Bodog Poker Review

December 23, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Other

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Bodog Poker

Bodog – No BULL #!T. Bodog is one of the most underrated poker rooms online and one that we certainly commend for sticking to their rebellious guns and continuing to accept US players. In terms of the competition you’ll face at the poker room, this site earns a top rating due to the consistently awful ring game play.

Originally (and still primarily) a sportsbook, Bodog Poker has been operating since 2004 and despite some slips along the way appears to be holding steady with a top 15 market share of player traffic. Quality software and good customer service makes this poker room very attractive to beginners as well as pros.

Unlike some rooms, Bodog Poker also offers the full assortment of poker variations with Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo and even Five-Stud available.

Bodog also one of the best with many deposit alternatives and free express check withdrawals. While the poker branch of Bodog has floated under the radar since its inception several years ago it remains a solid choice with one of the few remaining collections of loose tables.
Bodog Poker Review: Software and Graphics
Bodog Poker has full-featured software offering with a slick, dark theme that aims to cater to the high-stakes lifestyle. The software runs fast and smooth with good playability and a variety of options to customize your playing experience. The Bodog player stats window also keeps up-to-the-hand details on your progress and you can reset these at any time. This site also has a pretty detailed hand history option, allowing you to see every player’s hole cards in a showdown situation.

The overall aesthetic at Bodog Poker is polarizing but most players seem to enjoy the swanky style of the room. The latest version of Bodog Poker’s software supports play at four tables simultaneously where the player is always seated in the middle.

A big plus will also come for multi-table players as the software has a “table-in-table” view. Players can see up to 3 tables on one screen instead of clicking around between multiple windows. Unlike the clunky mini-table views at most sites, the Bodog layout is the most logical and easiest to see.

Unique to Bodog is it no longer uses the classic “table” design; instead players get the feeling of “floating” on a big carpet of felt in the color of choice (a new design about which PokerListings has received various judgments). The look is swanky and different. Some like it, some hate it, but what remains true is that Bodog Poker always tries to stay ahead of the pack.

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Bodog Poker Tournaments and Freerolls

Bodog Poker hosts a ton of tournaments every day with buy-ins ranging from $1 all the way up to several hundred dollars. For the most part tournaments are busy, fast and offer good structures. As usual, players in the low buy-in tournaments are quite bad while the bigger tournaments offer some stronger competition. Bodog regularly has to add $30,000+ to the prize pool just to meet the $100,000 guarantee. This is like starting a tournament with 300 players already knocked out. The buy-in is modest at $100 and players actually have a realistic chance at getting into the biggie by advancing a few steps from the $1 buy-in satellites.

Bodog Poker is most famous for its $100 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed tournament – an event praised for its good structure. Other tournaments where players can win big for small buy-ins are the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker qualifiers.

Bodog Poker offers plenty of free or almost-free tournaments also. The freerolls are mostly large multi-table No-Limit Hold’em tournaments and feature, as expected, exceptionally loose play.

Every day Bodog Poker runs $1,500 in guaranteed freerolls as an easy way to build your bankroll from scratch and they are immensely popular. There are also plenty of tournaments that can be entered using Bodog Poker Player Points

Multi-table and sit-and-go tournaments entered with points usually pay out in tournament tokens or points

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Bonus Clearing: For the 30-day match bonus, $1 is credited for every 10 player points. To use for play on the site, no more points are needed. To withdraw however, the standard bonus rollover is in effect and a player must earn an extra 3 player points/$1.

Loyalty Bonus/Promotions

Bodog Poker offers a loyalty system allowing all new players to start with 50 points. The points can be used in tournaments with real cash prizes. Players can accumulate Bodog Poker points three ways: contributing to a pot that is raked in ring games, playing in tournaments, and with overall time spent playing.

Points are awarded ranging from a maximum of one point when $1-$3 is paid in rake to a minimum of 0.10 points when 5¢-20¢ is paid. For tournaments, six points are awarded for every $1 in fees paid, so you will get 30 Bodog Poker points for entering a tournament with an entry cost of $55 (buy-in and fee).

Bodog Poker also offers a refer-a-friend bonus, where the referrer can earn up to $100 at 20% deposit match of the referral’s first deposit.

Support

Bodog Poker offers support via e-mail and a 24/7 support phone number. Their response time is fairly quick and accurate. The Web site is quite informative and covers most important topics.

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Deposit Options: Americans -Credit cards, eWalleteXpress. Non-Americans – Click2Pay, Neteller, Moneybookers, Paysafecard, Speed Card, eWalletXpress.

Withdrawal Options: Americans – Check by mail, check by courier. Non-Americans – Neteller, Speed Card, Moneybookers.

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