Bodog

Bodog is one the world’s largest online bookmakers and has been in operation since 1994 and was founded by the now billionaire, Calvin Ayre. With over 17 years as one of the market leaders, the company has gone from strength to strength in terms of its player pool, features offered and how the company and website is operated.

The betting portal is regulated via two separate entities for their US players and players residing outside the US. Whilst American players can access the Bodog.com site, residents around the world will be met with Bodog.eu domain. The compnay is operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group which resides in Canada.

Not only does Bodog host a wealth of online gaming sites, but also they have invested in markets such as music (Bodog Music), publishing and an international television production company (Bodog TV).

Sports Betting and Gaming Offers

Bodog have a comprehensive sports betting section with markets that include American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Darts, Football, Golf, Horse Racing, Ice hockey, NASCAR, Rugby Union, Snooker and Tennis. Their live betting section is a separate entity altogether and promotes sports from around the world with the largest coming in the form of Football (50 markets plus throughout the week), Baseball and Hockey.

Included alongside their sports betting section is that of poker (including major online tournaments such as Bodog Poker Open and Asian Poker Tour) along with casino (with the familiar games such as blackjack, roulette, slots, video poker, plus over 80 extra games). Included is an array of other gaming formats which come in the form of scratch cards, bonus scratch and bingo scratch. The casino section is also available to download direct to your desktop.

Bonuses, Promotions and Rewards

Bodog offer a host of promotions, rewards and bonuses from across their gaming portal.

Sportsbook – Deposit $10 when opening a new account and if your first bet of L10 or more loses, then Bodog will refund your losing bet to the amount of $10. Odds must be placed at 2.0 or greater.

Poker – 100% matched bonus up to $1000. So whatever your first deposit is, Bodog will match in the form a bonus of which you will clear as you rake hands at the poker tables.

Casino – The casino will match your first chip purchased up to a maximum of $50.

Friends with benefits – If you refer a friend or player to Bodog they will reward you with a 20% up to $30 when they make their first deposit.

Poker Bad beat bonus – If you lose with Aces full of Kings (or better) to four of a kind or better then you can win up to a maximum of $1000

Royal flush bonus – Strike a royal flush in a poker game and win 50 x the big blind to a maximum of $200.

Customer Support

Bodog host one of the most comprehensive customer support teams of any online betting platform, never mind sports book. You can expect a reply within the hour to your emails and even include a 24 hours telephone line of which you can contact with any query. On top of all this, they operate a live chat system where you can talk to one of their operators. Whilst the live chat feature is an excellent addition and something more betting platforms should adopt, their knowledge is limited so sometimes they are used as more of a middle ground to pass you onto to someone who knows more. Still a very nice touch, however.

There are online betting companies that have formed player bases merely on their customer support, and others that have seen player numbers crumble due to the lack of support. Bodog really do lead the way when it comes to customer support and are shining example in the gambling industry.

Payments

Their cashier is very solid and offers a host of different financial options such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Moneybookers, Neteller, Paysafe and Fast Bank Transfer to name but a few. Whilst deposits are instant from most sources, withdrawals are on an industry par and you can expect the standard 3-5 working days before any withdrawal hits your account.