Founded by Calvin Ayre in 1994, Bodog quickly became one of the most prominent sportsbooks in the world… and they’ve maintained that position to this day.
Identifying the future — that would be the success of online gambling — the Canadian-born Ayre created Bodog. In 2000, Bodog.com was launched and today, we now have Bodog.net and Bodog.eu.
Registered and licensed in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, Bodog.eu offers a vast sportsbook — which we’ll explore in this review — with numerous betting options, as well as a number of deposit methods, world-class customer service and more.
Bodog comes with a couple of fantastic bonuses for sportsbook players that you can use almost immediately. First, there is a 100% match bonus on your first deposit, up to $200. That is when you use a debit or credit card to make that deposit. The second deposit comes when you use Bitcoin to put money into your account for the first time. You will receive a match bonus of 100% when you deposit up to $300 with Bitcoin.
The rollover is five times when using these bonuses at the Bodog sportsbook, so make sure you read through the terms and conditions to get the best bang for your buck.
The first thing we’ll discuss, being a sportsbook review, is the depth of the sportsbook itself.
The six major sports — NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, European Soccer and U.S. College Sports (college basketball and college football)— are obviously available for bettors on Bodog. But if you’re a fan of secondary sports, Bodog covers tennis, boxing, UFC/MMA, golf and a full-fledged racebook for horse racing. If that’s not enough, how about some friendly wagers on handball, Aussie Rules Football, cricket, cycling, darts, snooker or the Olympics.
Or if you’re not interested in even betting on sports (which is odd because, well, you’re at a sportsbook), you can even bet on esports, political elections, television shows (because everyone has an opinion on who will reign supreme at the end of Game of Thrones) and awards ceremonies.
Choose from point spreads, straight-up moneylines or game totals, with the options to buy extra points, play alternate spreads or choose from a plethora of in-event prop bets and special event wagers as well; there is virtually nothing you can’t wager on, so there’s always action to be involved in!
When it comes to actually placing your wagers, it’s important to keep an eye on the vigorish attached to each bet; otherwise known as “paying the juice.” This is, essentially, the fee sportsbooks charge to take specific bets. While it seems like an advantage, it actually allows a sportsbook to offer wagers on virtually every bit of action, whether they have a strong preference on the game or not.
For the Big 6 sports (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, CBB, CFB), the juice is typically:
|Totals: 4.0%||Totals: 10 cents||Totals: 10 cents||Totals: 4.5%||Totals: 10 cents||Totals: 4.5%|
|Moneyline: 4.5%||Moneyline: 20 cents||Moneyline: 20 cents||Moneyline: 4.0%||Moneyline: 20 cents||Moneyline: 4.0%|
|Spread: 3.5%||Spread: 20 cents||Spread: 20 cents||Spread: 4.5%||Spread: 20 cents||Spread: 4.0%|
|Puckline: 5%||Runline: N/A|
When it comes to what funds you can deposit, Bodog accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), as well as Interac e-transfer with a debit card, or Bitcoin. When depositing, you never need to worry about excess fees, as Bodog does not charge anything extra for deposits. Your funds will be deposited almost instantly and charged in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
Is there a deposit method preferred by Bodog? Yes, actually, and it’s deposits via Bitcoin. As some banks have restrictions on using accounts to deposit into gambling websites, the viability of your cards could be in question. With Bitcoin, there’s no hassle to your deposit. As cryptocurrency can be volatile day-to-day, there’s no delay in depositing your bitcoin and having it converted to $CAD.
Depositing with Bitcoin also creates more variance in your daily limits, as there’s a $10 minimum deposit and $5,000 maximum, compared to credits cards and e-transfers, where the minimum is $20 and the limit is $1,000.
So, you’ve got your funds deposited, you’ve picked your games and bammo — you’ve won big? How easy is it to withdraw funds and use some of your winnings?
There’s two methods of withdrawing your winnings: Cheque by Courier and Bitcoin deposit.
