A Short Introduction to Bovada
[getMonth][/getMonth], [getYear][/getYear] – The Bovada brand came into being in December 2011 in order to provide a USA-friendly online gaming service for US clients of Bodog.com. Licensed by the Mohawk Morris Gaming Group, Bovada provides an almost identical gaming experience to that enjoyed by Bodog clients around the world – with the exception that US clients get a far better initial casino bonus and ongoing deposit bonuses every week.
In addition to a comprehensive online casino, Bovada offers a wide range of sports betting and horseracing opportunities. Importantly for sports betting fans, Bovada has some of the most educated sports writers on its team. These writers providing fascinating insights into forthcoming sports events to help each visitor´s gambling experience to be more profitable.
The Bovada Casino Bonus
When you first register an account with Bovada, you are inundated with bonus offers for the different products provided by the site. For casino players, the one to focus on is the bonus on Bitcoin deposits up to the equivalent of $5,000. The great news is that you do not have to commit the equivalent of $5,000 in one go to take advantage of the bonus, as it is divided up as explained below:
- Players depositing with Bitcoin should use the Bovada Casino bonus code “BVBITCOIN150” to take advantage of a 150% bonus on their first three deposits up to the equivalent of $1,000 each. If you were to deposit the equivalent of $3,000 by Bitcoin, you would qualify for the maximum $4,500 bonus.
- The remaining $500 bonus is a 50% sportsbook bonus on Bitcoin deposits up to the equivalent of $1,000. In order to take advantage of this part of the bonus, you should make a Bitcoin deposit using the Bovada Casino bonus code “BVSBITCOIN50”.
- If you do not want to deposit using Bitcoin, you can still take advantage of a 100% Bovada Casino bonus up to $3,000. Simply fund your account using a credit card, and for your first three deposits, you will be entitled to a 100% bonus up to $1,000. In order to take advantage of this offer, use the Bovada Casino bonus code “”NEWWELCOME”.
How quickly you are clearing your bonus can be monitored in the “Casino Benefits” section of your Bovada profile; and, once you have taken advantage of the initial Bovada Casino bonus, there are further deposit bonuses available every week. More information about these bonuses and the Bovada Casino bonus codes can be found in the “Other Casino Bonuses and Promotions” section below.
Clearing the Casino Bonuses at Bovada
Like most other online casinos, Bovada Casino adds the full amount of bonus to your account immediately but then stipulates that you have to roll over the deposit and bonus amount so many times. If you request a withdrawal before the clearing requirements are met, you forfeit your bonus and any money you have won using the bonus funds. Consequently, it is important to know the rollover requirements – and what games count towards the rollover requirement – before funding your account.
The Bovada Casino Bitcoin bonus has a rollover of 25x your deposit and bonus amount for each qualifying deposit. This means that if you deposit the equivalent of $200 – and receive a bonus of $300 – you will have to wager $12,500 ($500 x 25) before being eligible to withdraw without forfeiting your bonus.
The sports betting element of the Bovada Casino Bitcoin bonus has a 5x rollover requirement if you use the bonus to bet on sports or horseracing, and a 30x rollover requirement if you use the bonus to fund your casino action. With the 5x sports betting requirement, losing bets count 100% towards clearing the bonus. If you bet at short odds, only the winning segment of your bet will contribute towards clearing the bonus.
The smaller $3,000 Bovada Casino bonus on deposits made by credit card has similar clearing requirements to the Bitcoin deposit option. As with the Bovada Casino Bitcoin bonus, you have six months to meet the rollover requirements, but – also like the Bovada Casino Bitcoin bonus – certain games do not contribute 100% to the rollover requirement:
- Any Slots action or money wagered on Specialty Games counts 100%.
- Wagers on Video Poker, Caribbean Poker, Pai Gow Poker and most types of Blackjack count 60%.
- Action at the Roulette tables and bets placed on Single or Double Deck Blackjack count 5% towards the rollover requirement.
- No Craps wagers or bets placed at the Live Casino count towards clearing the Bovada Casino bonuses.
Other Casino Bonuses and Promotions at Bovada
In addition to the first deposit casino bonuses, players are also entitled to a free “Mobile Casino Bonus”. This is a one-off bonus of $10 that is available to players the first time they play at Bovada Casino on their mobile device. All you have to do to take advantage of this bonus is to log into your Bovada account from your Smartphone or tablet and wager a minimum of $250 between Monday and Sunday.
There are also weekly reload bonuses available for when the first deposit bonus codes have been maxed out. These are permanently available and, in order to take advantage of them, you need to use the following casino bonus codes:
- “BCBSLOTS” gets you a 100% match bonus up to $150 for playing slots games.
