Bovada Casino Review

The Bovada Casino and the Bodog Casino are almost interchangeable.  They are both owned by the same company, have the same games, the same odds and the same play through requirements.  The difference is that the Bovada Casino is exclusively for Americans and Bodog is only offered in Canada.  The only real big difference is the welcome bonus.  At the Bovada Casino you will be able to choose from a $250 table games bonus or a $500 slots bonus and at the Bodog Casino you will be able to get at $200 table games bonus or a $400 slots bonus.  These are good bonuses that do not trap you into unintentionally breaking the terms and conditions of the bonus.  You will also have the option to get a poker bonus or a bonus for the sportsbook.
    This is one of the better casinos, if not the best casino, that North Americans can play at.  Making a deposit shouldn't be too hard either, because the ownership group always seems to be accepting new payment processors on a regular basis.  After making your initial deposit you will be able to play at a variety of casino games including 100+ slot machines, 18 different video poker machines and 26 table games.  You should feel confident playing here because of the security features in the software and the integrity of the ownership group.

Welcome Bonus
You will have your bonus credited to you after you have made a deposit and redeemed a coupon code.  You will not start earning your bonus until you have redeemed a coupon code at the casino.  You will have the option to choose one of two casino bonuses.  There is a $200/$250 table games bonus and a $400/$500 slots bonus.
    To get the slots bonus at the Bovada Casino, you will need to use the SLOTS500 coupon code.  This will give you a 100% welcome bonus up to $500.  You will be required to play through your deposit plus your bonus twenty-five times, which works out to be 50 times your bonus amount (25 x ($500 + $500)/$500 = 50), before you make a withdrawal.  For this bonus you will only be able to play the slot machines at the Bovada Casino.  This bonus will reduce the house edge on the slot machines by 2%, which is more than half the house edge that the Bovada Casino has for their slots.
    The table games bonus will match your deposit up to $250.  This bonus can be claimed if you use the GAMES250 coupon code.  Only five casino games can not be played with this bonus.  Baccarat, Sic Bo, Craps, Roulette, single deck and double deck Blackjack are the only casino games that will not count toward your gaming requirements.  In order to clear your bonus requirements you will need to play 40 times your deposit plus your bonus, which works out to be 80 times your bonus (40 x ($250 + $250)/$250 = 80).  This will reduce the house edge for all of the remaining casino games here by 1.25%.

How the welcome bonus works for different games
Slots: $500 deposit = 25 x ($500 bonus + $500 deposit) = $25000 Play Through x (96.5%) = $24125 + $500 bonus = $24625/$250000 = 98.5% pay out with bonus

Video Poker: 40 x ($200 bonus + $200 deposit) = $16000 Play Through x (97.8%) = $15648 + $200 bonus = $15848/$16000 = 99.1% pay out with bonus



Casino Games

There definitely is no shortage of casino games here.  There is over 100+ slot machines, 16 video poker machines and 26 table games.  You can use your $250 table games match bonus to play most of these fun casino games.

Slots
There is a wide variety of incredibly fun slot machines here.  There are video slots, three reel slots, five reel slots, slots with progressive jackpots over one million dollars and now 3D slot machines by Betsoft.  The 3d slot machines by Betsoft are by far the best online slot machines that Americans can play.  Fan favorites such as 2 Million BC, Rockstar, Safari Sam, The Slot Father and The True Sheriff can be played here.
    You can win over $1,000,000 at the Mid Life Crisis slots, Aztec's Millions and the Shopping Spree slot machine.  There are nine other progressive slots with jackpots between $20,000 and $250,000.  Along with the progressives there is also 50 of the 52, five reel slot machines that will reward a player a random jackpot.  These jackpots are given away at the conclusion of a spin at a random interval.  The jackpots are usually between $3000 and $50,000 and doesn't require you to line up any matching symbols.
    There are also some simple three reel slot machines that are easy to play.  The most popular 3-reel slots are the Bank on it slots, Crazy Dragon and the Light Speed slots.
    You can play any of these slot machines with either bonus, but if you will be playing mostly just slots at the casino, then we would recommend that you take the $500 slots bonus over the $250 table games bonus.  If you take the slots bonus, you will be required to play 50 times your bonus before making your withdrawal.  Playing the slots with a bonus will decrease the house edge by 2%, unless you are playing slots with the table game bonus, which will result in a 1.25% reduction in the house edge.  That will change the pay out ratio from 96.5% to 98.5% with the slots bonus and 97.8% with the table games bonus.  At that rate you can expect to lose approximately 1.5 cents for every $1 wagered.  If you were planning of wagering $66.66 per spin, you could expect to lose about $1 for every spin you play.

Video Poker
Speaking at a financial point of view, this casino is one of the best places to play video poker online.  They also have a great selection of video poker games as well including Aces and Faces, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker as well as many new and unique video poker games.  There are 16 different video poker games in total, game play at any of these video poker machines will count towards your roll over requirements.  Taking the bonus into account the pay out ratio will be 99.1% instead of the regular 97.8%.  This will work out to an average loss of 0.9 cents for every $1 that you will eventually wager.  A wager of $111.11 will result in a theoretical long term loss of a $1 per hand.  You can play 1, 3, 10 or 52 hands simultaneously here.

Table Games
There is a total of twenty-six table games at this online casino.  Popular games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Caribbean Draw can be played here as well as some unique casino games such as Vegas 3 Card Rummy, Perfect Pairs, Caribbean Hold'em and Super 21.  There pay out ratios will depend on the type of table game you are playing, but playing with a bonus will decrease the house edge by 1.25%.  Note: Play at Baccarat, Sic Bo, Craps, Roulette, single deck and double deck Blackjack, will not count towards your roll over requirements.


Deposit Options

For the Bovada Casino you will be able to make a deposit using Visa, a money transfer and with Rapid Transfer.  The minimum deposit is $100 except for Visa which has a $20 minimum deposit.  You will be paid by either check by courier, a money transfer or by Rapid Transfer.
    In Canada you can make a deposit with Visa/Mastercard, Interac e-Transfer and BillPay.  The minimum deposit for all three options is $20.  Your withdrawals will be process and delivered by check by courier or transferred into your Visa/Mastercard.


Editor's Note

This is a great casino that has a strong reputation in the North American market.  Bovada and Bodog, have an established online sportsbook and online poker room as well.  I have never ran into any problems with the software, security and requesting a withdrawal.  The casino games, the casino personnel and the ownership group are all top notch.  If you are looking to play at a online casino that is operated by a group of individuals with some integrity, then this would be the casino of choice for you.
    If you are an American who likes to place bets on sports and a Mac user, you will probably not find a better casino than the Bovada online casino to play at.


Bodog website

Casino Games

Play Through Rate

Pay out %

Pay out with Bonus

Slots

50 x bonus

96.5%

98.5%

Blackjack

80 x bonus

98.5%

99.8%

Casino War

80 x bonus

97.2%

98.5%

Scratch Cards

80 x bonus

95.2%

96.5%

Let'em Ride

80 x bonus

97.2%

98.5%

Caribbean Draw

80 x bonus

97.0%

98.3%

Video Poker games

80 x bonus

97.8%

99.1%


Bovada blackjack

Betting Limits