Bodog Poker Review
Bodog is one of the most respected names in the industry when it comes to online gambling. Bodog was founded in 1994 and has its head office in Antigua. The site is regulated by the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Service Regulatory Commission.
Bodog built its poker network from scratch and that is why it has a very loyal and large fan base. Bodog is one of the few sites that still offer services to US players but will move out of the US market by the end of 2011.
Software and Graphics
To play poker at Bodog, you need to download their software. Mac users might be disappointed as the software can be used only on the Windows platform. The Bodog software is one of the fastest out there and is quite easy to use. The graphics are also good and you can even have your own avatar while playing the game. There are other customization options as well and overall, the software is quite good.
Games and Tournaments
The site offers Texas Hold'em, 7-card stud, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-card Stud Hi/Lo and 5-card Stud poker games. For new players, Bodog has the most comprehensive learning guide for poker games. Players get tips through articles as well as videos. The competition you will face at Bodog is quite soft. This is because a lot of players on the Bodog network are not professional players, but just play for fun. Because of this, good players have a chance of making a lot of money at Bodog poker rooms.
Bodog has a large variety of tournaments as well, which cater to everyone's needs. You get beginner level tournaments and big tournaments as well, which are qualifiers for bigger tournaments like the World Series of Poker. There are sit n go tournaments as well, and they can be played in the normal or the turbo format. Bodog also has $100,000 guaranteed tournaments every week at Sunday.
Bonuses and Promotions
Bodog has some of the most lucrative bonuses in the industry. Here are some of them:
Deposit bonus: Bodog's deposit bonus is slightly different in its working when compared to the deposit bonuses of other sites. You get a 100% bonus on the amount you deposit during the first 60 days of play. However, to avail this bonus you have to earn a required number of points within that period.
For example if you deposit $100 then you will be eligible for a $100 bonus if you earn the required points within 60 days. If you make a second deposit of $50, then you can earn another $50 in bonus given you accumulate the points. Here is a look at how you can earn the points, and how the bonus is released.
As soon as you open your account, you get 50 points.
Points are given based on your contribution to raked hands, your play in tournaments and time you spend playing at a real money tables.
If you deposit $100, then 100 points will give you a bonus of $10. When you reach 500 points, you will be given another $40 to make your bonus $50. When you earn 1000 points, you will get the remaining $50 of your bonus.
Banking Options and Security
Bodog supports various banking options like Visa/MasterCard/Maestro credit and debit cards, Neteller, Moneybookers and many others. There is no fee charged by Bodog on transactions through e-wallets, even though the e-wallet company might charge you for it. Bodog may charge you a certain amount on transactions if your account is inactive for a long time. Its transactions are secured by a 128-bit SSL encryption and the random number generator has the certificate of integrity from TST labs.