BOVADA SPORTSBOOK REVIEW
One of the first names any new bettor hears in the sports betting market is also one of the most trusted ones – Bovada.lv. Launched in 2011, but part of a respected legacy operation that dates back to 1994, Bovada is top sportsbook facing the US market and now is growing tremendously in Brazil and Mexico.
Known for creative props and for dominating mainstream US media with its unique football, basketball and political lines, such as Donald Trump odds to win re-election and more, Bovada rates No. 1 in just about every sportsbook ranking list.
IS BOVADA SPORTSBOOK LEGIT?
Yes! Bovada traces its roots back to 1994 and all variations of the company’s brands have always proved to be honest and reliable. And over the years, their online gambling product, marketing and unique offerings have made it the top sportsbook for US players.
Visit any major sports new sites or open any newspaper and chances are you will see mentions of Bovada.lv and their latest Super Bowl betting futures, their unique props on which NBA coach will be the first to be fired this season and their running odds table of Heisman Trophy odds. Everyone relies on Bovada and customers rely on an excellent product and unmatched customer support.
CAN I BET AT BOVADA?
If you live in the United States, Brazil or Mexico, you are welcome at Bovada. Canadians can play at a companion book, well-known Bodog.eu (which is reviewed in the top Canadian sportsbooks section here).
WHAT SPORTS CAN I BET AT BOVADA?
Bovada offers an awesome assortment of sports and bet types. All the major North American sports are represented with multiple bet types on NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, NHL, MLB, tennis, auto racing, UFC and much more.
Numerous soccer leagues and smaller international basketball, hockey and football leagues are also available for betting. They are by far the top sportsbook for creating fun and unique props and special betting lines on players and future outcomes. You will hear plenty on TV broadcasts and in just about every mainstream media about commentators spouting Bovada odds.
WHAT BONUS CAN I GET AT BOVADA?
Bovada has been consistent with its fair and uncomplicated 50% Up To $250 bonus. Typically, you can maximize the value of your bonus by depositing $500 and seeing it turn into $750 in your bankroll. That’s not free money, you need gamble with the bonus and roll it over five times before requesting payouts. Many sportsbooks require new bettors to gamble even more, but 5X rollover is a good deal.
They have offered a 50% match bonus for new players who deposit with Bitcoin and also offer a ‘Refer A Friend’ special where you can pocket another $100 by telling a buddy about the site.
It’s a legitimate bonus that crosses over from sportsbook to racebook to casino to poker room and unlike many operators, a single wallet allows you to move between these fun gaming experiences.
HOW CAN I DEPOSIT AT BOVADA?
Deposit options include credit cards such as AMEX, MasterCard and Visa, bank wire, money orders, etc. Bovada was one of the first online sportsbooks to offer Bitcoin as a payment and payout option and they have embraced this option even more over the years. They offer an excellent tutorial on Bitcoin, how to set up a Bitcoin wallet and how to fund the account.
CAN I PLAY POKER AND CASINO GAMES AT BOVADA?
Bovada remains the most popular poker room in the US and therefore it offers a huge number of tables and a huge number of players. This is important because online poker players can always find action. Some sports fan like to play a little Texas Holdem before or after watching their games.
Same story for the online casino, where Bovada offers a full suite of exciting games. Again, sportsbook players will often shuffle over to the blackjack tables for a little action while they wait for the sports wagers to settle.
PROP BETTING AT BOVADA
Bovada has earned a reputation as the top sportsbook for props in the world. Not sure what a prop is? Will LeBron James get more points and rebounds in tonight’s game than Kevin Durant? That’s a proposition bet and they are hugely creative and popular and fun in the vein of daily fantasy games.
They also are first to market whenever Floyd Mayweather talks about fighting a new opponent or UFC fighter. When the Oscars are being handed out, Bovada for sure had the best Academy Awards lines up. And even in politics or esports, expect Bovada to be the top sportsbook for props.
WHAT DO WE LOVE ABOUT BOVADA?
We love the comfort of knowing Bovada has been in the market for so long and has always played fair. Knowing some of the managers and leaders of the brand is also great, as you get to learn they truly have the best interests of the player and the industry in mind.
The creative odds and props and superior customer service set Bovada apart from the competition.
WHAT WOULD WE CHANGE ABOUT BOVADA?
One of the lone criticisms of Bovada has been their reluctance to post odds early. That means other top sportsbooks will have Week 8 NFL lines posted before Bovada does. Critics say they should follow suit and get their odds up early so customers have a choice to bet early if they want to.
The fact Bovada is a recreational book (more Average Joes who like to bet than professional sharks trying to make a living) means bettors are not too worried about these late lines. And in fairness, Bovada has gotten much better in recent years at posting odds earlier. Still not as early as their competitors, but Bovada customers don’t have to wait for long to get their action down.