Background & Reputation
Bovada has been frequented by hundreds of thousands of players since they’ve opened their door in 2011. But the Casino has actually originated from the famous Bodog (which has been around for quite a bit longer), exclusively for the benefit of US gamers. Despite a certain number of negative reviews delivered by disgruntled customers, this gaming site is considered to be one of the most trustworthy and reliable online casinos available to American players. SSL technology is used to encrypt all your private information, pseudo RNG determines game outcomes, and an independent third party, iTech Labs, maintains their reliability and integrity.
- Established: 2011
- Owned by: Morris Mohawk Gaming Group Casinos
- License: Kahnawake Gaming Commission
- Target markets: USA, Mexico
- Supported Territories: USA, Mexico
Bonuses & Promotions
The Casino provides three times the welcome bonus of up to $1,000, and the way it works is as follows: open an account, deposit with bonus code NEWWELCOME, and Bovada will match your deposit by 100%. Having met play-through requirements of 25x deposit + bonus, you can claim the same offer with your second deposit, and then once again – that’s a total of $3,000 available to new gamers.
Bets on Craps don’t count toward meeting rollover requirements, while those made on slots contribute 100%, some table games 20%, Video Pokers and the majority of Blackjack variants 10%, and other BJ games, Roulette and Baccarat 5%. This is valid for Bovada welcome bonus only, so do check the relevant T&C where other promotions are concerned.
A separate welcome offer is available to players who make their first deposits using Bitcoin. They get to score a 150% Bitcoin bonus of up to $1,500 which is redeemable three times.
Weekly Match Bonus can be claimed once per week but basically whenever you want to. Using code BCBSLOTS lets you collect 100% up to $150 bonus (only for playing slots), while code BCBCASINO provides a 100% match up to $100.
Bovada Casino Benefits is a comp point program which awards points for real money wagers – 1 for each $10 bet on Blackjack and Video Pokers, 2 points for the same wager made on table games, and 3 points on slots. Every other Friday accumulated points will be automatically converted to cash at a rate of $1 for each 100 batch. That is, provided you’ve piled up at least 500 points which is the minimum amount needed for conversion to take place.
Playing Blackjack games from Friday to Sunday awards $10 for each 200 comp points earned, up to $100 in total. Table Mania Tuesdays invite you to wager $250 on any the table games and receive $10 casino bonus on the following day. Mobile-exclusive $10 bonus requires that you access the Casino via your mobile device and play a minimum of $250 for the first time.
Refer a friend and you’ll get to collect 200% of your friends’ first deposits, up to $100. The more the merrier, as this deal puts no cap as to how many friends you can bring along. VIP players will be invited into the Red Room and get pampered by personalised customer service, weekly deposit bonuses, exclusive offers, and free and faster payouts.
- Welcome bonus: 100% up to $3,000 / Bitcoin Bonus up to $4,500
- Wagering requirements: 25x (bonus + deposit)
- Available to: All players
Software & Games
Bovada is an instant play casino featuring an unusual mix of developers. Rival is hardly an unknown provider but there are not zillion casinos hosting their products – which is a great shame since they’ve got tons of great games to offer. A Switch in Time is one of the first Rival i-slots and still remains one of the best ones, equipping you with a time machine to travel back in time and prevent the love of your life from marrying another bloke. The catalogue is filled with many other entertaining Rival titles, such as As the Reels Turn series, Cosmic Quest I and II, and Reel Crime 2: Art Heist, along with the popular Aztec’s Treasure, Cleopatra’s Gold and Food Fight by RTG.
Progressives are also accounted for, and while most of them display only 4-figure jackpot wins, Shopping Spree has the potential to make you very happy with a $2.7 million bounty. Thanks to Practice Play mode, jackpot games can be played for fun as well as for cash, same as other Bovada games; just be aware you can’t win millions without investing a single cent.
A small but comprehensive collection of table games features European and American Roulette, several Blackjack variants including Zappit and Perfect Pairs, Baccarat, Caribbean Hold’em and Stud Poker with progressive jackpots, Poker-based Let’em Ride, Pai Gow and Tri Card Poker, Rummy and Craps. Bovada’s library further includes Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild and about 15 other Video Pokers, along with a decent selection of specialties such as Keno, Bingo, Sudoku and Scratch Cards.
