Bovada is one the biggest online gambling brands to service players from the United States. Some of its games are unique in that they run on proprietary software while others are powered by suppliers like Rival Gaming, RealTime Gaming, and the less-known Makitone Gaming.
The website features a choice of over 300 online slots, video poker variants, and virtual table games like blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette. Patrons who prefer human interaction and a more social gaming experience are given the opportunity to play at Bovada’s live casino where games are hosted by real dealers.
Until recently, the casino was licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission but relinquished its license after the regulator changed its licensing policy. Bovada’s support team explained to us the operator is currently exploring other licensing possibilities while continuing to stick to the industry’s principles of anti-money laundering, vulnerable players protection, and safeguarding patrons with the best security technologies out there. The operator also rewards customers for their loyalty each time they wager on its website via a six-tier loyalty programme. Below, we explain how it all works.
Full Terms and Conditions of the Loyalty Programme
Raking reward points at Bovada Casino is but a breeze since the only requirements you have to meet are registering, depositing into your new account, and playing the available games for real money. Each time you wager real cash, you are awarded reward points but the rate depends on what games you play. You earn 1 point per every $1 wagered on table games and video poker. Specialty games earn you 15 points per every $1 you stake whereas the same amount wagered on the available slots results in 5 points awarded to you.
It is important to make a distinction between what Bovada calls tier points and reward points as these are not the same thing. Tier points are granted to players as a means of tracking their progress through the loyalty programme’s tiers. They enable customers to level up which results in greater and better rewards for them.
When you register and deposit for the first time at Bovada, you are enrolled in the programme at the lowest Starter tier without having any tier points. Players at this beginner level can exchange their reward points at a rate of 2,500 points for $1. They are also entitled to a casino cashback bonus of 6.5%.
Bovada patrons who level up to the Rookie tier (2,500 tier points are needed) enjoy the same redemption rates as the Starters but their casino cashback is higher at 7%. Players progress to a Pro level whenever they generate as many as 25,000 tier points. They get to enjoy improved redemption rates of 1,666 points for $1 and casino cashback bonuses of 9%.
You need 150,000 tier points to get to the All-Star level where you are entitled to 11% cashbacks and redemption rate of 1,250 points for $1. As many as 1 million tier points are required for you to acquire a Legend status and receive $1 for every 1,000 points you have earned along with a 13% cashback on your losses.
The highest tier is the Hall of Fame but you must generate at least 5 million tier points to get there. It is well worth the time and efforts, though, since this level entitles you to 20% cashbacks. The reward points’ redemption rates coincide with those for the previous tier.
You must take into account several other conditions as well. First off, the table games hosted by real dealers in Bovada’s live casino do not count towards the accumulation of reward points. Second of all, the Rookie, Pro, All-Star, and Legend tiers have three sub-levels each. You can look for further details in Bovada’s promotional section but to give you an example of what we mean, the third level of the Legend tier entitles you to a 15.5% cashback instead of the usual 13% first-level Legends get. Again, tier points are required to jump from one sub level to another.
What happens when you make it to the last level of the Hall of Fame tier, you wonder? Bovada will then send you an invitation to its 94 Club. Access is granted exclusively to the most loyal patrons of the casino.
The reward points’ number is updated in real time and each day at midnight, Bovada will evaluate your account to see whether your current balance has dropped below $10. If this is the case, the casino will credit you with a cashback bonus with a rollover of 1x its amount. If not, you can use some of the reward points you have accumulated to purchase some cash bonuses where the rollover is 10x for the casino games.
The thing that appealed to us the most about this loyalty programme is that Bovada does not require its casino players to generate a mandatory minimum number of points per month to maintain their current tiers. Once you reach a given tier or sub-tier, you cannot drop down to a lower one. That being said, the reward points do have an expiration time themselves so make sure you use yours within a year of earning them.
It makes sense only funded players can wager and accumulate reward points on the website but they have to be at least 21 years old to register. Bovada welcomes players from most states with the exception of Nevada, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. Presently, Bovada only accepts registrants from the United States bar the above-listed territories.