Bovada Poker took a year long hiatus, a gap year if you will, between August 2016 and 2017. During that time the Bodog Poker Network on which Bovada stood was sold and became the PaiWangLuo Network, a network which also includes Bodog and Ignition Poker and one that now boasts an incredible amount of action, thanks in no small part to the return of Bovada Poker to the US scene. New players will dive straight in onto the excellent new Bovada client, and older players, returning after that year out will notice some changes, however rest assured, they are all changes for the good.
The one thing that does remain is that well known red and black Bovada Poker color scheme however there are differences aplenty with the biggest change quite possibly being that of the excellent Quick Seat Interface which allows you to get to the real money action a whole lot faster. Once in the Bovada Poker area a click on the Cash Games button will open up a very cool lobby area in which you have the choice of taking a seat at the Hold'em tables, Omaha Hi tables or those of the Omaha Hi/Lo tables, and you can also choose between No Limit, Pot Limit and Fixed Limit.
You'll then need to pick your table preferences, be that 2 seat Bovada Heads Up games, 6 Seat tables or a full 9 seat table and then the Next button will ask for your wagering preferences. Cash games start from $0.02/$0.05 tables and go up to the nose bleed levels of $10 and $20 and once you've selected all you need to then you're instantly assigned a seat to match what you've chosen. That saves scrolling through the lobby and finding a suitable table to play at, and it’s a feature that really does enhance the Bovada Poker experience no end, however it’s only one section of the lobby of course.
New players will also see a superb Bovada tournaments area in which you can choose your tourney type from regular, special, $100K Guaranteed, Satellites, Private and more, and there are also options for buy in amounts from Micro up to High, as well as type of game of course, and it all makes finding your tournament of choice so much easier. While Bovada Poker was sorely missed during its year away from the US online poker scene, it’s great to see that it’s back, and it’s back with a bang, and new players can take to the virtual felt with a superb 100% up to $500 match deposit welcome bonus.