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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.

Casino Profile

US Players:
Yes
Promo Code:
Not Needed
Founded:
2000
Software:
RealTime
Updated:
Oct 15 2014
Flash Version:
Yes
  • Min Deposit: $50
  • Signup Bonus: 100% up to $500
  • High Roller Bonus: 100% up to $3000

Video Review

Pros

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

Cons

  • Strict Rollover on Bonuses

Deposit Methods

Languages

Overview

The gaming is operated by Meadway Leisure Limited and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada. Customer service is available at: [email protected] and at Phone: 1-888-263-0000. Customer service is quick to respond via email or phone, and operators are available that speak several languages.

Keep in mind that depositing money into an online casino is often easier than withdrawing money, and while some banks restrict debit card or credit card deposits to gaming sites, some also restrict bank deposits from gaming sites! Make sure when you first sign-up with any online casino that you use your current address information because you will need to provide proof of your street address and other ID when you make a withdrawal.

System Requirements

Although online casinos were once computer power hogs, better software now equals smaller downloads (or a much smaller portion of an operating systems resources). As a general rule, Bovada works well with this minimum availability:

Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista

400MHz Pentium CPU with 128MB of RAM

A screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels with 16-bit (“High Colour”)

At least 30MB of free disk space

Software is provided by Real Time Gaming and Betsoft, which works very well with Windows, but Mac and Linux OS are limited to Flash Mode.

Getting Started

After downloading the software (which takes just about a minute with a standard-speed internet connection) you’ll be prompted to set-up a player account. Make sure you are on a “safe” computer, meaning you might not want to let your own software remember your password. Once that’s done, you’ll have the chance to use all the casino games in Play Mode or for Real Money. Bovada’s deposit options include credit and debit card, money transfer and Rapid Transfer.

1. Credit, debit and gift cards must be VISA, eligible for online and international purchases. Keep in mind that Bovada charges 4.9% on all debit deposts. Minimum deposit is $20.

2. Rapid Transfer (Moneygram) is available with a minimum deposit of $100 and you’ll have to go to a shop to send the money. Fee’s run from a minimum of $12, but cashouts are quick.

3. Money Transfer is done via Western Union. Minimum deposit is $100 and fees vary, but the deposit can be up to $5,000. Withdrawals are done via check.

Bonuses

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.

The Games

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!

Cashing Out

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.

Rating

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.

Overview

The gaming is operated by Meadway Leisure Limited and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada. Customer service is available at: [email protected] and at Phone: 1-888-263-0000. Customer service is quick to respond via email or phone, and operators are available that speak several languages.

Keep in mind that depositing money into an online casino is often easier than withdrawing money, and while some banks restrict debit card or credit card deposits to gaming sites, some also restrict bank deposits from gaming sites! Make sure when you first sign-up with any online casino that you use your current address information because you will need to provide proof of your street address and other ID when you make a withdrawal.

System Requirements

Although online casinos were once computer power hogs, better software now equals smaller downloads (or a much smaller portion of an operating systems resources). As a general rule, Bovada works well with this minimum availability:

Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista

400MHz Pentium CPU with 128MB of RAM

A screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels with 16-bit (“High Colour”)

At least 30MB of free disk space

Software is provided by Real Time Gaming and Betsoft, which works very well with Windows, but Mac and Linux OS are limited to Flash Mode.

Getting Started

After downloading the software (which takes just about a minute with a standard-speed internet connection) you’ll be prompted to set-up a player account. Make sure you are on a “safe” computer, meaning you might not want to let your own software remember your password. Once that’s done, you’ll have the chance to use all the casino games in Play Mode or for Real Money. Bovada’s deposit options include credit and debit card, money transfer and Rapid Transfer.

1. Credit, debit and gift cards must be VISA, eligible for online and international purchases. Keep in mind that Bovada charges 4.9% on all debit deposts. Minimum deposit is $20.

2. Rapid Transfer (Moneygram) is available with a minimum deposit of $100 and you’ll have to go to a shop to send the money. Fee’s run from a minimum of $12, but cashouts are quick.

3. Money Transfer is done via Western Union. Minimum deposit is $100 and fees vary, but the deposit can be up to $5,000. Withdrawals are done via check.

Bonuses

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.

The Games

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!

Cashing Out

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.

Rating

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.