Bovada has a reputation for being the best sports betting site for American bettors.
Launched at the end of 2011, Bovada.lv was created out of necessity. The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) had a branding partnership with Bodog and they operated Bodog.com until the partnership ended at the end of 2011.
MMGG moved all US client accounts to Bovada.lv and the brand has been operating ever since.
Bovada is operated by Meadway Leisure Limited and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Quebec, Canada.
So, what makes Bovada stand out in the US market? Most importantly, the banking is professional and fast. Anyone that has bet at all online knows how hard it can be to find a US-friendly betting site that can process payouts effectively.
There are numerous other reasons why Bovada provides an exceptional experience for US bettors and I’ll explain those below.
Bovada layout and interface
I can’t complain about anything when it comes to the betting interface at Bovada.
First off, Bovada isn’t just a sportsbook – the website also offers online poker, an online casino and racebook.
An individual only needs one Bovada account to access every platform on the website. Players can transfer funds freely between the different products.
The layout is similar to other bookies. For those that have never bet online — let me explain.
On the left — you’ll find the “betting menu”. What’s the betting menu? A list of the sports available to bet on. Bovada also has a cool “Featured Lines” box at the top left, which lists the most popular betting markets.
When you click on a sport, a list will dropdown with the types of markets (IE: game lines, props, futures, etc).
Click on the market you want, and the odds will display in the middle of the screen. When you click the bet you want, it will appear on the “Bet Slip” on the right of the screen. The bet slip allows you to place your bet and confirm the wager amount.
Bonus and promotions
Complete your first deposit and a free bet (50% off the deposited amount for up to $250) will be credited to your account within 30 minutes. The free bet will expire in 30 days and only the winnings from a free bet will be credited to your account as a bonus.
The rollover is only three times (deposit and free bet amount), which is low and easy to meet. Don’t request a payout until after you meet the rollover, or else you’ll end up forfeiting the bonus funds and any money made from using the bonus.
Bovada also offers a $3000 casino bonus and $1000 poker bonus if you decide to play on either platform.
Horse handicappers aren’t left out in the dark either. The Bovada Racebook offers a weekly rebate on Tuesday. You’ll receive a 3% rebate on win, place and show bets, plus a 5% rebate on all exotic wagers.
Sports betting at Bovada
Americans love to bet on just about anything — ranging from the NFL to Dancing with the Stars.
Bovada caters to everyone. The sports betting markets at Bovada include football (NFL, CFB, CFL, etc), hockey (NHL), basketball (NBA and CFB), baseball (MLB), soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, rugby, horse racing, cricket, darts, snooker and MMA among others.
There are more props and alternate markets available for the big North American sports, but the international coverage is excellent for a bookie that only caters to bettors that reside in the United States.
Bovada also offer entertainment betting markets, including celebrity props, TV or movie props. business props, political props or “weird wagers”. An example of a weird wager is how many hotdogs Joey Chestnut will eat at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The bet types at Bovada are single bets, parlay bets, teaser bets, round robin bets, if bet and reverse bet.
Horse racing betting in the racebook is excellent too and has only improved with more track coverage. Bovada not only covers all of the major tracks in the USA and Canada, but they also offer markets on UK, Ireland and Australian horse racing.
Bet on every horse race at tracks such as Saratoga, Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, Del Mar, Woodbine and many more.
Bovada archives the results from every race and bettors can access the results database.
Live betting on in-play events
Looking for the ability to bet live on sports games as they’re being played?
Bovada has live betting and the interface is well designed. All of the events in-play are listed on the left of the screen when you’re on the live betting platform. Once you click the event you want to bet on, you’ll be presented with all of the markets.
The odds move in real-time without the need to refresh the page, plus there are green and red arrows showing which way the market moved. At the top of the screen – players can view the current score and how much time is left in the game.
There are lots of cool props bets, including whether or not Player X will score his next field goal in an NBA game.
Of course, all of the common bet types (IE: money line, point spread and over/under) are all available in-play too.
Take your experience to the next level with mobile betting at Bovada.
Compatible on the iOS, Android OS and Blackberry OS the Bovada mobile apps are a great alternative to people who can’t get to the desktop website.
Simply click on one of our Bovada links on your mobile device and you’ll automatically be sent to the mobile version of the website, which will be optimized for your device. You can open an account, access the cashier and everything else from your phone or tablet.
There are absolutely no fees or costs to access the mobile web-app, plus there’s no download required.
Funding and payout options
Some like more variety when it comes to cashier options at online gambling websites, but in the US market that’s not possible due to the issues processors deal with. Bovada employs the KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) tactic when it comes to banking.
There are two deposit methods and two withdrawal methods.
The first deposit method is Rapid Transfer, which can also be used as a withdrawal method. To use Rapid Transfer you have to ask for transfer details from the Bovada support and then visit a MoneyGram retail location to complete the deposit.
Rapid Transfer deposits have a $12 – $20 fee, depending upon the amount deposited. The deposit limits are $100 – $650.
Payouts are quick (3 days) using Rapid Transfer, but the fees are enormous. The payout limits are $100 – $650 and the fees are on a sliding scale ($100-$199 = $20, $200-$399 = $30, $400-$599 = $45 and $600-$650 = $60).
Alternatively, Bovada accepts credit card, gift card or debit card deposits, as long as the card is Visa branded.
Visa deposits have a 4.9% fee, but you can deposit more into your account when compared to Rapid Transfer.
Credit card depositors will be able to request check payouts, which typically take two weeks to receive. However, there’s no fee on the first check payout each month ($50 fee otherwise), so waiting a bit longer is worth avoiding the huge Rapid Transfer fees.
All internet bets have a $1 minimum, regardless of the sport or wager type.
The maximum betting limits vary by sport and bet type. The markets with the highest limits include NFL/CFB point spreads ($2000) and MMA money line bets ($2000). A number of markets have a $1000 maximum.
Some sports have small limits, such as NASCAR ($500), tennis ($500) and golf ($500).
All of the sports betting limits are listed on the Bovada website and freely accessible at anytime.
Customer support & security
Bovada offers great customer service, albeit not through the best methods possible. However, they also have a “Help” section with answers to most questions you may have about any Bovada products.
Contact Bovada through an online contact form or using one of the following options:
General Support: 1-888-263-0000
Address: Kahnawake Office Complex Suite 104 in Quebec, Kahnawake, Canada, J0L 1B0
It doesn’t get better in the USA than Bovada when it comes to betting.
Payouts have been going out like clockwork for years now, whereas other companies in the US market have folded. Rest assured, your experience at Bovada will be great. The only negative is you may eventually be limited if you win too much money.
Sign up at Bovada today and bet with one of the most-trusted US bookmakers!