Bovada Review

Updated August 19, 2019
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Bovada is a solid, well-rounded betting site. In one form or another, they have been around for over two decades, but they were officially established as “Bovada” in 2011. Bovada is a full sports betting site that offers a quality reliable product across the board. The site is easy to navigate and extremely safe to use. However you like to play, Bovada makes it easy for bettors to find what they want and to get started on the action.

Bovada is a top-rated betting site because they are pros. Whether it be sportsbook offerings or extras like a full casino, racebook, and poker room, easy sign-ups, fast payouts, the worthwhile rewards program, or prompt customer service, they cater to customers.

Bovada bonuses

Bovada offers several bonuses worth using. While they aren’t the best promotions in the industry, every little bit counts. However, if you deposit using Bitcoin there are extra perks. Here are the best bonuses available at Bovada:

  • Sign-up bonus: 50% up to $250
  • Refer-a-friend bonus: 200% up to $100

Sign-Up Bonus

The best way to cash in when signing up at Bovada is to deposit using Bitcoin. They offer a 50% bonus perk up to $500 with 5x rollover for those who start their account with Bitcoin.

For more conventional deposits, there is a 50% bonus up to $250 available with 5x rollover. If you deposit $100, you get $50, and $150 x 5 = $750. You can withdraw your cash once you have bet at least $750.

Reload Bonus

Strangely, Bovada does not consistently offer reload bonuses. When addressing the issue with customer service they extended the same Bitcoin sign-up offer as a reload perk, but it does not have reload promos for credit card deposits.

Refer-a-Friend Bonus

There is a 200% bonus available up to $100 with a 5x rollover for referring friends to Bovada, and they’ll add an extra $25 if the first funding of the account comes via Bitcoin. Most people who open an account will start with $50 or more, so it is pretty easy for you to gain a hundred bucks with the help of a friend.

Rewards Program

The Rewards Program at Bovada is standard. You earn points per dollar spent. For sports, you get three points per dollar on straight bets, 15 on teasers, and 25 for parlays. In the casino, you earn 15 Reward Points per dollar of rake in cash games, 15 Reward Points per dollar of fees in tournaments, and 1.5 Reward Points per dollar of buy-in in sit and go’s. When you accumulate enough points you can get cashback on losing bets.

Alternative Bovada Bonuses

For those considering an investment outside of sports, Bovada has a couple of good options.

  • Casino bonus: 100% up to $1,000 (redeemable up to 3x)
  • Poker bonus: 100% bonus up to $500

They have a 100% match bonus up to $1,000 for casino players. It comes with a 25x playthrough requirement, which moves quickly when you are getting dealt cards every few seconds instead of watching a long sporting event. The interesting thing about this promo is you can use it three separate times, so it maxes out at $3,000.

For poker players, Bovada offers a 100% bonus up to $500. There is no rollover on this one, but the perk is unlocked in $5 increments for every 150 Reward Points earned in poker.

Banking

In a word, banking at Bovada is simple. You can fund your account and start betting for as little as $10, and coincidentally, $10 is the smallest payout available as well. Fee-free payouts are easy to come by, and depending upon how you want your cash, you can get it almost instantly. There is something to be said for a company that has streamlined banking and made what at some books can be a nervous area into a formality.

Deposit Options

There are essentially two ways to fund your account at Bovada, credit cards, and Bitcoin. Both methods start with reasonable deposit minimums, $20 for credit cards and $10 for Bitcoin. Credit card deposit maximums are limited to $1,500 on initial funding, while Bitcoin’s maximum is $5,000. Here’s a point-by-point guide to deposits at Bovada:

  • Minimum deposit: $10
  • Deposit methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin
  • Supported currencies: USD, BTC

Bovada also accepts deposits using Zelle. In a lot of ways, the future of banking is electronic and app-based. However, you can’t actually deposit directly using Zelle. If you choose to deposit using Zelle, you purchase Bitcoins through a third party, have to sign-up for an account at their site, deal with minor charges, and then your transaction posts. The concept is good, and it is great that Bovada makes it easy since e-currency can be intimidating, but the execution is laborious.

While depositing using a credit card is initially pretty seamless at Bovada, our preferred method is Bitcoin. Credit cards and Bitcoins are essentially equally easy to use, but the bonus is better using Bitcoins, and if you are reloading, the fees for credit cards start to add up.

In our experience, Bovada is very accommodating. If you need help or have a special request with deposits they will do their best to help. The deposit chart below is standard and straightforward, a signature of how the site runs.

Depositing Options Minimum Deposit Maximum Deposit
Bitcoin $10 $5,000
Credit Card $20 $1,500

Payout Options

Bovada is old school when it comes to payouts. They have two options, Bitcoin which can come almost instantly, and a good old check. Both methods are reliable, and our experience is that checks usually arrive in a week or two, not the three that they quote.

