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Is Bovada safe?

It’s important to select safes and trustworthy sports betting sites when you are shopping around, with the U.S largely unregulated when it comes to online wagering, there are probably only a handful of sites we would deem trustworthy. We all want to know that we will have no problem getting depositing and most importantly, getting paid.

We certainly deem Bovada to be in the good books.


List of Restricted Country

Bovada is available throughout the U.S, however is restricted in the below countries.

Angola Serbia
Australia Trinidad and Tobago
Bahamas Zimbabwe
Argentina Costa Rica
Antigua and Barbuda Finland
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ireland
Bulgaria Cuba

Who are Bovada?

Bovada get areound 3.4 million visitors a month according to statistics. That’s 10 times the traffic of its nearest U.S. competition, BetOnline who get around 300,000 visitors.

Considering all the traffic they get and the customers they (likely) have, you’ll see relatively few Bovada complaints at online forums. That’s quite a feat when you keep two things in mind: again, they deal with a massive amount of customers and people like to complain.

After 15 plus years in the business (since 2001), they still deliver check cashouts faster any other US betting site (7-10 days). They also likely have many more checks to process than their competitors which makes this even more impressive.

As an old-head in the online wagering scene for quite some time, Bovada are known as one of the most reliable and fastest paying online betting sites available to US players, and other legal countries around the world.

With a great range of sports betting markets, you’ll be able to find action on pretty much any sport, anywhere around the world.

Bovada also has a simple to use live betting platform for those that like getting in on the action after tip-off. The interface on desktop and mobile is neat and designed with the user in mind. While there are some crossed-arms about the dual lines offered, it is a a bigger advantage for recreational players than it is a disadvantage to professionals.

bovada homepage

Bovada offers a full-scale online casino and more than enough action on horse racing.

While the casino does not have the same number of options as some other sites, there is still than enough for the casual and semi-serious players. You’ll find all of your favorites and the most popular variations of the most popular games. The casino also offers mini-games that can be enjoyed from the live-betting screen so you can get some extra play in without missing your in-game bets.

Overall, we are pretty impressed with what we saw from Bovada.

In this Bovada review, we’ll dive into what we like about the site and also areas that need improvement. We’ll do our best to give you an honest and accurate review of Bovada.

So if you’re ready, buckle up and let’s dive into the world of Bovada.


The Bovada Sportsbook

The flagship product of is their Sportsbook.

With a massive selection of U.S and international betting markets, you’ll be able to find you’re favourite sports to bet on. The other thing that stood out to us was the Sportsbook interface itself. It’s a well-organized, great looking interface that makes finding markets and placing your bet a very simple process. Bovada also offers a great responsive mobile platform for those of us who like to bet anywhere at any time (usually all the time).

Sports Markets Available –

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Boxing
  • Politics
  • Horse Racing
  • Motor Sports
  • eSports
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Darts
  • Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Aussie Rules
  • Handball
  • Futsal
  • Table Tennis
  • Winter Sports

bovada nba markets

Within each of these main sports categories are several different leagues and markets. Pretty much any sport that you could seems to be available for betting.

Live Betting

Bovada have a clean live betting section with lines that seem to be updated very quickly. All of the big games are readily available including several niche sports. Bet types on offer for live-betting include point spreads, moneyline bets, and total bets. There were also plenty of prop bets that updated in real time.

The live-betting screen interface enabled us to place our bets quickly without any extra steps (crucial in live-betting). The site also has a mode called “Quick Bet” which allows placement of bets with only one click to ensure you don’t miss a bet.

bovada live betting

They also had the ability for you to play live casino games on the side of the screen if you enjoys pummeling the different lines but like to keep busy during the breaks and timeouts.


Some improvements we’d like to see

Professional bettors have been critical of Bovada’s running dual lines.

If you’re a recreational bettor (as deemed by Bovada), you’ll get very attractive betting lines usually better than market value.

On the flipside, if they deem you a pro, you’ll get slightly less attractive lines that are generally the average market available elsewhere.

For example –

Square Lines
Team A: -6.5
Team B: +6.5

Sharp Lines
Team A: -6
Team B: +6

While these vary by sport, it’s best to view this as an a good thing for recreational bettors instead of a bad thing for professional bettors.

It’s best bet to join a few online betting sites to shop for lines and choose the best odds. This is the best tip any successful bettor will tell you.

