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Bovada Review 2018

Bovada may sound familiar to Bodog customers because Bovada is its offspring. When Bodog departed select markets around the world in 2011, such as the United States, Bovada launched to take its place. The two sites – and Ignition – now run simultaneously on the PaiWangLuo Network of online gambling offerings. The family of sites dates back more than 20 years and continues to service customers around the globe.

In the six-plus year since its launch, Bovada has risen to the ranks of the most dependable and consistent brands that offers an online sportsbook, casino, and poker room.

The sportsbook alone took nearly 282.5 million bets in its first five years, and more than 132,000 individual superfecta bets were paid in that time period. The blackjack tables hosted nearly 1.2 billion rounds in five years. And the number of slot games has more than doubled due to high demand and billions of spins.

All games are offered on mobile as well as desktop. And the sites are easy to navigate, with options like promotions and customer service tabs always available and easy to find. Bovada is one of the most user-friendly sites for sports betting, casino games, and online poker.

Sportsbook Details

The Bovada sportsbook offers all bets in categories like basketball, golf, horse racing, etc. There is a live betting section that allows bettors to see all live action and place bets accordingly. Most of the sports listed are fairly mainstream in nature and focused on US-based activities, though esports is a new category and more are being added regularly.

The non-sports bets are sparse, as only one or two are generally available and center around current events that tend to be apolitical.

Casino Details

The casino site provides a standard selection of slot games, table games, and live casino action. New slot games are added often, and new games include titles like Multiplier Man and Street Ball Star. There is a huge selection of video poker options, nearly a dozen blackjack variations, and other table games range from craps to roulette and pai gow poker.

The specialty games section is quite a hit with many players, as keno and bingo are a big part of the draw to Bovada’s online casino. The live dealer games are also popular, with dealers able to interact with online players while dealing blackjack, baccarat, Super 6, and spinning the roulette wheel.

Poker Details

As Bodog was known for its poker games online, Bovada is as well. The most interesting feature is the anonymous seating, which keeps the games fun for recreational and new players. However, there are higher buy-in games running for the more experienced players, all with skill at the fore but advantage play not allowed via HUDs.

Cash games start as low as $.05, and freeroll tournaments give new players a chance to build bankrolls from scratch. Satellites to major tournaments are also available. Those tournaments run every day of the week, many with significant guaranteed prize pools and a wide range of buy-ins. Sunday events are always big, but even the Monster Stack tournaments, which run twice nightly, offer more chips. Jackpot SNGs are fast and fun with chances to win up to 1,000 times the buy-in, and Zone Poker is fast-fold poker that keeps the games moving for people without a lot of extra time to play.

Bonus Offers

Sportsbook:

  • Welcome bonus: 50% up to $250
  • Bitcoin users: 50% up to $500
  • Players earn rewards points to redeem for cash

Casino:

  • Welcome bonus: 100% up to $1,000, redeemable three times
  • Bitcoin users: 150% up to $1,500, redeemable three times
  • Players earn rewards points to redeem for cash

Poker:

  • Welcome bonus: 100% up to $500
  • Any Bovada customer who refers a friend receives 200% of their first deposit of up to $100.

Deposits & Withdrawals

There are few deposit and withdrawal options for Bovada players.

Visa, Mastercard, American Express

  • Deposits: Immediate, no cost for first one, $20 minimum, $1,500 maximum
  • Withdrawals: Occasionally available, contact customer service
  • Notes: Subsequent Visa and Mastercard deposits charge 5.9% fee and American Express 9.9%, banks may charge fees of up to 3% for international services, currency conversion fees of 5% to 10% may apply

Visa Gift Card

  • Deposits: Immediate, no cost for first one, $20 minimum, $1,500 maximum
  • Withdrawals: NO
  • Notes: Must be authorized for “international and online purchases”

Bitcoin

  • Deposits: Immediate, no cost, $10 minimum, $5,000 maximum
  • Withdrawals: Up to 15 minutes, no cost, $10 minimum, $9,500 maximum, one allowed every three days
  • Notes: Merchants may charge small transaction fees.

Check by courier

  • Deposits: NO
  • Withdrawals: One free every seven days, $100 processing fee for each addition withdrawal, $100 minimum, $3,000 maximum

Customer Service

Representatives are available 24 hours per day via at least one of the following methods:

  • Online message submission form
  • Telephone: 1-888-263-0000
  • Live Chat

Final Thoughts

Bovada has proven to be as transparent and trustworthy as its Bodog predecessor. The site is up front about transaction fees, wagering limits, and anonymous poker tables. Players know what Bovada offers from the moment they begin signing up for an account.

Customers at Bovada not only find an easy site to navigate and the need for only one account that works for all types of betting and gaming, they also have access to attentive customer service representatives for any type of assistance. In addition, anonymous seating at the poker site gives many players the privacy and subsequent protection that is rare in online gaming.

There are limitations to the services that Bovada can provide, however. Due to some online gambling laws in various countries, Bovada has had to limit its banking transaction options, giving players few choices for depositing and even fewer for withdrawals. Cryptocurrency users will be pleased at the bitcoin option, but everyone else will be relegated to credit card deposits and payouts by checks.

The benefit of playing on Bovada is its willingness to operate in regions that have scared others away, like the United States. With Americans and others low on options, Bovada is a solid choice and levels above most offshore sites that often appear and disappear without accountability. Bovada has a name and reputation to uphold and does so well.