If you haven’t heard the news yet, Bovada Poker will be withdrawing from the US market. They will continue to offer their sportsbook and casino products, but those looking to play online poker will have to do so under the new brand: Ignition Casino.
Ignition Casino, owned and operated by the company Lyton Limited, will be acquiring the poker part of the business. Current Bovada players have until September 30 to make the transition to Ignition Poker and this review tells you how to do it and what you can expect to find on the new room.
Making the Transition
As of right now, players from both Bovada and Ignition are a part of the same player pool. However, this will end on September 30th, which is the deadline date for all players to make a transition and transfer their account over.
To encourage the transition, Ignition Poker offers a $1,100 welcome bonus as well as $10 completely free. All players are welcome to take advantage of this offer but if you also like to indulge the sportsbook, make sure to leave some money in your account as the process doesn’t work both ways, i.e. you can’t send money back to Bovada after the transfer.
One thing to keep in mind is that your points will not be transferred. This means that you should try and convert your points into cash before the deadline, so not to lose anything.
Ignition Poker Software and Availability
According to early announcements, Ignition Poker will be made available to US players only. In terms of software, the company intends to keep the Bovada software that all players are used to, so the transition should be made somewhat easier.
This means that software will be available across different platforms including Windows and Mac computers as well as a range of different mobile devices.
Anonymous tables, which created quite a buzz in the community and became somewhat of a hit among the players, will still be there as well.
Old Bovada players already know that this means that HUD (Heads Up Display) software cannot be used. Although this business model oriented towards recreational players doesn’t fit well with some, there’s been a lot of positive feedback about anonymous tables, so Ignition Poker is intent on sticking with the model.
Other than this, there are some pretty neat options included in the software, like selecting the card design, taking session notes, and enabling animations which can be a lot of fun for recreational players (lightning bolts, flames, etc.).
Games and Player Numbers
At this moment in time, Bovada is the third largest online poker room in the world according to Poker Scout. There’s been a positive trend in player numbers for years now and that’s one of the reasons many fail to understand the rationale behind the sale.
In fact, many even believe that the sale is not real and that it is the same group of people behind the acquiring company, Lyton Limited, and Bovada / Bodog. There are speculations that this is just a strategic move to separate Bovada’s sportsbook offer from online poker and nothing more.
Be that as it may, in the eyes of the public, the sales is real and Bovada’s poker segment is now under the new ownership. It remains to be seen how this will affect player numbers on Ignition Poker, i.e. how many players will actually make the transition. Some are naturally a bit skeptical about this recent development, especially because they have hard time rationalizing it.
Talking about game selection, since nothing significant will change, there will still be plenty of options to choose from. This includes anonymous cash tables from the smallest micro-stakes ($0.01 / $0.02) all the way up to nosebleeds.
According to this Ignition Poker review tournament selection doesn’t look bad at all. From the smallest buy-ins for micro-stakes players all the way up to $215 event, there are tournaments running around the clock. Most guarantees are in the $20-$30,000 range, which is very decent for a US-facing room.
We’ve already mentioned the $1,100 welcome deposit bonus, but the offer is more appealing at a first glance than in actuality. Unfortunately, Ignition Poker did not quite come through in the bonus department.
Of the entire $1,100 offer, the first $1,000 is actually a casino bonus which can only be used for table games and slots. There is a 25x playthrough requirement attached to this bonus and it really doesn’t do much on the poker side of things, especially if you are not into casino games.
The $100 part of the bonus is for poker. Players are eligible to receive a 100% welcome bonus up to $100, which does not sound like much compared to Bovada’s 100% up to $1,000 promo. However, the bright side is that bonus is fairly easy to clear and it is released in four increments. To release the full $100, you will need to make 400 points.
Points are earned as follows:
- Every $1 paid in tournament fees: 3 points
- Up to $0.05 rake: 0.05 point
- Between $0.05 and $0.24 rake: 0.10 point
- $0.25 to $0.49: 0.25 point
- $0.50 to $0.99: 0.50 point
- $1+ (up to $3 cap): 1 point
In addition to this, there are also bad beat and royal flush promos which can help you earn some extra cash at the tables.
Banking & Support
Licensed by Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Ignition Poker has a responsibility to process deposits and withdrawals quickly, responsibly, and in a timely manner. Available banking methods include:
- Master & Visa Cards
- Western Union & MoneyGram
This is pretty much in line with the usual banking options at most US sites. However, processing fees for deposits via credit cards are quite high (6% – 10%), so most players should stick to Bitcoin given choice. There are no fees when depositing with Bitcoin.
Withdrawal options are limited to check and Bitcoin. If you opt for a check, be advised that there is a $75 fee attached to the service and the minimum amount is $100. Bitcoin is much more player-friendly, with no withdrawal fees and the minimum of just $20.
In the event of any issues with deposits, withdrawals, or anything else, you can reach out to the Ignition Poker customer support, available 24/7 via live chat, online contact form, and there is even a phone number you can call any time of day or night.