Bovada is one of the most well-known names across North American—specifically US—online gambling. While this is true, the brand name is most often associated with sports betting and online poker, not their casino. In fact, it would not be too difficult to find online sports and poker players who believe that Bovada does not even operate an online casino. In reality however, Bovada has an online casino that is able to satisfy the needs of most recreational online casino players.
Not only are there a boatload of games from which to choose, they offer live dealer and mobile options that really help separate themselves from the rest of the crowd. The following will offer an objective, detailed review of everything Bovada’s casino has to offer.
Site Layout and Ease of Use
Bovada places a lot of emphasis on organization, and that holds true when discussing their online casino’s layout. Once you have navigated to the casino page itself, you will immediately be greeted with a large listing of ‘Featured Games’. Though there is no exact explanation, we are left to assume that the ‘Featured Games’ are those that are currently most popular with players and/or games that have been newly introduced as they span across a few different game types.
Across the top of Bovada’s online casino, you will see a breakdown of the different game types, including ‘Table Games’, ‘Slots’, and so on. Something we really liked was the widget that tracks both the online casino games that you play the most of as well as the games you have played most recently. This is a small but useful feature you do not typically see at other online casinos. Finally, there is a small search bar above the ‘Featured Games’ that will allow you to more quickly and easily find the game(s) you wish to play.
Quantity and Variety of Games Offered
At first glance, and judging from the comprehensive selection of casino game “types,” Bovada appears to have a selection of games that is both plentiful and diverse. For the most part, this is true, but we will delve a bit deeper into the different game categories and talk about them individually.
Blackjack and Table Games
Right off the bat, it may strike you as confusing that the ‘Blackjack Games’ and ‘Table Games’ categories are listed separately. We believe that Bovada did this simply because of the number of blackjack variations that are offered. In total, you will see in upwards of 10 different titles, many of which you are likely familiar with and some of which that you may not be. Standard blackjack games like single and double deck as well as European blackjack are available, but so too are more unique versions like Zappit and Perfect Pairs Blackjack. As far as betting limits are concerned, they vary from title to title. Generally speaking, the minimum allowable blackjack bet is $1, while the maximums we saw ranged from $300 to $2,500. There is no set table on Bovada that outlines the betting limits, so we can only assume that this is variable and changes as the selection of blackjack titles changes.
In terms of table games, there are roughly 20 titles available. The story here is similar to that of blackjack as there are games you probably know well mixed in with titles you may not have ever heard before. Roulette, craps, and baccarat make up the selection of “standard” casino games, but you will also find titles such as ‘Teen Patti’ and ‘Spin the Wheel’. Just like with blackjack, the minimum allowable bet as it relates to table games varies from game to game. Usually it is right around $1. The maximum betting limit, on the other hand, is a bit of a different story. It is safe to assume that the max bet for most table games at Bovada is $500, but there are going to be instances where that figure will be slightly lower or higher.
Though most people do not initially think of Bovada as a casino, their selection of slots is as expansive and diverse as you will find at any top online casino. What makes Bovada a bit different than many other online casinos is the fact that many of their games utilize proprietary software. At first thought, this may be a bit concerning because typically you would like to see games from the world’s top software providers, but the fact of the matter is that Bovada has done a really good job here. Not only are the titles consisting of themes that will be familiar (Country Western, Asian/Oriental, Mythical Creatures, and so on), the sheer quantity of games will blow you away. In total, there are more than 200 slot titles across all varieties.
Luckily, Bovada stays true to their highly-organized roots and offers a drop-down that will sort through the slots by type. With that said, we have listed the different slot types below:
• New Games
• Video Slots
• 3D Slots
• Three Reels
• Five Reels
With regard to progressive slot games, there are plenty. Most of the jackpots fall between $1,000 and $10,000, however there are a few that reach up to $100,000 and beyond.
Video Poker and Specialty Games
There is an ample selection of video poker games, with the total count coming in at just over 10. Specialty games really threw us a curve ball because there are quite a few games. Many of the games include bingo and bingo-like titles, but there is a sudoku game and a few scratchoff-style games.
Bovada Live Dealer Casino Games
The classic online casino at Bovada is great, but what really impressed us was the live dealer casino, which offers a large number of games aimed at both recreational and serious gamblers. For those who are unaware, live dealer online casino games are nothing more than your standard games, but instead of a digital table, you will have a live stream of a real, live dealer playing games on real tables. This means that you will see the ball spin on the roulette wheel, will see the dealer flipping cards on the blackjack table, and so on. It is something that perfectly combines the physical casino experience with that of the online one.
The total number of available tables will vary depending on time of day and week, however there are blackjack games, roulette (both European and American), baccarat, and Super 6. The overwhelming majority of live dealer games are blackjack, seen in the fact that there are usually right around 20 tables. Speaking of blackjack, the betting minimums and maximums vary by table just as they do in a brick and mortar casino, but the minimum bet you will find is $5 while the maximum bet per hand allowed is $5,000, which is a good bit higher than the classic online casino at Bovada. What’s more, the live dealer lobby will let you know how many people are seated at the table so you have an idea of what you are getting into.
Both American and European roulette feature minimum bets of $1 and maximums of $3,000. Finally, both baccarat and Super 6 have minimum bets of $5 and maximums of $2,500.
The video streams themselves are all shot in high-definition. This, along with the fact that the numbers and faces on the cards are enlarged, makes seeing the cards or result of a spin very easy. All in all, the live dealer casino is definitely worth checking out.
Welcome Bonus and Other Promotions
For casino players, there are two different welcome bonuses that both function as deposit match bonuses. The first is a 125% bonus on your first deposit with up to $1,250 in bonus funds available. This means that if you make a first deposit of $100, you will have another $125 given to you for free. With that said, the rollover requirement is 25x, which means that you must wager over $5,600 before any funds become eligible for withdrawal.
The other welcome bonus is aimed at new casino players who plan on making a first deposit via Bitcoin. This matching bonus works as a 100% match worth up to $1,000. While it may be slightly more advantageous to deposit with Bitcoin thanks to the absence of fees, this particular bonus not only rewards less, it boasts a whopping 50x rollover requirement.
In addition to this, other bonuses and promotions are advertised throughout the year, although most function as deposit bonuses. The Bovada Rewards program is another perk for players, but it, like most rewards programs, only really benefits those that play a lot. For those people, the rewards and cash back options are definitely worth checking out.