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Bovada Poker Review

Bovada Poker is part of the Bodog Network which has been established since 2000. It only accepts players from the USA and is the leading US facing poker room.

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About Bovada Poker

Bovada is part of the Bodog Network. Although Bodog has been established since 2000, Bovada was established in 2011, as a dedicated room only accepting players from the USA.

It’s the leading US facing poker room, and also offers a Casino, Sports and Horse racing Betting. If you are a US based poker player, then you should be playing at Bovada, which is the only established and trusted room with a decent traffic flow.

Bovada is the leading US facing poker room and if you are a US based poker player, then you should be playing at Bovada, which is the only established and trusted room with a decent traffic flow.

All Poker Professor Players receive the Highest Bonus offer we’ve ever seen 100% up to $1000

With “Zone” Poker, Bovada is the only US facing room that offers a Fast Fold Poker option

Bovada is our Highest Scoring Online Poker Room that accepts US Players

Bovada poker uses the Bodog Network software, where the biggest difference to other online poker sites is the anonymous player policy where the names of other players are not displayed on screen.

Software & Graphics

Bovada poker uses the Bodog Network software and is a package that has been developed over the past 14 years. The software is generally very clean and tidy and easy to navigate.

There is a choice of two different poker table views, the first being the Bodog “zoomed in” felt table and the second being the more traditional “racetrack” table (as per the picture included).

The biggest difference you will notice to other poker rooms is the Anonymous player policy.  The names of other players are not displayed on screen which is designed to make it impossible to recognise regulars, or for poker tracking software to track the actions of a player over time, and be more like if you were sitting down to play poker in a casino with a table full of people you have never played before.

This means that outside of the current session you are playing in, you will not know how the players play, and each session you will be starting a fresh.

Some high stakes regular players don’t like this as it doesn’t allow them to use their poker tracking software to instantly know how to play against certain players, but for low to medium stakes players it’s actually an advantage as no one knows how you play either and at the lower stakes you are often playing against different players each time rather than regulars anyhow.

Another cool feature is the Rabbit Cam, which gives you a peek at what the next card to come would of been after a hand has been folded, just like when watching TV they sometimes show this to see if it was a good or bad fold.

The software is available for both Windows and Apple Mac platforms, and is quick and easy to install or un-install if you so wish.

Bovada Poker is the number 1 room that accepts US players and is number 9 in the worldwide traffic charts, which is impressive considering it only accepts players from one country (USA)

Game Availability

Player Traffic

Bovada only accepts players based from the USA, which naturally limits the market somewhat. However it shares traffic with players from the Bodog Network, and is the leading poker room out of those who accept US players in terms of traffic.

In terms of worldwide traffic it is still ranked a respectable 9th which is impressive seeing as it is limited to one single country. At peaks times you can expect to find around 3,005 cash game players and many more tournament players. .

Game Variety

Bovada offers the most popular forms of Poker with Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Sit & Go Tournaments, Multi-Table Tournaments, Casino Games, Sports Betting all being offered in No Limit and Limit varieties.

Add onto this the other services offered by Bovada and you can use your single account to play Poker, Casino games such as Blackjack or Roulette and bet on sports or horse racing.

The other upside is they are the only place where a US player can play the latest craze which is “fast fold” poker, with theirs being called “Zone Poker“.

Player Toughness - is second to none, with both recreational US players and the crossover of players from the Bovada Casino and Sportsbook leading to lots of novice players at the low and medium stakes tables

Player Toughness

The player toughness at Bovada is second to none. With it being the leading USA poker room, then all the recreational players from that country are there leading to a lot of novice players playing at the low to medium stakes.

Of course there are good players mixed in, but you can soon see which are the good players and which are the inexperienced players, and with the crossover from novice players coming to play poker from the casino it can prove a good hunting ground!

If you are a poker player with a little knowledge of strategy and certainly if you have been through and completed any of our courses in the Poker Professor University then you will be at a distinct advantage at Bovada and should be a winning player there.

Customer Friendliness - I found the Customer support at Bovada excellent and the deposit options and 'Never missed a withdrawal' mantra from Bovada is unheard of for US players

Customer Friendliness

Customer Support

I found the Customer support at Bovada excellent. I sent a few sample queries over a period of time regarding deposit / withdrawals, account queries and general software queries and each time they replied in a timely manner and with a solution to my query.

Deposit / Withdrawal Options

This is usually the biggest problem for US players, with a number of deposit and withdrawal options usually being blocked due to the laws in the USA.

I’m happy to say that this isn’t a problem at Bovada (which is probably why they are the leading US poker room). There are a reasonable number of deposit options including VISA credit or debit cards, Wire Transfer, Check or RapidTransfer. This range of options is normally unheard of for US players.

Bovada also pride themselves on a claim they have which is “Never Missed a Withdrawal” which again can be a massive problem for US players who once they have funds in their poker account, struggle and have to jump through hoops to get it back again (due to the financial regulations on gambling in the US).

Bovada is highly rated by players in this regard and will ensure that you get your withdrawal in a timely manner and offer a number of options to use.


The rake is the commission charged by the poker room and is actually quite low at Bovada, with 1 cent for each 20 cents in the pot up to a maximum of 50 cents taken out of the pot up to $0.10/$0.25 stake levels and then 5 cents for each $1 in the pot up to a maximum of $3 on tables with higher stakes.

Poker Bonus - Bovada offers the biggest deposit match bonus we have ever seen from any online poker operator

Bonus / Promotions

Bovada offers the biggest deposit match bonus we have ever seen from any online poker operator.

For players from the Poker Professor Community who sign up to Bovada using any link on Poker Professor, they will receive a 100% match bonus on their first deposit up to a massive $1000.

On top of this they have a good player loyalty / player points scheme that you earn while you play to get further rewards and freebies.

Finally they offer good weekly guaranteed tournaments with the highlight being a $100k guaranteed tournament each Sunday, which is great value considering the scope is limited to US only players.

Poker Room Security - is not an issue for Bovada, owned by the experienced Morris Mohawk Gaming Group and regulated by Kahnawake Gaming Commission


Bovada is owned and run by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG), previous operators of the entire Bodog brand. MMGG has been around since 2007 so they have a fair bit of experience in the online gaming space.

They are licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada, which is a long established regulator of online poker sites.

Data protection measures are in place, and with the anonymous player name policy your protection is higher than any other online poker site in this regards.

Financial procedures are well established with security measures in place to ensure that only you are the one able to access and withdraw your player account funds.

The Professors Score - 88 out of 100

The Professor’s Score:Bovada Poker

88 / 100


  • Games always available as the leading USA Facing Poker Room
  • The only room we know with hassle free deposits and withdrawals for US players
  • Soft poker games due to lots of inexperienced players from the casino
  • The only US room where you can play Fast Fold Poker
  • Anonymous Player Names (no player names shown)
  • The biggest bonus we’ve ever seen at 100% up to $1000
  • Casino, Sports and Horse Betting available from same account


  • Only accepts USA based players
  • Traffic limited due to only accepting US players, but still the highest out of all US facing rooms
  • Anonymous Player Names (some people consider this a miss – so we’ve included it here too!)

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