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Bovada Casino REVIEW

PROS
USA players accepted
Large variety of games
Large signup bonuses
Great 24/7 customer service
CONS
Strict rollover on bonuses
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RTP
1-3
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PAYOUT SPEED
200+
GAMES
3
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REVIEW SUMMARY

Bovada is an off-shoot of Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre’s entertainment brand Bodog (founded in 2000). After the US passed its Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006, Ayre transferred Bodog.com online gambling business to Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG). Not all countries in the world allow online gaming, but Bodog.eu and Slots.lv offer gaming to most everyone, including some areas where legality is in constant flux and is questionable (such as the US). As such, Bovada.lv accepts players from the United States.

RATING BREAKDOWN

Bovada’s decision to offer Bitcoin transactions allows for mega-fast transactions, which is an extra enticement to try out some great slots and casino games from an interesting portfolio of software providers, a popular sportsbook, and also horse racing betting. An iTech Labs certification also maintains trust, whilst all regulatory security measures appear to be in place.

Software 9
Security 9
Banking 9
Games 9
Customer Service 8
Reliability/Trust 9
Bonuses/promotions 9

Overall

Bovada continues to impress with innovation and exploration in new areas – and it’s well worth adding to any casino portfolio!
8.9

PROMOTIONS

9

Once you are ready to deposit, you’ll see there are several bonuses available, and while these change from time to time, currently Bovada offers a 50% Free Sports Bet Bonus up to $250.

The Poker room bonus is a 100% match of your deposit up to $1000 when you meet the play requirements. You have 60-days to get all your points, but they are paid as you reach different thresholds, so you get some as you go.

The Casino has the most to offer and the largest first-deposit bonus, up to $3,000 total. The bonuses can be acquired by depositing money and using the bonus codes up to four times. The slots bonus is up to $500 ($2000 total) and the table games bonus is up to $250 ($1000) total. The good part is that you get your bonus instantly, so you have plenty of chips to play with! There are, of course, rollover requirements.

Once you choose (claim) the bonus you would like to play to (such as the slots500 bonus), click on the link and then make a chip purchase. You’ll get the chips you purchased plus the bonus, but to make a withdrawal, you’ll have to meet the bonus requirements.

Generally, all of the casino bonuses have a rollover requirement, which is 20-times your bonus amount plus your chip purchase. This means if you purchase €100 and get a €100 bonus, your total is €200 that must be wagered 20-times. That means a total of €4000 in wagers must be made before the bonus money is yours to keep. Unfortunately, not all games are included in the bonus program. Currently, the following games are not included:

  • Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Single Deck Blackjack
  • Double Deck Blackjack

For those of you who are planning to play roulette only, you can forget about the bonus program. You can get the free chips, but you won’t be able to withdraw any of them unless you play other games that do count. You can check your status on bonuses by clicking on “My Casino” and then “My Bonuses” or “My Points.”

Complementary Play

Bovada does offer a Comp Point Program, like most land-based US casinos do. Points accumulate at the rate of 3 for every $10 wagered at slots, 2 for every $10 at most table games, and 1 point for multi-deck blackjack and video poker.

In exchange for your points, Bovada will credit your account $1 for every 100 you accumulate – every-other Friday, provided you have at least 500 points to convert.

TYPE AMOUNT MATCH PLAYTHROUGH
Slots 1st Deposit $500 T&C Apply 100% 25x SIGN UP
Slots 2nd Deposit $500 T&C Apply 100% 25x SIGN UP
Slots 3rd Deposit $500 T&C Apply 100% 25x SIGN UP
Slots 4th Deposit $500 T&C Apply 100% 25x SIGN UP
Casino 1st Deposit $250 T&C Apply 100% 40x SIGN UP
Casino 2nd Deposit $250 T&C Apply 100% 40x SIGN UP
Casino 3rd Deposit $250 T&C Apply 100% 40x SIGN UP
Casino 4th Deposit $250 T&C Apply 100% 40x SIGN UP

GAMES

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If you want to play slots, there are more than 136 games including many currently popular games you’ve seen in live casinos, as well as 77 video poker games. There are also 23 table games like blackjack, craps, Pai Gow, and several forms of roulette.

Roulette is featured in a standard American game with a double-zero wheel, and European roulette with a single-zero. Wagers may be placed for any amount from $1 to $500 per spin. Options include speed, sound, dealer voices and full screen. The European layout has a track for standard wagers such as orphans and tiers.

If you want to start in Free Play mode, you can enjoy $50,000 in chips and check any roulette system you  like with the same $1 to $500 limits. Spins are quick, and if you are making the same wager each spin you’ll get in as many as seven or eight per minute. If you are working a system, you are in charge, so take your time and get it right!

