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Summary

Bodog Poker, part of a group offering sports betting and casino games, is known for offering a high quality gaming experience to its players. This in turn has attracted star power and the site is now endorsed by an array of poker superstars.  “Team Bodog Poker” comprises Evelyn Ng, David Williams (the 2004 world series of poker main event runner up), Josh Arieh (who finished third in that same event) and Jamie Gold (the winner of the most recent main event championship event).

Poker Games Available

Bodog Poker offers a large selection of games including everyone’s favourite poker variant, Texas Hold ‘Em.  They offer fixed limit, pot limit and no limit betting structures and the games are available in a range of limits from mere pennies all the way up to potentially hundreds of dollars per bet for limit and two-figure blinds for pot limit and no limit.

Bodog Poker also offers action with the following poker variants: Omaha, Omaha/8, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud/8 and Five Card Stud.

Software

Through an innovative design that has not to date been emulated by any other poker site, Bodog Poker allows players to play three tables on the same screen.  Players can switch back and forth between these tables and easily follow the progress on all three with very little difficulty or discomfort involved in doing so.  An added bonus to this is the fact that Bodog Poker software does not slow down at all when all three tables are being played at once - a factor that cripples the usability of many other large poker rooms. The flip side of the coin, however, is that players can only multi-table up to three different tables at a time (i.e. it is capped).  While this will not affect most players, some might not want to play any less than four at once and these players will not be well served by playing at Bodog Poker.

Bonus

Bodog Poker offers new players a 10% bonus on their first deposit.  The bonus is released in one lump sum when the player has collected 3 Bodog Poker Points for each $1 of bonus money (see the following section for an explanation of Bodog Poker Points).  Alternatively, players can clear the bonus through sports betting or casino wagering.  While the versatility of this setup is a positive, it is offset by the fact that only one bonus is offered by all the Bodog Sites and, therefore, if you have played at the casino or sportsbook you may be ineligible. Most multi-gaming websites (e.g. Party Gaming and Bet365 to name a couple of examples) offer multiple bonuses.

Loyalty Program

Bodog Poker’s loyalty program works around its basic unit of currency: the Bodog Poker Point. Players can earn Bodog Poker Points in a number of ways.  In cash games, each raked hand that a player contributes to earns them between 0.1 and 1 Bodog Poker Point, depending on how much rake is taken from the hand.  In addition, players can earn Bodog Poker Points through the payment of tournament entry fees at the ratio of 3 Bodog Poker Points for each $1 of fees paid.  Furthermore, players are also rewarded for the amount of time they spend playing, with each hour at the table earning a player 1 Bodog Poker Point (with a maximum cap of 500 per month).
 
The drawback of the rewards program, however, is that the only way to use Bodog Poker Points is as buy-ins to specific tournaments.  While it is useful for some players to be able to use the points in this way, players that strictly just play in cash games will get little use and prefer cashback conversion or merchandise.

Support

Bodog Poker offers three levels of support, all of which are manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The first level they offer is located on their website in the form of a lengthy list of frequently asked questions.  These are questions that their staff receives on a regular basis and answers to them are available in one of two FAQ documents.

For players that do not receive the answer they need from the FAQ, there are two other methods of support that they can pursue.  They can e-mail the site directly using their support e-mail address of and wait for an answer, which usually occurs within a few hours of the e-mail.  Alternatively, Bodog also offers a telephone customer support service.  Players can call 1-888-263-0000 and chat directly with a customer service agent should they wish.  Agents have access to all account information and can quickly correct account-specific errors should the need arise.

Account Funding Methods

Players can fund their Bodog Poker real money accounts through the following deposit methods: Click2Pay, NETeller, Moneybookers, eWalletXpress, NUcharge or Credit Card.

Account Withdrawal Methods

According to Bodog policy, all deposits that have been made through NETeller, Moneybookers and Click2Pay must be processed and credited back to the same method that was used for the initial deposit.

All additional cash outs may be done through either the three methods mentioned in the previous paragraph or through the following two methods: Cheque through normal mail or Cheque through courier mail.

Legalities

Bodog Poker is a member of the Bodoglife.com entertainment group that was founded by Calvin Ayre.  In addition to poker, they also offer an online casino as well as wagering on horse races and other popular sports.

Bodog Poker is based in Antigua.

 

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