Which operator to choose? Bovada vs. Bodog

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To help you in picking the best bookmaker, Betminded's review of Bovada and Bodog takes into account the crucial decision points for players looking to register on a site.

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Best sign-up bonus: Bodog

Both bookies offer welcome bonuses, however Bodog’s is more substantial, allowing customers a 100% sign up bonus on up to $200.

Bodog new players can choose from:

  • 100% sign up bonus on $200
  • A $1000 bonus in the poker room
  • $600 in casino bonuses

Contrastingly, Bovada offers a 50% bonus up to $250.

Generally speaking, Bovada offers higher welcome bonuses. However, as these are proportional to the amount of the initial deposit, to enjoy the maximum amount of the bonus on Bovada players must deposit more than on Bodog. For this reason, Bodog appears a better choice for casual players while Bovada is meant for players with a higher gambling budget.

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However, for poker players, the bonus is identical. Moreover, as these bonuses are non-cummulable, players intending to obtain their bonus from the poker section of the site will not find any difference between the offer from Bodog and Bovada.

Range of betting markets: Tie

Bovada and Bodog both offer extensive games, from sports betting on major sports including:

  • American Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Boxing
  • Horse Racing
  • Motor sports
  • Rugby
  • Cricket

There's also casino-style gambling with classic games such as:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Baccarat
  • Slots
  • virtual poker (tournaments and sit & go's).

Competitive Odds: Tie

While both operators offer competitive odds on sports markets, they are almost identical. So deciding between them won't be too hard!

Betting on the NFL: Bovada

Both Bodog and Bovada offer three main options for betting on the NFL 2016.

  • NFL Game Lines — who will win the game outright (also called a Moneyline wager) or the margin of final results (called a Point Spread wager);
  • NFL Props – bet who scores in games;
  • NFL Futures – wager on special bets including coin toss, cross sport props and player retirements, number of match viewers etc.

However, Bovada takes the lead with its more complete NFL Game Lines option.

The superior mobile app: Bovada

Both Bovada and Bodog, offer an equivalent be it from your desktop computer or your mobile connected devices:


Although both sites offer similar gaming experiences, users prefering to play from their smartphone or tablet will prefer the more extensive offer from Bovada which has both sports betting and casino gaming available on Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad…) platforms.

However poker players will only be able to use their computer to access the virtual poker rooms at Bovada and Bodog.

User-friendly poker rooms: Tie

For users on gaming sites, long loading times and complex interfaces are a deal-breaker. A smooth interface is crucial in keeping your composure when you step out of a difficult game and aim for a do-over in the next.

Fortunately, Bodog and Bovada are well prepared on that front with virtual poker rooms that combine clear and pleasant display with swift response-times.

It is hard to set the Bodog and Bovada rooms apart as they are identical. Firstly, both require a download and both offer daily tournaments and faced-paced sit & go type games in the “Zone Poker” section of the sites. Furthermore, as both sites run on the same software, both are optimized for rapid-fire hands and ease of access to new tables after the player has folded.

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An example of the uncluttered layout of both Bodog (left) and Bovada (right)

Refer-a-friend and other advantages: Bodog

Both sites offer different advantages for members, with Bodog clipping the win for the generous referral scheme.

Refer a friend : Both Bodog and Bovada offer referral schemes.

  • Bodog: Receive 20% of the value of your friends' initial deposit up to $100 when they sign up using your personal referral code.
  • Bovada: Receive a bonus for the full amount of your friends' first deposit on the site up to $100 if they enter your personal referral code at registration.

There's also a selection of poker bonuses:

Bodog “Bad Beat Bonus” : earn 100 times the amount of the small blind (up to $1,000) when you lose disgracefully (A-A-A-K-K beaten by 4 of a kind or better).

Bovada “Daily Guarranteed Tournaments” : $2M guarranteed prize pool each week in online poker tournaments organized by Bovada.

Betminded's Verdict: Tie

After considering the various factors that may impact the decision to opt for one operator over another, the Betminded verdict is in and the result is…too close to call!

Although Bovada have made more apps available to users and the maximum bonus amounts are usually higher, the bonus rates on Bodog are more interesting for trying out the site. The range of markets covered are excellent, likewise the odds offered.

Bovada and Bodog offer a high quality user experience, with similarities in design. However, both have distinct identities that can help players choose which operator they opt for.

We hope that this review shows you the ins and outs of Bovada vs. Bodog. Do lets us know about your experience in the comments box once you've played!

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