Bovada is owned and operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, which was the former license holder and operator of the Bodog Sportsbook. Now that Bodog is leaving the US market, Morris Mohawk is opening up their sports betting under the ‘Bovada Sportsbook’ name.
The new sportsbook only accepts US bettors. If you live outside the United States, visit Bodog.eu instead.
The new sportsbook is almost identical to how it was when it was known as Bodog, with some small additions in various areas. The sports betting options, betting limits, odds, vig, etc, have all remained the same. Everything is easy to navigate, and the betting software is easy to use as well.
We were hoping that Bovada would post their betting lines sooner than before, but so far this hasn’t happened. For casual bettors and those who tend to bet late, this isn’t an issue. However, for serious & professional handicappers, the early value that can be found at a site like BetOnline.com is harder to find at Bovada.
Bovada offers NFL football, NCAA football, NBA basketball, NCAA basketball, MLB baseball, NHL hockey, NASCAR, UFC mixed martial arts, boxing, tennis, golf, rugby, soccer, cricket, and more. They also have an excellent racebook for those who like horse racing. They are a great choice for casual bettors looking to have some fun. However, their betting limits are $500 for most types of wagers, which isn’t high enough for many professional handicappers.
Bonuses & Promotions
Bovada.lv offers a lot of special promotions, including one of the best, free March Madness bracket contests. To get into the March Madness bracket promotions, register at Bovada and place a bet on something. This is all it takes to become eligible. After a top 20 finish last year (out of several thousand brackets), SBL looks forward to this promotion every year.
The 2014 sportsbook bonus is a 20% free bet (up to $100). For example, if you deposit $500 or more, you’ll receive a free bet of $100. The free bet is based on your first deposit only, but only requires a 3x rollover to be able to cash out winnings. This is much better than the free bets most online sportsbooks tend to offer.
The live betting interface at Bovada is excellent. It’s very simple to use, and hundreds of bets can be made during most featured games. They offer live NFL betting every weekend, but we’d like to see them expand to more games. On a typical weekend, 1-3 NFL games will be offered. NBA, NCAA football, NBA, NCAA basketball, MLB baseball, tennis, and a lot of soccer games are currently offered. We hope they’ll expand the number of games they offer live betting for, but they do have some of the best betting options for the games offered.
They also offer mobile betting for iPhone, iPad, Android (Droid), and Windows based smartphones & tablets. Like every online betting site, they seem to be constantly improving their mobile software. The design is clean and easy to use, even for first-timers.
If you bet a lot of futures, there’s no question that you need to open an account here. This is their strongest area, often providing the best odds across the board. A lot of sportsbooks on the internet offer greater odds for underdogs, and shorter odds for favorites – but not Bovada. Instead, they give us the best odds for the teams we actually want to bet on, while also offering some of the best odds for dogs as well.
If you compare futures odds at Bovada versus a number of their competitors, it’s almost insulting what the other books offer. If you bet futures, you’re going to love us for giving you this information because the difference in odds is considerable.