Based out of Quebec, Canada and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Bovada Sportsbook has been up and running for nearly a decade, but only a few years under the Bovada name. Previously known as Bodog, (Bodog is still currently active as a sportsbook but unavailable in the United States), they were shut down in America and were forced to rebrand a new, American sportsbook named Bovada.
Bovada has a pretty easy to use interface, which includes a variety of odds on different North American sports, international sports, entertainment, politics and special events. They also have a great online casino with plenty of online slots and table games. They recently reacquired their poker room software back from Ignition Casino in 2017 as well, increasing the quality of their gambling offering once again.
Bovada is one of the only United States-only online sportsbooks, and has been in operation even before PASPA overturned the sports betting laws so they have been very in tune with what American bettors want and need compared to some other sportsbooks who were banned from the U.S.
Signing up at Bovada is straightforward and simple. You input your personal information, click Join, and you’ll be directed to the cashier where you can make your first deposit.
Bovada has limited deposit options, but the options they do have are fairly popular options like Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, and Bitcoin. Bitcoin has a $20 minimum deposit and maximum $5,000. Major credit card options have a minimum deposit of $25 and maximum of $1,000. These are the lowest minimum deposit options that we’ve seen, but their maximums are quite low for high rollers. Bovada is a good sportsbook option for new bettors, who just want to deposit $25 here and there to play for fun.
When it comes to withdrawals or payouts, you can request your sports betting winnings via Bitcoin, Bank Wire or Check, with surprisingly low minimums.
When it comes to bonuses, Bovada has fairly standard options, but they make up for them with low rollover requirements and you receive small sums of your bonus as you are rolling it over. Their first deposit bonus is 50% up to $500, which isn’t the best bonus we’ve seen, but with 3x rollover, shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve.
Other bonuses available include a Casino match bonus of 100% up to $1,000, with a 3x rollover requirement, and Bitcoin bonuses for both Casino (150% up to $1,500) and Sportsbook (50% up to $500). The Bitcoin bonuses are for first time Bitcoin depositors.
When it comes to betting on sports, the one thing we noticed about Bovada is that they release their odds later than most other sportsbooks. Their late lines can be a big complaint for sports bettors, but they do sometimes have good odds when they do finally put their odds out. They do have low minimum bets, which isn’t overly common at some of the bigger books that tend to focus on more experienced bettors.
Bovada has one of the better live betting softwares that we’ve seen. They have plenty of different in-play betting options for almost every game available. They update their odds quickly and seamlessly.
If you’re looking to bet from your mobile phone, it can always be a hassle because most sportsbook softwares struggle on smartphones. We find Bovada is fairly good at letting you get your bets in on their mobile site. They understand that most people are betting from their phones these days and are making their mobile site a priority.
When it comes to customer service, Bovada has 24/7 customer support and a dedicated live chat to help you resolve your issues as quickly as possible. Their customer service representatives are fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.