Bodog

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Bodog is an online betting site available to customers in Canada (excluding Quebec). It was created in 2000 by Calvin Ayre, and has expanded into numerous sportsbooks across the international market.

Bodog
Bodog
Years Active 2000 - Present
Status Online
Headquarters Quebec, Canada
Countries Canada.svg Canada (excluding Quebec)
Bonus $200 Welcome Bonus
100% Poker Bonus
Claim Bonus October 2020 Bonus
Deposit VISA.svg VISA
MasterCard.svg MasterCard
AMEX.svg American Express
BankTransfer.png Bank Transfer
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin
BitcoinCash.png Bitcoin Cash
Withdrawal Check.svg Check
BankTransfer.png Bank Transfer
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin
BitcoinCash.png Bitcoin Cash
Homepage bodog.eu

As of October 2020, Bodog has become one of the most commonly used betting sites among Canadian residents. This popularity can be attributed to the company's frequent radio and television advertising campaigns. Bodog offers sportsbetting, casino games, poker, and horse racing.

Signup Bonus

New customers receive a signup bonus upon registration. Users claim their bonus by creating their account using the Bodog October 2020 promo link. This month's bonus includes a 100% first deposit match up to $200 CAD as well as additional casino and poker rewards.

Full list of Bodog promotions for October 21, 2020:

Bodog Signup Bonuses - October 2020
Bonus Promo Code Link
Money.svg $200 First Deposit Bonus Not required Claim
Money.svg $600 Casino Bonus Not required Claim
Money.svg $1000 Poker Bonus Not required Claim
Money.svg $300 Bitcoin Sports Bonus BOSBITCOIN100 Claim
Money.svg $900 Bitcoin Casino Bonus BOCBITCOIN150 Claim

History

1997-2000: Cyberoad

Early Cyberoad logo.

Cyberoad was a betting software company launched in 1997. They assisted in the creation of many early internet sportsbetting sites including Grand Prix Sports, The Big Book, and Mayan Sports. These sportsbooks shared a common payment processor eBanx. Clients were able to deposit through credit card and withdraw via e-check. This was viewed as more convenient than the industry standard at the time of conducting payments through cash agents and money orders. Cyberoad purchased eBanx on November 29, 1999.[1]

2000-2001: El Moro and eSportz

Cyberoad shut down in 2000 after a failed attempt at going public. On July 20, 2000 it's assets were acquired by eSportz, a subsidiary company of El Moro Finances.[2] Grand Prix Sports was purchased by The Big Book whom had already reached an agreement to continue using the betting software now being distributed by eSportz. Mayan Sports could not reach an agreement and were left offline in search of new software. During this time eSportz created their own betting site Bodog, and contacted Mayan customers informing them that their account information had been transferred over.

Bodog founder Calvin Ayre.

2001-2003: Kazootek

Bodog and The Big Book operated out of the same offices in Costa Rica. Both sportsbooks employed the accounting firm Kazootek Technologies, who were the current managers of eBanx. On June 15th, 2001 two Kazootek employees Viktoria Zazoulina and Tatiana Kostiouk allegedly began embezzling money from company clients. They recruited a third employee Greg Tanner to assist in the creation of a rival betting software company. The trio had reportedly planned to steal source code from eSportz. The Big Book was rumored to have reached an agreement with them. Viktoria Zazoulina resigned from Kazootek in 2003 following an investigation into the company's finances. Bodog terminated it's partnership with The Big Book and became the sole betting site using eSportz technology.

2004-2007: Bodog

Bodog purchased WorldWide TeleSports for $9 million dollars in October 2006. WorldWide TeleSports was a well known reputable betting site that served the US market. Bodog moved their offices to Antigua and absorbed the existing staff members of WorldWide TeleSports into their company.

