Online sports betting platform Bovada is back in the poker ecosphere. Bovada added a poker room on its platform on August 22. Bovada used to offer Poker services on the Bodog Network. But it stopped Poker services in August last year, and migrated all accounts to Ignition Casino. Bovada is now back on the PaiWangLuo Network, which acquired the Bodog Network earlier this year. PWL is already thriving in the online Poker scene, and analysts think that a massive Poker traffic from Bovada will further boost the network.
Note: if you switch from Ignition to Bovada, you can get a $500 deposit bonus if you didn’t have an account before
As to why Bovada is back to Poker? Reason are still unclear. I can’t think of any reasons why old Bovada players would like to get back on Bovada from Ignition, considering they will still be playing on the same Pai Wang Luo Poker Network. Keep in mind that old Bovada players are not even eligible for the deposit bonuses. Players will however see a new design, skins and aesthetics on the Bovada Poker platform.
One possible reason why Bovada is back to Poker is that the platform desperately wants to undo the damage and losses it incurred after it practically bailed on thousands of Poker players last year. Bovada wants to penetrate the Poker world with a renewed zeal. Also, the company is now expanding outside of the US.
Poker players can now signup on Bovada, except those from Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. Players from Latin American countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela can also signup.
Bovada is running on the same client as before and is shared with Ignition Casino.
Bovada was founded by the Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre. Ayre and Bodog Entertainment were indicted in 2012 amid illegal gambling and money laundering charges. However, all the charges were dropped earlier this year.
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