Anyone who speaks of the well-known sports betting providers in America does not necessarily have Bovada on the slip. The bookmaker has concentrated on the English-speaking world for many years, but has been trying to get to Central Europe for a few months. For us, this was reason enough to carry out an extensive Bovada test. Among other things, we took a closer look at the betting range in terms of width and depth, the betting odds, the new customer bonus, the website and the app, the deposit and withdrawal options and customer support.
In advance: Bovada is, according to our experience, a clear mainstream bookmaker. This may please, but it does not have to. The highlight at the betting provider is undoubtedly the very high odds associated with an exemption from the sports betting tax in USA. In other test sections – such as the Bovada Bonus – we found very clear weaknesses.
According to our Bovada experience, the bookmaker has clearly focused on the top sports. The customers have ten disciplines on the screen, so few that we can list them completely in the test report:
- ice Hockey
There are minor shifts depending on the season, but a betting monster in width will never become Bovada. Whoever describes the online provider as a football bookmaker hits the nail on the head. The round leather of Bovada is fantastic. Customers have leagues and competitions from almost 100 countries on the screen – more is impossible. In the majority of states, Bovada is not limited to high-class football, but also includes the junior and amateur classes very extensively. In USA, for example, it goes down to the fifth-rate league. The junior Bundesliga and the meetings of the women’s teams should not be missing. In our Bovada experience, the games of the English Premier League are particularly promoted.
Football offer (excerpt) at BovadaDisciplines number “two” is tennis, although weaker weaknesses can be identified here. The subclass ITF tournaments hardly play a role in Bovada’s betting offer. Overall, tennis betting still deserves a very good rating, similar to the offers for ice hockey or basketball. If you are looking for betting pleasure exclusively in the general disciplines, you will probably not be really happy with the online provider.
However, we do not see any weaknesses in the depth of the betting options. In the most important football leagues, the provider has up to 150 possible uses per game on the screen. All relevant betting markets are available, from the double chance to the draw no bet bets to the goals over / under versions. The various Asian handicaps are particularly extensive. It is worth noting that the depth of the betting options is impressive even in the lower leagues. In the American regional league Bovada still has over 100 markets per game.
The live bets are a reflection of the pre-match offers, i.e. the dominance of football is overwhelming. If you only want to put your real-time tips on the round leather, you are in good hands at Bovada. This also expressly applies to the depth of the betting options. The variety in the live offer shows that real football fans stand behind the offers of the bookmaker. Tennis, ice hockey and basketball are also quite well represented in the “in play” area. All other sports can be seen live in the Bovada test as decorative accessories.
Website and app
The structure of the website is clear, structured and clear. The navigation guidance cannot be objected to. Even absolute beginners will find it easy to find their way within a few seconds. The large operator panels enable you to search for betting odds in just a few clicks. Bovada basically works with the typical sports betting layout. The disciplines can be seen in the left list. The submenus then go to the countries and leagues. It is positive that the most important current highlights can be targeted via quick links in the upper left area. In the betting slip, which can be found on the right edge of the screen, you can easily switch between single, combination and system bets.
The bookmaker optically uses a dark background, in various black and gray shades. The navigation takes place in yellow and white. Overall, the homepage can be described as somewhat reserved, but very appealing. The design fulfills its purpose. Due to its simplicity, it contributes to perfect clarity. The website is certainly not a graphic masterpiece, but that’s not what the evaluation is about.
If you want to place your bets on the go via smartphone or tablet, you can do so without restriction. All betting offers are available in the width and depth in the Bovada app. The mobile customers do not have to do without any possible uses. The structure of the app is just as clear and well structured. Since the navigation areas are larger than average here, you won’t have any operating problems even on a smaller screen. Visually, the app is an image of the desktop version.
Technically, the online bookmaker works with a customer-friendly, optimized homepage, i.e. with a web app. A download is neither possible nor necessary. The user can change his smartphone at any time. With every browser selection, he will encounter an identical app interface. The technical adjustments to the device and the screen are carried out automatically. In the Bovada test, the app was shown to be compatible with iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.
