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Bodog Review

Review of Bodog

Editors Note:
Bodog are one of the best non European based online bookmakers plus they’re one of the only sites left which accept customers from the USA (on their bovada.lv site). Our review of Bodog will compare them to the other sites that are out there to help you decide if you want to join or not.

I started using Bodog as a poker room back in the early 2000’s so I’ve had an account for a good while. It’s not one of my main sportsbooks, because we have so much choice across Europe, but in a different market like the USA or Canada they represent a solid good option for punters.

Their site is tailored towards American and Canadian sports but popular sports across Europe, such as Premier League football, are also covered. Odds are competitive and payment processing good when compared to their direct competitors.

If you sign up with Bodog today you’ll be eligible for a 100% deposit bonus up to $200 when you join (5x rollover requirement, min deposit $20).

Review Ratings

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Licensing & Safety

Medium risk classification
How safe is Bodog?
6/10
  • Licensed in Antigua
  • Legal grey area in Canada
  • Legal grey area in USA
  • Medium safety rating
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.

Bodog is based on the Caribbean island of Antigua and is licensed by the government in that country as well. The service that it provides is regulated by the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission, Directorate of Offshore Gaming.

Antigua is a bit of an odd place to be licensed but Bodog hold this license for two reason…

  1. Bodog want to use their brand Bovada.lv to service the US market and Bodog to service the Canadian market. Given current laws in both nations they can’t do this if their are based inside either countries.
  2. Bodog are doing what all the major UK brands are doing and that’s avoiding the heavy taxation associated with running out of the USA or the UK. It sounds dodgy but it’s standard practice in the industry.

What does this mean for their risk rating?

Well quite frankly it raises their risk rating to what we would consider medium. Bodog as a company operate in two legal grey areas in the USA and Canada which means although technically they might not be breaking the law they are certainly playing with the boundaries of it.

What they do have going for them is a fair reputation among punters, a long operating history and a reputation for finding ways to pay out players even in the toughest legal climates.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Some fees but good choice
Will I get paid?
7/10
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Bitcoin friendly
  • Confirmed payouts
  • Good live support
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Credit Card 5% Instant $20 – $1,000
Visa 5% Instant $20 – $1,000
Mastercard 5% Instant $20 – $1,000
American Express 5% Instant $20 – $1,000
Interac e-Transfer $0 Instant $20 – $1,000
Bitcoin $0 Instant $10 – $50,000

Markets & Odds

US & Canada focussed
What sports are offered?
10/10
  • 25+ sports
  • Canadian sports
  • US sports
  • European sports
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.

Bodog is not the largest of all the online bookmakers, but it does offer an impressive array of different markets for you to bet on, although the sports are generally more mainstream than some other sites. There’s more focus on sports popular in the USA and Canada but the depth of odds available throughout are vast.

The sports that can be found on Bodog are:

  • Aussie Rules
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Entertainment
  • eSports
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic Games
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Horse Racing
  • Motor Sports
  • Politics
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Soccer
  • Specials
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • UFC / MMA
  • Virtuals
  • Volleyball
  • Winter Sports

Once you have chosen the sport that you would like to bet on, clicking on the relevant tab will open up a new screen, which will go into far more detail concerning the aspects of the sport that can be bet on.

The specific match can then be further expanded on by clicking again, which will bring up all of the odds for every different eventuality. There’s plenty of options per event at Bodog and you can swap between odds formats to suit your preference. In this category they really do compete with the industry big boys.

In-Play Betting

Room for improvement
Is live betting offered?
8/10
  • Exchanged based in-play
  • Good range of events
  • Live price movement charts
  • Quick cashout
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.

Live betting is available at Bodog and the most up to date markets feature at the head of their homepage.

As with all other gambling sites offering this feature, this section allows a person to bet on different facets of a game while it is currently in progress, such as the time of the next touch down in football or when the next wide will be bowled in a cricket match. All lines are updated on an extremely regular basis based on what’s happening in the game.

The live client at Bodog is much improved in terms of load speed on your screen and once it’s up you’ll see a scoreboard to the left and wagering options on the right hand side. In the main content area you’ll see the odds/lines for the event you’ve currently got selected and alternative markets.

It doesn’t really compare that well to other live suites we’ve reviewed and it needs work to get up to scratch, especially on in game stats and action areas.

There’s also no live streaming available which again marks them down against the European big boys. More live markets per event wouldn’t hurt either and until they introduce these changes we can’t push their rating up in this category.

Welcome Bonus

100% bonus up to $200
New Customer Offer
6/10
  • 100% up to $200
  • First deposit bonus
  • Bonus paid instantly
  • 5x rollover requirement
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.

Outside the sign up bonus promotions offered at Bodog are generally too infrequent for our liking when compared with other bookmakers but at least their opening bonus offers significant value.

Bodog are currently offered a 100% deposit match to all new customers. What this means is that if you deposit between $10 or more Bodog will instantly double the amount up to a max of $200 (5x rollover requirement). To claim it follow the instructions below:

Here’s how to claim:

  1. Visit Bodog by clicking here (open in new browser tab)
  2. Click the ‘Open Account’ button in the top left.
  3. Fill out your personal details and choose a username and password to log in with.
  4. Log in with your newly created account information using the log in box in the top right of your screen.
  5. Deposit $10 or more and see the amount instantly doubled. The max bonus you can get is $200.

Claim your 100% deposit bonus now!

Note: T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only, see our Bodog referral number page for more details or better still Bodog’s site after completing step 1 for full info.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Bodog
Good option for US or Canada
Our Rating for:
Bodog
3.5/5

At the start of this Bodog review you’ll have no doubt noticed that we’ve given Bodog a 3.5 star rating. This doesn’t really mean anything without a bit of an explanation so that’s what we’ve got for you here.

Whilst Bodog are a company with a solid reputation in the online gaming industry there are a couple of issues which have led to us downgrading them to a 3.5 star grade.

The first of these issues comes from the site itself which just doesn’t offer quite enough on the in-play side of things, we’re talking stats and action areas, to warrant a higher rating. It’s a good way behind the industry leaders in Europe and they could do with more choice of markets / lines on particular events as well – not something that impresses us.

The second reason we think that Bodog only deserves 3.5 star rating is down to the fact that by serving customers in the USA and Canada they are operating in a legal grey area. Granted they’ve be doing this uncontested for many years now but players who use them have no real regulatory protection and self exclusion or deposit limits aren’t encouraged for problem gamblers.

Don’t get us wrong though, if you do live in the USA or Canada Bodog are a solid option, but as sports betting becomes legal in more and more states it’s likely in the future better options will emerge. As soon as they do we’ll review them.

Finally a lack of long standing promotions for current customers turns us off. In the European market these are previlent as companies compete for bettors business. Whilst the USA and Canada are closed markets this likely won’t improve but a little something wouldn’t hurt.

 
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • Brad Owen
    September 13, 2018

    Have used Bodog from Canada for a few months. No problems getting money onto the site using my credit card and have done withdrawals using wire transfers. Takes a little time to get processed but money shows up eventually.

  • JD
    October 23, 2018

    I use Bovada.lv from the USA and although it can be slow to get money off the site they always pay and odds you get are better than most.

    I’d recommend using Bitcoin if you’re in the US as this speeds up putting money in and taking money out of your account.

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