Bovada Sportsbook Review

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  • The #1 sportsbook online, period.
  • Award-winning customer service keeps you happy.
  • Very fast and very reliable payment processing.
While it may seem to the naked eye that Bovada is a total newcomer, this sports betting site is actually a 'rebrand' of legendary sports betting website Bodog. As you may have heard, Bodog has pulled out of the U.S. market completely, so as to focus more on the European and Asian markets where the company sees more opportunity and less legal hassle. Bovada, then, is the new Bodog as far as the American sports betting market is concerned. Bovada officially launched December 14, 2011. We’ll give you a hint: the name may be different, but the ease of use, reputation/security, and great customer service has remained the same. Not surprising, since Bovada is run by former Bodog managers. The verdict? A Bodog by any other name...still got game.
Ease of Use:

Bodog was one of the first online sports betting sites to master the elusive art of giving visitors way too much information, but still, somehow, allowing visitors to navigate effectively through the site and find what they’re looking for easily. We are not sure exactly how they did this, but they have done it for upwards of 15 years now, and the tradition of excellent ease of use continues at Bovada. The Bovada interface is easy to use, fast, and visually appealing - just like Bodog was. A great mix of hype and functionality, a site that’s fun to click around.

Reputation/Security:

As of the end of 2011, Bodog has completely withdrawn from the United States market, where it has historically been very strong. Meanwhile, Bodog recently received the first UK gaming commission license; it is expected that this license will allow Bodog unique advertising and sponsorship opportunities for UK and European football leagues. But while Bodog may be withdrawing its name brand from the US market, the company will offer Bovada to American sports bettors. What's more, Bovada is run by Bodog managers and uses Bodog technology, which has always been top notch. After carefully reviewing their procedures for securing sensitive customer data, we are quite confident that Bovada is safe and

Customer Service:

Bovada shows a lot of the same focus as Bodog on creating a differentiated lifestyle brand, and much of this influence is done through the company’s customer service department, which has a tendency to make online sports bettors feel special and paid attention to. Call or email anytime of the day or night and get help immediately. That's about the size of it, and the size of it works well. We've never had any problem getting through to an operator and an operator's never been less than helpful with our needs (and we have many). No complaints in 10+ years of use.

Bonuses Paid:

For more than a decade, it has been a testament to Bodog’s other strengths that the site has been able to get away with offering smaller and/or more infrequent bonuses than many other online sports betting website peers who are more desperate for your business. Bovada, as a new name in a crowded marketplace, won’t have this luxury, and will need to attract online sports bettors who want bigger bonuses (hello, that’s all of us!). Indeed, more and bigger bonuses will be a major part of the Bovada launch strategy. Expect Bovada to offer aggressive sign-up bonuses as the new, rebranded entity fights to gain brand recognition. Right now, it's a free $100 bet - nice start!

Ease of deposits/withdrawals:

Just like the other categories reviewed above, ease of deposits/withdrawals is something you can take with you and that is exactly what Bovada has done: use the impressive pay-out infrastructure built by Bodog to provide online sports bettors with convenient and fast deposit options and reliable and fast pay-outs of winnings. Our experience with Bodog when it comes to pay-outs is beautiful and Bovada is keeping up that tradition nicely. We appreciate fast and easy payments, because when we win, we want payment fast and easy; it's just that simple and that's how simple Bovada makes it.

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