Online Gambling

Bodog Sports

Set up in the mid-1990s, Bodog sports book was the brain child of Calvin Ayre. Since those early days the brand has gone from strength to strength and is now instantly recognisable as a front runner in online gaming services. Today Bodog offers players the chance to partake in casino games as well as poker whilst still offering betting services on a range of sports. Available across the globe (thanks to some clever licensing and company-set up arrangements) Bodog continues to offer a world class betting service to clients across the globe.

Software and Games:

Since we are talking sports betting, there is no specially licensed third-party software in use; rather customers simply use the Bodog web-based interface to place bets. All bets are covered by the Bodog gaming licenses (Antigua and Barbuda for European players, First Cagayan in the Philippines for Asian players and Kahnawake for US players) and with the Bodog site being such a main-stay in the online betting world, sports fans can bet in confidence whatever their sporting preference. Accounts can be set up to use the US dollar, UK pound, Euro and South African Rand and odds can be displayed as decimals, fractions or as American odds.

Game Presentation:

The great thing about Bodog’s global appeal is that the site has to cater to global tastes. As such, pretty much every sport is represented. From American Football to Cricket to Tennis, whatever you want to bet on sports-wise you are going to find the bet at Bodog. Pretty much every market is catered for too. For example, during our test play we were able to place a double on two Peruvian Football games – not exactly your every-day bet! A selection of ‘fun’ bets can also be placed via the ‘specials’ link – at the time of writing punters could bet on whether Facebook would float before or after reaching 1 billion members!

In terms of bet types, all the usuals are available including singles, multipliers (doubles etc.) as well as ‘named’ multipliers (e.g. Heinz, Goliath etc.) Minimum and maximum stakes are respectable too – usually $1.50 is enough to get in on the action and the upper limits (calculations based on the potential return to player) is usually enough to give a player a winning amount of $2-$3000.

Cash, Deposits and Withdrawals:

A simple web eCash account makes money-management at Bodog easy. $20 is enough to get an account funded and with Bodog accepting deposits by credit card, debit card, bank wire and a number of web wallets funding your betting account is simple. Any winning bets are settled shortly after the event finishes – this usually means within 10 minutes or so a players account will reflect any winnings.

When it comes to withdrawing funds a player simply needs to request a payout using the Bodog web interface. Note that these funds remain ‘active’ in your account until the withdrawal is processed so players should be careful not to run their account balance to below the cashout request amount else the withdrawal will be subsequently denied. Bodog state withdrawals are processed in a 24-48 hour time frame but catch your withdrawal right and you’ll be sent the money within hours of a cash out request being made. Payouts are to used funding methods – i.e. if you use your Visa card and then Moneybookers to fund your account, these payout methods will subsequently become available to you.

Any credit card depositors should note a fax-back request is likely to be made before an initial withdrawal will be paid.

Bonuses and Terms and Conditions:

Sports betting fans looking for bonus bucks can earn themselves a free bet up to 25 credits (or 250 Rand for South African Players). To earn this money a player needs to place five 10-unit (100 Rand) bets within the first 30 days of opening an account on events with odds of evens (2.0) or better. Once these bets are settled the bonus amount will be credited. This subsequently needs to be bet 3 times over before winnings will be granted. Any early withdrawals are allowed but this stops the bonus being awarded.

Although this is the only ‘open to all’ bonus, Bodog is well-known for catering their services to individuals so loyal betting fans can be sure to be offered a variety of additional bonuses as time goes on.

Customer Support:

Bodog is great in the customer support department and with live chat, telephone and email assistance available it’s easy to get help if things go wrong. Available 24/7 we’ve always found the support personnel to be pleasant and knowledgeable. Rest assured Bodog performs very well in this area.

Other Comments and Summary:

As one of the oldest online sports books around, Bodog continues to offer a world class betting experience. Purely in terms of the range of sports that can be bet on, Bodog really does offer something for everything. Some gamblers might want to be able to bet more but for the vast majority Bodog gets things spot on. Good cash processing, a clean betting interface and helpful customer support. What else does a sports fan need?!

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