Bovada Casino

bovadaHave you heard of Bovada? They’re one of the top US casino brands in the online gambling industry.

No? Well, then maybe you’ve heard of Bodog. They’re a well-known brand that’s been taking wagers since 1994.

Bovada was once Bodog, back before 2011. Bodog partnered with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group to cater to the US market. But their deal ended in 2011, forcing the MMGG to rebrand as a standalone casino.

But they still have the same look and feel. Bovada still offers the same fun casino games and software that players knew Bodog for.

And they still accept US players. So long as you don’t live in New York, Delaware, Nevada, Maryland or New Jersey.

Bovada has been in building mode, too. Over the last year or two they’ve added games from developer Betsoft. This gave them the opportunity to offer killer looking 3D progressive slots and blackjack games. You can play these from their download, instant play casino and mobile apps.

Are you excited yet? Then read on to learn what Bovada has in store for you once you create your account.

Bovada Casino Game Selection

One of the best things about Bovada’s casino is that they use not one, but two software providers. Real Time Gaming makes up the bulk of their game selection. Then Betsoft sprinkles some animated 3D goodness on top. This places Bovada above the others because most RTG casinos are the same, other than their promos and theme.

There are more than 200 games to choose from. All will be available in the download, and about half in the instant play casino (for Macs).

For table games you’ll have a good selection of 7-10 blackjack variations. Thanks to their partnership with Betsoft you can play Zappit Blackjack, a game playable only at Betsoft casinos. What makes this game unique is that when you’re dealt a hard 15, 16 or 17, you can ‘zap’ it and receive a new hand. You can also take your pick from Caribbean stud poker, roulette, craps, war and tri-card poker. Stakes start at $1.

The bulk of their game selection will be slots. You can choose from 3/5 reel machines, video, 3D and bonus slots. Most will have progressives too, with peaks higher than $1 million dollars. The best ones are from Betsoft, which remind me of a mixture of a Pixar movie and a video game. Take your pick from unique themes such as Good Girl Bad Girl, Mr Vegas or The SlotFather. They’re addictive.

And last, a casino wouldn’t be complete without a video poker section. You can choose from more than 15 machines, including loose deuces, jacks or better and joker poker.

Promotions (Welcome Bonuses & Points Programs)

Every casino has promotions. It’s one of the ways they get you in the door.

But not every casino does what Bovada does. Many casinos offer one deposit bonus, and it’s reserved for slots players. That leaves blackjack and baccarat players in the cold.

But Bovada has several deposit bonuses, catered to different players. Here are the details.

$3,000 Deposit Bonus

The total offer is for $3,000. Casino players will receive a 100% match up to $3,000. You can take advantage of this great offer 3x for a grand total of $3,000 in free money. Slots players will have to rollover the bonus plus deposit 25x, and table game players will have to roll it over 40x. To redeem the free cash, use the bonus code: NEWWELCOME.

Blackjack Weekends

Receive a $10 bonus chip for every 200 casino points you earn over the weekend. You can earn a total of $100 (free) in a single weekend.

Casino Benefits

Earn points for every game you play. You’ll earn 3 points for every $10 bet in slots, 2 for table games, 1 for blackjack and video poker. Every 100 points you earn will earn you $1 in casino cash.

Bovada comes out with new promos often. Create an account today and bookmark their promos page.

Personal Opinion

So what do we like most and least about Bovada?

What we don’t like

Bovada has two VIP-like programs. One is just about points, which is open to the public. The other is an exclusive program, which is for bigger spenders. I’d like to see a better middle ground. Maybe a 3 or 5 tier program where you can receive more neat stuff for being loyal to their brand.

Has There Ever Been a Scandal?

Bodog has run into issues with the US government regarding illegal gambling. They had their domain name seized in 2012 following the ending of their deal with MMGG. But since they’re not partners anymore, that has little (if anything) to do with Bovada.

How to Deposit

You can fund your account using a credit card, Rapid Transfer or money transfer. If you go the Rapid or money transfer route — deposit more than $300 — Bovada will cover your fees.  You can also use Visa prepaid international debit cards.  Bitcoin is also available.

How to Withdraw

Bovada pays out winnings by check, bank wire, Visa Fast Funds and cash transfer. Checks are available in amounts up to $3,000.  Bank wires are paid in amounts up to $5,000.  Visa Fast Funds, which pay directly to a Visa debit card, is available up to $2,500.  Each has a $50 fee and are processed in 3-7 days. Bitcoin withdrawals are processed in a few days in amounts up to $5,000. Players can receive a withdrawal using one of these methods for free once per month.

Cash transfers are paid in amounts up to $2,000 with a fee of up to $200, depending on the amount.

Bovada Sportsbook

Bovada is one of the largest sportsbooks that accepts U.S. players.  It offers low limits for straight bets, parlays and teasers. The sports betting is aimed at lower limit players. Many pages within the site notify players that Bovada specializes in recreational sports bettors.

Bovada offers a wide menu of sports betting. This includes typical NCAA Football, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. There are also bets available on NASCAR, golf, tennis, politics, entertainment, e-sports, rugby, snooker, darts, cycling and many more. There is often action 24 hours a day at Bovada.

Bovada Sports Bonus

The Bovada sports betting bonus is 50% up to $250. Players may only receive this offer one time. A player that has already claimed a casino bonus may not receive the sports betting offer.

The Bovada first deposit bonus may be cleared through both casino and sports. Casino players must wager 30 times the deposit and bonus. Sports and horse bettors clear the bonus by wagering just five times the bonus. Players must fulfill the entire wager requirement before requesting a withdrawal.

How do I Contact Bovada?

If you have any questions, or need some help with making a deposit, you can contact Bovada by email at: service@bovada.lv. I’ve always received a response in less than 24 hours, and often much faster than that.