- “BCBCASINO” gets you a 100% match bonus up to $100 for playing selected casino games.
The slots casino bonus can only be cleared by exclusively playing slots games. It has a rollover requirement of 25x and a six month clearing period. The casino reload bonus has a 40x rollover requirement, and you are limited to playing slots or the games within the 60% category (above) if you want your action to count towards clearing the bonus.
While you are playing slots and other casino games to clear the bonuses, you will also be receiving Casino Points. Casino Points accumulate each week, and $1.00 is added to your account each Friday for each 100 points you have collected. Different amounts of points are awarded depending on the game you play:
|Slots||3 Points for each $10 wagered|
|Table Games||2 Points for each $10 wagered|
|Blackjack*||1 Point for each $10 wagered|
|Video Poker||1 Point for each $10 wagered|
* You get 1 Point for each $25 wagered when you play Single Deck or Double Deck Blackjack.
Getting Started at Bovada Casino
Getting started at Bovada Casino is simple. As all the casino games, sports betting and horse racing opportunities are provided via the Bovada website, there is no casino software to download and install. You simply register for an account, fund it and you are ready to play.
The registration process is straightforward. You will have to enter your name and postal address as they appear on any documents you will use to verify your account. Bovada will also want to know your date of birth, telephone number, email address, and your mother´s maiden name, and you will have to enter and confirm a password. The fields for “How did you hear about us?” and “Referral e-mail address” can be left blank.
Bovada will send you an email welcoming you to the community and inviting you to fund your account. You do not have to fund your account straight away as all of the games are available in practice mode for you to get familiar with the rules. There is also a comprehensive guide to each of the games in the casino section of the Bovada website if there are any you are unfamiliar with.
Before making your first deposit, Bovada may ask you to verify your account – particularly if you intend depositing by credit card. This is an advisable precaution even if you are intending to use Bitcoin as a deposit method as it adds an extra layer of security to your account. Once you have made your first deposit (don´t forget to use the Bovada Casino bonus code), it´s time to start enjoying the fun and games.
So Many Games to Enjoy!
No matter what you prefer in online casino games, there is something at Bovada Casino to suit every taste. A choice of 224 slot games should be enough to please the most demanding slots fan. But what about the other opportunities? Well, visitors to Bovada Casino have the choice of six different types of Blackjack, twelve different table games and seventeen varieties of video poker.
There are additional “specialty games” that include bingo, keno and scratch cards; and – just in case you cannot get enough of the live action horseracing betting opportunities at Bovada – there is a virtual 3D racetrack at which you can bet or lay the horses of your choice. All of the games run on the Betsoft software, so you can be sure of a solid and enjoyable gaming experience.
Have a Problem? Bovada has Great Customer Support
The Bovada website has step-by-step instructions on registering, verifying and funding an account as well as guides on how to play each of the games featured in the Bovada Casino. There is also a comprehensive FAQ that will help you overcome practically any issue you may encounter while playing at the casino. The site also has a step-by-step guide to buying and transacting in Bitcoin for players who are new to the cryptocurrency.
However, sometimes it is reassuring to have a friendly voice at the end of the telephone to talk you through any element of playing at Bovada Casino you are not sure about. Fortunately, Bovada provides a toll-free customer support telephone service that is staffed by experienced and knowledgeable advisors. The depth of knowledge the advisors have is amazing, and you should never hesitate to contact them – no matter what problem you may have.
Bovada Casino Pros and Cons
In all the online casino reviews I write, I try to find three negatives and three positives about each site. To find three negatives about Bovada Casino is really difficult. I cannot fault the product, the software or the integrity of the site. The Bovada website is easy to navigate, creating and funding an account is straightforward, and there is expert customer support available around the clock if you get stuck.
If you enjoy playing slot games, you have the choice of three-reel and five-reel games, 3D and interactive games, and a wide choice of progressive jackpot games. Personally, I am not a fan of Betsoft´s roulette software, but then I am only picking at straws in desperation to find something negative about the site. On the plus side, Bovada Casino offers:
- Secure gaming software
- A valuable first deposit bonus
- Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals
Bovada Casino Review [getYear][/getYear] – Conclusion
I feel I summed up my opinion about Bovada Casino in the “Cons and Pros” section. There is so much to like about the site – and so little to dislike – that I would recommend Bovada to anybody looking for an enjoyable online casino experience.
From a financial perspective, I would say that the site offers plenty of opportunities for a lucrative online casino experience. Bovada has wisely/responsibly distributed its initial casino bonus over the first eight deposits, and then gives modest/responsible reload bonuses every week.
Enjoyable, potentially lucrative and responsible. I don´t believe players can ask for much more than that in an online casino.[prbutton room=”bovadacasino”][/prbutton]