I’ve never been a big fan of online betting. For sports, I’d rather bet with a bookie or, when in Nevada, wager at a sportsbook and watch the games on giant TV screens.
I chose Bovada.lv because I’d long followed it to get odds on games and futures, and it has a good reputation for customer service. A reviewer of online gaming sites, My Top Sports, says Bovada – which used to be called Bodog – has the “best customer service in the industry” and the “best mobile betting.”
So a few weeks ago I took the plunge and authorized a $250 deposit on my credit card. Then I started betting. The odds are standard: Typically you have to bet $110 to win $100, and the site is relatively easy to use. Bovada also offers proposition bets on everything from NBA scoring leaders to Academy Award winners, but the site keeps a larger proportion of money bet on props, typically 25 percent. (That’s true in Nevada casinos as well – given the odds, props, including futures, should be small wagers made for fun.)
I put my entire $250 on Indianapolis, giving three points, to beat San Diego but the Colts lost, so I didn’t get to see how quickly Bovada would pay. I’ve had problems in the past getting my cash out of another online betting site, but reports are that Bovada pays promptly. A reviewer on My Top Sports said, “When I’ve requested a payout … they come quick.”
It can be easy to get carried away betting online because you’re not handling money. But if you bet responsibly, it can add a thrill to watching games, wherever you are.
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