Bovada Review 2020
Bovada Review 2020
Bovada is an excellent place to bet on sports with Bitcoin. It also has a casino and a poker room, but these take second place to their sportsbook. They also have better odds for newer players that become worse the more you win. We find this odd, but it seems designed to pull new players into the games. They charge a lot of fees if you use your credit cards so it’s only a place to go with Bitcoin. With Bitcoin, however, it is an excellent sportsbook choice. If you want to play casino games or poker and use your card you can find better elsewhere.
Bovada: Pros & Cons
- Attractive starting odds
- Decent casino
- Lots of sports to bet on
- Great advice section
- Odds get worse the more you win
The welcome bonuses at Bovada are all centered around Bitcoin. For our Bovada review, we have to say that for Bitcoin casinos they are excellent. If you don’t use Bitcoin you can forget them. They will give you a 50% matching bonus on your first deposit if you are betting on sports. If you play in the casino, they will give you a 150% matching bonus of up to $1,500. They will also give you a $10 bonus just for downloading their app and checking them out. It’s a huge casino bonus and less of a bonus for sports players. Our Bovada review reflects this.
And remember, you have to use Bitcoin to take advantage of these welcome bonuses. If you are using a credit card you can get a better welcome bonus at other casinos and this is reflected in our Bovada review.
Bovada gets design right. This is the strongest thing going and why our Bovada review is so high. Everything looks great on the site. That is carried over to their app which is the best we’ve ever seen. The entire site has an intuitive feel to it. You can guess where the button you need to push to get the bet you want.
They also have an easy way to see how changing your bet from a straight-up bet to a parlay would go. You have a clean white background with red for the text. This makes it easy to see. All of the buttons are large enough so you can see them easily and make the right bets. This all comes together to form a fully beautiful package that is easy for anyone to use. They get high marks from us in our Bovada review. Well thought out design is on display.
Bovada accepts credit cards and Bitcoin. It’s pretty obvious they want you to use Bitcoin. If you use your credit card, you’ll get hit with a 4.9% fee for both deposits and withdrawals. If you use Bitcoin you pay no fees. Also, the most you can deposit with a credit card is $1,000. With Bitcoin, you can deposit $5,000. The same goes for withdrawals. Bitcoin withdrawal takes a little while to get initiated but then works out fine.
Credit cards can take up to five business days to process. Our Bovada review is highly positive if you want to use Bitcoin. On the other hand, if you want to use your credit card our Bovada review would become highly negative. But then again this is a Bitcoin casino. If you want to use your credit cards you can find somewhere else to go. And for Bitcoin, just like with our Betwinner review, our Bovada review is all excellent.
Bovada falters a bit when it comes to customer service. And in our Bovada review, we take some points off for this. They have no live chat option which is a big negative in 2020. E serious casino allows for live chat. Oddly, Bovada does not. Nowhere on the site could we find a listing for an email to contact customer service. You get a form you can fill out. If you dig around a bit, you’ll also find a phone number.
It can take them a while to answer their phone. This is not the level of customer service we would expect from a modern casino. This is reflected in our Bovada review. They simply can and should do a lot better than they are. We have no idea why not. Bovada could put a lot more effort into their customer support. To not downgrade them in our Bovada review would be unrealistic for us.
This is another area where our Bovada review suffers. Bovada isn’t licensed anywhere. That means that no independent group has taken a close look at the site itself. There is no way – particularly with their casino – if the games are fair and set up correctly. This does not affect sports betting which is good for the player but it does set up some pointed questions in our Bovada review.
We also cannot verify any security measures that Bovada has in place. This sets off many of our red flags. Bovada may be a good sportsbook – and probably is. But we have to be fair in our Bovada review and without a license, we just can’t be sure what is going on here. We hope that Bovada addresses these issues in the future. As it is, we downgrade them in our Bovada review for a lack of transparency.
Bovada does have a decent VIP program in place. For every dollar, you bet you earn points in the program. These points move you up in VIP status. You can exchange the points for a cash bonus or other prizes. The more you play the more points you get. As you move up the tiers you can qualify for cashback on losses. This is one of the things our Bovada review rewards the casino for.
They know how to appeal to the real high rollers – even if the odds they are offered are lower than newbies. Bovada wants people to keep coming back and their VIP program accomplishes that. Our Bovada review gives them high marks for the effort they have put into their VIP program. It’s well thought out, well organized, and runs automatically. This is in line with their site design which is excellent and also well thought out.
Bovada is great if you want to bet on sports. If you are new to the site, it’s going to have the best odds anywhere. That said if you start winning, they will suddenly start giving you worse odds. They are not licensed anywhere which should give you pause before you decide to try out their casino. There is no way to know if the games are rigged or not. But if you just want to use Bitcoin to bet on sports you should have no problems with Bovada. They have a great layout and they certainly get sport betting right. If they could get a license, we’d probably say the same thing about the casino.