American sports bettors have access to a limited amount of sites, many of whom have shady reputations. For every good site out there, it seems that there are three horrible ones.
Luckily Bovada are a trustworthy, no bs betting site that take US players with the exception of those in Maryland, New York, Utah and Washington.
From Bodog to Bovada
For many years, Bodog was able to offer its services to Americans and punters throughout the world by franchising its brand and framework to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, a Canadian Native American firm licensed in the territory of Kahnawake.
But then something happened. In 2011, the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group announced that it would be leaving the Bodog brand for its own, which it dubbed Bovada. To those who used the site, little changed in the process, save for the name of the site. Bovada maintains the exact same framework and is still working with the Bodog brand. In Canada they still operate under the name Bodog, as well as in Asia where they are one of the leading brands.
A Refined System With Excellent Sports Options
Because Bovada uses Bodog’s betting system, the software is very well constructed, and put together to enhance the user experience.
We found the betting system to be fantastic, with sports bets being able to be placed in a friendly point and click manner. We also enjoyed the betting side bar, which allowed us to easily see how much we would win for the amount risked. While other sites also offer this, it seems that Bovada has it down to a simple process that will not bug you about funds until you actually place the bet.
In terms of sports bets offered, we were happy to see that the following types of sports action was covered: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, MMA, Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Motor Sports, Rugby, Cricket, Darts, Snooker, Horse Racing, Entertainment bets, and more.
This number of sports bets is second to none and the bet types accepted are plentiful as well. We found bet types available to be single bets, parlay bets, if bets, reverse bets, and teasers.
In addition to its sports betting options, Bovada includes a casino and poker room. The casino has seen substantial improvement in the past year, as Bovada upgraded from the dated RTG games to BetSoft. While RTG remains, the BetSoft games are of much better quality and you would be well served to play those titles if that is your thing.
Bonuses All Around!
As a bigger brand, Bovada offers some absolutely incredible bonuses. We have found that participating in anything Bovada related will result in free goodies that will keep you coming back. The sports book, casino, and poker room all have match bonuses and various other promotions that change throughout the year.
We also find that Bovada’s social media often gets us some great offers as well. The site regularly gives free sport book and casino credits on its Facebook page, and its Twitter page also has these goodies once in a while.
A Sweet Mobile Experience
Mobile sites are often a source of frustration for sports punters. All too often we find a site that has thrown in its mobile compatibility as an afterthought, and the results are very often subpar. Bovada does a good job of bucking this trend, as its mobile software is slick, easy to use, and includes all of the betting options available on its main site.
We think that Bovada’s mobile setup is the best around. Everything is as smooth as butter, and you can even get BetSoft’s 3D slots on the thing. If you are looking to take your betting on the go with you, Bovada should definitely be your first choice.
Limited Banking, But Excellent Service
Dealing with Americans puts a lot of betting institutions in a tough spot. Financial restrictions put in place by the US government put the pinch on these sites, and Bovada is no exception.
Feeling the sting of limited options, Bovada offers deposits through Visa, Money Transfer, or Rapid Transfer. The Visa option usually carries a 4.9% fee, which is a bit steep if you ask us. Money and Rapid Transfers are sans fees, but have a higher minimum deposit than the Visa option does.
Withdrawals are processed through paper checks, which are mailed out through FedEx, Money Transfers, or Rapid Transfer. We think the check is the best option for payout, as you get one free per month, but anything after nets you a hefty $50 fee.
Faster options such as Money and Rapid Transfer more than make up for their lack of deposit fees by placing heavy withdrawal fees. Money transfers begin at $40 fees and go up, while Rapid Transfers start at $20.
Needless to say we weren’t overwhelmed with our options in regards to Bovada’s banking system, but dealing with the restrictions it does, we can see why these limited options and fees are there. It’s worth noting that all US facing sports betting sites suffer from these same shortcomings. Operating in an unregulated market means they must charge these hefty fees, otherwise they would soon be out of business.
Customer service on the other hand is markedly better. We found that the lack of an instant messenger to be a bummer, but we did enjoy the service we got through email and the telephone.
Bovada’s support is quick and helpful, and we found the professional tone to be very helpful to the questions we had.
Overall we feel that Bovada is one of the finest online sports betting establishments and without a doubt one of the most trustworthy. We really dig the online interface, and feel that the betting options are second to none. Sure, the banking options could be better, but given all the positives such as frequent bonuses, we really can’t complain.