposition that pays its winners better than it should. Making Read more [...]

How to Tip Your Blackjack Dealer (Gambling Tokes)

How to Tip Your Blackjack Dealer (Gambling Tokes)
What’s the etiquette for tipping your blackjack dealer? How does it work? Tipping is a tricky topic regardless of the context. It can be just as awkward to work out an appropriate tip for a restaurant server or bartender. On a casino floor, a place where you’re supposed to spend lavishly and act in a celebratory manner, the pressure to tip heavily and frequently can be intense. When You Make Money, I Make Money – Tipping the Blackjack Dealer I took the title of this post from a phrase Read more [...]

Are There Secret Patterns in Roulette Spins? (Bias?)

Are There Secret Patterns in Roulette Spins? (Bias?)
I’ve written before about how frequently you’ll read the phrase “secret patterns” when you read about roulette. Some writers and lots of players are convinced that there’s some secret pattern of winning numbers that exists, and if discovered, could guarantee profits. If secret roulette patterns sound conspiracy-oriented to you, that’s because it is. There’s lots of bad science and ignorant gambling strategy at play when the secret patterns theory comes up. Even though lots of us Read more [...]

Slot Machines Near Me in 2021 (How to Find Slots in the United States)

Slot Machines Near Me
How do I find slot machines near me? This isn’t a hypothetical question. I travel a lot for work and with family and friends. If I get an urge to play slot machines, I need to be able to find slot games near me no matter where I am. Over the years, I’ve learned how to find slot machine games pretty much anywhere in the United States. I may have to think outside the box or look in some less-familiar places. Sometimes I have to travel a bit outside the planned route to satisfy my slot jones. Read more [...]

51 Gambling Companies and Brands (2021 List, Public and Private)

51 Gambling Companies and Brands
As gambling becomes mainstream in America, interest in gambling companies and brands is increasing. Investors are interested in backing these new markets, and bettors looking to take part in newly-legal sports bets or casino games are curious about the companies and brands available to them. The lists below include companies that design and build slot machines, companies that host offshore gambling sites, sports betting companies, design firms that work with casinos and racebooks, and plenty of Read more [...]

Is Betonline.ag Legit? (Is BetOnline Poker Legal?)

Is Betonline.ag Legit?
Is Betonline.ag legit? Is BetOnline poker legal? These are the questions this post tries to answer. Check out BetOnline.ag now. Open since 2001, Betonline.ag is a US-facing offshore betting site offering a sportsbook, poker room, casino, and racebook. Though they’ve changed their URL a few times and undergone several graphics and gameplay changes, Betonline.ag is essentially the same company they’ve been for twenty years. Though many gambling companies left the US market during the difficult Read more [...]

Is Bovada Legal in the US? (California, Florida, or Texas?)

Is Bovada Legal in the US? (California, Florida, or Texas?)
Bovada launched in 2011 as a US-facing online poker room, casino, and sportsbook. It’s a spin-off from the once hugely popular gambling website Bodog, though the two gambling companies no longer have anything to do with each other. Bovada.lv remains a popular choice for US-based online sports betting and casino and poker play. It’s difficult to answer the question of legality when it comes to offshore gambling sites. Is Bovada legal in the US? The simplest answer is “No.” I can Read more [...]

How Do Sportsbooks Make Money? (Vigorish Basics)

How Do Sportsbooks Make Money? (Vigorish Basics)
Have you ever asked yourself, how do sportsbooks make money? Legal sports betting in sportsbooks is not even 100 years old. The first Vegas casino to accept bets on pro sports and horse racing only did so in 1949. That’s recent enough that it occurred during my dad’s lifetime. That’s also almost a half-century after gambling came to Nevada. It’s strange to think of it, but I suppose the sportsbook is a modern invention, more contemporary than the slot machine or the roulette wheel. For Read more [...]

Is Offshore Gambling Legal? (United States Betting Laws in 2021)

Is Offshore Gambling Legal? (United States Betting Laws)
Gambling law in the United States has undergone a transformation in the first two decades of the second millennium. This has a big effect on the answer to the question, is offshore gambling legal. A timeline of American gaming law would be quite crowded starting in the early 90s. The question of legal gambling in America is riddled with difficulties. Not only do bettors have to contend with multiple layers of regulations - federal law, state law, local laws, not to mention several layers of Read more [...]

Avoid these 4 Blackjack Games (With the Worst Rules)

This post features blackjack games to avoid (and why). Blackjack basic strategy gives players the best chance of beating the house. The average return-to-player, under ideal game conditions, is close to 100%. It’s easy to play at a close-to-break-even point. You could take my grandmother to Vegas, stick a strategy card in her hand, give her $1,000, and she might walk away with a profit. It took casinos approximately fifteen nanoseconds to figure out that they can make tiny changes to games Read more [...]