Bovada is the US facing brand of Bodog, which has built a strong reputation in the online sports betting industry over the past decade.  This strong reputation has been passed along to Bovada, which has allowed Bovada to be successful immediately after it’s launch in the United States. only accepts American residents, which allows them to focus purely on what American bettors would want.  This means there is an added focus on American sports, as well as a priority placed on making sure that deposits and withdrawals to American players go through smoothly.  This American focused brand has already gained a good portion of the American player base for the exact reason above.  They are succeeding in allowing smooth transactions for American residents, while many other bookies who “accept Americans” are unable to do so.

If you are from outside of the United States then I suggest checking out our review.  Or go to our online sportsbook page for a full list.

Well let’s jump right in and look at some of Bovada’s bonuses and promotions that could entice you to sign up.  We will also take a look at the sites layout and how you would go about placing bets.


Bovada currently offers all new sign ups an instant 50% welcome bonus up to $250.  The bonus is awarded as a free bet.  This means if you deposit $300 you would receive $150 in free bets to be used at the Bovada Sportsbook.

You should note that the deposit + free bet amount must be rolled over 3 times, and only winnings from your free bet will be added to your account as a bonus.


Bovada offers some great promos throughout the year depending on which sport is in season.  For example, as I’m writing this its College Bowl season in the world of sports and Bovada has a great Bowlopoly promotion where you can win free cash just by placing bets on Bowl Games.  Keep an eye out for these sport specific promos throughout the year, they can often offer great value.

The racebook provides some good value for horse bettors as well.  You get 3% rebates on all straight bets and 5% back on all exotic wagers.  This refund is payed into your account every Tuesday for the previous weeks races.

Placing Bets (Layout)

The one thing that all bonuses and promotions will have in common is that you must actually also place bets in order to get that free money.  The Bovada Sportsbook is very straight forward and easy to use.

All of the sports are shown in the left sidebar of the sportsbook and when you click the sport a drop-down menu will appear with all of the various bets you can make.  For example if I open the ‘Football’ drop-down menu some options would be ‘NFL Football Lines’, ‘NFL Player Props’, ‘NFL Team Props’, ‘College Football Lines’, etc. Here is a screenshot of the homepage:

Bovada Homepage Screenshot

After clicking on whichever option you prefer it will take you to the bets you can make on those games.  For example if I click on ‘NFL Football Lines’ it will show me all of the games for that week and the odds for the various bets I can make.  Check out the screenshot:

Bovada NFL Screenshot

Then go ahead and place your bets and hope to cash in with some winnings.

Overall, Bovada is a high quality sportsbook that is trusted and respected within the industry.  You should feel safe having money online with Bovada, which isn’t always the case for Americans.  Visit now.