Online Gambling

Bodog Poker

Bodog Poker is the poker-focussed part of the bigger Bodog site focussing on offering players from across the globe (including US) access to gaming opportunities. Founded in the 1990s the site has grown rapidly over its operating time and is now one of the most recognised brands in online gaming. All games are controlled under license from various entities based on player location (Antigua and Barbuda for European players, First Cagayan in the Philippines for Asian players and Kahnawake for US players).

Software and Games:

Bodog Poker runs on propriety download software which weighs in around 7.5mb download size. An easy-to-follow installation guide makes the set-up process straight forward but to be honest anybody that’s even an averagely-skilled computer user will get up and running in no time. Since this is ‘in house’ software, every player connected to Bodog is actually registered at the Bodog site (unlike at other poker rooms where actually the software connects players from many different sites).

A good mix of games is available although the poker room is heavily Texas Hold’em dominated. Nevertheless there are usually a couple of Stud and Omaha games on offer as well. Both Limit and No-limit games can be played with blinds starting at just $0.02 / $0.05. High rollers can partake in some $30/$60 games although most people play at the $2/$4 tables and under. 2-seat, 6-seat and 10-seat cash tables are all available.

As well as the various cash games, a decent selection of Sit-n-Go as well as scheduled tournaments are on offer with guaranteed prize pools reaching thousands of dollars. Daily $1,500 free rolls keep those on low budgets happy and for the more hard-core player the $100-buy in, $100,000 prize pool is always a good option.

All play at the poker tables is carried out using the US dollar with any purchases and winnings automatically added to a player’s cross-site eCash account.

Game Presentation:

The games are well presented with easy-to-view cards making it simple for players to understand what’s going on. A nice ‘your best hand’ banner also helps those starting out who may miss Full Houses or less obvious hands.

Players are able to multi-table and the configuration tool allows players to select multiple-window view or picture-in-picture view. Sound effects, colour brightness and various game play settings can also be user-defined meaning players can set up the game exactly as they want it.

The graphics used are decent enough and although not mind-blowing certainly do the job. And in general the look and feel of the poker room is good and the generally fast-paced action makes play at Bodog a lot of fun. The fact that the poker room attracts a lot of the sports and casino players also means the competition, particularly at the low-levels is pretty loose so even an average poker player will probably do well here.

Cash, Deposits and Withdrawals:

Although Bodog Poker uses the US $ as the in-game currency, a player’s eCash account can be set up in any one of four currencies (Dollar, Euro, UK Pound and South African Rand). The poker software automatically uses a player’s eCash balance so there’s no messing around with purchasing and withdrawing chips specifically for poker play.

Deposit methods include credit card, debit card, bank wire as well as e-wallet solutions such as NeTeller and Moneybookers. Minimum deposit amount is $20 and no fees are charged for any deposits or withdrawals.

Withdrawals themselves are requested via the main Bodog site and after being logged with the cashier are processed usually 24-48 hours after the request is made (although if you catch the withdrawal process at the right time money is dispatched within just a few hours of the request being made). Players should note that ID documentation may be requested and a withdrawn amount stays as ‘live’ eCash money until it is processed (so don’t play away your winnings!)

Bonuses and Terms and Conditions:

As with the Bodog site in general, a decent bonus is available to entice players to start playing poker. A player can get a 100% bonus up to $1000 and this is redeemed through playing the poker games. Players can convert each 100 poker points they earn for a $10 bonus payout. Poker points themselves are earned through cash play (a general $1/$2 raked game should award around 1-2 points), through tournament play, for signing up (50 points for creating an account and choosing a screen name) and even just sitting at a table (1 point per 60 minutes play). Although this can sound complex initially, a player really just needs to get playing and the points will look after themselves. And with 60 days of earning potential for each player it’s possible to amass quite a nice bonus. Incidentally, once the bonus is earned there is no further rollover requirement.

As well as this sign-up bonus, Bodog does offer individual bonus offers to customers giving them the chance to earn additional bonus money or to enter tournaments for free.

Customer Support:

Customer support at Bodog comes in the form if email, telephone (international freefone) and live chat. With 24/7 assistance available it’s easy to get help if you need it. Of course, many people will never need this help but it’s good to know assistance is there if you need it.

Other Comments and Summary:

Bodog is a decent poker room and although it isn’t part of a poker network, the site has enough customers for a decent game to be found any time of the day or night. Low to mid-level Hold’em games are very popular and the tournaments are always attractive. With good cash processing and easy-to-access support Bodog is definitely a site worth checking out. The loose action and nice sign-up bonus could well make you a nice pot of cash!

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