Bovada Casino Review
Bovada is a long-established consummate casino that accepts bitcoins alongside other currencies. Its games and banking methods are focused on U.S. bettors who are invited to create an account and play for real money or for free. The casino has an instant play browser version only that runs smoothly on desktop and mobile devices.
Bovada Casino Facts
- Established 2011
- Languages English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
- Payments BTC
- Licences Kahnawake Gaming Commission
- Provably fair No
- Software RTG, Rival
Online casino games
Bovada offers a moderate-sized collection of RTG and Rival games that proved their worth as high quality gaming solutions for every need and budget. Besides, the casino boasts several dozens of proprietary slots that are exclusive to Bovada and a few sister casinos that operate under umbrella of Salmon River Technologies Ltd. Five-reel and classic slots are diverse in their themes and features and will appeal to most players, whether registered or not. Practice play is also allowed on all games, including progressive slots but betting real money requires prior registration.
There are many local progressive slots, with their jackpots replenished by users of Bovada and a limited circle of other online casinos. That is why, the local jackpot pools are not that big as compared to network progressive slots that circulate at thousands of casinos at a time. Over 50 slots with progressive jackpots are offered in Bovada as of writing and most of jackpot values are under $10,000 but there are exceptions, for example, Shopping Spree (RTG) seeding at $100 000, Money Magic (Rival) with an average win of $90 000, and etc.
The Tables Games category comprises roulette, blackjack, baccarat and craps variants such as American roulette, Classic blackjack, Zappit blackjack (a unique variation where the player can exchange his hand for a new one when getting dealt a hand totaling 15, 16 or 17), European roulette and Double Deck blackjack.
Games in every category are shown in alphabetical order for easy spotting and the player can choose to display the titles in a grid or list format. A useful Search field is also available for looking for a specific game by name.
Surprisingly, the casino has a very limited number of payment options but if you want to deposit or withdraw bitcoins, there’s no problem. To help new bitcoin users get things going, Bovada published an easy guide of how to get a wallet, buy bitcoins and send them. The Rules of the casino state that no withdrawal and deposit limits are established whatever but the casino administration is entitled to introduce some at any time. Therefore, you have the right to cash out any amount of money up to the full balance.
Welcome bonus for bitcoin users
Bovada, to put it bluntly, could have designed a much better bonus system than is present at the moment. They do run some promotions on irregular basis but users who play there regularly may be a little dissatisfied with the lack of constantly available bonuses. Anyway, they have a great welcome package for bitcoin users that consists of three 150% match bonuses, each subject to a x25 rollover (deposit and bonus amounts). The highest bonus amount for the three bonuses is $4500 (in BTC equivalent).
Bovada features a kind of ongoing tournaments that normally involve slots and blackjack. The tournaments start at a set time no matter the number of participants and the prizes are usually fairly small (around $10–$20) and come as bonus money that need to be played through. Upon joining the Leaderboard, the player is to earn as more points as possible on a specific slot or blackjack. Points are scored for winnings, for example, a normal win gives 5 points, while an ‘epic win’ – the one that is 50 times higher than the original bet – gives 25 points. A tournament usually lasts about 5 to 20 minutes.
The casino has a loyalty program that awards players for betting on slots and other games, for example, spending $1 on slots brings 5 loyalty points. The collected points are then exchanged into bonus money at a specific rate which depends on a player’s level. Daily cashbacks are arguably the most alluring aspect of Bovada rewards since the cashback percentage depends entirely on the player’s level and varies between 5% and 15%. Cashbacks are issued daily in the form of bonus money in case the player’s balance is below $10, and these bonus funds need to be played through x1 time only.
There’s a chat window for real-time conversations with a customer support agent. If an issue is not urgent, a user may send them a message by filling in an online form. Alternatively, the customer service is reachable at a toll-free 1-888 number.
Other features in brief
- A large number of articles on different topics that might be of interest to a broad audience of bettors. These include reviews of games with the lowest house edge, explanations of bets in craps, guides to baccarat and much more
- A FAQ page on general, finance, bitcoin, bonus and other questions that players might have
- VIP treatment for the most loyal bettors, including weekly deposit bonuses, exclusive offers, personalized customer service and more. Get detailed info about it on Bovada’s Red Room page
- 200% Referral Bonus up to $100 with a x30 rollover.