Bovada Poker Closing – Ignition Poker Takes Players

Bovada Poker moving to Ignition PokerAfter a quiet summer for US online poker, a big announcement has been made by e-mail to players at Bovada Poker. This is the largest of the offshore US poker sites (licensed from the Kahnawake native territory located inside Canada) and was best known for its pioneering anonymous tables.

What will happen is that Bovada players will transition to Ignition Casino (I think its safe to assume that the room will be called Ignition Poker). The software platform will be the same, the tournament schedule, promos and games will be the same – though player loyalty points accumulated at Bovada Poker will not be moved over.

This article over at Online Poker Reports suggests that there may be some ownership link between Ignition Casino – which they point out looks like a well funded venture – and Bodog. For those of you who were not around, Bodog was the pre black-Friday brand which transitioned players to Bovada.

I have some questions concerning this move, and as soon as things become clear I’ll update this page. These include:

  • Bovada Poker is US players only, will Ignition Poker open their doors to other countries?
  • What will happen to players that signed up first for Bovada Poker, and then moved over to Casino and Sports Betting (will they now play at Ignition Casino, or continue to play at Bovada Casino?).
  • Will Ignition Poker continue with the anonymous poker model?

You will not find too many mentions of Bovada Poker here at High Tech Gambing, or its sister-site Sit and Go Planet. The reason is that the owners decided that they did not want publicity of links to the poker room from 3rd party sites, and asked us all to remove the mentions some time ago.

Whether Ignition make the same decision remains to be seen. You can check all the details at

Meanwhile, other US friendly poker rooms are running well.

OSS3 at America’s Cardroom

The main event of the summer for online poker players is the OSS3 (Online Super Series Cubed) at America’s Cardroom. This 3 events back to back, and includes another of the ACR flagship events, which have a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The events run from the 14th August through to the 25th September, and satellite qualifiers are available for all of the games from the mini-OSS through to the High-Roller events which end the series.

At the moment new players get a scratchcard every day for 20 days after your first deposit. This gives you between $2 and $6 in ‘tournament dollars’. You can either spend them as you go on the smaller buy-in games (for example Jackpot Poker lottery SNGs) or save them up for a bigger game.

Find out more over at

More US Poker Articles here at High Tech Gambling:

- US Online Poker Sites Compared

- Payment Options for US Poker Sites

- Detailed Review of BetOnline Poker

- Ignition Casino Review (just the casino, not yet the poker!)