Bodog has decided to give their players a few special treats in the holiday season, and they will start with a few different tournament options for multi-table tournament players, and also some cash game variations that should bring a smile to quite a few people’s faces. Bodog Poker has always been one of the online poker sites that are very open to change, and creating an excellent all around atmosphere for players, and this will do just that.
For starters, they have decided to offer a few different tournament types such as Shootout events, where players will have to win their table in order to move on, Knockout tournaments in which players will receive a bounty for knocking out each player throughout the event, and Heads up tournament which will feature only heads up play.
Now let’s take a look at the ring game options that have changed. The creation of “anonymous tables” should definitely draw some interest, as it allows players to not be tracked by their opponents, and they will also have no idea who they are up against. It makes it so that the poker is purely based on your own skill. Bodog has also made it so that you can play more tables at one time. While players are only allowed to play four cash games or sit-n-go’s at a time, they have made it so that players can play more multi-table tournaments now. In total, they will allow players to have up to 20 games tables going at once between the three types of games. Last but not least is the addition of “rabbit hunting”, which is where players can see the next card that would have been dealt after they fold their hand. This is something that is added to help players see if they made the right decision to fold.
One last addition that’s interesting, is the option for players to play Blackjack on the poker side of things. It will be an in-client game so that players can keep themselves entertained between hands or on breaks from tournaments. You will be able to fund the Blackjack game right from your online poker account as well.
Bodog Poker has just introduced a new promotion called Mega Micro Stakes that promises players a shot in $10,000 worth of freeroll tournaments. The Bodog Poker Mega Micro Stakes promotion runs from October 17 to November 13, 2011. Each week participating players vie for seats in a $2,500 freeroll.
Here’s how the Bodog Poker Mega Micro Stakes promotion works: play in any micro stakes games at Bodog Poker and you’ll earn poker points as you always do at the site. Then you can earn one of two different bonuses each week based on how many poker points you’ve earned. Either you’ll get a $10 bonus for earning 30 poker points or a $20 bonus for earning 50 poker points.
For those same 30 poker points that guarantee you at least a $10 bonus, you also gain entry into that week’s $2,500 Mega Micro Stakes freeroll tournament, which takes place the following Tuesday at 8:40 pm ET.
Micro stakes games are all single table tournaments and multi-table tournaments with buy-ins of less than $5 (not including any fee.) Micro stakes fixed limit ring games have stakes of below $0.25 / $0.50 and no limit ring game micro stakes are under $0.10 / $0.25.
You earn Bodog Poker points (PTS) three different ways. The first two are by playing in raked hands in cash games, by paying tournament entry fees. You also simultaneously earn PTS for simply spending time playing at Bodog Poker, with 1 PTS earned for every 60 minutes spent playing online.
Bodog Poker made a commitment to bring in changes to put the fun back into poker and make life easier for the all-important recreational player. Currently there is a wealth (quite literally) of data available on individual players and websites that only benefit professional players to the detriment of recreational player and, equally therefore, to the detriment of the poker industry itself.
Recently Bodog took another huge step in protecting the players that actually keep online poker buoyant by removing tables that are full from the lobby and thus stopping data sites accessing accurate information on player numbers.
Bodog Poker Network has already forced the industry to rethink its approach to rakeback causing the major rooms to follow suit. Now Bodog’s Recreational Poker Model has removed table information they will be less attractive to professional players and by the end of the year even individual player stats, both live and historical, will no longer be available to data sites.
Jonas Odman, Vice President of Bodog Poker Network, commented: “It is vital for the online poker industry that the depositing players are put first rather than the high raking professionals who rarely, if ever, add new money to the pot. This is the first in a long line of steps that will make Bodog’s Recreational Poker Model the best place for the casual player to enjoy the game again. Later in the year we will have some additional features that we will roll out along with the new software which we are confident will make the playability of the site one of the best in the industry.”
Bodog has signed another member of the poker sisterhood in Amanda Leatherman who will be joining Evelyn Ngand Tatjana Pasalic as Team Bodog trebles up.
The single, ex-cheerleader is well known to the poker community and will soon be hitting the felts in the famous Bodog brand colours…once her knee has healed up. Being a Bodog girl Amanda likes a drink and at her recent birthday party she had a fight with a hammock…and lost, resulting in an impressive gash on her right knee.
Originally from North Carolina, Amanda can now be found lounging on the beaches of LA, but always in very impressive shoes and little else!
Amanda stated: “The Bodog life and my own are scarily similar. I can’t wait to do the Bodog photo shoot. I’ll be posting those shots on my facebook as soon as I have them but in the meantime I’ll see you all at the tables, both live and online.”
