Bovada may be most widely known for their sportsbook, but online poker players in the US should know that there is no better place to play. As such, Bovada is undoubtedly regarded as an industry-leader in the United States and offers an online poker product that leaves a lot to write home about.
Bovada is a name that has been in the US since the early 2010s and is owned and operated by a group of people with a multitude of experience, which shows in the end-product.
The following will walk you through everything there is to know about Bovada’s online poker platform. From game types, to limits, and even banking methods available, we will leave no stone unturned in order to inform any and all prospective players.
Online Poker at Bovada
As with most sites nowadays, Bovada’s online poker platform can be accessed in a few different ways. For those who plan to play on a desktop or laptop computer, the option exists to play directly from within your web browser. Alternatively, players can download the Bovada poker software to their computer; which takes only a few minutes.
Bovada poker is also available to be used on Android and Apple mobile devices. No download is required to play on a mobile device as the poker client will function within your smartphone or tablet’s web browser.
When you navigate to the Poker homepage of Bovada, the ‘Play Poker’ button will take you to the poker lobby. Here, you will see ‘Cash games” listed amongst the other game types, which include tournaments, sit & gos, and so on.
Once you have selected the cash games option, you will then be able to filter through a few different metrics to better find the game of your choice. First, you will need to select whether you would like to play Hold’em, Omaha, or Omaha Hi/Lo. Next you will select your limit (none, pot, or fixed) and, finally, you will choose between a 2, 6, or 9-seat table. Once you have made your choices, you will be presented with a list of stake levels at which to play. Upon making this selection you will choose your buy-in and then select the ‘Take My Seat’ option.
If you’re wondering why there is not some large list of open tables, that is because Bovada employs the use of Anonymous Seating. Rather than select a username that is attached to a profile, Bovada simply seats players at random tables with no identifiers. This means that you never really know who you are playing with. What this does is create a completely level playing field where no one has any sort of advantage over anyone else.
Speaking of stake levels, here is a complete listing of those available for cash games:
At any given time, you will see hundreds of online poker tournaments listed on Bovada. If you would like, you can sift through them yourself, but we highly recommend making use of yet another filtering tool available to you.
The tournament filters available include the following:
- Tournament Type: All, Regular, Special, $150k Guaranteed, Satellites, Private
- Game Type: All, Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo
- Buy-In: All, $0-$5, >$5-$15, >$15-$50, >$50
- Status: All, Announced, Registering, Late Registration, Running, Finished
- Limit: All, No Limit, Pot Limit, Fixed Limit
As you can see from the above filtering tools, there are an overwhelming number and variety of tournaments at Bovada. In terms of “when” tournaments take place, the easiest answer is “all of the time,” because there are tournaments running at seemingly all hours of the day and night. With that said, Bovada tends to schedule their higher-profile, higher-dollar tournaments for evenings and weekends.
Sit & Go Tournaments
Sit and Go tournaments on Bovada feature anywhere from two to 45 players and have buy-ins ranging from as little as a single dollar to as high as $200. While sit & go tournaments function on Bovada just as they do at any other online poker site, there are different game ‘types’ that influence how sit & go events unfold. The following are the different types of games along with a brief explanation of what they mean:
- Deep Stack: Begin with twice as many chips
- Satellite: qualifying event for a larger tournament
- Turbo: blind levels increase more rapidly
- Double Up: If you survive half the field, your buy-in doubles
- Triple Up: If you survive to the top third, your buy-in triples
- Hyper Turbo: Fastest blind level increases available
As far as the number of sit & go tournaments available is concerned, you will see anywhere from 100-200 events listed at any single time.
Jackpot Sit & Go Tournaments
Jackpot sit & go tournaments are aimed at casual players who may not be willing to risk $50+ to enter a standard sit & go, or may not have the time to endure the full course of an hours long tournament. With low buy-ins and large potential winnings, Jackpot Sit & Gos are perfect for the player who may not have the bankroll to play in tournaments with larger buy-ins.
Jackpot Sit & Go tournaments consist of three players and are always Texas Hold’em. Because it only takes three players for a Jackpot Sit & Go to begin, tournaments are available at all times. The pre-set buy-ins (and the jackpots they can reach) are $0.50 ($600), $2 ($2,400), $7 ($8,400), $20 ($24,000), $60 ($72,000), and $100 ($1,000,000).
At face value, these tournaments offer players a chance to win large sums without ever having to risk any of their own money. With that said, of course, these are the ceiling potentials for these jackpots. There is no guaranteeing that the $100 buy-in Jackpot Sit & Go will have a $1,000,000 jackpot, but rather that there is the potential for it.
Zone poker is one of the most unique features of Bovada’s entire offering. Like most things Bovada does, Zone Poker is built on speed. Whether you realize it or not, players waste countless minutes waiting for a hand of poker to conclude once they have folded. For conservative players, this is especially true.
Zone Poker at Bovada functions just like any other poker game, only when your hand is folded you are immediately taken to a new table with new players. Rather than sit and wait for the remaining players to settle their hands, you are quickly able to begin with a fresh hand and a fresh, new group of players.
Welcome Bonus and Other Promotions
100% Deposit Welcome Bonus
For players who have decided that they would like to give Bovada a try, there is an attractive welcome bonus aimed at first-time deposits. The bonus works as a 100% matching bonus on first deposits with up to $500 in bonus funds available. In other words, if you make an initial deposit of $100, you will instantly have $200 in your account and available for play.
Though there are no playthrough requirements for this particular bonus, the funds will be unlocked in $5 increments for every 150 Reward Points earned by way of onlaine poker. On top of that, the bonus is only active for 30 days, so if you have not unlocked all of your bonus funds, you will only lay claim to the funds that you have earned during those first 30 days.
Bovada Rewards Program
Bovada’s Rewards Program is simple in that you are automatically enrolled and earn points by playing just as you would normally. With regard to how the Rewards Program impacts the abovementioned welcome bonus, you need to understand how many Reward Points are earned per $1 of rake. Below will quickly break this down:
Cash Games: 15 Rewards Points earned for every $1 in rake
Tournaments (including standard Sit & Gos): 15 Rewards Points earned for every $1 in fees
Jackpot Sit & Gos: 1.5 Rewards Points earned for every $1 of buy-in