Bodog and Bovada Expand to South America

South America GamblingThere have been a lot of changes in the Bodog group of poker sites, casinos and sportsbooks over the years. First the US brand changed from Bodog to Bovada, then the poker room was split out and now runs under the Ignition Casino brand – and now a bunch of new Latin American countries are welcomed to the brand.

This is a big expansion, with a lot of new countries involved.

Most notable is Mexico, players are now welcome at the Bovada Sports and Casino site.

Bodog have a poker room which until now was open only to Canada and China / Vietnam (via the Bodog88 brand). This also comes with a casino and sportbook operation. There are a huge 15 new countries added to the list. These include Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Venezuala, Mexico and Bolivia – with several other smaller countries in addition.

Poker Players Searching for Soft Games

One of the big attractions of the poker room at Bodog sites is their focus on recreational players. This has been called a ‘recreational player model’ and has 3 linked components. The idea is to make the site less attractive to pros who like to play multiple tables using tools to make their decisions. At many other sites, these pros suffocate the games – making it difficult for newer players to break through.

The recreational player model works like this:

  • Instead of using a player nickname which stays with you, games are played anonymously. You play with a seat number, or an entry number in a tournament. This stops 3rd party tracking services and tools from identifying fish (pros use tools like this to follow bad players around!).
  • Tools are banned, though some HUDs (heads up displays that track opponent tendencies) are still used, the anonymous play limits the effects of these.
  • 4 tables is the maximum for cash games and Sit N Goes. You can play more multi-table tournaments than this… limiting the tables makes it less attractive for pros to play a mechanical game over many tables, grinding out a small hourly profit on each.

When this recreational model was first introduced, it was at the height of the ‘rakeback years’, when most poker players focused on developing a mechanical strategy for multi-tabling. At this point even break-even players in the game would make money, collecting some of the rake (fees) paid to the poker rooms back. The recreational model was mocked at that time. These days Bodog / Bovada / Ignition dominate the North American poker scene… and most of the former grinders are back in their day jobs. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Casino Players Get a Wide Choice (Great Slots!)

The Bovada / Bodog casinos have a unique mix of games, which include some of the best online slot games currently available. You can enjoy games from RealTime Gaming (solid casino style slots), BetSoft (amazing 3D animations) and Rival Gaming (progressive bonus games and interactive themes). There are plenty of table games, video poker and novelty type games too.

With some of the biggest casino bonuses available at any online casino – I am sure many players from these newly included countries will be trying out the games!

You can check out the games for free before you try them for real money.

See for the full list!

More on Bovada / Bodog:

- Bovada Casino Detailed Review