Last Updated: Dec 2016
- Best mobile betting, hands down
- Best customer service in the industry
- Quick payouts
Five years ago, I’d say they were really spreading themselves thin with their record label (Bodog Music) and MMA franchise (Bodog Fight) to the point that their flagship sportsbook started to suffer.Bodog is probably one of the largest and most well known sportsbooks on the planet, thanks in no small part to Calvin Ayre.
Thankfully, they’ve since left all that behind and the sportsbook is on its way back to it’s former glory.. Renamed, rebranded, and reborn as Bovada.
Bovada trades a lot more on its reputation than other books. Until recently, their small bonus reflected this. They have stepped up their game lately…
Initial Deposit: 50%, up to $250
Gambler’s Insurance: none
Refer-a-Friend: 200%, up to $100
Casino: 100% Slots Bonus up to $500, 100% Table Games Bonus up to $250 – Use each up to four times!
Each bonus comes with its own rollover requirement. Bovada’s sportsbook starting bonus requires that you bet 5X the amount of the initial deposit and bonus amount.Visit Bovada websiteCustomer Service
When it comes to customer service, Bovada absolutely shines. I’ve never had a problem getting a hold of an account rep at any hour of the day thanks to their top notch 24/7 customer service. I’ve never had to wait for anybody to answer the phone or been left on hold for more than a minute, and my emails are usually answered within minutes.Sportsbook Features
Bovada covers all the major sports, offering bettors straight bets, parlays, teasers, if bets, futures, and props on pretty much any sport you want to bet on.
While some people say they cater more to new or average bettors, I find their lines to be decent — you can find a good deal if you’re betting early.Additional Features
In additon to the sportsbook, Bovada also has a solid Racebook and a huge Casino. Personally, I spend a decent amount in their Casino. It is one of the most advanced casinos offered by an online sportsbook. Their poker room is no longer on the site.
Their Racebook covers primarily North America tracks, so international horse bettors will be out of luck with Bovada. I don’t bet those so this doesn’t matter to me.Mobile Betting
I like to be a wise guy, a contrarian. Bovada has always been a really public book, and if you think you might be a bit smarter than the average Joe, there is a stigma to wagering with a bunch of whales. Honestly, that is just stupid. Bovada has the best mobile platform, and it really isn’t close. Their offerings for live betting are vast, the site is incredibly easy to use, it is modern, and the odds are fair. Their mobile poker room and casino are filled, exciting, have a wide variety of options, and are the top in the industry. Bovada’s limits are not as high as some books, but the experience is simply the best.Deposits
Bovada has some of the usual deposit options — credit cards, bank transfers, or the eWallet service – as well as Bitcoin. I don’t need a lot of options, as long as my credit card works and I’m happy to report that I’ve never had an issue.Payouts
A few years ago, Bodog was plagued by probably what was the worst payout rate in the industry — long delays and lack of payouts really helped to kill their reputation with online gamblers, including yours truly. As Bovada, I have no issues whatsoever.
The company did a lot of work to get rid of their slow (or no) pay reputation. In the last 2 years, I haven’t had any issues getting my couriered checks when I’ve requested a payout, and they come quick. They were also one of the first sportsbooks to offer pay directly to your bitcoin wallet which is convenient if you have that set up (you should).Overall
The once mighty Bodog really took a big hit a few years ago, but has done a lot to get back in the online sportsbook game. It looks like a new name with a fresh face signifies their journey back to the upper echelons of online gambling. Welcome back, Bodog… er, Bovada.