  • Bitcoin: Up to 15 minutes
  • Check by courier: Up to 15 business days

We have had no issues getting cash back from Bovada, in fact, they take pride in making this easy as long as one of their two methods works for you. Take a look at the full withdrawal details at Bovada below:

Payout Options Minimum Payout Maximum Payout
Bitcoin $10 $9,500
Check by Courier $100 $3,000

Customer service

When it comes to customer service, Bovada absolutely shines. We’ve never had a problem getting ahold of an account rep at any hour of the day thanks to their team dedicated to helping you 24/7. If you want to contact Bovada, here’s how:

  • Service hours: 24/7
  • Phone: +1 888-263-0000
  • Live chat: Yes
  • Email: support@betnow.eu
  • Languages: EN, ES, POR, ZH

Phone Support

Have a betting problem that needs to be resolved quickly? Call Bovada. We’ve never had to wait for someone to answer the phone and we’ve never been on hold for over a minute.

Live Chat Support

The live chat is somewhat of a hidden feature at Bovada. You can find it in the Help section if you click “No” at the bottom of an article when it asks if you found what you were looking for. In doing so, the option to email, call, or talk to a customer rep via live chat appears. We found the reps weren’t extremely quick, but they were helpful with each response.

Email Support

The Bovada email support team is unparalleled. Every question we’ve sent has been answered to the fullest extent in minutes. It’s a great way to get an informative reply quickly.

Social Media

Bovada is active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Each platform has “Top Betting Insights” videos with upcoming events. It’s safe to say that Twitter is their go-to social media account as it has regularly updated content with new props almost daily.

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. The sportsbook has a rotation of the sports in season featured at the top of the page, along with a drop-down list of all the sports that are available. The range of options is vast as Bovada has betting lines on everything from Gaelic games to table tennis.

Bovada’s esports line selection is unrivaled in the online betting market. They offer more leagues, more events, and more variation in props than most sportsbooks in the industry. The sheer quantity of odds available makes them the superior choice if you’re betting esports.

The rest of the betting lines at Bovada are equally superb. You can find a massive assortment of wagers. For example, in the average NFL game, you’ll find around 80 in-game props available. Bovada truly has any and every bet you could think of. Though, at times, they can be slow to open player futures for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and college sports.

Bovada specializes in live betting and virtual sports. They have extremely responsive odds and you can readily see the odds get shorter or longer as the game progresses with a red or green arrow indicating which direction they’re going.

Virtual Sports gives bettors the opportunity to bet on computer-simulated events around the clock. It can be found under “All Sports” in the sportsbook. At the time of this review, basketball, soccer, horse races, greyhound races, camel races, auto races, and a couple of casino games were available. While we definitely don’t think that Bovada is looking to make any big payouts on events they have created, it is a unique feature to have on the site.

Website UI and UX

Some sportsbooks can be overwhelming to use with the flashy ads, colors, and extra elements crowding each page. This is not the case with Bovada; they have the user experience top of mind. Clean lines, simplicity, and logical navigation are the core of the betting site. The UI is one of the best available today. Here’s what you can expect when you use Bovada:

  • Betting interface: Extremely user-friendly
  • Mobile betting: Yes
  • Betting app: None
  • Live sports betting: Yes
  • Live betting stream: None

A nice feature of the sportsbook is the collapsible option. Perpetually scrolling to find the prop you’re looking for can be tedious, but thankfully Bovada categorized each sport into a subset with an option to minimize all of the odds for that sport in particular. The sportsbook itself is organized by live odds first, then the odds for upcoming events.

Mobile Betting

While Bovada advertises a Mobile Sports App, a Mobile Casino App, and a Mobile Poker App as one entity. The mobile betting compatibility truly lies in the mobile site, which is the same thing as the multi-faceted “app”. Being that it’s marketed as an app, you’d think there is a download required from either the App Store or Google Play, but there is no download required.

That being said, it’s really a separate mobile betting site and it is fully functional and a great addition to the Bovada brand. It encompasses sports betting, casino, and poker room betting lines, and it’s compatible with iOS and Android devices. While you’re on-the-go you can enjoy standard betting lines with props and futures or in-play betting as the game happens.

Live Sports Betting

The in-play betting at Bovada is terrific. The odds are changed in real-time and, best of all, you can see whether the odds are getting shorter or longer by the green or red arrow. The fact that the odds are so responsive makes the sportsbook a viable option for live betting even though live streaming isn’t available yet. Live odds are open on just about any event or sport taking place.

License jurisdiction

  • Location: Antigua
  • Year established: 2011

*All bonus offers have different Terms & Conditions. Visit the operator’s web site for full details.