It looks like this only affects some individual games. It doesn’t look to affect parlay payouts or anything like that, just the odds on a few selected games.

For example, these are Bovada’s posted parlay payouts for all bettors.

Parlay Type Payouts
2-Team 2.645/1
3-Team 5.958/1
4-Team 12.283/1
5-Team 24.359/1
6-Team 47.413/1
7-Team 91.424/1
8-Team 175.446/1
9-Team 335.852/1
10-Team 642.082/1
11-Team 1226.701/1
12-Team 2342.793/1

As we said, the best strategy is to have a few sportsbook accounts and shop lines on the markets you’re looking for.

Sports Odds Posting Schedule

While reading old Bovada reviews we noticed complaints about odds being posted late.

It seems Bovada heard and has now posted a fixed schedule of when they are going to release their odds. This is very handy as saves us all a lot of waiting time.

Here are the schedules for most of the major sports:

  • Points Spreads – Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Totals – Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Moneylines – Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
  • First Half Lines – Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Quarter Lines – The day before the game at 8:00 p.m.
  • Team Props – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • Player Props – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • Point Spreads – Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Totals – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • Moneylines – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • First Half Lines – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • Quarter Lines(select games only) – The day before the game at 12:00 noon.
  • Team Props – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.
  • Player Props – The day before the game at 6:00 p.m.

  • Point Spreads – The day of the game at 11:30 a.m.
  • Totals – The day of the game at 11:30 a.m.
  • Moneylines* – The day of the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • First Half Lines – The day of the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • Team Props – The day of the game at 11:30 a.m.
  • Player Props – The day of the game at 11:30 a.m.
  • Point Spreads – The day of the game at 12:00 noon
  • Totals – The day of the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • Moneylines – The day of the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • First Half Lines – The day of the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • Added Games – The day of the game at 5:30 p.m.
  • Team Props – The day of the game at 11:00 a.m.
  • Player Props – The day of the game at 11:00 a.m.

  • Runlines – The day before the game at 10:00 p.m.
  • Moneylines – The day before the game at 10:00 p.m.
  • Totals – The day before the game at 10:00 p.m.
  • 5th Inning Lines – The day of the game at 2:00 p.m. For early games, the odds will be available 2 hours before the game.
  • Team Props – The day of the game at 11:30 a.m.
  • Player Props – The day of the game at 10:00 a.m.

  • Totals – The day of the game at 11:00 a.m.
  • Moneylines – The day of the game at 11:00 a.m.
  • Team Props – The day of the game at 12:00 noon
  • Player Props – The day of the game at 12:00 noon

  • Odds to Win – Minimum 1 month ahead. Closed during tournaments and reopened after the games
  • Big League Matchups – Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.
  • Mexico, Argentina, Copa Libertadores Matchups – Same day or the day before the game (Monday to Thursday)
  • Game Totals – The day before the game at 5:00 p.m.
  • Props (Important Games) – The day before the game at 8:00 p.m.

  • Odds to Win – Mondays at 2:00 p.m.
  • Head-to-Head Bets – Wednesdays at 12:00 noon
  • 3 Ball Bets – Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.
  • 72 Hole Match – Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • Odds to Win – 1 month ahead (Grand Slams only)
  • Head-to-Head Bets – 12 hours ahead
  • Props – 12 hours ahead (Semis and Finals only)

  • Odds to win Nextel – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
  • Odds to win Busch – The day before the race at 5:00 p.m.
  • Odds to win Craftsman – The day before the race at 5:00 p.m.
  • Head-to-Head Bets – The day before the race at 5:00 p.m.
  • Props – The day before the race at 8:00 p.m.
  • Futures – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

  • NFL Mondays at 2:00 p.m. (closed when the first game starts)
  • NBA Mondays at 2:00 p.m. (closed Saturday at 7:00 p.m.)
  • NCAA Basketball Mondays at 2:00 p.m. (closed Saturday at 12:00 noon)
  • NCAA Football Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. (closed Saturday at 12:00 noon)
  • NHL Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. (closed Sunday at 7:00 p.m.)
  • MLB Mondays at 2:00 p.m. – Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. – Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Bovada’s User Interface

We love Bovada’s look and feel. If a site is difficult to navigate and place bets, you’re going to have a bad time. Sports betting should be fun, and this won’t happen if a site has a shitty user interface.

