Bovada Poker – Best US Poker

August 09, 2013 :: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Play

Since the United States government has still neglected to deal with the issue of online poker, many of the top poker rooms are still avoiding the American poker market. While online poker is still booming overseas, the number of dedicated real money poker players in the US has steadily dropped since 2011.

There has been some reform in certain states: Nevada, New Jersey and California. However, these states can only set up poker rooms that can be used by players that reside in that state. The main problem is that there is not a large enough player pool in most states which is why the top poker sites always combine the poker players from all around the world.

One company, however, has stepped up to the plate for US poker, Bovada is an offshoot of the popular Bodog brand which was forced to pull out of the US market in order to gain a foothold in Great Britain. Bovada offers real money online poker rooms to players in every state which does not specifically have laws forbidding online poker. (Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington have laws against online poker)

Bovada Poker

Bovada currently has the largest pool of American players at their tables. This ranges from 2000 players during non-peak hours to upwards of 10,000 players on evenings and weekends.

The one feature that many online pros hate but amateurs should like about Bovada is that the tables are completely anonymous. This means that the usual poker tracking software won’t work. Poker tracking software is the lazy way to figure out what type of opponent that you are playing against. A good poker player should be able to reasonably figure out who they are playing against after about 50 hands or so. See Classify your Opponents for more details.

Besides that feature, you will find all of the amenities of your typical giant poker rooms like PokerStars, Full Tilt or Party Poker. Cash games are heavily featured, followed by Scheduled Tournaments. Both of these are very popular. Though, you may have to wait upwards of 10 minutes if you want to play a Sit & Go (single or double table tournament).

The newest feature to be offered by Bovada is the Zone Poker tables. In Zone Poker, you will be playing against other random people. The “table” that you enter will have many participants (100 or more). You will be seated at a table for one hand against the random opponents; you can choose to play the hand or Fold Now and be automatically moved to another table.


You can see from the picture above what I mean by the anonymous players at the table. All you get is a number and the amount of money that you have. If you would like to try it, you should first try the Play Money tables so you can get the hang of things. Of course, people don’t play the same when they aren’t playing for real money; but you will still get the general gist of things.

Depositing/Withdrawing Options

The main problem when you are from the US is trying to make a deposit into your player’s account. Bovada makes it easier than most. First, they offer the Visa credit card option. Most other smaller poker rooms don’t have this option. Unfortunately, this is the only type of credit card that Bovada accepts.

If you do not have a Visa, you still have two other options: Money Transfer and Rapid Transfer. Both of these rely on you calling an 800 number and setting up a money transfer at a local retail outlet that is near you. However, if you are a good poker player, you should only need to make that trip a couple of times to get your bankroll to a sustainable level.

Bovada’s real strength is the speed for which they get your money back to you when you make a withdrawal. They average between 2 and 4 days. You can compare that with the up to two weeks (or more in some cases) that you will find when you try to take money out at another gambling establishment.

Bovada offers real customer service representatives that will help you with any problem that you may have.

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