This poker room is USA player friendly.
Bovada Poker Exclusive Sign Up Bonus
100% up to $1,000
More Details: 100% up to $1000 based on your first deposit. Player must use bonus code PB1000 in the "How did you hear about us?" box when setting up your Bodog account. To clear this bonus, you must earn 5 Poker Points per $1 in bonus. Bonus is released in tranches of $10, $40, $100, $150, $300 and $400 for a total of $1,000. Bonus expires 60 days.
Bovada is the new Bodog Poker skin exclusively for US players.
Bovada.lv offers its customers pre-eminent sports betting opportunities across all major leagues, tournaments and events in North America, a thriving and dynamic poker community, and a full Vegas-style casino with web-based and downloadable games. It is operated by Meadway Leisure Limited ("Meadway") pursuant to a gaming license issued by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada.
Bodog founder Calvin Ayre is well known for his marketing skills, and these are of course applied here at Bovada, in the shape of interesting bonuses and promotions on a regular basis. Bovada also offers a sign-up bonus, player points and loyalty bonuses.
PokerBonuses Exclusive Sign-Up Bonus of 100% up to $1,000 when using bonus code "PB1000" upon registration.
Clears at a rate of $1 for each 5 Poker Points earned.
At Bovada Poker, Poker Points are earned at a rate of 3 Poker Points for every $1 of tournament fees paid and at cash games based on the rake taken in each pot according to the following table:
|Rake contributed||Poker Points earned|
|$1.00 - $3.00||1|
|$0.50 - $0.95||0.5|
|$0.25 - $0.45||0.25|
|$0.05 - $0.20||0.1|
When choosing to clear the bonus at tournament tables:
For every $1 in tournament entry fees paid players receive 3 Poker Points.
Percentage of tournament rake refunded when clearing the bonus: 60%
In addition, players receive 50 Poker Points when they open their Bodog account, and up to 500 Poker Points per month for playing at real money tables. 1 Poker Point is earned for every hour played.
Please see the Bodog Poker site for sign-up bonus information for player from the UK, EU, Canada and the rest of the world.
Bovada customer service is prompt and efficient, with email response times kept under 15 minutes. They do not offer Live Chat or phone support at this time.
Bovada offers all standard games: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, and Five-Card Stud.
Hold’em ring tables are available for 2, 6, 9 and 10 players in all limits, and stakes range from $0.05/$0.10 to $30/$60. Most players are of course concentrated in No Limit, but you can find enough action in all limits. Omaha tables are only available for 9 or 10 players, with most action in Pot Limit tables up to a $2/$4.
Stud tables are all in the same tab, and only available in Fixed Limit 8-player tables. Stakes range from $0.25/$0.50 to $5/$10, and there is some action at all times, at least at the lowest stakes.
Bodog has Sit & Gos in Hold’em NL, Pot Limit Omaha Hi and Hi-Lo and Fixed Limit 7-Card Stud, both as single table (2, 6 or 10 players) and multi table (up to 45). Buy ins range from $1 to $220, and there are some juicy Sit & Go qualifiers for big time tourneys like the WSOP and WPT.
The list of Bodog/Bovada scheduled tournaments is tempting, to say the least. With categories such as “$100K Guaranteed” and “World Poker Tour”, they offer players many chances to earn big bucks or enter big tourneys. And as a very special feature, Bodog also offers “beginner tournaments", which are $4 to enter and have a modified payout structure that pays out prizes to twice as many players as conventional tourneys – an excellent way to cut teeth in tourney play while still making ends meet.
Bovada has an attractive design in metallic grey and deep red. The main lobby is very well organized and easy to read, with a top tab system classified by game, Sit & Go and Scheduled tourneys, as well as brief game rules on the right window when no table info is displayed. Once you choose a game (Hold’em, Omaha or Stud) further tabs appear with more options, and you can also filter games by their limit and choose to hide full tables. There is also a QuickSeat button that allows you to start playing Texas Hold’em ring games or Sit & Gos in 3 easy steps.
Room graphics are simple and attractive: no tables or chairs, just a deep red background, player icons with their personalized avatars, the cards and the chips. They say you either love it or hate it! Bodog has a very functional “dashboard” under the table, with buttons and pre-selectable options to play.
Bovada has a very effective system that lets you see and play 3 tables at once, one in the main window and two as small side windows. Unfortunately, it also caps the number of tables you can play at 3, which is rather low. To the right of the table you can see three small windows with game details, player chat, and Stats/Notes (if you choose the multi-table view, this is visible only for your main table). Player notes are easy to take, by right clicking a player’s “plaque”, as it is called in Bovada.
Dealer action is fast, and the sounds are adequate, but there is a beep at the end of each play that can quickly become annoying. However, you naturally have the option to turn them off. The table shows the size of the pot and what your best hand is. Another cool Bodog feature is that after you have folded you can still see your hole cards – but nobody else can! – so you will never again have to wonder “what could have been?”
You have easy access to your hand history, as well as stats for your current session; however, no stats are kept over a longer period of time. Fortunately Bodog is compatible with Poker Tracker for Hold’em Ring games.
At the time of this writing there seemed to be no “find a player” of “buddy list” options.
Overall, Bovada’s software is very good and very classy, featuring some exciting and unique options like the 3-table view, the table dashboard, the option of seeing your hole cards after folding.
Only US players can play on the Bovada Poker site.
All other players are welcome on the appropriate Bodog site.
See our Bodog Poker page for more information on non-US player sign-up bonuses.