Bovada Review (previously named Bodog)
Editor Note: Please note that this site does not accept players from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, New York or Washington. Also, Visa and MasterCard credit cards and money transfers are only accepted for depositing options. If this affects you I recommend trying Betonline.ag. Here is the Betonline.ag’s review.
Bovada was actually Bodog.com at one point. The US government seized the domain name so Bodog now uses the domain Bovada.lv which the government has no authority over. Bovada is also now licensed to operate by the gambling licensing jurisdiction of Canadian Law. In either case business went on. This isn’t simply a site that relies on fancy marketing to get by. Bovada.lv Sportsbook has been around for decades and has made its name by providing a simple website that is fun to use, not a pain in the butt to place bets. They have decided to do away with the large commissions and fine print that was the industry standard in the past. The site also has a poker room and a casino, making it a one-stop source instead of having multiple accounts which I really like.
SOFTWARE AND GRAPHICS
Bovada.lv is very smooth and sleek looking but doesn’t try to get too fancy with things. Everything is incredibly easy to navigate and you shouldn’t ever have any problems finding what you’re looking for quickly. The site does tend to lag sometimes during peak betting hours but this usually doesn’t prove to be too much of a problem. The casino and poker rooms are very well done and run almost flawlessly. The layout and setup of the site is intended to provide an easy to use interface for customers and they seem to have accomplished this with flying colors.
The minimum bet required at Bovada Sportsbook is $1 on the internet and $50 over the phone. The maximum bet depends on the sport that you are playing. The dollar, the pound, the Euro, and the African Rand are all accepted currencies. There is a large variety of different bets that can be made covering a wide range of sporting events which include: moneylines, point spreads, totals, parlays, teasers, and over/unders to name a few.
More recently, Bovada started accepting bettors to place wagers on eSports. These multiplayer gaming events continue to grow in popularity throughout the world. Below are some of the eSports you can wager on at Bovada, and they will most likely continue to add games to there list:
- Dota 2
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- League of Legends
- Starcraft 2
At Bovada odds are available in American, decimal, and fractional format. The maximum payout is $100,000. Odds are also presented in real time and well in advance, especially for the more popular sports.
BONUS AND LOYALTY PROGRAMS
The bonuses offered by Bovada are very simple and straightforward. The initial deposit bonus sits at 50% up to $250. There is no fine print associated with this bonus, and more importantly, no limit on the size of the bonus you can receive. You can also earn a 20% bonus on the initial deposit of a referred friend up to a $100. Unfortunately, there was not a loyalty program that customers could participate in which proved to be one of the few drawbacks of this site.
DEPOSIT AND WITHDRAWAL OPTIONS
For those located within the United States your deposit options are Visa, MasterCard, Bitcoin, or a money transfer service such as Western Union or Moneygram; Bovada calls it “Rapid Transfer”.
For players outside of the US, additional options such as Neteller, MoneyBooker, Click2Pay, Speedcard, and Paysafe Card are available. For withdrawals, many of these same options can be used and larger cash-outs or VIP players can request wire transfers.
Direct Bank Transfer is a popular withdrawing option. Funds will be deposited straight to your bank account within 3-5 business days, minimum payout is $20 and maximum $3,000, and one payout every 24 hours.
SECURITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
www.Bovada.lv is a site that has centered its company around providing the best possible product for its customers. This is most evident in the quality of the customer service that Bovada provides. The company offers very effective incentives to its employees which has resulted in excellent customer service 24/7, 365 days a year. After an extensive online search, there were no cases to be found of transactions that were not completed in a safe and reliable method. The only drawback that could be found was that there was no live chat customer service option.