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.
Don't Believe this Last Review
This past review by Austin Hoover was intriguing. I contacted a director at the company to discuss this particular player. They researched his activity and this is what really happened - the player did have a balance of $800 but then took some money to the roulette table. He started betting small - $2. But when he lost, he would double up to try to make it back.
Researching this player, he took some money to the roulette table, played a little bit and lost, and then deposited more to chase his losses, lost again, etc etc.
This is strange because if his account was truly hacked or compromised in some way, the perpetrator would have taken all the money to the poker room and dumped the chips to another account where the funds could then be withdrawn.
A fraudster would not have taken money to a roulette table and bet $2.
And what\'s interesting is that this same player had previously played in the casino, playing the exact same roulette game, and employing this exact same playing strategy of doubling up or chasing losses to break even or come out ahead.
His strategy just didn’t work this time, and now he has players remorse. Why would Bovada risk tarnishing their reputation over a mere $800 account when fair play is the most important aspect of an online gaming company?! They wouldn\'t, and they didn\'t.
I agree with Bovada and feel that Austin is upset that he lost his money. However, it was not Bovada\'s fault but his own.
Payout Unavailable! Vanished!
I have been using Bovada for a few months now and was a very passive player. $50-$100 a month was my budget. On March 11th-12th of 2015 I ran $20 up to $800! Pretty sweet right? WRONG! I requested a payout not even 30 minutes after I had hit the magical number (5:30 AZ time) and boy was I ecstatic to finally be UP in my winngings! Welp, when I got on the phone to request a payout to be sent. I was informed in a polite manner that I had $0.98 in my account... I questioned this and thought the lady had miss spoken. Apparently she was right. I opened my account and that's all that was left. I said to her baffled "there must be some sort of mistake?" I JUST won that money over a course of less than 24 hours I even had that hand history number written down of my winnings because I wanted to save it! They transferred me to another person. He was looking at his computer and in a nice way told me no weird activity can be found on my account. I asked him but HOW? Did the money just poof disappear? He said that there was consistent activity on my account but I had left for 30 minutes to close down at work? He told me that the balance was $800 at 8:30pm EST. I said correct at 5:30 here in Arizona I stopped playing and called you 5 minutes ago so is there a glitch or delay? He told me "No, there is consistent activity with a few minutes delay of several different buy ins" I said to him that this couldn't be possible. So I investigated a little a knew the cameras at my work had been rolling! Guess what I saw? I saw back on my cameras just a few minutes being away from my keyboard that my computer had been being in use whilst I was away... by NO ONE. I'm talking windows opening etc. I asked him about what process I can go through to fix this because someone hacked into my computer?? He said there was absolutely nothing that could be done because of the information he had on his screen. I said what if I sent you the video that's all the proof right there. He told me his decision is final and that my money was gone... I was left in TEARS! Unbelievable what the world we have come to. I finally was up and ecstatic about everything and in one second, poof. My winnings were stolen. Don't get me wrong I love Bovadas site it's amazing but I will never feel the same about the site again. I witnessed first hand, "someone" take the money I EARNED and put it in there pockets without a 2nd thought. I have always been a good customer to Bovada and have told many people how great the site is. And now I'll make sure I let 10x more people know that they were unable to provide funds for me even when I had proof. he even said I had the balance when I said I left around 5:30. He told me over and over that my account is my soul responsibility... It is and I kept my purchases small for that very reason to be responsible and have fun. However I won't ever see that money again and won't ever play online poker again. All because of this incident. I suggest you be weary of how much you leave in your account on this website as it is very possible for it to be stolen by either an outside source or a certain poker site. Very Disappointing!
Terrible Customer Service
I am not usually one to post comments about companies, but I have to say I am extremely disappointed in Bovada's customer service and will never be using them again or recommending them friends. I made a sports bet which was cancelled by Bovada because they said it was a company error and the line was incorrect. In order for me to place this wager I had deposited extra money into my account, which is subject to about a 5% credit card fee. When they cancelled my bet, I asked if I could at least get my 5% fee back since it was their error to begin with. They refused to give me my 5% fee back and said they were "sorry."
I couldn't believe how fast Bovada has gotten at delivering checks for payouts. I requested Sunday night, was approved Monday morning, had the check shipped Monday and received it TUESDAY MORNING (from Canada to South USA). THAT'S A LITTLE OVER 24 HOURS FROM SHIPPING. Bovada, thanks for using FedEx now. You rule!
Bovada is a great site
I have played Bovada for a few months and have had a great time. The poker games (hold 'em for me) are fun and interactive, as the players chat and have a good time.
I have had a lot of fun on their Blackjack casino game. This game is the best Blackjack I have encountered, including Tahoe and local casinos. The dealer does actually bust, unlike other sites, and I have had some very good wins.
The payouts are on time and very regimented. The checks have worked through my bank and I have had nothing but smooth transactions through Bovada.
I would highly recommend this site over any other online gaming website.
They also have reliable phone service.
I love them
I mainly use bovada for sports bets. Their odds/ money lines are on track with Vegas odds. I recently changed from from betus after waiting MONTHS for a payout card. I requested a pay out card on Monday and got a freaking check today (Wednesday). Their customer service is ok. On Sunday I had a live bet counted as a loss when I won. Obviously livid, I called and sat on hold with someone who alone rough English. It never got resolved so I sent a few emails. Probably an hour later I called again, and they had resolved the issue and debited my account. I am not a fan of the deposit fees (2.5%) I believe. Sounds small but adds up quick. There is also only one free payout a month for checks. I still couldn't believe it when the fed ex truck pulled up. It was sent as a Canadian check but in US dollars, so we'll see how long it takes to clear , but as of now I would reccomend this site to anyone . In the end customer service resolved a serious issue with a bet within an hour and paid out within two days
Beware the rules. I bet on soccer money line . My Team won in overtime ( no penalty kicks at end) but Bovada conveniently states that their moneyline doesn't include overtime - bcoz they have odds fit a draw! That result is possible in overtime too!
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!