A Cheque By Courier is, well, exactly what it sounds like — you get mailed a physical cheque. You need to ensure your home address is correct and on file, as Bodog does not accept P.O. boxes, military addresses or work offices as a mailing destination. The minimum withdrawal amount is $20 USD, while the maximum is $3,000 USD. You are allowed to make one Cheque by Courier withdrawal every seven days, and while your first cheque withdrawal each month is free… there are some fees associated afterwards:
– Every subsequent cheque requested within the following 90 days carries a $50 processing fee.
– Should you need to place a stop payment on a lost or misplaced cheque, a fee of $40 may be applied before the funds are returned to your account (not available for cheques older than six months).
A withdrawal request usually takes about 24-48 hours to approve, followed by a cheque being delivered within 3-5 business days.
Withdrawing with Bitcoin, however, is much more convenient; while it still takes 24-48 hours to approve the withdrawal request, the funds are actually delivered to you within 15 minutes of approval! A $10 minimum is required for Bitcoin withdrawals, and while there’s no fees associated with multiple requests, there may be a handling fee applied to withdrawals under $20.
Customers are allowed one Bitcoin request every five days. To ensure maximum security, it’s recommended that you withdraw to a personal Bitcoin wallet over an exchange, and always generate a new Bitcoin wallet address for each subsequent withdrawal.
So now that you know about all the sports offered, the commission they take, plus how you can both deposit and withdraw money… it would likely be helpful to know how Bodog stacks up against the competition.
Without diving into a complex feature-by-feature breakdown, here is a shortlist of some of the key things to know when thinking about Bodog against other popular sportsbooks.
– Plenty of valuable bonuses offered year-round, including a 100% cash sign-up bonus.
– Fully integrated and accepting of Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
– One of the most recognizable brands in the market, which runs on proprietary software that is among the best in the industry.
– Offers lines on almost every competition imaginable.
– Does not accept players from the United States of America nor the United Kingdom.
– Mobile app can be difficult to navigate at times.
– While offering a plethora of events to wager on, other sportsbooks have a wider variety of in-game prop bets for a given event.
Bodog was bred for the internet, and originally web browsers. But in this moment in time, more people are generally found on their smartphones, tablets or mobile devices. While Bodog.eu is quite responsive on a mobile browser, things are even easier with the Bodog mobile app.
Available from the App Store or the Google Play Shop, the BDG app offers all the betting options found on the traditional web browser, including live betting, casino games and more. It takes just a few minutes to download and by simply logging in with your Bodog credentials, you can access all your favorite wagers at your fingertips almost instantly!
Have any questions about how Bodog works? Or need assistance in understanding wagers, games or have a deposit/withdraw issue? Bodog has a number of ways for their Customer Service team to help you out. Send them a message through their internal form and they will respond within 24 hours.
Your request is more urgent? Feel free to call them (1-877-263-6422) or chat with a live agent — they are available 24/7. Or, if you want to solve the problem yourself, browse through their expansive help section, which contains the majority of answers to your Bodog-related questions.
Yes, yes it is. While the Canadian government has for the most part kept its distance from online gambling, it is still considered to be a bit of a grey area. While technically illegal to accept online wagers within Canada, there are no rules prohibiting sportsbooks which are licensed and based offshore from servicing Canadian customers.
As Bodog is registered and fully licensed in Antigua, and is regulated by the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission, there is no Federal law prohibiting Canadians from using the site. So places your wagers in confidence and see if your knowledge stacks up!
Absolutely. One of the most trusted and recognizable names in the industry, Bodog’s combination of proprietary secure software (which is always being improved), knowledge from being around since 1994 and operation in accordance with the current Interactive and Gaming Wagering Licenses, Bodog is as safe and secure as any website to use for playing wagers on sports, culture and entertainment.
No, you only need to use the areas of Bodog that appeal to you! Whether it’s sports wagers, entertainment props, casino table games or horse racing, Bodog has something for everyone’s taste — with no pressure to play anything they aren’t comfortable with!