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The name Bovada is a combination of Bodog and Nevada – the first state to legalize intra-state online poker in the US.
Bovada is the U.S.-facing branding for Bodog. Although Bovada hasn’t been around that long, you needn’t worry, the Bovada brand is operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, which is the same management team that also runs the massive Bodog operation.
Bovada is licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which is located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake in Canada. Bovada offers four main online products: Bovada Sports, Bovada Casino, Bovada Poker and Bovada Horses. This review concentrates on the casino and sportsbook.
In addition to Bovada Poker, Bovada Sports offers all the popular sports wagering options across the major sporting events enjoyed by the American market, and the Bovada Casino provides a full-featured online casino with both browser-based instant play games and downloadable games, all of which is available to US residents.
Bovada is licensed with the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Kahnawake, Canada.
Why Open an Account at Bovada?
Bovada Casino and Sportsbook Software
Bovada offers a desktop client, a Web-based interface and a mobile app. The casino software only supports the Windows operating system, and Mac and Linux users are limited to the Web interface. The mobile app is available for both Android and Apple iOS devices. Note that Bovada Casino and Bovada Sports each have their own app, and there is no desktop client for the sportsbook, you would just log in to the website to place your bets.
Bovada employs a multi-platform approach for its casino. The downloadable client is an in-house solution, and it incorporates games from Betsoft, Real Time Gaming and other developers. The instant play games are accessible from either the desktop client or the website, but there are a significant number of games that are only available through the casino software.
The sportsbook interface is consistent across both the website and the mobile app. Bovada employs the familiar bet slip approach, but this particular interface is cleaner and more user-friendly than most of Bovada Sports’ competitors. Markets are listed on the left, the bet slip is on the right and all of the applicable betting options are in the center panel. Bovada does a great job of packing a lot of options and help information into a small space without overwhelming the user.
Bovada Casino Game Selection
The game library is organized into five sections: Slot Games, 3D Games, Video Poker, Table Games and Specialty Games. At the time of this writing, the 3D Games category had more than 50 unique 3D slot games from Betsoft, and the Slot Games category had more than 100 unique video and classic slot machines from other developers.
The Table Games category features classic casino games, including Blackjack and Roulette, and Specialty Games features Keno, Bingo and scratch cards. Bovada also hosts slot tournaments and progressive jackpots for slot machines, video poker and some table games.
Bovada Sports Market Selection and Bet Options
The Bovada Sports bet slip allows for single bets, parlays and robins, if bets and reverse bets and teasers. There is also a live betting bet slip that allows clients to make in-play wagers. Bovada is U.S.-centric, so the focus is on the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. However, there is a strong selection of domestic and international markets, including UFC/MMA, boxing, golf, soccer, tennis and so forth. During major events, such as the FIFA World Cup, the event takes center stage, and there are a number of special bets and promotions available. In addition to sports-related prop bets, Bovada offers prop bets for events like political elections, the Oscars, American Idol and so on.
Bovada Welcome Bonuses
Bovada Casino offers all new clients a welcome bonus that is worth as much as $3,000. How it works is that there are two redeem codes and clients can use each code up to four times. It is not necessary to use the codes on the first eight deposits, so clients can spread them out however they please. The minimum deposit at Bovada is usually $20, depending on the chosen deposit method, but there is no special minimum associated with these promotional codes.
The first promo code is SLOTS500, and when a client uses it, Bovada Casino will match the deposit by 100 percent up to $500. The second code is GAMES250, and with it, the casino matches the deposit by 100 percent up to $250. Clients can use this bonus money within the casino product however they see fit, but meeting the wagering requirements for SLOTS500 is limited to slot machine bets, and meeting the requirements for GAMES250 can be achieved at most games with only a handful of exceptions – bets on Craps, Single Deck Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, Sic Bo, Baccarat, and Roulette do not count towards satisfying the wagering requirements!
