Bovada Poker

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A distinctly US-flavored online poker room, Bovada offers juicy competition, generous promotions and an excellent software-package. Built upon the experience accumulated through Bodog, Bovada is currently the best online poker destination for US traffic.

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Brand Summary

Bovada Poker
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About Bovada Poker

Bovada Poker is one of the few sites accepting US traffic. The site was founded in 2011 when Bodog decided to withdraw its brand from the US market. Given the fact that back in the days, Bodog had an extremely lively US player base, they didn't want to let go of their already acquired, loyal players, so they decided to split the operation. Thus, Bovada is nothing more than Bodog’s custom-made online poker solution for the US market. As soon as the split was completed, Bodog stopped accepting US traffic. The player base at Bovada is therefore 100% US-based. Whether or not Bovada Poker is legally operating in the US is up for debate, but the fact is that it was the first online poker operation to take advantage of legalization efforts currently underway in Nevada. The competition at the site is extremely juicy. Players are friendly and there are quite a few fish at the virtual green felt, thanks to the casino and sports betting side of Bovada’s operation. The bottom line: although a new online poker room, Bovada has been built upon the experience accumulated by one of the world’s best recognized and best appreciated online poker and sports betting brands.

The fact that Bovada is aimed at the Silver State is quite obvious in its URL which is The name itself is said to be made up of the combination of the words Bodog and Nevada, while the .lv extension is apparently a reference to Las Vegas.

Bovada Poker Software and Graphics

Those who have played at Bodog, will instantly recognize Bovada’s software. Although it had its struggles and difficulties over the years with its proprietary software, Bodog has managed to put together a more than decent online poker package by the time the Bovada split occurred. Those who want to play poker at Bovada will have to decide whether to download the software or to play the browser-based version of it, which doesn't have to be downloaded and which therefore suits non-Windows platforms just fine. For the full Bovada experience however we do in fact recommend that you download the full software, which is basically the last version of the software that Bodog used. Multi-tabling was quite an issue at Bodog back in the days, however the version of the software has gone through many iterations since then, and all those problems have been done away with. Nowadays, there is full support for multi-tabling, and the tables are resizable in order to allow players to properly display several of them on the same screen. One of the most interesting features offered by the Bovada software is the “anonymous tables” one. These tables allow players to play without anybody being able to make any sort of reads on them based on their online poker reputations. There is also a nifty Rabbit Hunt feature, and players can customize several aspects of the game like the color of the felt and the type and color of the deck of cards used. The software is fast, stable and overall it consistently earns good scores in reviews all over the web.

Player traffic has settled in lately, and there are a decent number of players present at most of the limits and at most tournament buy-in levels these days.

Bovada Poker Sign-up Bonus

Back in the days, Bodog wasn't exactly known for its generosity when it came to new player registration bonuses. It compensated for its lack of an attractive bonus deal in several other ways however, and it did it quite efficiently, but times have changed, and these days, Bovada is right up there with the mainstream of the online poker industry, offering a 100% match bonus on player deposits up to a generous maximum of $1,000. Players are given 60 days to redeem their bonus, a generous-enough timeframe to perform a relatively simple and straightforward operation. In order to unlock chunks of their bonus, players need to generate poker points by playing in real money cash games and tournaments. Once a player gets to the 50 poker point threshold, $10 of his Bovada bonus will be transferred into his real money account. The next bonus transfer occurs at 250 poker points. This time $40 are transferred into the poker player’s a real money account. Every time the player hits a landmark poker point number (the following ones are set for 750, 1500, 3000 and 5000), he gets some of his bonus unlocked. If he manages to rake his way all the way up to 5000 poker points, he will have earned out his entire bonus, totaling $1000. Those who do not manage to earn out their bonus in its entirety, will receive a separate payment at the end of the bonus redemption period, which is meant to make sure that they are paid in full for every single poker point that they generated.

Bovada Poker Promotions

Bodog used to be a promotions buff, and we are happy to let you know that Bovada has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor in this respect. There are indeed quite a handful of added value promotions running all the time at the site. One such promotion is the $100,000 new player qualifier. This promotion is meant to reward new players just like the above described sign-up bonus. Once a player downloads the Bovada software, installs it, creates an account, makes a real money deposit and hits the real money tables earning his first poker point, he will get six tickets to six $100,000 new player qualifiers. The winners of these qualifiers earn a ticket into a tournament which offers a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The value of such a seat is $162. Those who finish between second and 10th places get a $17 tournament ticket to one of the semifinals leading up to the big one.

It's not just new players who benefit from various promotions at Bovada. The Royal Flush Bonus gives a nifty reward to every player who hits a royal flush while playing at a Texas Holdem cash game table and using both his pocket cards in the makeup of his final hand. The Royal Flush Bonus will be 50 times the big blind, up to a maximum of $200.

The Bad Beat Bonus is aimed at those suffering Lady Luck’s wrath. On top of everything else, Bovada also offers $15,000 in freeroll prize pools every single month.

Bovada Poker Game Selection

The game selection at Bovada is a pretty standard deal: there is Texas Holdem and Omaha in all shapes and sizes, and in addition to that there is also Seven Card Stud and Five Card Stud. Needless to say, the bulk of the traffic is focused on the lower stakes Texas Holdem tables.

Bovada Poker Payouts

Payouts have never been a problem at Bodog, and they're not a problem now at Bovada either. Those looking to cash out will be paid promptly and usually without any sort of complications. Money matters are obviously extremely important to this operator, and keeping their players content from this angle is apparently a top priority indeed.

Bovada Poker Deposit and Withdrawal Methods

Given that it's a US-facing poker room, Bovada’s accepted deposit and withdrawal methods are somewhat limited. The poker room makes up for that by making sure that both deposits and withdrawals are handled extremely fast. The three accepted deposit methods are credit cards, rapid transfers and money transfers. When looking to cash out, players can use a check option, which comes with a minimum of $3,000 per transfer, and a rapid transfer option, on which the minimum is $100 and the maximum $800. The best way to go is to use the direct transfer option both for deposits and withdrawals.

Bovada Poker Security

Money matters are guarded by state-of-the-art encryption at Bovada. The fact that the poker site uses the same sort of security that the banking industry uses for its online transfers means that players have absolutely nothing to worry about in this respect.


Aimed pretty much exclusively at US players, Bovada Poker does not support any additional languages.

Unique Features

There isn't really anything truly unique about Bovada Poker when it comes to the technical side of the operation. The fact however that it continued to accept US traffic through hell and high water is a rather unique and laudable accomplishment indeed.


Bovada Poker’s support is available 24/7 through email (players are required to fill out a form), and through a toll-free phone number. Unfortunately, there is no live chat support currently


Licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Bovada Poker has been certified for responsible gaming by Gaming Associates.