Each game offered, from slots to video poker to table games are powered with an RNG (Random Number Generator) that offers specific overall odds to the player. The house edge at roulette is no different than a live version of the game, with single-zero a much better game than double-zero. Blackjack games (like 6-deck, double on any two cards, dealer hits soft 17) have a tiny house edge of under .5%. Video poker games such as Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, and Loose Deuces have less than a 1% house edge.

Keep in mind that online play is much faster than live play, and you’ll get a lot of hands, rolls, or spins in an hour of play. That means that you can rack-up some chips, or take a quick beating, not because the games aren’t the same as live, but simply because you’ll get so many hands in. As a general rule it’s always good to practice each game first in “free-play” mode before you try them for “real-money,” and Bovada offers all of their games for free, so take advantage!

If you are interested in live action, then Bovada’s Live Dealer Casino might be just what you are looking for. With professional Lived Dealers available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, you can play a range of popular games in an exciting interactive environment. Live Roullete, live Blackjack or live Baccarat has never been more fun!

GAME TYPES

Bovada has something for everyone, and this includes exciting new slots like A Night With Cleo, Koi Garden and Star Jewels. There’s also several varieties of roulette and blackjack, as well as popular table games like Let’em Ride and Casino Hold’em. There’s also fun scratchcards like Penguin Payday, and Video Poker games like Bonus Deuces Wild. You can also participate in Sportsbetting, and there’s a Racebook featuring the latest horseracing.

Roulette
American Roulette
European Roulette
Mini Roulette
Blackjack
Table Games
Slots
Video Poker
Scratch Cards
Sports betting

SOFTWARE

Bovada Casino houses slots and games from various software companies, most noticeably Bodog Custom Games. Rival Gaming games are also very popular here, and there’s a big portfolio of popular Rival Games, as well as new games like Star Jewels. Bovada has recently also started adding games from other software providers, and games like A Night With Cleo (Proprietary Games) and Koi Garden (Makitone Gaming) are two recent additions.

SCREENSHOTS

BANKING

9

Bovada is very good about making cashouts, following the rules above for transfers. You can expect a check to take a week to 10 days. My experience with contacting support has been very good, and any issues with a bonus or credit have been taken care of immediately.

CURRENCIES

Bovada has always prided itself on its ability to make financial transactions faster than many other casinos, which is why deposits can be made with USD Dollars, Euros and Canadian Dollars, and have traditionally been deposited by either Visa, Mastercard or Bank Transfer. However, Bovada Casino now also accepts deposits and withdrawals via Bitcoin which, if you don’t know, is one of the fastest currencies on the planet.


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MOBILE

9

Visit the main Bovada Casino website and, surprisingly, it’s hard to find anything that suggests Bovada Casino is mobile compatible. However, Bovada Mobile is easy to access and fun to play at. All you need to do is enter www.bovada.lv/casino into your mobile browser, then sign-in as usual. There are over 100 mobile slots and mobile casino games to play, and these include great slots like Diamond Dragon and Surprise 7, and traditional casino favourites like Craps and Classic Blackjack. Even better, the first-time you visit and use Bovada Mobile Casino – Bovada will give you a special $10 Mobile Bonus.


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JACKPOTS

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Bovada boast they’ve recently added an impressive $1.2 Million to their Progressive Jackpot Fund, and you can see the latest winners in the Progressive Wins section – which is updated every day. The latest lucky winner had won a life-changing $1,480.737 playing the sexy slot Bulletproof Babes, whilst there are plenty of other big jackpots to be won on games like Food Fight, Super Diamond Mine, Aztec’s Treasure and Dirty Martini.

SECURITY

9

Bovada have their Random Number Generator evaluated and certified on a regular basis by iTechlabs, to a standard that passes the strict guidelines of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. This makes sure all number sequences are non-repeatable and unpredictable. Meanwhile, Bovada take all reasonable steps to manage the security of the Bovada Website, all personal information that is required to open an account, and all banking information necessary to fund accounts. They also guarantee that personal information will not be sold or distributed to anyone else. Bovada only uses cookies as a means to allow them to offer a better service.

RESTRICTED COUNTRIES
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VERDICT

For Bovada’s ease of deposit for US players and their ability to actually be contacted and make payments, they achieve a high rating. Their selection of table games is very good, but limited to just two varieties of roulette. For serious roulette players the options are fine. Those who want more variety may consider other top online casinos.

USA Players Accepted
Large Variety of Games
Large Signup Bonuses
Great 24/7 Customer Service
8.9
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