BODOG POKER

REVIEW

Bodog is famous to many for their unconventional style. One example is when their sports book accepted bets on whether the ex-wife or Paul Mccartney, Heather Mills, would lose her prosthetic leg during the shooting of the popular TV show “Dancing with the starts”.

Their poker room is also unconventional in many ways. The first deposit bonus has a roof of $500, but 10% is added to your account immediately upon depositing as a bonus balance, while your deposit and real money balance is referred to as eCash. There is nothing unconventional about the registering process except that you are given a 7 digit account number instead of the choice of a username.

The scheduled tournaments at Bodog Poker is divided into the three usual poker types (Hold’em, Omaha, Stud), each with six under categories: 1: ‘Daily tournaments’, 2: ‘$100K Guaranteed’, 3: ‘BPO’, 4: ‘Live Events’, 5: ‘Special tournaments’ and 6: ‘Private tournaments’).

As ‘Daily tournaments’ you will find all tournaments played that day. In the ‘$100K Guaranteed’ category you will find satellites and qualifiers into Bodog’s biggest weekly event. You can get a seat through freeroll tournaments, ‘Cheap Seat tournaments’, and semi final tournaments. ‘BPO’ stands for Bodog Poker Open and has the same satellite structure more or less. As do the Live Event category which lists satellites offered by Bodog to future live events. Member can create Private tournaments and all the tournaments not yet mentioned falls into the Special tournaments category.

In other words, there is no shortage of options. But despite many types of tournaments at Bodog Poker, they run few scheduled multi-table tournaments compared to the competition. You receive 3 Poker Points for every $1.00 in fees paid for tournaments you enter. For example, you will get 15 Poker Points for a tournament with an entry of $50 + $5. The exchange rate is $1.00 per 100 Poker Points and they can also be used as buy-in for tournaments.

Once you get on a table you will see that the graphic is a bit unusual. Instead of the normal circles or seats, each player has their optional avatar within an off shaped square. The gameplay features can be found under a drop down menu called ‘Player Tools’ and contains stats, notes, profiles, chat, game details, tournament progress, tournament payouts, and ‘tournament players’. In addition to the Player Tools in the poker client, you will also find an extensive personal menu when logged into the Bodog website.

You get a warning when you enter a rebuy tournament, which can be helpful when you have not realized it, but the room allows playing cards on avatars identical to the ones you play with, which can be confusing. The largest tournaments start at 4:00pm ET.

Founded in 1994, Bodog has its head office, and is licensed in, the Caribbean nation of Antigua. American players are accepted and there are no tax free winnings within the EU. Tournaments have synchronized breaks and late registration is available.

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