The Bodog brand was first created in 1994 by Calvin Ayre and since then had a very rocky history. The site has been temporarily closed down in 2012 and has relaunched in 2013 as bodog.eu, a Canada-facing online gambling site. Operated by Bodog Antigua it’s licensed in Antigua and Barbuda. Included in the site’s offering are sportsbetting, casino, poker and horsebetting services. The casino services are powered by BetSoft, Real Time Gaming, as well as Bodog’s proprietary software.
The casino software used by Bodog has been tested and certified by international gaming consultants Gaming Associates in order to check whether its Random Number Generator is truly fair and random. The certificate can be found on the site for anyone to view it.
The selection of games available at Bodog includes over 100 titles from BetSoft, Real Time Gaming, as well as Bodog’s own games. Bodog Casino has both Downloadable and Instant Play modes, meaning you can play directly from your web browser or you can install the casino software on your PC. In the application players will find such famous titles as Lost, At The Movies, Mr Vegas or The SlotFather among all the other game. The layout of the application may seem confusing at first and needs a little getting used to but it actually has a lot of useful options like filtering the list of games by different types or the really handy search feature where you only need to type the name of the game to find it, instead of scrolling through a long list. Other than the ever-interesting slots, Bodog also has table games like blackjack, roulette or craps, over 70 variations of video poker, specialty games like keno, bingo and sic bo, as well as more than 50 progressives.
For its casino players Bodog has prepared two Welcome Bonuses. There’s the 100% Match Bonus up to $400 for slots, as well as 100% Match Bonus up to $200 for blackjack, video poker and table games. What’s even better is the fact that these bonuses are not exclusive and you can claim both of them! The wagering requirement for the first bonus is 50x deposit amount, while for the second bonus it’s 80x deposit amount. Aside of the Welcome Bonuses, Bodog Casino has weekend promotions, and seasonal bonuses and refer a friend system. Additional promotions can be found in the appropriate sections for the other gambling services offered on Bodog.
Bodog only accepts the most basic payment options, i.e. credits cards, direct bank transfer and the Canadian Interac e-Transfer (formerly Email Money Transfer). Withdrawing is limited depending on the option you use, e.g. checks are pain every 5-7 business days in increments of up to CA€6,000, while for bank wire this limit us CA$9,500 paid out every 10-12 business days.
If you ever need to contact the casino support team you can do so by using the online contact form. According to the information available on the site the support team aims to respond within 90 minutes. Otherwise you can decide to call the casino as the phone support is available 24/7. While we didn’t find a Live Chat application on the site there is a chat button in the casino application. It was however greyed out when we were using it.
So, how’s the new iteration of Bodog? It definitely has a great selection of games and we really liked their casino application. The bonuses are pretty decent, although they have rather big wagering requirements. The banking options are also quite limited but this could be explained by the fact that this site is aimed at Canadian players.