When I think of Bodog sportsbook I am always reminded of Wal-Mart. I have always felt that this sportsbook strives to be the Wal-Mart of sportsbooks. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and there is no doubting the success they have found. They are certainly trying to appeal to the mass market and the casual gamer.
They have a solid history of performance, and a sleek presentation to their product. If you are a casual gamer looking for a fun experience, you certainly could do worse than this shop.
Bodog is one of the most successful brands in online gaming. They have branched out to sponsor sporting events, including their own MMA league in the past. Their website is one of the best looking ones in the business. They always have fresh and interesting content being published. They offer a feeling of fun that few other sportsbooks can or do offer.
This is certainly not the destination of professional handicappers looking for early lines and low juice. Bodog offers neither of those things. There are countless casual gamers out there who can likely say Bodog was their first, and you always remember your first.
While many sportsbooks try to appeal to professional and casual gamers alike, Bodog does not do that. They clearly position themselves as a destination for the casual players and do not apologize for it.
They accept deposits by Mastercard, Visa, Debit card, Moneybookers, or bank wire. Payouts are not an issue with Bodog and can be made by checks, Mastercard, Visa, Moneybookers, or bank wire.
Bodog has had its share of problems. Most people are familiar with the story of the face of their brand being featured on Forbes Magazine. The headline read “Catch Me If You Can”. The government did exactly that. There was also the period in time in 2008 when Bodog had some serious payout issues. To their credit, instead of closing shop and vanishing, they did keep in touch with customers. Although it took time to resolve the issues, over 6 months in some cases, by all accounts they did fix the issues they were facing.
Today, payouts do not seem to be an issue with them, and they are well known for having responsive customer service. They do seem to fix problems as they arise.
Being one of the largest books on the planet with such a public face, can be comforting for some people. Chances are that at this point they are not going anywhere. On the other hand, their success also makes them a big target. The U.S. government went after them once before. It certainly could happen again if a government wanted to make a statement about online gambling.
Their website is sleek and easy to use. They do sacrifice on speed a little bit. Because there are so many graphics and animations, the website does load slower than what you might find at many other sportsbooks. On the other hand, it does look impressive.
Placing bets is intuitive and simple. They do offer plenty of variety in betting options. You will be hard pressed to find another book with more prop bets. All the major sporting events are here including NFL, college football, NBA, MLB, and NHL. Caps are competitive with other casual sportsbooks and set at $2,000 for the NFL, and $1,000 for NBA, MLB, and NHL games. Along with using the website, you may place bets by phone.
Bodog offers a 100% cash bonus, but it is limited to up to $100. Nevertheless, it plays well to their market of the casual gamer, who is sure to get excited about the bonus, especially when it has a one-time rollover.
Again, Bodog is not the shop for professionals. There are no early lines and the juice is higher than the favorite shops of the pros. Bodog caters to the casual gamer, and they do it well.