If you get a feeling of Déjà vu when you’re playing Bovada Poker you’re not alone.
Indeed Bovada Poker is the new Bodog skin for U.S. players. It’s the same operator and the same network that’s been around since 2005 but Bovada Poker is exclusively for Americans.
Users will find the same set of features on Bovada Poker that they grew accustomed to on Bodog including the intuitive one-click lobby, rabbit cam, anonymous tables, casino and a variety of games including No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, several Hi-Lo variants and even Five-Card Stud.
Bodog has always been one of the better-looking poker networks and Bovada Poker certainly shares its sense of style with a black and red VIP theme.
You don’t need a super computer to run Bovada Poker either as the site is one of the least resource-heavy poker sites we’ve found. It’s also pretty snappy with new tables opening up almost instantaneously on your screen.
In its prime Bodog was one of the fishiest sites on the web and we’ve found Bovada Poker continues that trend with some very bad players. One of the biggest reasons for the soft games is the in-client casino, which continually funnels big casino winners into the poker games.
Bovada Poker has been growing steadily over the last while and is making a serious effort to crack the top 10 biggest online poker sites.
The site has been offering a great deal of motivation to new sign-ups with thousands of dollars in freerolls every month and a big sign up bonus.
Over the last few years the options for U.S. online poker players have been severely limited and Bovada Poker is quickly emerging as one of the best new sites.
Bonus Code and Promotions
To unlock your cash bonus you simply have to earn Player Points (PTS). To generate PTS you can either play raked ring games or for real-money tournaments. Every five PTS gets you a $1 bonus. Bonuses are released at six different levels including $10, $40, $100, $150, $300 and $400 depending on how much you deposit initially.
Tournaments and Freerolls
Despite the fact Bovada’s traffic is sometimes hit-or-miss there always seems to be a fair amount of tournaments running on the site.
There’s truly something for everyone with buy-ins ranging from $1 all the way up to several hundred dollars.
Bovada even offers a weekly $100k guaranteed that, by industry standards, is very soft. The buy-in is $162 but it’s possible to qualify for just $1.
It’s not just multi-table tournaments on Bovada either as there are hundreds of Sit & Goes available every day for poker players.
The site also has a decent number of satellites into big live events like the famous World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Surprisingly Bovada also offers two massive $7,500 freerolls every month. There are a number of qualifiers but you can also just buy-in directly for 1,000 Player Points.
Software and Graphics
Bovada Poker, like sister site Bodog Poker, has a very contemporary look to it with nary a cheesy poker table to be found.
Instead users are treated to a futuristic black and red minimalistic theme that oozes style.
There are players who don’t care for the stripped-down look of Bovada Poker but we find it a refreshing change from some of the other cluttered sites.
Just because it looks bare bones that doesn’t mean all the industry standard features aren’t there.
Bovada Poker players have access to customizable avatars, lobby filters, hand histories and multi-table views.
There are even a few extras you won’t find on many other sites including the rabbit cam and anonymous tables.
Bovada Poker also offers a very diverse group of games including No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, several Hi-Lo variants and even Five-Card Stud.
The site also added an instant fold variant called Zone Poker in 2013 to compete with Rush Poker and Zoom Poker.
If you’re looking for soft games then you’ve found a new home on Bovada Poker.
Bovada happens to offer a casino and sportsbook and everyone knows it’s a perfect storm for experienced poker players when gamblers decide to try their luck at poker.
While reviewing the site we found numerous players who seemed unable to understand even the fundamentals of the game.
Every now and then you’ll run into an experienced grinder but for the most part it’s easy to avoid serious competition by practicing game selection.
As with most sites the competition gets a little stiffer as you move up through the stakes but we found some good spots in the $1/$2 games.
If in doubt just stick to the $.25/$50 and below games and you should be able to grind out a nice little profit.