Bodog Poker will be sending 30 of its players to the Punta Cana Poker Classic, taking place in the Dominican Republic and featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. From September 1 through October 16, Bodog Poker is holding a series of satellite qualifiers for tournament players and random drawings for cash game and sit and go tournament players to find the members of Team Bodog to send to this anticipated annual event.
The qualifier series is built of three different levels, each of which you can enter directly by paying the respective prize pool or win your way into via the previous event. It starts with a $0.50 + $0.05 Cheap Seat, leads into a $35 + $3.50 Punta Cana Semifinal which in turns leads to the $230 + $20 Punta Cana Satellite where the prize packages will be awarded.
Each of the 30 Punta Cana Poker Classic prize packages up for grabs is worth $4,000 and includes the $1,650 buy-in into the main event, a 5-night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a travel allowance of $1,000, a $1,500 voucher to spend on hotel amenities and access to exclusive side events, cash games and hotel entertainment and nighttime activities.
The other way you can win one of these 30 free seats in the $500K guaranteed Punta Cana Poker Classic is through the Qualify by Draw route. Here, you receive one draw entry and $10 for for every 75 poker points you earn. You can earn an unlimited number of draw tickets this way, but only a maximum cash reward of $150.
New players at Bodog Poker can now earn as much as a 110% match on their initial deposits into a Bodog Poker real money account, up to a maximum bonus amount of $1,100.
Here’s how it works: players download the poker software and register for their new Bodog account. Then they make their first deposit. Instantly, they receive a 10% match on that amount. Then they proceed to play at Bodog Poker, as they do so accumulating poker points. At certain target levels of poker points reached, Bodog Poker will issue another cash bonus on top of any bonuses already awarded. With the first 100 points, for example, players earn $10. After 500 poker points, players get an additional $40. The targets and awards increase from there until accumulating 10,000 points and getting the final $400 bonus for a cumulative $1,100 maximum possible bonus.
Players can earn poker points through a number of different methods. All players earn poker points at a rate of 1 point per 60 minutes for every hour they spend playing at the site. Additionally, tournament players earn three more points for every dollar they spend in fees. And ring game players earn poker points based on how much they contribute to the rake taken from each pot.
These are the only redemption requirements for this bonus. Bodog Poker does not impose any additional rollover or play-through requirements on bonus money earned in this particular promotion. That means you can withdraw the bonus cash as soon as you earn it. But then you’d be missing out on all the fun of playing at Bodog Poker, of course.
While much of poker world is wrapped in the World Series of Poker 2011, Bodog Poker is running its Mini Poker Series and setting eyes on the 2012 WSOP.
Running from Saturday June 11 to Sunday July 10, the Bodog Mini Poker Series is made up of 30 events in all different NL Holdem game structures, each for a $10 + $1 buy-in, most with a guaranteed prize pool of $2,000. In addition, Bodog is hosting a semifinal and final event on July 12 and 14, respectively, for the most successful players in the series.
The top 3 finishers at each of events 1 – 30 will automatically win seats in the July 14 final. The 4th – 9th place finishers will win seats in the July 12 semifinal. You can also earn a seat in the semifinal by participating in at least 15 different Mini Poker Series tournaments. The top 50 players at the semifinal will then win seats in the final.
Starting June 6, 2011, Bodog Poker has been running Mini Poker Series Event Qualifiers several times each day for $2 + $0.20 buy-ins with 5 seats guaranteed to be awarded at each event. And starting June 11, Bodog adds 5 more daily qualifiers, called Last Chance Qualifiers, for $3 + $0.30 buy-ins with 3 seats guaranteed at each.
The first place winner of the Bodog Mini Poker Series Final will win a $12,000 World Series of Poker prize package that includes a free seat in the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
Bodog Poker launches their Mini Poker Series Saturday June 11, 2011. The Mini Poker Series boasts as one of its prizes the very first 2012 WSOP Main Event prize packages to be won. The series boasts 30 preliminary events, all with guaranteed prize pools. The real jewel is the final and you cannot buy into it, you have to win your way in. All events are holdem poker, but some interesting structures await.
Bodog Mini Series of Poker is accessible to everyone. All of the 30 preliminary events have a small $11 buy in. Getting into the final event can be done with quality or quantity, or a little of both.