We come to the outstanding point in the field report – the betting odds. The bookmaker is in this section without question in the Champions League of bookmakers. The average quota key is well over 94 percent. In the most important soccer leagues, things go even higher. Mathematical payout approaches between 97 and 98 percent in the top matches are not uncommon. Week after week, Bovada has the absolute best bet offer on the screen for selected outcome probabilities.
It is positive that the payout key is high and balanced across sports. Football stands out clearly at this point, too. The supporters of combi bets, who compile their betting slips from several leagues and disciplines, are generally served very well. The betting odds are stable. The changes just before the start of the game are negligible. We could not find any particular tendencies towards favorites or outsiders in the test. Below we have pulled out some original betting odds from Bovada at random from the portfolio to give you an ideal impression of the offers.
Football 1. Bundesliga
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Hanover 96 1.40 – 5.00 – 6.00
Tennis WTA Porsche Cup Stuttgart
Petra Kvitova vs. Angelique Kerber 1.64 – 2.33
Ice hockey Russia KHL playoff
Bars Kazan vs. CSKA Moscow 2.40 – 3.80 – 2.60
According to our Bovada experience, the design of the betting limits is customary on the market, although the bookmaker does not comment on these in the general terms and conditions. It is positive that the betting provider automatically shows the possible maximum amount after the odds selection in the betting slip. Questions do not arise in practice.
The Bovada Bonus
The new customers will of course receive a welcome gift at the start. It starts with a 100% Bovada bonus of up to 100 euros. The minimum deposit required in the bonus rules is ten euros. If you start with this minimum amount, you will get ten euros on top from the bookmaker and can start immediately with 20 euros in the account. The maximum new customer premium is available with an own contribution of 100 euros. The player then starts with a bankroll of 200 euros. Excluded transfer methods are not known. The user has a free hand at the checkout when making the first deposit. However, it is important that he enters the Bovada bonus code “WSB100” when making a deposit.
With the Bovada experience, the bonus conditions are awesome. The betting provider prescribes a 12-fold rollover of the deposit and bonus amounts in order to reach maturity. In the maximum case, users must show a rollover of 2,400 euros before proceeding to checkout for the first time. The minimum quota is prescribed in the terms and conditions 1.8. To make matters worse, no tips below this betting odds rule may be played during the free spins phase. Bankroll stabilizing bets are therefore not possible. A maximum of 50% of the original bonus amount may be played as a bonus-relevant amount on a betting slip. Conversely, this means that users 48Place betting tips to comply with all wagering requirements. This requirement must be worked through within 21 days.
The payment offer deserves special praise. Bovada offers its users an above-average number of fast and secure deposit methods. The positive thing here is that all transfers are processed free of charge. Credit cards from Visa and MasterCard including the virtual Entropay Card are of course supported at the checkout. If you want to know your bank deposits in real time on the betting account, you can use the direct booking systems of Sofortüberweisung or Trustly. Customers who prefer the e-wallets have the largest deposit selection. The e-wallets from Skrill, Neteller, Yandex, Webmoney, Qiwi, Rapid and EcoPayz are recognized. The transfer portfolio is rounded off by the Paysafecard as a prepaid method. The majority of the payment methods can be used on the go within the app.
The payments are made reliably and quickly. The internal processing of withdrawals takes between 24 and 48 hours. Within this period, the credits will be given in favor of the e-wallets. If you want a payment by bank transfer, you should allow a total of three to five working days for the overall processing. All payment methods used to date are available as payment methods, provided this is technically possible. The minimum withdrawal amount for the majority of methods must be 25 euros. (Bank payments are only possible from 500 euros). It should be noted that the selected method must always be the property of the registered customer. Payments in favor of third parties are prohibited. Before the first withdrawal, Bovada will also check the identity of the players. A photo ID and an address confirmation must be submitted for this. Anyone who has used a credit card for the deposit must also enclose a copy of it.
The customer service of the online provider can be reached in writing, either via chat or by email. If you need a quick answer or quick help, you should use the chat function in any case. For more detailed concerns, normal email support is recommended. The bookmaker’s staff are available around the clock. The effort to work on the customer’s side was evident in the test at all times. The response-response time is a good standard.
In addition, Bovada can serve on the website with a small FAQ menu. The majority of the most important questions are answered briefly and concisely here. In some cases, however, the statements from our point of view could be a little more specific, especially with regard to the betting limits.