- Providers: Rival, RTG, Spinomenal
- Number of games: 260
- Slots: 200
One downside players and reviewers kept mentioning was the fact that Bovada wasn’t offering live games. Well, as of March 2018, that’s no longer the case! Now you can face living and breathing dealers in three of the most popular casino games. Roulette fans are invited to choose among Live European and American version, while those into Blackjack get to play 7-seat classic Blackjack game with Bet Behind option and Pairs and Rummy side bets. Live Baccarat features Dragon Bonus which pays up to 30:1, as well as a variant called Super 6 with slightly different payouts and three additional side bets.
- Provider: Own product
- Games: Live European Roulette, Live American Roulette, Live Blackjack, Live Early Payout Blackjack, Live Baccarat, Live Super 6
The mobile-responsive site looks good and is very easy to use (as long as you haven’t got chubby fingers), which you’ll see for yourself when you launch the Casino on an iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows device. Bovada Mobile Casino is home to more than 100 slots, including a good number of progressives, and we can easily imagine startled looks as you scream your lungs out having won $1.4 million while playing Jackpot Pinatas. Once that’s out of the way, relax with the help of 30+ table games, Video Pokers and Specialties. Reminder: don’t forget about the $10 bonus collectable only when playing on your smartphone or tablet.
- Number of games: 150
- Mobile Apps: No
Bovada features an unusually short list of available banking methods, both when it comes to deposits and withdrawals. The minimum amount they’ll allow you to pay into your account is $20, while max depends on the method used. No fees will be charged for your very first deposit, but do note that every subsequent one comes with 4.9% fee for Visa and 6.9% for MasterCard. If you want to avoid being charged, use Bitcoin. It’s a similar story when it comes to withdrawals, the first monthly cash-out being free, and a $50 processing fee charged for each additional withdrawal within the same month. Withdrawals can be made by Bitcoin and Courier Check, with requests taking up to 48 hours to process. Whether you think this to be fast or slow, do know that Bovada pays US gamers faster than many of its competitors.
- Deposit options: Visa, MasterCard, Bitcoin
- Withdrawal options: Bitcoin, Courier Check
- Minimum deposit: $20
- Maximum deposit: $1,000 (credit cards) / $5,000 Bitcoin
- Minimum withdrawal: $20 (Bitcoin) / $50 (Courier Check)
- Maximum payout: $9,500 per week (Bitcoin)
The FAQ section is very well structured and makes it incredibly easy to find information on just about any subject. Make a good use of it before attempting to call customer service agents or sending them an email. Bovada will not leave you stranded and makes a point of providing assistance 24/7, even if they’re not prepared to chat live. They will, however, talk to you via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Operating hours: 24/7
- Live chat: No
- Email address: [email protected]
- Contact phones: 1-888-263-0000
Pros & Cons
+ Ex-Bodog casino
+ Catering to US players
+ Rival and RTG software
+ Generous welcome offer
+ Packed promotional library
+ 24/7 support
– Deposit and withdrawal fees
– Limited choice of payment options
Casino Bloke’s Verdict
Bovada faithfully follows in the steps of well-known and well-respected Bodog, and while the fact that it caters only to US gamers might be presented by just about everybody else, guys, let’s give them a break. Compared to you, American players have a significantly smaller pool to fish in and Casino Bloke, for one, appreciates the existence of an exclusive US-friendly site. Respectfully recognising RTG’s contribution to the gaming world, we give Bovada more credit for including unique Rival games, especially i-slots. While their gaming catalogue provides a nice mix of different game types, clearly there’s room for improvement when it comes to quantity. A significant step forward was made by introducing live dealer games which were previously sorely missed. The choice of promotional deals is both large and diverse, and Bovada mobile site is probably one of the best available to American players. Banking section is where Casino Bloke (and probably many of you as well) would like to see some major changes: fees be gone and let us have a few more payment options to pick from.