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Bodog / Bovada Poker Review

Bodog Poker is a part of the Bodog brand which also includes a vast online casino and one of the largest sportsbooks on the internet. Altogether, Bodog is one of the most reputable names in online gambling. Americans join the playerpool at ‘Bovada’, identical to Bodog in all but name.

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The Bodog Poker software has been well-received by players given the limited range of options for online poker in the US.

While no PokerStars or Full Tilt, gameplay is smooth and responsive.

Bodog Review - Software

Tables are all anonymous format to remove the advantage of tracking software and a 4 table max is imposed. These combine to loosen up the games and many players report high winrates.


Players tend to deposit visa MoneyGram, Wells Fargo or NetSpend VISA. Bodog accept Neteller but not Skrill.

Bodog / Bovada cashouts have been consistently reliable and prompt, checks delivered by mail in 2-3 weeks and cash transfer / wire withdrawals processed in under that.


Bovada is the most popular poker room for American players, with over 3,000 players at peak times across all cash games, SNGs and MTTs. Americas Cardroom and Black Chip see around a third of the traffic.

Bodog Review - Tournaments

Tournaments with guaranteed prizepools of up to $100k regularly attract over 1,000 runners.

Currently only Canadians and Americans can sign up to Bodog / Bovada, the EU facing rooms having closed in late 2012.


Bovada rake is an industry standard 5% of the pot across the board, no flop no drop, raked in increments. 

Tournament fees are 10% of the buy-in or lower. Rebuys and add-ons are not raked.

Stakes range from $0.02/$0.05 up to $10/$20 in NLHE and PLO, and up to $30/$60 in mixed games.


Bodog / Bovada no longer offer a VIP program or flat rakeback, however bb/100 winrate at the tables would seem to make up for this for this as the room is still #1 for US traffic, and currently #3 in the entire online poker industry by PokerScout Rankings.

Bodog Review - Traffic

Games run around the clock in Full Ring, 6-Max, Heads Up, NLHE, LHE, PLO – lots of options for game selection.


Bodog / Bovada offer a $1,000 bonus equivalent to 60% cashback for tourney players or 20% in cash games. No promo code is necessary.

Poker Points can be used for the Weekly $5k PTS Freeroll, with lower Poker Point buy in satellites. Compete for $20k in freeroll prizepools each month. 

At certain times tournament guarantees are boosted, e.g. the ‘Mad Monday’ promotion where on a given Monday twelve additional MTTs with $250k in guarantees are added to the schedule.

Bodog also runs live event satellites, including $3,000 packages to the World Series of Poker.

A Royal Flush bonus and Bad Beat bonus award up to $200 / $1,000 respectively. Simply hit {Th} {Jh} {Qh} {Kh} {Ah} or lose with {As} {Ad} {Ac} {Kh} {Ks} or better.

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