Bovada Sportsbook Review

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Bovada Sportbook Pros and Cons

Bovada is one of the oldest online gambling companies on the Internet. Back in 1994, Canadian billionaire Calvin Ayre launched Bodog as a consultant for online operators. In 2001, Ayre launched Bodog as an online casinopoker site, and sportsbook.

When the UIGEA was passed in 2006, Calvin Ayre sold the brand to Morris Mowhawk Gaming Group (MMGG). MMGG eventually converted Bodog into the UK and Canadian side of the business, while launching Bovada as the US-facing online casino, bookmaker, and card room. Bovada has 25 years of experience in the online gambling industry.


  • Incredible selection of sports from around the world
  • Mobile betting without time-consuming downloads
  • A full set of multiple betting options for larger payouts
  • A full set of multiple betting options for larger payouts
  • Prop bets from sports, politics and entertainment
  • Bitcoin-Friendly


  • Low deposit maximum amounts for credit cards
  • Check withdrawals could take up to 15 days to get to you

Welcome Bonuses and Promotions

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Welcome Bonus

You can receive a 50% match bonus on your first deposit, up to a maximum of $250. It might not sound like a lot, but it looks a lot better when you deposit $250 and walk away with $375 to start playing with.

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Bitcoin Bonus

Your match bonus for using Bitcoin to make your first deposit is 75% up to $750. Bovada is ahead of the curve when it comes to using cryptocurrency to make your deposit, but they also want to make it worth your while, and they succeed here.

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Rewards Program

The Bovada Rewards program includes item like,  the Refer A Friend program, loyalty rewards and bonus points that can be gained through bets on the Bovada sports book, poker rooms and casino.

Sportsbook at Bovada

When you first arrive at Bovada Sports, you’ll find on the main menu categories for footballbasketballhockeysoccer, tennis, golf, live betting, and “All Sports”. The site also has quick links along the left side of the page for NBA Game lines, College Basketball, NHL Game Lines, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the CONCACAF Champions League.

The middle of the sports homepage is dominated by live betting odds. Using a tool, you can spot live in-play bets grouped by American odds, fractional odds, or decimal odds. Bettors also can search for bets using an internal Bovada search engine. A tool on the right-hand side of the page shows your current betting slip and all the open bets you’ve have. A handy help section link is available underneath those tools.

Game Contribution Rates

As is the case with casino or poker room promotions, you must meet certain requirements before keeping your Bovada sportsbook bonus cash for good. The rollover is 5x on sports, horses and 30x on casino on both the initial deposit and bonus amount. The bonus funds can not be used for LIVE dealer games.

Bovada Sports Betting Options

Bovada has the full list of sports betting options. Below is a list of the sports betting types available. 

  • Point Spreads: Weighted odds in which the favorite must cover the spread. Underdog bets win even if they lose by less than the spread.
  • Moneylines: If you don’t like point spreads, make a moneyline wager on who wins the game outright. Favorites have the – symbols and underdogs have the + symbol.
  • Totals: Also called an Over/Under bet, it is a wager on how many points or goals will be scored in a game, regardless of winner.
  • Parlays: Three or more bets on separate events. To win a parlay, all bets must hit. Parlays tend to have high payouts.
  • Teasers: You can combine your bets on two games. Bovada even allows you to adjust the point spread, but your payout will be smaller.
  • Futures: Long term wagers, such as who will win a league title or a league MVP.
  • Proposition Bets: Also called prop bets, these are wagers on stats or events during a sporting event.
  • Entertainment Prop Bets: Prop bets on celebrities, scandals, or events in the entertainment industry.
  • Political Prop Bets: Prop bets on politicians, elections, or political scandals.
  • Live Betting: Live in-play sports betting apps allow wagering on dozens of prop bets during a game.

Banking Methods

Sports bettors have five banking methods at Bovada Sports. The most popular are the major credit cards. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are all accepted. If you don’t want to use your credit card, Visa and Mastercard gift cards are other popular methods. If you decide to use gift cards make sure they are eligible for online international purchases.

One thing to keep an eye on is the deposit fees Bovada charges. For the first deposit, there is no fee, but afterward, players are charged 5.9 percent when using Visa and MasterCard. Things get even worse for American Express users, who pay a 9.9 percent fee on all deposits after the initial. For that reason, the actual minimum deposit for credit cards is $20 plus the 5.9 percent or $21.80. Credit card deposits have a $500 max limit.

It is hard not to notice that Bovada is keen on Bitcoin. As noted above there are multiple bonus offers for Bitcoin users. In an additional perk, bitcoin users get their profits much faster and without the fees.

Not only will you get an enhanced welcome bonus, but when making withdrawals funds arrive in your account faster and there are no fees. And with cryptocurrency, there is an extra layer of privacy between the sportsbook and player.

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Bovada Sportsbook Mobile Gambling

Bovada is compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows users, but there is no app available in the App Store and Google Play Store for Bovada. No mobile app is required to make your Android smartphone or tablet computer, iPhone, or iPad compatible with Bovada. Because its instant play games open in the web browser, simply navigate to the site and begin making sports bets instantly.

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Sportsbook Safety and Security

As they do with the rest of their services, Bovada uses top-of-the-line encryption security with your personal transactions and financial details. They have been in the game long enough that they know players will leave if their security is not up to par. Therefore, they work had to ensure you do not have to worry about that.

Customer Support Options

If you have questions, you can click on Bovada’s Help Section to get answers to general questions. You’ll find separate FAQ sections on Sports, Poker, Casino, Bitcoin, Horses, Financial Questions, Bonus Questions, and the General FAQ. This should cover most inquiries that do not pertain to a specific case.

If you don’t see the answer in their FAQ section, fill in your query at the top of the page. If you still don’t get a link to the response. A series of customer service options will be available including email, Live Chat, community, and telephone.

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Bovada Sportsbook FAQ

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