Updated: January 1, 2017 by Savanah
Bovada will be around for another 20+ years or until I die, it’s a sound operation with billions in value. Very simple, don’t screw players over (and look after the ones you have) and build a simple to use betting platform = Bovada success. They are a true business operation, not a simple call house bookie. Their site is located at www.Bovada.lv (the Feds took many gambling dot.com domain names related to gambling) so Bovada changed it to .lv. Their poker room has transitioned to Ignition Poker (see below under “Poker Room”). Unfortunately, the most trustworthy gambling site also has a lot of disconnects which has plagued the company over years.
I, as you can see tend to agree with their philosophy on how they run their poker site, sportsbook, and entire managerial operation. The gambling site reflects this onto customers and partners by rewarding their loyal customers with trips to the Caribbean (mostly Dominican Republic), Las Vegas and Europe. I’ve been on a few, they are pretty awesome! This is a highly recommended all-in-one gambling site for the reasons I will now explain. Players from Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Washington are not accepted due to state and federal laws. Please see our Betonline review if you are from one of those states.
Once you deposit the bonus is credited to your account in 30 minutes. Bonuses have a 3 times rollover for sports and 20 times rollover for casino. The bonus lacks a bunch of BS requirements that other sites require. View Bovada for current bonus amounts (changes a couple times a year).
For depositing if you have a VISA credit card you will not likely run into any problems because that is their primary credit card. They also accept MasterCard, “Rapid Transfer” which is nothing more than Western Union or MoneyGram, and just recently started accepting Bitcoin. Tip: If you have problems depositing call the live support. They will run it through almost instantly via “special methods”. A fee of 4.6% is charged on card deposits. Once per month withdraws are free and take on average one week.
Withdrawing is simple, there are 4 (four) options. Check, bank wire, bitcoin, or Rapid Transfer (aka Western Union or MoneyGram). Below is a sample of what it looks like when you are doing a bank wire withdraw…with my $.66! Take note of the two important notations about one free withdraw and the estimated time-frame. No site should ever have an actual longer wait period of 20 days. Bovada has only a max of 10 days which is decent as it usually arrives faster than stated.
January 2017 Payout Speeds: Checks are taking 7-10 days to reach players, bank wires 5-9 days, bitcoin within 36 hours, and rapid transfer (MoneyGram and Western Union) 72 hours or less.
The Sportsbook, Casino, and Poker Room:
Bovada caters to the average person and VIP customer service, they are not interested in sharp bettors or rude customers. Unfortunately, their lines reflect this with not necessarily the best odds online. But, they make up for it in promotions, bonuses and the best customer support I’ve spoken to.
They supply all the major leagues but for smaller niche lines you may have to check out another sportsbook. There is a bit of a sacrifice, you get worse odds for a more legit sports betting site. Someone like 5dimes may have better odds, but I personally don’t think the owner is a good person, in fact he’s a rude a-hole to customers – but always pays and has lower vig. Here is a sample image of their live betting page inside of my account. Insufficient funds so I could not place a bet, but you get the point.
Update: Bovada Poker has transitioned to Ignition Poker as of September 30, 2016. Ignition Poker contains all the same features that Bovada offered, and is a poker site we highly recommend.
The look of the poker room is really nice, the players are bad, and it is somewhat easy to win money. The beginner players are from the sportsbook and can be found heavy at the site during the NFL season as they play during non-game days. With so many people grinding and being good players these days, this is the only way to really make money.
They have anonymous accounts which is good for your bankroll if you suck, but bad if you like to feel like a person and not a number. On the flip side, players generally complain about slow play and sometimes slow software loads. A poker room is usually personal preference but I lean towards Ignition when I recommend sites because of safety, and additionally they are Mac compatible. Here is a picture of the poker tables.
The casino at Bovada uses RTG software, renowned as one of the best. Our independent statistics show Bovada’s casino payout rate of 98.3% for combined casino games – statistically high.
When personal friends ask me what gambling site is best my immediate response is always Bovada. This gambling site is top notch and a no-brainer for US players.
Author: Savanah Lavinder
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