Bodog is another sportsbook that is primarily focused on the Canadian marketplace. The site is currently unregulated, but they have been in business since 1994 and have built a strong customer base here in Canada.
The main selling feature of Bodog is the fact they are the only one of our three recommended betting sites to accept bitcoin for deposits and withdrawals.
Bonuses and Promotions
Bodog offers all new sign ups a bonus equal to your first deposit, up to a maximum of $250.
There is also now a special bitcoin welcome bonus where you first bitcoin deposit is matched up to $300. You are eligible to receive the bitcoin bonus in addition to the normal first deposit bonus, if you have already made your first deposit via credit card.
The bonus dollars are instantly added to your account and available for betting, but you do need to rollover the deposit + bonus amount five times before requesting a withdrawal or you will forfeit the bonus funds.
Rollover requirements mean that you must place bets totalling 5 times the deposit + bonus amount. So if you deposit $250 to earn the full $250 bonus, you must roll through $2500 ($500*5) in wagers before requesting a withdrawal. This may seem like a lot of rollover, but once you start making wagers you will reach the total much quicker than you may anticipate. Also, there is no expiry on the bonus, so you can take your time and clear the bonus at your own speed.
Bodog has a very solid variety of bet offerings and as a Canadian you will surely be able to bet on the vast majority of events you will be interested in. Now, if you want to bet on some obscure leagues like Ukrainian hockey or the third division in Dutch soccer then Bet365 may be the place for you. But if you’re focused on the popular sports/leagues here in Canada, you will find everything you are looking for at Bodog.
One issue I have with Bodog is the nagivation to the various bet offerings on the site. When you select the sport from the left sidebar of the sportsbook the upcoming bets in that sport will be displayed, but to see all of the bet offerings for a particular league you will have to continue to click ‘Show More’ and wait while the remaining games load. One way around this is to click on the drop down menu in the top navigation after selecting the sport and then locating the league you wish to bet on. Continue selecting from the next drop down menu until you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here’s a screenshot of what I mean:
In this example to get all of the NFL game lines to show up for the upcoming week you need to select ‘Football’ then ‘All NFL’ and then ‘Game Lines’. If you navigate this way it becomes much easier to find what you’re looking for.
The reason the navigation is a little bit wonky on the desktop is because it was built to cater to mobile devices, which are the more popular way to place bets these days.
Bodog offers live betting for a good amount of live events, even including lower level tennis matches or basketball/soccer leagues from around the world. The live bet offerings have improved over the years and the mobile live betting platform is very easy to use.
Live betting odds can different dramatically between sportsbooks. I would suggest using both Bodog and Bet365 when live betting to ensure that you get the best odds in real time.
As I mentioned above, the Bodog sportsbook platform was built with mobile devices in mind. Because of this you visit the exact same website whether you are on your computer or your mobile, there is not a mobile specific website like with our other recommended betting sites.
Using the same website regardless of device allows users to build more familiarity with the site and I actually find it much easier to navigate on a mobile device than on the computer, which isn’t the case with other sportsbooks.
Bodog limits their deposit and withdrawal options for Canadians to Visa, MasterCard and bitcoin. The options are limited, but I think that allowing bitcoin deposits/withdrawals more than makes up for not offering several of the other unpopular e-wallet options. Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals are very fast and secure with no fees.
Bodog is pushing customers to use bitcoin as much as possible, as shown by their extra bonus for bitcoin deposits.
Bodog offers live chat, email and telephone support at 1877 263 6422.
I’ve only used the live chat support personally and the support staff were able to quickly answer my questions about bitcoin deposits, as well as some questions about navigating to graded bets on the website.
The support staff seems to be knowledgeable and eager to help you with any issues that may arise.