- Credit Card, Bitcoin, and Interac e-transfer options
- Cash available for betting almost instantly
- Reliable and timely withdrawals
- Wide selection of lines
- Industry standard juice, or slightly higher
- Can be a bit last to post lines
- Grade A Customer Service: The Best in the Business
- Instant Messaging, Email, and Phone Options Available.
- Support Hours: 24/7
Overview of Bodog
Sister site to Bovada, Bodog is just as trusted and highly lauded as its US-facing counterpart. Bodog keeps everything at their online sportsbook efficient and straightforward, and that’s a huge reason why they’re the number one choice of many recreational bettors.
They won’t be the quickest to post lines on big games, and you can find lower juice at other online sportsbooks, but where they excel is in creating a betting experience that’s seamless, uncomplicated, and intuitive for bettors of all experience levels. The former won’t be a concern to the vast majority of bettors, and the latter cements their status as the industry leader for recreational bettors.
Bodog won’t wow you with the sharpest lines or the biggest bonuses, or best lines on the market, but Bodog’s major strengths lie elsewhere. If you’re looking for a sportsbook that’s well designed, easy to use, and boasts with a spotless record of safety and timely withdrawal, you aren’t going to do much better than Bodog.
Bodog keeps things simple with their bonuses. They offer two main bonuses – a 100% Bitcoin Deposit Bonus, and a 100% sign-up bonus for Conventional Currencies.
The standard 100% sign-up bonus caps out at $200 (meaning that if you make a $250 deposit, you’ll only receive bonus funds of $200). The rollover is an extremely reasonable 5x. What Bodog lacks in the monetary amount of their bonus, they make up for with low rollover requirements.
The Bitcoin 100$ sign-up bonus is available up to $300. Further, its possible to redeem this bonus even after you’ve redeemed your initial deposit bonus.
The only restriction is that you can’t have both active at the same time. Just like the Bodog’s rollover bonus, their Bitcoin-specific bonus has a low 5x rollover.
Depositing is super easy and fast at Bodog. They accept credit card, Bitcoin, and Interac e-transfer.
Bitcoin and interac e-transfer are free of fees, except any associated mining or bank fees that occur independently of Bodog.
That being said, Bodog does have fees on credit card deposits. In our experience, they were 4.9% Visa deposits and 6.9% on Mastercard deposits. This is because Bodog passes the fees credit card providers charge them onto bettors. This isn’t unusual in the industry, but it would be nice to see Bodog do away with these fees.
Making deposits at Bodog – regardless of which method you select – is a safe and secure process. Like many other websites where users reveal sensitive information, Bodog users is protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), software that Bodog employs on their browser. You’ll see this SSL protection represented by a padlock next to the URL in whichever web browser client you’re using.
It’s reassuring to see an online sportsbook take steps to protect their clients. Bodog goes above and beyond when it comes to security protocols.
Timely, reliable, and low fee withdrawals are Bodog’s major strength. They have a level of professionalism and transparency that’s the class of the industry. You never have to worry about missing a withdrawal payment, or having it delivered weeks late when you use Bodog.
They only offer two option for payouts, Bitcoin and check by courier. The entire process is efficient and seamless, and it’s easy to avoid fees.
With Bitcoin, you’re allowed to withdraw between $10-3000 once every seven days, without a fee.
Bettors can request a cheque by courier for free once a month, with every additional withdrawal incurring a $40 fee. The minimum withdrawal for this method is $20, and the maximum is $3,000.
Bodog has a great selection of lines available on a wide range of sports. If you can think it, you can probably bet on it on Bodog.
The criticisms of Bodog’s sportsbooks often center around what they don’t do. Namely, Bodog will rarely ever be the first sportsbook to post lines, rarely has the highest value line on favorites, and doesn’t have high limits. However, it’s important to emphasize that this won’t affect the majority of bettors.
It just means that Bodog isn’t a favorite among sharp bettors. However, unless you’re a serious high roller, Bodog isn’t going to leave you unsatisfied.
Bodog uses something oddsmakers call “dual lines,” which is relatively standard practice among sportsbooks that are marketed towards recreational bettors. This means that not everyone gets the same lines. For example – suppose the standard line is -7.5/+7.5 – meaning that there’s value on the underdog. A bettor who consistently bets into the value presented on the underdog won’t be dealt the standard lines. Instead, the bettor would most likely see -7/+7 instead.
However by no means does this always happen at Bodog. Because Bodog’s odds are often shaded towards favorites, there’s usually great value available on underdogs.
The smallest wager you can make at Bodog is $0.63, making it a great option for beginner bettors who want to start small, or more seasoned bettors who are stepping out of their comfort zone in regards to what sports they’re betting on.
In line with everything else about their sportsbook, Bodog’s maximum betting limits are relatively low. Again, Bodog’s base is recreational bettors, and bettors who want to wager thousands of dollars every week should select a different sportsbook.
The biggest wagers they accept on the NFL and NCAA are $5,000 on sides, and $3,000 on totals, parlays, and teasers. NBA spread have a maximum bet size of $2,000, and moneylines and totals max out at $1,000. Bodog’s limits vary by each individual sport and league, and they make their max bet limits very clear in their terms and conditions.
Bodog’s live betting is among the best in the industry. It’s frequently updated, fast, intuitive, and built to be aesthetically pleasing. If you’re new to live betting, you won’t find an easier to use platform than Bodog’s.
There’s also a ton of prop bets available on Bodog’s live betting platform. Bettors have the option of betting on the outcome of the next play (think whether the next pass will be complete or incomplete, a rush, or a turnover).
Bodog’s live betting lines are extremely dynamic, and they often fluctuate throughout the game. They don’t have the lowest juice out there, but there will be good value on underdogs on live betting lines, much like the conventional section of their sportsbook. Just like their regular sportsbook, the public placing heavy money on favorites allows for longer odds than usual on underdogs.
Bodog’s mobile live betting platform works well, a claim that many other online sportsbooks can’t stake to their name. We’re confident in saying that Bodog’s mobile live betting is just as good as their desktop live betting, which is a massive boon if you’re betting on the go.
Bodog makes it just as easy to bet from your friend’s couch as it is from your computer.
Bodog’s customer service is among the best in the business. Representatives are knowledgeable, professional, and respond to inquiries in a straightforward manner. They never make you jump through hoops, and its rare that you’ll have to transfers for than once to different representatives.
If you’ve ever dealt with an online sportsbooks’ customer service department before, you’ll know that Bodog’s transparency is the exception and not the rule.
Their instant messaging is a great, hassle-free option, and one that isn’t available at the vast majority of online sportsbooks.
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