BOVADA POKER REVIEW
Bovada.lv offers its customers pre-eminent sports betting opportunities across all major leagues, tournaments and events in North America, a thriving and dynamic poker community, and a full Vegas-style casino with web-based and downloadable games. It is operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group ("MMGG") a pioneer of online sports wagering and gaming and is widely recognized as providing the highest level of payout services in the business. Bovada Poker offers an innovative and state of the art gaming experience with the highest levels of customer care. Bodog Poker was re-branded in late 2011 to Bovada.lv to provide service to players located within the United States.
- Bovada Poker
- United States
- Morris Mohawk Gaming Group
- Deposit Bonus
- 100% up to $1000
- Bonus Code
- Deposit and Withdraw Methods
- The table colors are customizable.
- Supports Multi-table play.
- Helpful lobby filters.
- You can see your hand after folding it.
- New Flash Lobby.
- User friendly account section.
- The table layout is poor.
- Low traffic at the Omaha and Seven Card Stud tables.
- Simple graphics.
Bovada Poker became the new home for US poker players when the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, which licensed Bodog.eu for the US market, rebranded in mid-December 2011 to Bovada. Customers are allowed to use one account for sports betting, horse racing betting and playing casino games. Bovada Poker also allows US players to play against others world world on the Bodog Poker network.
Bovada Poker - Game Types:
Bovada offers all standard games: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, and Five-Card Stud.
Hold’em ring tables are available for 2, 6, 9 and 10 players in all limits, and stakes range from $0.05/$0.10 to $30/$60. Most players are of course concentrated in No Limit, but you can find enough action in all limits. Omaha tables are only available for 9 or 10 players, with most action in Pot Limit tables up to a $2/$4.
Stud tables are all in the same tab, and only available in Fixed Limit 8-player tables. Stakes range from $0.25/$0.50 to $5/$10, and there is some action at all times, at least at the lowest stakes.
The list of Bovada scheduled tournaments is tempting, to say the least. With categories such as “$100K Guaranteed” and “World Poker Tour”, they offer players many chances to earn big bucks or enter big tourneys. They also offer a 100% up to $1000 sign-up bonus, player points and loyalty bonuses.
Bovada Poker - Software and Features:
Bovada has an attractive design in metallic grey and deep red. The main lobby is very well organized and easy to read, with a top tab system classified by game, Sit & Go and Scheduled tourneys, as well as brief game rules on the right window when no table info is displayed. Once you choose a game (Hold’em, Omaha or Stud) further tabs appear with more options, and you can also filter games by their limit and choose to hide full tables. There is also a QuickSeat button that allows you to start playing Texas Hold’em ring games or Sit & Gos in 3 easy steps.
Room graphics are simple and attractive: no tables or chairs, just a deep red background, player icons with their personalized avatars, the cards and the chips.
Bovada has a very effective system that lets you see and play 3 tables at once, one in the main window and two as small side windows. Unfortunately, it also caps the number of tables you can play at 3, which is rather low. To the right of the table you can see three small windows with game details, player chat, and Stats/Notes (if you choose the multi-table view, this is visible only for your main table). Player notes are easy to take, by right clicking a player’s “plaque”, as it is called in Bovada.
Dealer action is fast, and the sounds are adequate, but there is a beep at the end of each play that can quickly become annoying. However, you naturally have the option to turn them off. The table shows the size of the pot and what your best hand is. Another cool feature is that after you have folded you can still see your hole cards – but nobody else can.
You have easy access to your hand history, as well as stats for your current session; however, no stats are kept over a longer period of time.
Overall, Bovada’s software is very good and very classy, featuring some exciting and unique options like the 3-table view, the table dashboard, the option of seeing your hole cards after folding.
Bovada Poker - Behind the Scenes:
US players can only play on the Bovada Poker site. Bovada customer service is prompt and efficient, with quick email response times. Bovada Poker benefits from employees who have ample experience in operating poker rooms, thus they employ strict security guidelines and advanced technology so customers can play worry free.