One of the few remaining poker rooms allowing American customers is Bovada Poker. Launched in 2011, Bovada is part of the Bodog brand and was designed to service the needs of the American poker player. Although you may not have heard the name Bovada, you're sure to recognize the famous Bodog name made famous by its founder, Calvin Ayre.
The Bodog name and brand has been providing gamblers and poker players alike with top notch service since 1994. They are one of the longest standing gambling services with an impeccable record of trust and security. You can feel at ease playing at Bovada, knowing that they are backed by one of the most trusted and reliable companies online.
Join Bovada Poker and get 100% match bonus up to $1000. US Players Accepted.
Bonuses and Promotions
We've noticed a change in the bonus department lately at Bovada. In the past, Bovada and their parent site; Bodog, were not known for their bonuses and promotions. However, times change and so have the offers at Bovada. What used to be a measly sign up bonus has turned into a 100%; up to $1,000 first time depositor's bonus.
Claiming your bonus is as easy as clicking a button. Simply create a new Bovada account and download the free software. Make your first deposit, and you're on your way to earning some free cash.
As with any bonus, this one must be cleared by playing real money games. To clear the bonus, you earn points by playing. For each point earned, $1 is released in bonus money. You earn points by contributing to the rake in ring games, and by paying entry fees in tournaments or SNGs.
For every $.05 contributed in rake at ring games, .01 point is earned. For $1.00 in tournament fees paid, 3 points are earned.
You have 60 days from time of your deposit to clear the full bonus. If you only clear some of it, you will still get credit for what portion has cleared. The bonus will be deposited directly into your account the day after meeting the points needed. No need to contact anyone as it is all automated.
Once you start playing at Bovada, you will continue to be rewarded with plenty of ongoing promotions that add even more value to your experience. These promotions change constantly, so we recommend checking the promotions page to keep up to date. Some of the past promotions included tickets to the Super Bowl, Holiday cash giveaways and free entries into live tournaments such as; the WSOP and Punta Cante.
They do have ongoing promotions like the King of The Felt. Win or place in 3 SNGs in a week, and win a ticket into a drawing to compete against the current King and $1,000 in cash prizes. If you are crowned King and manage to keep it for 5 weeks, you get an extra $2,500. Last ten weeks and win a ticket to the 2013 WSOP Main Event. That's more than $10,000 in value if you prove you're the best!
You have 2 options when playing at Bovada. You can choose to download the free software or use the flash version with no download needed. The flash version is perfect for those using a Mac or just like not having to download software. However, we recommend downloading the full version as you will get the most out of it. Flash poker rooms are generally lacking in the graphics department and won't offer the full benefits of the downloaded version.
Bovada has a few unique features that most poker rooms don't use. First is the “Rabbit Cam”. This lets players see what card, or cards would have come after the hand is over. This is a must for those wanting to know if they would have made their draw.
Another feature we like is the anonymous tables. In the lobby of the poker room, you will see a section that is called anonymous tables. Upon sitting down you may notice something a bit different. No player names are used on any of these tables. This is a great feature that keeps you from being tracked by the regular players.
Other features include game filters for easy to find game selection, note taking and multi tabling functions. Overall, the room is easy to use and navigate. It's clean and crisp with little filler to provide a pleasurable experience.
One aspect of the site we don't like is the limit of only 4 tables at a time. Most sites allow you to play well over this amount and it does put a limit on how much you can play. However, this does have an advantage. Most regular or good players like being able to play many tables at a time. Only being able to play 4 tends to keep the good players from playing at Bovada, making it one of the softest rooms online.
All of your popular forms of Poker can be found at Bovada. The full list includes: Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 5 and Seven Card Stud. Most of the action is on the Texas Hold Em tables with some spurts of life at the other games. This is standard for almost every site. All games can be found in No Limit, Limit and Pot Limit betting structures.
The tournament lineup is full of guaranteed prize pools. The largest is a $100k guaranteed that runs every Sunday. Every night you can play in the $5 and $10K guarantees as well. There's a wide selection of buy ins that start as small as $1.00, so there's something for everyone.
You will also find a SNG lobby with games running 24/7. The SNG section has all your favorite multi table and single table formats. Most popular SNG variations can be played any time, any day.
Support and Banking
Bovada has a helpful and knowledgeable team of support staff on call 24/7. They offer a toll free number for all members of the poker room. If for some reason you don't have a phone, you can use the online contact form to submit an e-mail.
The cashier at Bovada is superb, especially for Americans. Americans have been reporting some of the fastest cash out times of any American facing poker room.
- Credit Cards
- Rapid Transfer (Minimum of $100 with a maximum of $900 per transactions.)
- Money Transfers (Minimum of $100 with a max of $5,000 per transactions.)
The Rapid Transfer and money transfers are wire type payment options. Contact support to find out all the information needed to use these methods. There will be some small fees that are charged by the transfer service, but this is becoming standard for Americans players.
- Check (Minimum of $3,000)
- Rapid Transfer (Minimum of $100 with a maximum of $800 per transactions.)
The check service is fast but they will only cash out in increments of $3,000. Anything over that amount will be sent out separate and fees will be charged.
For those who used Rapid Transfer to make a deposit, you will be able to use this service for cash outs as well. There is a fee depending on the amount, but if you want your money in less than 2 days, this is a great service.