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Bodog Brazil Poker Review

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About Bodog Poker Site

Bodog are the original Canadian gambling brand. Formed in 1994, by entrepreneur Calvin Ayre – they expanded from sports betting into poker and casino games. The poker room links to other brands including Bovada and Ignition Poker – giving you a huge pool of players from Brazil, the US, and the rest of Latin America to play against.

As well as the huge choice of games, you’ll find some unique aspects to the Bodog poker room. The most noticeable of these is the lack of screen-names. Instead you play anonymously, as either a seat number or tournament entry number. Each time you join a game, you start fresh.

Pros

  • Big Welcome Bonus: You get a matched welcome bonus which clears in increments as you earn poker points – this is up to BRL 5.000 max.
  • Website 100% in Brazilian Portuguese, along with on-line support
  • Free entry tournaments with real cash prizes available
  • Innovative Games: Cash games, jackpot tournaments, sit'n go tables and more fun poker games
  • Easy, safe deposits

Cons

  • Could use more banking options

Bodog Welcome Bonus

Instead of a rollover requirement with your Bodog Poker welcome bonus, there is a schedule of payments based on the number of poker points you collect. After joining Bodog Poker, you have 30 days to collect as many points as possible. This is a matched bonus.

To get the full benefit, you need to deposit BRL 5.000. If your bankroll is smaller, you still get some good returns without having to collect too many points.

Here is the schedule of payments (in US dollars):

  • 15 Points = $5
  • 85 Points = $20
  • 185 Points = $25
  • 400 Points = $50
  • 1000 Points = $100
  • 2500 Points = $200
  • 5000 Points = $250
  • 10000 Points = $350

Once each bonus payment is issued, it is yours – there are no additional rollover requirements before it can be withdrawn. Note that if you do withdraw before the bonus is completed, you will not be able to claim any further payments from it.

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Other Promotions at Bodog

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Bitcoin Bonuses

While Bodog is very crypto-friendly, there are currently no bonuses for depositing with Bitcoin in the poker room, as there is for the sportsbook and casino.

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Loyalty Programs

There is a loyalty program at Bodog in which you can earn points by playing in poker tournaments. For every BRL 1 for fees paid and rake, you receive 20 reward points. You can move up the ranks, starting from Bodog Silver, to Gold, Black, Prime and Private. And once you are a Bodog Rewards member, you are one for life. You can also earn points through the sportsbook and casino, as well.

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Refer-and-Earn

Bodog also has a Refer-a-Friend program, and you can use the poker points you accumulate to buy in to special tournaments, too.

Poker Games at Bodog

Not only are there a lot of tables to choose from, you’ll find a great selection of formats. Here are some of the highlights (in US Dollars)

  • Cash Games: NL Holdem dominates as it does at every poker site. The list of tables is huge, with 6, 9 and 2 player games available from pennies to high stakes.
  • Tournaments: Bodog Poker now offers $2 million in tournament guarantees every week. There is a regular Sunday event with its own $100k guarantee ($17k guaranteed for the winner). You will also find events with even bigger prize pools, and satellite qualifiers to live poker tournaments.
  • Sit N Goes: Small tournaments range in size from 1 table to 5 tables. These games are kicking off every few minutes.
  • Jackpot Sit n Goes: These are the Bodog ‘lottery Sit N Go’ format. 3-handed games with random prize pools, which are decided after you join.
  • Zone Poker: Finally, you can play fast-fold poker. Bodog / Bovada have a big enough player base to make this ‘pooled’ player format work. With no waiting time once you fold a hand, Zone poker is excellent for mobile play.
  • Omaha Poker: You will find the PLO and PLO8 real-money games get busy, especially at peak times of Canadian evenings.

How does Bodog's Recreational Player Model Work?

There are no screen names at Bodog. This innovative approach prevents 3rdparty tracking systems following players – and selling stats to poker pros. While you can take notes on opponents in-game, these disappear when the table closes. Combined with the ban on 3rdparty advice tools, and a max of 4 tables (for cash games and sit n goes), this makes Bodog unsuitable for pro-grinders.

Tipping the balance in favour of recreational players has had a positive effect on the whole network. You’ll find the games are softer than at most of the big international brands. Add to this the cross-over traffic from the big Bodog sportsbook and casino – and you’ll find the most profitable games around on this site.

Banking Methods

With the often-frustrating banking restrictions for deposits at gambling sites, you will be pleased to know that Bodog have 3 easy options.

This site is big on Bitcoin deposits. They offer bigger welcome bonuses for these deposits for Sports and Casino games. You will not play poker in Bitcoin. Instead your deposit is switched to US Dollars/Brazilian Reais. I recommend setting up a wallet – this is straightforward, and there is no need to hold any Bitcoin if you do not want to risk the volatility. Bitcoin Cash (an alternative cryptocurrency) can also be used.

Credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) will also work a lot of the time. These do sometimes get blocked by the banks. If this happens to you, the Bodog staff are very experienced, and will find you an alternative option.

Boleto Bancário is also available. Once the payment clears, your credits will be available in your Bodog account.

Withdrawals will depend on your deposit method. If you deposited with Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash, these are simple & fastest ways to get your money out.

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Bodog Casino Mobile Gaming

While you have a choice of Bodog Poker download or instant-play software, I do recommend downloading the software if you are playing on a desktop. This gives you access to all the games – and is faster and smoother than the browser version.

Bodog allow access on mobile devices. This works in your browser, rather than via a mobile poker app. You will only be able to play a single table at a time. The mobile poker app works with Zone Poker. This fast-fold game allows for a lot of action on a small screen size.

Compared to some poker sites, the Bodog client is plain. It uses the distinctive black and red design, and is light on graphics and special effects. To put it positively, there is not much that will distract you from the game-play!

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Bodog Safety & Security

Bodog are based in the Caribbean. They are regulated (licensed) by the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission. Game fairness is also certified, with the random deal tested by 3rdparty auditors iTech Labs. All connections are secured by the latest SSL encryption.

At the time of writing this review, the responsible gaming page at Bodog.eu shows a stub with just a short sentence that links back to the same page. There is a link to Gamblers Anonymous in the footer of their homepage.

Customer Support Options

Bodog has a very thorough FAQ section where you should be able to find your answer quickly enough. However, you can reach them via Live Chat, which is the most encouraged method. You can also email them, or ask your question in the always-busy Bodog Forum.

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