Bodog has been around for a long time. They were founded 22 years ago, in the year 2000, although these days they are more commonly known by the Ignition or Bovada brands. In 2017 they were sold to a group from Hong Kong, the Pai Wang Luo network, although they are still commonly referred to by their American brand name. Bodog is the Canadian facing brand of this network, which offers games throughout the Americas and world wide as well. Please note the Bodog brand is only for Canadians. If you are not Canadian you cannot play on this brand. However, you may be able to play on Ignition or Bovada, which accept players from all over.
Most of the action on Bodog is in big bet games, specifically NLHE and PLO. Games start at .02/.05 and go up to $10/$20. The games are anonymous, and the action is pretty good. They also have zone poker, which is the same thing as zoom where every time you fold a hand you get a new one, but it only runs for NLHE. The games are anonymous, which means that there are no usernames, instead each player at the table is known by a number. Another interesting feature is that when you join a cash game, there is just a sit down and play button. You can't watch the different tables and choose where you play. This is intended to give recreational players a more realistic experience. Despite the fact that the games are anonymous, HUDs still work, although you may need a card catcher as well as your HUD. Still, because of the short sample sizes on account of all the players being anonymous, you are probably better off making your reads the old fashioned way, by carefully watching your opponents.
In addition to poker, you can also find casino games and sports betting at Bodog, so it is really an all in one online gambling establishment. Whatever your pleasure you can find it at Bodog. Their casino has a whole bunch of video slots and jackpot slots, including 777 Deluxe with a $143,000 Jackpot. And they have tons of other video slots, like Avalon or Astral Pug. With hundreds of slots at your disposal you will never get bored. They also have table games, including single deck blackjack with a low house edge, but also Caribbean Holdem, Craps, Baccarat, Tri-Card Poker, and a lot more. They also have live dealer games. There are no shortage of games in their casino, and a lot of casino targeted bonuses as well. Aside from their casino page, they also have a full sportsbook where you can bet on tennis, hockey, football, whatever you want. In addition to all of the major sports, they also allow you to bet on more esoteric options like E-Sports. If you like counter strike, Dota 2, Call of Duty, Counter Strike, or League of Legends you can put down a bit of action on your top e-gamer.
In order to attract new players, Bodog does offer a pretty interesting 100% up to $1000 deposit bonus. Like most poker deposit bonuses, this one you have to clear by playing. The more you play, the faster you clear it. Every 150 rewards points you earn, you unlock $5. This is a really great bonus because it takes only $10 in rake to earn $150 rewards points, meaning you get 50% rakeback during the duration of the bonus. When you couple the soft games with the juicy deposit bonus, you can see that playing on Bodog is a great opportunity for Canadian players. In addition to their deposit bonus, Bodog also has a six tiered rewards program for repeat customers. Tiers range from Black, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, to Bronze. The higher your tier, the better the redemption rate you get for points. You can also earn points from playing casino.
Over the years, the people at Bodog have done some decent promotions, like during a tournament series they had a promo where you could play and win $10+1 satty tickets to try to get a seat in their bigger tournaments. They also have casino and sports betting bonuses, for example a 100% up to $600 casino deposit bonus. And unlike the poker bonus, this is a match bonus, so if you deposit $600 then you get to play with $1200 right away. Of course there is a catch, you have to roll over the deposit and bonus amount a certain number of times before cashing out (25x in fact). And not all games count at 100%. Slots do though, so your best bet if you want to clear it fast is to play slots.
Bodog supports a number of methods for depositing and cashing out, such as credit card, interac e-transfer, Bitcoin, and Bitcoin SV, a Bitcoin fork that was aimed at reducing transaction fees. Transaction fees for Bitcoin can be prohibitively expensive. At the time this review was written transaction fees for Bitcoin were like $20 / transfer. Some alt coins have much lower transaction fees. Bodog is really promoting Bitcoin, and please note they do charge for credit card deposits, although when I did a credit card deposit they did reimburse my fees with equivalent points which was nice.
Bodog is a great place to play. They have a lot of action and great games, even at higher limits. Lots of fish. Their deposit bonus is quite juicy. Unfortunately they don't offer much in the way of rakeback, and there aren't a lot of reload bonuses, so that is one area where they could improve. But over all, the games are great, and Bodog is definitely one of the best sites on the internet to play poker.