Bovada Poker, the new name for Bodog USA Poker
Bovada Poker is an impressive website offering a generous 100% welcome bonus worth up to $1000 to new players from the USA. Only these US states can not join: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, New York & Maryland. That is potentially the best poker bonus you will find anywhere and you have to wonder just how long Bovada Poker will continue to offer it. Our advice is to sign up sooner rather than later if you want to make sure you benefit from the biggest offer currently available online. Full details are given later in this review but first, the basic facts.
About Bovada Poker
Bovada.lv was born in December 2011 when Bodog rebranded its US online operation. Today they provide a particularly impressive poker site as well as casino and sports action, exclusively for players based in the USA.
You can play poker at Bovada 24 hours a day, every single day of the week. The poker prizes on offer are generous too. At 4pm every Sunday afternoon there is a tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. As a new player you will not only receive a welcome bonus but an invitation to a number of exclusive qualifiers for the $100,000 Sunday tournament too.
There is an average of 75 poker tournaments for you to choose from daily. Whether you prefer multi table tournaments, guaranteed prize pools, freerolls or qualifiers, you will quickly find what you are looking for. Poker games offered include Texas Hold'em, 7 Card Stud and Omaha.
If you are new to poker, Bovada is a great place to start playing. They make things really easy for new recruits. Just have a look at the 'How To Play' page or try playing in one of the special tournaments designed for beginners. If you have any questions, there will always be someone available who will be happy to help you.
Bovada Poker look after all their customers really well. There are plenty of bonuses available for existing customers and weekly promotions to encourage you to play more poker with them. We found, in the course of this review, they gave speedy and high quality responses to clients' questions. If you decide to call with a question, you will have no problem getting through to a person who is both knowledgeable and helpful. They are also quick to respond to email queries - often well under twenty minutes of the email being sent. Making withdrawals at Bovada Poker is also just as easy as depositing with them. There are no absolutely no issues with payouts.
Bovada Poker Welcome Bonus up to $1,000
The size of your 100% welcome bonus will depend on the total deposits you make on the day of your initial deposit and the Bovada Poker Points you earn during the following 59 days. If that sounds a little complicated, it is deliberately expressed that way just to take account of the restrictions that are applied to certain deposit methods.
If, for example, you choose to make a deposit on your first day using a method subject to a $500 maximum, you can make a second deposit of $500 - but be aware that it must be made on the same calendar day to make sure you can qualify for the welcome bonus of up to $1,000.
You also have to earn sufficient Poker Points to ensure that you receive the maximum bonus. Your bonuses will be issued in stages once you reach the number of Poker Points required for each level. You do not have to apply to receive your bonus, the whole process is totally automated so you simply have to make your Bovada Poker deposit/deposits and start playing.
Bovada Poker Points
To start earning you just have to download to your PC the Bovada Poker software, which is quick and easy. Open an account with them and start playing in their real money cash games, ring games or real money tournaments.
It is easy to start gaining points. If you choose to play in real money tournaments for example, you will be given three points for every single $1 you spend on fees for the tournaments you choose to participate in. In cash games (aka: ring games) you earn points the more you play. It relates to the rake that you contribute. So the more money you make for Bovada Poker by playing in these games, the more points you will accumulate and so the quicker your bonus will be released.
As you earn the points, the bonus is released in six stages. For instance at Stage 1 you receive $10 for just 50 Poker Points earned. By Stage 4 you will have accumulated $300 in bonus that have been paid to you and stage 6 sees the full $1000 having been released as cash into your account. Please remember that you have to earn your welcome bonus points within 60 days of joining Bovada.
This method of releasing the bonus the more you play in set stages within a couple of months is typical of way all poker bonuses tend to work, irrespective which site you are playing on.
Why the new Bovada name?
The people behind Bodog and then Bovada wanted to create a robust, distinctive brand for their USA based customers. They deliberately chose a name that started with same first two letters as Bodog to make it easy for former Bodog customers to locate it in their browsers during the early days.
The suffix .lv was also chosen with care. It is unusual (unless you happen to be Latvian!) and distinctive and was selected in the hope that it would remind new and existing customers of Las Vegas, the ultimate destination for poker and casino action in the USA. Bovada.lv are aiming to replicate the excitement and entertainment that players would expect to find in Las Vegas. It succeeds.
Bovada Poker Summary & Opinion:
This is a safe and potentially very rewarding venue for all USA based players with fantastic incentives for new recruits to join them. They have all the benefits of a new site coupled with the reassurance of dealing with a well established operation that knows how to look after all its customers with top quality service and player support. The verdict of our Bovada Poker Review is that this is a site destined to rival the best in the business for USA based players.