Bovada is probably the biggest name in the USA sports betting industry at the moment. They’ve managed to keep their head above water in what’s been difficult times for the industry and now are starting to see the rewards of their labor. As we have a fair background already on Bovada, we are pretty confident that they are going to be there or thereabouts at the top of the pile for USA bettors. The interesting comparison will be when you compare it to some of the bigger sportsbooks from around the world, namely UK, and to find out if they can become one of the best sportsbooks in the world and not just the US.
Bovada offers you the chance to claim a tidy deposit bonus of 50% from your first deposit up to $250. The promotion is on offer to all users and is one of the more user friendly we have come across. To clear your bonus you will need to wager through both your deposit amount and your bonus amount 3 times in the sportsbook and you can bet on any sport or market you wish.
Any withdrawals that are made prior to completing the rollover requirement will void your bonus and also forfeit any winnings that you’ve made from the bonus. You get 30 days to clear the full amount and you can keep track of your progress from your cashier.
The first thing that really struck us on the site was just how good it looked! The design is modern, clean, and interactive and as result, usability was high. It’s easily the best designed sportsbook that’s primarily for US based players and finally just goes to show that others who have dated designs (and that’s being kind) can push the boat out and create something that their bettors will actually enjoy using instead of just tolerate.
We loved the fact that the bet slip can be found down the right hand side of the page and this stays with you no matter which markets you hop to. The featured betting lines on the left were handy and markets were inviting. Most of all, and we mentioned about comparing them to UK bookmakers earlier in the review, Bovada have a product that easily compares with some of the best; in terms of design, at least.
The sports on offer are a pretty steady range, without ever being amazing. Pretty much everything is there that you need such as American football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing and others, but you can’t help feel that there are other bookmakers that offer a wider range.
That being said, the depth of the markets that are there is probably the biggest reason why Bovada have such a big following these days. If we take Basketball as our example then you will see multiple markets for the NBA, College games, European games, international games and women’s games. This follows suit for other sports and we can’t help but mention their soccer section, which has seen a major overhaul in recent months to include a truly global line-up of leagues and competitions.
Live betting is an area that’s seen a lot of improvement over the last twelve months or so. It’s probably fair to say that it used to be an area that the site struggled with somewhat, at least in terms of depth. But now they offer a fantastic platform for live bettors and the introduction of the match live section that keeps up to date with the score and a few stats makes it a real pleasure to use. One area that we would like to see improved though is the fact that the scores update very 6 seconds or so, and we’d like this to be seamless, similar to other sites’ live betting section.
It’s easy to see why Bovada have become the number one sportsbook in the US. First off, their design is streets ahead of pretty much anything else in the US market at the minute and would even give some of the higher end Euro facing bookmakers a run for their money. Whilst we agree that design isn’t everything, it’s always nice having a betting home that’s easy to navigate and pleasing on the eye.
The range of sports on offer just epitomize everything that the site does well. Its depth is an area that a lot of USA sportsbooks are striving towards and they’ve set the bar high with this. Given that a lot of rival sportsbooks set their lines after Bovada have done theirs really does speak volumes about a sportsbook that is making a big stir for US sports bettors.