Updated: October 2017
Part of the reason for the popularity of Bovada for USA players is the fact that this site is run by the same company responsible for Bodog.com. A decision made by the company in late 2011 led to the creation of a site which caters solely to U.S. based players – while providing the same high level of service and betting odds that players over at Bodog.com were used to, and so Bovada was born.
The betting platform over at Bovada has a wide ranging assortment of betting options coupled with a high level of commitment to customer care and a fast withdrawal service. These traits have been widely recognized and applauded by those intimately familiar with the slow withdrawal systems common to other U.S based betting services.
As Bodog already had their own proprietary based platform that has proven itself more than up to the task, it made sense for Bovada to make use of this tried and tested system. There are no downloads necessary as a player is then good to go once a connection is made through any web browser. There is even an app so busy mobile users can take advantage of any spare moments they may have to put a wager on. Most popular models are supported including: iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry. All accounts are stored securely online, making it easy to access your service from any device with all of your preferences intact.
Bonuses and Promotions
Currently Bovada has a value added promotion which will allow new members to claim up to $3,000 in bonuses. Simply click on the link to be taken to the details page and use the bonus codes listed on the page when signing up. There are two bonuses with each being a 100% match up bonus for deposits. Slots are currently receiving a 100% match up to the value of $500, and casino games are receiving a 100% match up to the value of $250. Each bonus can be claimed up to 4X which increases the bonus to the value of $3,000.
Banking and Deposit Options
It’s recommended that your first option when funding your Bovada account is with your Visa card. Some cards are being blocked but it is always worth a try as it’s highly likely you have a brand which will be successful. Failing that there is also the option of using prepaid Visas which can be picked up just about anywhere these days. You will need to check with Bovada customer support to find out which ones are working however. Western Union is a convenient option as there are branches all over the country which you can use to easily fund your Bovada account. The downside is that this attracts hefty fees to the order of between 6 and 15 percent of the total – which varies depending on the total amount you are transferring. However, if you deposit over $300 with Western Union Bovada are generously reimbursing the transfer fee.
Another similar service to Western Union is MoneyGram and it is a little cheaper with fees ranging from 5% to 10%. MoneyGram also have the convenience of offices all over the world. Withdrawals can be made via money transfer back to your Western Union or MoneyGram account but prior consultation with support is needed to use this method. A more popular option is to withdraw using checks – which come free of charge and are received within 2 weeks.
Customer service at Bovada is excellent and I have not encountered any problems when dealing with them. Account reps are available 24/7 and so far waiting times have been mostly non-existent. In my experience I have not had to wait any longer than a minute before being serviced.
Bovada have raised the stakes for service and features in the online betting arena and have quickly risen to become one of the best. You can log in, place a bet on one of your favorite sporting teams, and then quickly switch over to enjoy a few wins in their casino section. If you’ve been looking for a safe site to place a few wagers to satisfy your sports betting passion then you can’t go wrong with Bovada.