In the years to follow Bodog founder Calvin Ayre continued to develop the brand through sponsored events and advertising campaigns. Ayre capitalized on the rise of online poker's popularity following the 2003 WSOP by sponsoring David Williams and Josh Arieh, the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the following year's tournament. Bodog aired commercials advertising free-to-play poker on their alternative domain bodog.net. This allowed them to avoid United States gambling advertisement restrictions while still promoting the brand name. Players looking for the free-to-play poker on a search engine would find the real version first as the main site ranked higher.

2007-2009: Domain Seizure

On August 28, 2007 Bodog.com went offline. Customers were sent an e-mail informing them that the site would return as soon as possible. 1st Technology, LLC had seized the domain for violation of a patent on the transmission of information over a network with reduced bandwidth. The company had first contacted Bodog offices in July 2005. A lawsuit was filed in September 2006 after not receiving a reply. Bodog representatives failed to appear in court, leading to the judge ordering a default judgement in March 2007. Bodog was required to pay 1st Technology, LLC $48,937,456 for patent infringement.

Bodog began sponsorship of English Premier League squad West Bromwich Albion on June 27th, 2011.[3]

Following the court loss Bodog announced that Morris Mohawk Gaming Group were now operating the brand's business in the US market. The court decision was appealed on the grounds that the domain Bodog.com was no longer owned by Bodog or Calvin Ayre. The appeal reached Washington courts but ultimately failed. The betting site was forced to switch to a new domain BodogLife.com. The loss of site traffic built on years of prior advertising campaigns lead to financial difficulties. On April 23, 2009 Morris Mohawk Gaming Group regained control of Bodog.com after settling the lawsuit with 1st Technology, LLC.

2009 - Present: International Expansion

Site traffic increased following the return of Bodog.com allowing the company to expand into international markets. Bodog launched new sportsbooks in Asia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The brand continued to grow overseas through the sponsorship of English Premier League teams West Brom and Arsenal.

On December 14th, 2011 Bodog re-named their US site to Bovada. This distanced the brand name from the potential liability of being involved in the United States gambling market.

Available Countries

As of October 2020, Bodog is available to residents of Canada. On April 29th, 2016 Bodog announced that it would no longer be accepting deposits from users in the province of Quebec.

Deposit Methods

The most popular deposit method is direct bank transfer. This can be done with any valid Canadian bank account. Credit card deposits are accepted through VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. Users may also fund their Bodog accounts with Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrencies.

All Bodog deposit methods are processed instantly and have no fees.

Bodog Deposit Methods (CAD)
Method Min Max Fee
VISA.svg VISA $20 $1,000 None
MasterCard.svg MasterCard $20 $1,000 None
AMEX.svg AMEX $20 $1,000 None
BankTransfer.png Bank Transfer $20 $500 None
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin $10 $5,000 None
BitcoinCash.png Bitcoin Cash $10 $5,000 None

Withdrawal Methods

Users who deposited funds via bank transfer may request a payout to the same bank account. Cryptocurrency withdrawals are available through Bitcoin and BitcoinCash and are processed within 15 minutes. Alternatively users may request a payout through check by courier. Bodog provides one free check withdrawal every 30 days. Customers should expect to receive a discrete check in the mail within 1-2 weeks.

Bodog Withdrawal Methods (CAD)
Method Min Max Fee Process Time
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin $10 $9,500 None 15 minutes
BitcoinCash.png Bitcoin Cash $10 $3,000 None 15 minutes
Check.svg Check $50 $3,000 None 1-2 weeks
BankTransfer.png Bank Transfer $20 $4,000 None 3-5 days

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Contact Info

Bodog contact info as of October 21, 2020:

Bodog Contact Information
Phone.svg Phone 1-877-263-6422
Email.svg E-mail service@bodog.eu
Livechat.svg Live Chat On site

References

  1. "Cyberoad Completes Ebanx Acquisition", bnamericas, Costa Rica, November 29, 1999. Retrieved on 2019-09-17
  2. "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP", Law Insider, June 20th, 2000. Retrieved on 2019-09-17
  3. "West Brom bag record-breaking sponsorship deal with Bodog", DailyMail, June 27th, 2011. Retrieved on 2019-09-22