Bodog Poker is one of the most established names in online gaming; they have been around the sports book scene for a few years now. As an extension of their successful online gambling program, they have expanded into Poker games. Here are my impressions of Bodog Poker.
Bodog’s Poker homepage is very visually basic. No real gimmicks here, but a plain menu and easy to use links. Everything is very simply laid out so it’s all accessible, but it’s very dull to look at. On the plus side, Bodog does offer some WSOP and WPT information as well as their 5th Street newsletter.
The download and install, as usual, go quickly. The software package does it’s thing, and you’re soon ready to play. The registration process is equally simple, and only really takes a few seconds.
Once you arrive in the lobby for play at Bodog, you have your choice of game and stakes. While the player population for the tournaments appeared to be high, there was a lack of activity in Play money games, as well as the regular cash games. The game selection is also a bit disappointing, as there is only Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud. To Bodog’s credit however, there is a nice sub-menu in the lobby, allowing easy access to all the pages you’d find on the site without leaving the lobby.
As I took a seat at a table on Bodog, I couldn’t help but be disappointed with the graphics offered. They are about as boring as I have seen, and while I realize Poker is not a video game, the visuals at Bodog drove me off the tables far quicker than usual. The game play itself isn’t too bad, but it’s very utilitarian with no unique features. The Players Notes section was helpful, but overall the gameplay is quite unimpressive, although it does go speedily.
Bodog does however offer an impressive selection of tournaments. There is always something going on, and frequently big money is involved. In addition to the money tournaments, Bodog offers both WPT and WSOP satellites, as well as daily freerolls. Despite the good tournament volume, there is little in the way of promotions at Bodog.
Overall, I found this site to be a bit disappointing. The tournaments were
impressive, but everything else seemed to lag behind the competition. The
graphics put me to sleep, and basically everything about the site was