Year established: 2011
Mobile compatible: Yes
Overall rating: A-
Recommended: For recreational players
Bovada Sportsbook Review
Bovada is regulated by and operates under a gaming license issued by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission which is itself located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada.
Bovada has almost 30,000 Twitter followers and 28,000 Likes on Facebook. Its Twitter account mostly tweets odds and sports news but this includes short videos, and gifs to make it more engaging for users.
Bovada are owned by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Corporation and cater to clients in the US, it’s directly linked to the Bodog betting company and has been going for over 15 years. No surprise that it focuses on North American sports such as basketball, American football, baseball and hockey. It has casino and poker options too, and there’s extensive content available including Sportsbook Insider, Match Previews and Articles. All of these ensure bettors stay on the site longer and are able to gain some potentially valuable insight into upcoming events.
Bovada accepts Bitcoin which sees its stand out against the crowd in sports betting.
As mentioned Bovada is massively focused on North American sports but that doesn’t mean it’s limited to them. Here’s the full range Bovada offers odds in: Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, UFC/MMA, Boxing, Horse Racing, Golf, Cricket, Motorsports, Esports, Olympics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Darts, Snooker, Cycling, Aussie Rules, Handball and Futsal.
Boavada also offers politics and entertainment markets.
Bovada enables players to bet live and accessing this option on the sportsbook opens a new pop up window, this makes it easy to navigate around and icons for the sports simplify this too. It’s a little numbers heavy however and isn’t the most inviting of live betting products especially for a new or casual bettor.
Usability of the site
The site has a similar layout and colour scheme to partner betting operator Bodog. It’s clean and doesn’t force too many promos down users’ throats. It has a professional appearance and a sleek layout wherein users are able to find all their need via the left hand pull out column.
This includes Promotions, VIP rewards via the Red Room, details of the Refer a Friend scheme and all the of various content portals. Placing a bet is easy and finding help by the way of customer support is easy too. You need only click on the icon in the top right. There’s an exceptionally extensive FAQs section to help customers out in this instance too.
The site adapts to mobile though there’s no specific Bovada app if this is something you prefer for betting on the go. Customer support is okay, it’s available 24/7 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (1-888-263-0000) but there’s no live chat option.
Furthermore Bovada prides itself on its fast payouts.
There are numerous Bovada promotions which’ll keep customers coming back as this isn’t just limited to a sign-up offer, a mistake many make.
Bovada caters to players interested in North American sports exceptionally well, and overall it’s a modern sportsbook with good poker and casino options too. If you’re looking for sports beyond these however you’re better off elsewhere whilst the lack of live chat and live streaming are further blows.
– Very reliable brand;
– Best for US players;
– Best betting platform and interface;
– Multitude of sports markets and high betting limits for certain sports;
– Low bookmaking margin on chosen sports (MLB, NFL, NBA);
– Attractive bonus & promotions;
– Stunning casino, racebook & poker room;
– Accepts both high and low limit bettors;
– Very cool, stylish site – lots of innovation and always something new;
– Best mobile betting, hands down;
– Secure banking methods;
– Easy to deposit & fast withdrawals;
– Very low minimum bet amounts;
– Great customer service.
– Limited coverage of sports;
– Odds not always available as early as some others;
– High wagering requirements on some promotions;
– Inferior odds on non US sports;
– Not available in certain countries.
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