Bovada Casino Review
Unlike players in many other countries who have hundreds of online casinos eager to take their action, players in the U.S., looking for sites there they can play legally without a problem, have much fewer options. In 2013, three states-Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey-received permission to open and operate their own state-run sites for poker and other games. However, in order play, one must be physically situated in the state that is offering the game, and for Delaware, the player must be a state resident. Also, the Nevada sites only offer poker; if you want to play another casino game there, you are out of luck. Furthermore, all of the state-run online gambling sites have software in place to immediately detect you and keep you from playing from a non-allowed location.
Thus, the state-run online casinos fill the gap for only a small number of U.S. players. Fortunately, for those of you who might not have access to these sites or who wish to explore other quality alternatives for your online play, Bovada Casino could be just the place you are looking for.
Bovada is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and operated by Meadow Leisure, Ltd. The casino was established in 2011, making it a fairly new entity in the online gambling market. However, it gains credibility by having been patterned after another casino, Bodog, whose outstanding reputation was already well established. In fact, the name “Bovada” is a blend of Bodog and Nevada. Unlike Bodog, Bovada not only accepts players from the U.S. but caters to them. English is the only supported language and the American dollar is the only supported currency.
“If you need to brush up on a particular game, you can take advantage of Bovada's tutorials.”
Software and Games
Bovada Casino is powered by state-of-the-art software from Real Time Gaming, a well known online casino provider. The easy-to-install software can be quickly downloaded onto your computer, giving you access to all of the Bovada games in minutes. Or, if you prefer, you can access the no download instant play flash version. You can also play on your mobile device.
Bovada doesn’t offer anywhere near the 500+ games that the giant online casinos have. But, with a combination of over 120 slot and table games, there are still plenty of options.
Slot players can choose from traditional 3 reel slots, 5 reel bonus slots in 3D, and progressive slots with potentially life changing jackpots. All of the popular table games are also offered, and blackjack players should definitely check out Bovada’s variations of this game with favorable rules. These include single deck games with double down on any 2 cards and doubling down after splits. Even though the dealer hits soft 17, the house edge playing basic strategy is only .19, far superior to what most Las Vegas casinos have to offer.
Or, maybe you will be lucky at Bovada’s newest game, Zappit Blackjack. This is a regular 6 deck dealer hits soft 17 blackjack game with a twist. You can “zap” your 2 card starting hand of hard 15, 16, or 17 for a new hand!
Of course, it makes sense before starting to play any unfamiliar game or game variation to have some working knowledge of the rules and playing strategy. If you need to brush up on a particular game, you can take advantage of Bovada’s tutorials. You can also play for free to test the waters before playing for real money.
Security and Fair Play
Security and Fair Play are an important consideration in playing in any online casino, and Bovada Casino measures up on both counts. While there is no indication of eCogra certification, all of the games have been independently checked for fairness by another respected organization, Technical Systems Testing. The reported payouts for all game combined, (according to other reports, not documented on the website, however), is over 97%.
While the banking options are quite limited, compared to what many other online casinos offer, all of your personal information and financial transactions are secure and fully protected.
Promotions and Customer Support
Most online casinos gear their Welcome Bonus heavily toward slot players. While other games are usually not completely excluded in terms of what counts toward meeting the playthrough requirements for withdrawal, typically they count for so little, that in practice, slots must be played.
Bovada, on the other hand, offers two different types of Welcome Bonus. The more generous of the two is for slot players. The other bonus is for players who prefer table games.
But wait-there is more. You are allowed, even encouraged, to accept both bonuses, and you can do up to 4x for each!
Here is how the Welcome Bonuses work. In order to get the bonuses, upon signing up to play, you must make a deposit to your account and then purchase chips. In all, as a new player, you can redeem up to 8 bonuses, but each one is tied to a separate deposit and separate playthrough requirements.
The Slots Bonus consists of a 100% match of your purchased chips up to $500. The bonus is available only for slots play and the playthrough requirements for withdrawal are 25x the bonus and deposit.
The Other Games Bonus matches your chip purchase 100% up to $250. The playthrough requirement for withdrawal in this case is a hefty 40x the bonus + deposit.
As mentioned, both bonuses can be redeemed up to 4x apiece. You can also accept both the Slots Bonus and the other Games Bonus. In other words, if you have the bankroll to afford it, you can receive an almost unheard of 8 Welcome Bonuses which, if you deposit enough to get the maximum, will amount to $3,000!
But take a deep breath. In order for you to get that maximum total bonus of $3,000, you would have to put up $3,000 of your own money. In addition, your playthrough requirements would amount to $180,000!
Keep in mind that at this casino, the wagering requirements for withdrawal include both the bonus and your deposit. So if you can’t afford the high level of play associated with a large deposit, just make a smaller one ($20 minimum) and take less of a bonus.
At Bovada, customer recognition doesn’t stop with the Welcome Bonus but continues long afterwards with the casino’s generous loyalty rewards program.
All players receive comp points for their play convertible into credits back into their account. In addition, qualified VIP players not only earn comp points twice as fast; they are invited to join the VIP “Red Room” and receive additional special privileges and rewards. These include personalized service, banking fees covered and faster withdrawals, special prizes and drawings, bigger and more frequent bonuses, and exclusive invitations to special events, even all expenses paid trips to the Super Bowl.
You do not have to be a high roller, though, to take advantage of the special promotions going on practically every day of the week. Every Sunday is Blackjack Sunday, meaning you get a $21 bonus for your first blackjack of the day. For every blackjack, you also get an entry into a drawing for $2,100. On Video Poker Wednesday, every $52 wagered gets you an entry into a drawing for $520, and if you play enough to earn 52 entries, you also get a $52 bonus. Then, instead of cheap drinks, on Happy Hour Thursday, enjoy a 100% deposit match all day long. Lastly, if you refer a friend whom you think would enjoy playing in the casino as much as you, Bovada has a bonus for both of you. Note that all of the bonuses have playthrough requirements for withdrawal so check the terms and conditions beforehand.
If you have any questions or concerns about any casino related matter, Customer Support is available to help you, via phone or email 24/7. There is no live chat.