The welcome bonus for the sportsbook does not require a promotional code. How it works is that Bovada automatically awards a free bet on a new client’s first deposit. The free bet is worth 50 percent of the deposit amount up to $250 and is available within 30 minutes of making the initial deposit. Clients who want to take advantage of both the sportsbook and casino bonuses should not use the promotional codes until their second deposit.
The requirement for SLOTS500 is 25 times the deposit and the bonus, and only bets placed on slot machines count toward it. The requirement for GAMES250 is 40 times the deposit and the bonus, and nearly any casino bet counts toward it, including slot machines. The exceptions are Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Sic Bo and both Single Deck and Double Deck Blackjack.
For the Bovada Sportsbook, the rollover requirement for the free bet is three times the deposit and free bet amount.
Bovada Casino Rewards Program
Bovada Casino Benefits is the rewards program for the Bovada Casino. Bovada does not have a similar program in place for the sportsbook. All clients are automatically enrolled in the program, and how it works is that clients earn Casino Points, including fractional points, on each bet made:
• Slots: 3 points for every $10 wagered
• Table Games: 2 points for every $10 wagered
• Blackjack: 1 point for every $10 wagered
• Video Poker: 1 point for every $10 wagered
Casino Points convert into casino chips at a rate of 100 points to $1. The bonus casino chips are not cashable, but all winnings derived from them are. There are no tiers or other details, and Bovada automatically converts Casino Points and deposits the bonus chips into clients’ account every other Friday.
Additionally, there are two reload bonuses that clients can use every week. The first reload bonus is BCBSLOTS, and the casino matches the deposit by 100 percent up to $150. The second bonus is BCBCASINO, and the casino matches the deposit by 100 percent up to $100. All other details and requirements are the same for BCBSLOTS as they are for SLOTS500 and for BCBCASINO as they are for GAMES250.
Why Choose Bovada?
Bovada is one of the few safe options for U.S. residents who live outside of New Jersey and Las Vegas. In addition to the casino and sportsbook, clients have access to a racebook and a high-traffic poker room all from the same account. Most importantly, withdrawals at Bovada are fast and hassle-free.
Bovada allows for big bets at table games and on sportsbook and racebook bet slips, and it has high-roller tables in the poker room. Bovada also offers a robust cashier system that adds no fees and makes it easy and fast to deposit and withdraw large sums of money.
Bad customer service and payouts. Bovada is not worried about the customer at all. They are happy to take your money but when it comes time to payout they refuse to allow the customer to receive their money whichever way works best for them. Checks from Bovada come with guidelines on how to cash them; eg. "Can't cash at certain banks, and they give you a story to use if any questions come up about it." The easiest and fastest way to get your money is Western Union, but they refuse to let me get it this way even though I'm willing to pay the fee of $100 to get $1000. It's my money, and if I have to use my money to safely guarantee that I'm able to get the rest of my money than that choice should be respected and carried out. In my opinion having been playing online poker for a long time now, bovada is just not a good site. Obviously the best were Poker Stars, Full Tilt, and old PartyPoker, but nowadays with the restrictions we get forced to play on subpar sites that don't know or care that "the customer is always right." I no longer play on bovada and any referrals I make are directed towards Americas Cardtoom, which I think is the best overall site out there now.
Just deposited to the site a few days ago,I love the site but they really need to add the sit n gos to your mobile. Bovada is the best site for american players but I don't have a computer yet just mobile. Please bovada help me out please!
Tournaments are great
Bovada Poker is a solid poker room - I like the mutlitable tournaments, I've won a couple already at the lower stakes. The tourney to play in is the Sunday one with a $100k guaranteed! I'm working my way into that one!
Fun Poker Room
I live in Arizona and used to play at PokerStars before it was banned. Happy to find Bovada and the poker game seemed legit. I like the anonymous tables - no one knows who you are! Still working on the bonus but I will get it eventually I think. Highly recommend.