Bovada is inarguably the top sportsbook available to those in the United States, and it does not take long for one to realize why. Not only does their leadership team have decades of experience in the industry, the sportsbook aspect of the site is expansive, easy to use, and accessible on mobile devices as readily as computers.
In the following few sections, we will discuss the many different aspects of Bovada’s sportsbook in hopes of giving prospective bettors a decent idea of what they can expect should they sign up and create an account.
Site Layout and Ease of Use
Simply put, Bovada has created an incredibly simplistic and basic sportsbook, from an organizational standpoint. Across the top of the homepage, you will see a grouping of the most popular betting markets, usually those with high-profile events that are starting within the near future. On the far right side of this horizontal banner, the ‘All Sports (A-Z)’ icon will take you to a full listing of every betting market available. Within the center of the homepage you will first see a listing of current, live events. Again this is usually reserved for the most high-profile events. Beneath the listing of live events, you will see a listing of select upcoming events.
On the left-hand side of the homepage, you will see the ‘Trending Events’ betting markets list. Similar to the banner across the top, this is a list of the betting markets featuring higher-profile upcoming events.
When placing wagers, the bet slip (located on the right) will track every wager that has been selected, adding them to the slip as you go. As you add selections, the betting options will change, from straight bets, to parlays, round robins, and so on. Even when you change pages, your bet slip will be retained and follow you along. All things considered, there is not much to complain about when it comes to the organization and usability of Bovada. To wrap things up, we especially enjoy the fact that Bovada’s sportsbook looks almost identical whether you are on a mobile device or a computer.
Betting Markets and Leagues Offered
Bovada may very well primarily target a US-based audience, but their coverage of sports is as good as any of the most popular sites from Europe or elsewhere. As far as American sports and leagues are concerned, there is not a lot left uncovered by Bovada. You will certainly find the most popular leagues and competitions, such as MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA basketball and football, but you will find all of the lesser-known and followed leagues as well, such as Major League Soccer and baseball and basketball competitions from across Asia and Europe.
In terms of foreign betting markets on Bovada, it should come as no surprise that soccer dominates here. Soccer markets are broken down by region (country, continent) and then separated from there. For Belarus, for example, selecting the country will then prompt you to choose the league hosting the event upon which you would like to wager. From there, all of the available events will be laid out.
Even though soccer dominates the “foreign” or “international” betting markets, that in no ways insinuates that Bovada is lacking with regard to other sports. From rugby, to tennis, and even volleyball, Bovada does well to leave no stones unturned. The following will be a full listing of the betting markets you will find on Bovada:
• Horses (Futures and Props; separate horse betting section exists)
• Motor Sports
• Numbers Game
• Rugby (League and Union)
• Table Tennis
• Virtual Sports
Bet Types and Limits Available
Bovada offers a variety of different bet types, however it must be mentioned that the number of available wagers for a given event will vary dramatically depending upon its overall popularity. In other words, simply because Bovada may offer a whole host of betting option does not mean that every single one will be available for every single event.
A full listing of the bet types available at Bovada is as follows:
• Totals (Over/Unders)
• Player Props
• Game Props
• 1H/2H Spreads
• 1H/2H Totals
• Quarter/Period Lines
The minimum bet amount able to be placed at Bovada is just $0.50, however the maximum betting limits are much higher. Bovada provides a full listing of the betting limits for different sports/leagues, but you will generally find that the highest limits sit right around $1,000 or $2,000, with the higher limits reserved for sports like NFL and NCAA football and basketball.
Live Betting at Bovada
As was mentioned in an earlier section, live betting is very much a focus for Bovada as some selections exist right on the homepage. With that being said, the wider selection of live sports is primarily focused on those leagues and events taking place within the United States, with soccer being the one glaring exception. Though there are exceptions to this, the live betting markets available include the following sports:
• Water Polo
• Other popular, one-off US sporting events (MLB Home Run Derby and NBA/NFL/NHL Drafts)
Though these are the markets you can expect to find on Bovada day in and day out, there are plenty of other live events featured. The Olympics would be a perfect example of this. Thankfully, Bovada’s customer support is available at all times and you can consult them if you are wondering whether an upcoming event will be featured for live betting or not.
Mobile Betting at Bovada
The mobile betting experience at Bovada is exactly as it is on a desktop or laptop computer. Rather than have bettors download an application to their mobile device, Bovada’s sportsbook is accessible quickly and easily through your device’s web browser. All of the functionalities of Bovada’s sportsbook exist on their mobile-facing site just as they do on a standard computer. Whether you want to place live wagers, pre-game wagers, or make deposits and withdrawals, all of the above and more can be done from a mobile device.
Welcome Bonus and Other Promotions
For new players, Bovada offers a matching deposit bonus that is available in conjunction with your first deposit. The bonus works as a 50% match with up to $250 in bonus funds available. This means that if you make an initial deposit of $100, you will be given an additional $50 from Bovada with which to bet on sports. The rollover requirements consist of a 5x rollover. This means that if the abovementioned initial $100 deposit (+ $50 bonus) is unlocked, a player will need to make $750 worth of wagers before any funds can be withdrawn.
There is not much in the way of other bonuses for sports bettors, however Bovada’s Rewards program is an interesting way to get rewarded for the sports bets you would have placed anyway. This tiered system offers all sorts of rewards for bettors, even if you do not place bets day in and day out, every day. Even recreational, casual sports bettors can realize nice perks from Bovada’s Rewards program.