Mini Poker Series Events #1- #30
1. Top 3 winners receive a ticket to the Mini Poker Series
Final on July 14th
2. Players finishing 4th to 9th receive a ticket to the Mini
Poker Series Semifinal on July 12th
3. Prize pool will be distributed as per Bodog’s standard
multi-table payout table
Mini Poker Series Semifinal
1. Top 50 finishers will receive entry into the Mini Poker
Series final on July 14th
How do I get invited?
1. Play in 15 to 24 Mini Poker Series Events OR
2. Place 4th to 9th in any Mini Poker Series Event
Mini Poker Series Final
1. 1st place Grand Prize: $12,000 prize package, including
a 2012 Main Event buy-in
2. 2nd and 3rd place prize: Bodog Poker Open VI prize
package, including a buy-in for every BPO event
3. 4th to 9th place prize: $162 Tournament Ticket for entry to the
$100,000 Guaranteed Tournament every Sunday at 4PM ET
How do I get invited? 1. Play in 25 or more qualifying events OR
2. Finish in the top 50 in the Semifinal OR
3. Place in the top 3 in a qualifying event
Bodog Poker is now holding $15,000 worth of freeroll tournaments each month. Players qualify for these freerolls using Bodog Poker Points earned through the regular course of play at Bodog Poker’s cash game and tournament tables. Or you can skip the qualifiers and pay the buy-in, also in Bodog Poker Points of course. Either way, twice per month, Bodog is holding these events, and giving away at $7.5K prize pool at each.
The cheapest way to get in is for 25 Bodog points. That’s the buy-in for the 10:40 pm daily freeroll (weekends included), each of which sends the top 15 players to the $7.5K freeroll final. For 200 Bodog points you can get in the 6:10 pm daily freeroll (weekends also included) from each of which 10 players advance to the $7.5K final.
In between these two buy-ins is an event for 150 Bodog points that takes place all day every day. It’s a Sit & Go, of course, six-handed, each one sending its winner to $7.5K final.
Remember, there are no cash entries into these freerolls and their freeroll qualifiers. To earn more Bodog poker points to use toward entry into any of these events, simply play poker at Bodog’s real money tournament and cash tables. Every time Bodog takes a fee from your tournament buy-in or a rake from your cash game pot, you earn points.
On the 2nd and final Saturday of every month, Bodog Poker will hold the $7.5K Freeroll final at 2:20 pm, with the top 20% of its players splitting the $7.5K prize pool, and the winner receiving $1K.
With the departure of Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker from the US online poker landscape you may be left wondering where everyone is playing these days. A handful of poker sites have begun to stand out and make a name for themselves. We’ll break down a few today and let you know why they’re on the rise and what the best alternatives are for former Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker players.
The Merge Poker Network is growing the fastest but you may be surprised to know that it is not their flagship site Carbon Poker that is leading the way. The rising star for the Merge network is Lock Poker due to unique promotions, an ultra sleek design and a 200% up to $1200 deposit bonus. Another Merge skin that is growing rapidly is RPM Poker. If we were to list the top Merge skins in order it would be Lock Poker, Carbon Poker and RPM Poker. Keep in mind that while all three share most of their tournaments and all the cash game tables. Each also runs their own unique promotions. These poker sites are all 100% Mac compatible.
Also on the rise is Bodog Poker. This is no surprise as Bodog is an established site with a great reputation for customer service and successful deposit methods. They not only offer a Poker room but also a full casino and sportsbook. The 110% up to $1100 deposit bonus on Bodog is great as well. If you’re primarily a cash game players, there are two things to keep in mind if you decide to play at Bodog Poker. First, their Mac version is not a full version of the software. Second, Bodog limits the amount of tables you can play.
If you’re looking for a no download instant play poker site then there is only one we can recommend and that is Luvin Poker on the Everleaf Network. Everleaf is a small network that is also growing rapidly as of late and may by the end of the year be a real contender. While there are several sites on the network we at Holdem Poker Chat only endorse Luvin Poker because we love their customer support and they offer players a nice 100% up to $1000 deposit bonus.
Last week we came across a real gem of a poker site on the Cake Poker network. Sports Interaction Poker is a cake poker skin that accepts eChecks as a deposit method. As far as we can tell they are the only online poker site serving the US that has this as a deposit option. If you’re a former Pokerstars or Full Tilt Poker players, I’m sure this is great news for you. Our top poker sites on the Cake poker network are Intertops Poker and Cake Poker.
You can find more information on all these poker sites and full reviews by visiting our USA Poker Sites page.
We’ll continue to monitor which online poker sites continue to serve the US and adjust our rankings accordingly. For now we feel that the poker sites listed above are the safest and most promising for all US poker players.