A new site on the block, Bovada Poker is a new venture from the Morris Mohawk Gaming (MMGG) Group. Its launch was greeted with considerable fanfare and some concern as previously MMGG was the US licensee for the Bodog brand. With that licensing agreement now ended, MMGG has opened Bovada and has thrown open its doors to both US and European players.
While many new poker sites suffer with traffic Bovada has sidestepped this particular pitfall by importing the players it previously managed under the Bodog brand. The port was completely seamless which certainly hints at good things from this new company.
Sporting a unique .lv domain which further emphasizes the Las Vegas feel that its software is built around, Bovada seems to be a new rising star in the online poker world. It is licensed by the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada and offers a full betting experience that includes sportsbook, casino and horse racing betting.
But how does Bovada measure up to other poker sites in terms of traffic, freerolls and tournaments? We took a look under the hood to find out!
Having not long started out, Bovada is understandably thin on big money tournaments, but does offer a weekly $100,000 guaranteed that runs every Sunday. Regular tournaments can also be found and traffic is reasonable, although do bear in mind that the bulk of the player base is based in the US and thus peak times tend to be on US schedules. One interesting software feature that Bovada has for tournament players is that you can play up to 20 MTT tables simultaneously. For those that like to grind out tournament winnings this will certainly be welcome. And because the tournaments do not see overwhelming traffic as they do on other sites, they offer great opportunities for stronger players to consistently place in them.
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Bovada is also offering bi-monthly $7,500 freerolls for players to enjoy, with daily qualifiers running. This is a great bankroll booster and offers players the chance to get their hands on some free cash. There is also a bad beat bonus and a royal flush bonus for players that like to chase jackpots, as well as free entry into the $100,000 guaranteed for new depositors.
There is reasonable game selection with the site offering the main poker variants including:
The software is slick and easy to use and has a number of interesting features. There is a rabbit cam to let you see the next card that would have been dealt for those that like to torment themselves with what might have been. What is also very interesting is that Bovada are also using Bodog's pioneering anonymous table software that creates a level playing field and stops the sharks using software to gain an advantage by tracking player statistics.
The anonymous tables are very important for a new site like Bovada that is trying to attract new players. New sites often advertise that they have many fish to make it attractive for existing players to make the switch from other sites. However, at Bovada, the anonymous tables creates a level playing field that encourages new and weaker players to play at the site confident in the fact that their errors are not being tracked and exploited by pros.
Customer support is in the form of a US toll-free number that is great news for American players. There is also email support and there are multi-lingual operators who respond quickly to enquiries, maintaining a high standard of customer care on the site.
In summary, Bovada looks to be an interesting offering on the poker scene and while it continues to accept players from around the world, including the US, there is strong potential for its continued growth. This, combined with its protection of weaker players with its anonymous tables, should help it to become a bigger player on the online poker scene in the near future.
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