Signup process easy and looks well suited for people of all experience levelsbovada mobile app. If this is your first time signing up, you’ll be walked through everything. Within the betting platform itself, sports are organized nicely on the left-hand side of and pop open when your sport is selected.

When you select a bet, it pops straight into the bet-slip on the right hand side. If you want to roll that into a parlay, just select another bet and click the parlay option.

The live betting portal is very user-friendly. This is important because speed is key. The one click option makes for super fast bets.

The site’s mobile platform makes for a great experience if you are like betting wherever you are.  There’s better than  being at the bar for the game and stick in a last minute or in-game bet. Bovada lets you do this and lets you do it quickly, so you won’t miss any of the action.

The quality continues in the Casino. All of the games are high quality,  with straightforward gameplay and controls for each game.

Simple navigation and user-friendly controls shouldn’t be that hard, but a lot of sites just can’t figure it out.

To sum it up, the design of Bovada is A+.


Casino & Poker

The portal for casino and horse racing betting at Bovada are nice but clearly come second to the Sportsbook.

Their bigger bonus promotions push for the casino, but it seems they concentrate most of their efforts on sports. This could be because pro bettors may have an edge in the Sportsbook, so they can’t get too generous with free bets or they’ll be destroyed.

bovada casino

Regarding game selection, there are options with all the most popular games available.

The current selection includes:

  • 7 Blackjack Games
  • 17 Video Poker Games
  • 15 Specialty Games (Including Bingo and Keno)
  • 17 Table Games (Several with large jackpots)
  • 200 Slot Games (Several with large jackpot)

One thing we noticed that we were big fans of was that the site has a section dedicated to learning about the games and proper strategy. Obviously, they know that regardless of how well you play, they will still have an edge, so it looks like they want you to be able to stretch your entertainment dollar as far as possible.

Bovada’s Deposit and Withdrawal Methods

Deposit Options

  • Credit Card – Visa, Mastercard, American Express
  • Minimum – $20
  • Maximum – $1000
  • Fee – 4.9%

We noticed that when making our first deposit that the fee was waived. Fees are waived on your first deposit but not on subsequent deposits through credit card.

  • Bitcoin
  • Minimum – $20
  • Maximum – $5000
  • Fee – None

Bovada pushes Bitcoin quite heavily, with no fees and extra bonuses for Bitcoin deposits.

It’s important to note that these were our options presented when an account was made from the U.S. Because the site does not have a dedicated deposit page with information, it’s unclear if more options exist for international players.

Withdrawal Options

  • Check by Courier
  • Minimum: $50
  • Maximum: $3000
  • Frequency: 1 per 7 days
  • Timeframe: 10-15 Business Days


  • Minimum: $20
  • Maximum: $9500
  • Frequency: 1 per 5 days
  • Timeframe: 1-15 minutes

Bitcoin is definitely the way to go with withdrawals. That being said, up to $3,000 per week with under 2 weeks delivery time is actually really good for US players these days. We assume that international players receive their funds quicker but can’t confirm this.

Though they only have two options, they are solid, trustworthy options and clearly laid out with realistic time frames.

Bonuses and Promotions

Welcome Bonuses

You’re entitled to a 50% deposit bonus up to $250 on your first deposit for when joining Bovada Sportsbook. For example: if you were to deposit $200, you’d get a $100 bonus (5x Rollover).

New members are eligible for $3250 in welcome bonuses, 200% cash back with the refer-a-friend program, and a $10 bonus just for checking out the mobile casino.

More details on this – 

$250 of the $3250 is a sports betting welcome bonus.

The remaining $3000 is for casino players only as a welcome bonus. Bovada also offers a 50% matched deposit up to $500 for Sportsbook clients who deposit with Bitcoin and a 150% match bonus up to $1500 for casino players.

Obviously, things are sweeter for casino players, but it’s still great for sports bettors who are usually left off the welcome bonus lists.

$500 and $250 are nothing to scoff at as a Sportsbook player.

bovada bonuses

Customer Service

The Help tab takes you to a FAQ sections that are pretty in-depth with information.

If you’re looking for help from a customer service agent, you’ll can click the chat bubble next to the question mark icon in the top right corner of your screen. This will take you to a contact form and also give you access to a phone number you can use to call support.

Bovada also has email support, though, they don’t list that email address on this page.

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