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Bovada Casino Review

Bovada Casino is an online casino established in 2007 with games supplied by Realtime Gaming, Rival Gaming, and its own proprietary software. It is operated by Salmon River Technologies Ltd and is registered under the jurisdiction of Kahnawake. Last updated: January 20, 2015.

usBovada Casino welcomes players from the United States.

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rating: Great

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Review of Bovada Casino

Many punters will likely know Bovada as the former Canadian Bodog franchise. In 2011 Bodog split its operations in two, in the process transferring all of its American players to the site we know now as Bovada, while continuing to operate for players from other jurisdictions under the Bodog name. In the time since, the casino has changed a little, adding its own games and others from Betsoft, while still maintaining a sportsbook and poker software client. The question is: do these moves still make Bovada a premium site to wager at, or does it get lost in the shuffle?

Software and Games

Bovada offers its casino games in both a download and instant play format through its slick and attractive website. The casino's games are powered a few different developers, such as Realtime Gaming, Betsoft, and the casino's own in-house software. It must be said that the RTG games are starting to look dated though, as Bodog previously purchased the developer's source code which granted them RTG's library at the time of the purchase, but none of the newer RTG games released since that time.

However the real attraction are the non-RTG games. Bovada has a few of its own slot machines that are unique to the site such as El Luchador, Zombies vs Cheerleaders and Ares the Battle for Troy, and on the whole they look more polished and modern in comparison. But by far the pick of the 80+ slot games at Bovada are the 3D Betsoft games, which really do provide a fun experience for the player. Animations in these games are generally smooth and full of character and create a great playing atmosphere that is head and shoulders above the other games offered. Take a look at the little Alien who mans the spaceship console in Arrival, or the randy tribal chief in Aztec Treasures for example.

Players looking to win it big will be happy to find that Bovada is offering 51 progressive games with varying jackpots. The largest as of the writing of this review is Mid-Life Crisis, which boasts a jackpot of more than $1.5 million.

Games offered on the table side include Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and various forms of table poker. These are mostly similar to the table games offered at RTG casinos, so should be instantly familiar to anyone who has played at one of those. The games play smooth enough, but it is fair to say that they are more utilitarian than flashy, lacking the pop factor that we have become accustomed to seeing at other casinos.

As a short aside, I have played with and am quite happy with Bovada's poker client. The software offers a great variety of games to play, and the popular software boasts more than 1000 cash players at a time on average.

Banking and Customer Service

Banking options at Bovada are limited for the casino's American-only clientele, with the casino currently only accepting Visa, MoneyGram, or Western Union for deposits. As is usual for Americans, withdrawals are also limited, with the casino paying out via Checks, MoneyGram, or Western Union.

In terms of withdrawal timeframes, my experience has shown that you can expect to wait anywhere from a couple of days to around 2 weeks to receive a payment from Bovada, irrespective of the method that you choose. The best I have seen was a check that arrived at my door two days after withdrawal, which is just about the best I have seen from a modern casino serving Americans. You can be confident that you will be paid as Bovada has an established reputation for always paying winners, but such is the difficulty in transacting with Americans these days that withdrawal times can be variable.

Customer service is available 24/7 though the site's telephone or email system. I was a bit disappointed to see that there was no instant messaging option, although I did get responses within a 24 hour timeframe by using the email option, and the phone support is handy if you have an urgent need to speak to someone.

Bovada summary

Overall Bovada is one of the best casino options for American players, as the site is specifically designed and run for Americans only. The withdrawal speed is among the best in the industry for Americans and the recent addition of the fresh new Betsoft games has injected a bit of life into what was at one point looking like a tired old library of games. Recommended.

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usstrongbow
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24 June 2014 - 1:43am
#1

Bovada is a really good sportsbook that also offers a really cool looking online casino. I like the fact that I can play this casino on my computer or smartphone, placing bets on the go, play poker, or bet on sports. Bovada used to be Bodog back in the day, but nowadays it is using this new brand to go about its business. More or less this is the same place, but they recently added BetSoft slots that bring some really cool 3D graphics.

The table games look a bit lame, but the other features of the site more than make up for it. I don’t do horse racing, but the site does offer that, and you can always get a wager in on football, baseball, or soccer. The poker is also really good, and you can play here forever.

Depositing is a bit of a challenge as you can only use your Visa card and some really expensive transfers, but it is reliable and does work. Withdrawing is also limited, but the check option is free once a month. If you use the transfers you pay a high fee, which I don’t like.

If you like smooth betting sites I think you will like Bovada. This is definitely one of the nicest looking casinos I have ever played at. Definitely give it a shot.

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ushope777
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8 August 2015 - 3:38am
#2

I just searched my email, because every now and again Bovada will send me 10 dollars to play in their poker rooms, and I will play penny poker (but it has been a very long time).

Anyway, I received an email with a bit of news about Bovada, which I believe is very positive. You used to have to purchase "chips," then deposit those chips to your casino account or poker room account. According to the email:

With these improvements we have eliminated the need to purchase casino chips to play our casino games – which means you now have one combined balance to play anywhere with.

I like this change, because this is more like most casinos. Also, I had no idea I have a whopping 3.81, lol! Penny poker rooms, here I come (if I get too bored or am between deposits at Win A Day).

It's nice to hear about this positive change at Bovada! Smile

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usparttimegamingfun
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19 June 2016 - 11:06pm
#3

I opened my account with Bovado an hour ago with thirty dollars, using my visa card. They did not charge me a fee to fund. I OPTED NOT to take any bonuses, and now have requested a check for 107.00. Will update how long it takes to receive. It says usually there is a fifty dollar charge, but they give you a payout free each month I guess...? They do quote 48 hours to review the request, and two weeks to process the check and for me to receive it- will update through the process. So far so good for this casino though, as I did win significant money with small bets =O)

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usnunesgrl41
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26 July 2016 - 4:28am
#4

I have been playing on Bovada for a little over two months now and I enjoy learning about betting on the horse races. They are very helpful. The only complaint I have is that they took away my favorite game. Virtual Racing. Otherwise this is a good site for beginners.

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