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Poker, without a doubt, is the greatest card game ever invented – maybe even the greatest game of all time. And it’s even better when you play poker online. You don’t have to travel long distances to a brick-and-mortar casino, or put your name on a list and hang around for hours before playing. Thanks to the internet, there’s always a table ready and waiting at Bovada Poker. Here’s our complete guide to getting started and getting better at online poker. Play online poker for real money today, and start building that giant stack of chips you’ve been dreaming of.





When you’re ready to play some poker, the first thing to do is sign up for a free account at Bovada, using our simple 1-page form. 


If you want to play on your mobile device, no download is necessary – just log into our Mobile Poker homepage and start playing on our web app. You’ll have access to all the games available at Bovada; cash games, Zone Poker and Jackpot Sit-and-Gos are all on the menu whether you prefer mobile or desktop whether it’s Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. While No-Limit Hold’em is the most popular game of cards there is, Pot-Limit and Fixed-Limit games are also on tap. Pot-Limit Omaha is rapidly gaining in popularity, and Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo might be the most fun you ever have playing.


Once you’ve logged into Bovada Poker using your free account, take a moment to look around our poker lobby and see all the different features at your fingertips. Then kick the tires by loading up one of our Play Money games. This will give you the opportunity to try out our poker room without having to pay up front first. Every new player is automatically given 1,000 Play Money chips; you can reload these chips anytime you fall below 500 by tapping or clicking the Account tab in the poker lobby, and selecting Play Money.


The next step, once you’re familiar and comfortable with the poker lobby and games, is to make your first deposit at Bovada Poker. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all accepted; you can also use Visa Gift Cards, provided they’re valid for “International and Online Purchases.” However, the best method for Bovada Poker is Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash. We offer special bonuses for customers who use cryptocurrencies for their transactions, with faster turnarounds and no added fees.


Don’t forget about collecting those welcome bonuses when you make your first deposit. Our 100% Poker Welcome Bonus matches you 100% up to $500 on your first deposit. Make sure you put in enough money to play the games you want to play; the smallest cash games available at Bovada are 2c/5c, meaning the size of the big blind is five cents. Tournament buy-ins start at $1, although a limited number of freerolls are also on the schedule, giving you the chance to win real money for zero buy-in and zero entry fee.


Who We Are


Although Bovada Poker officially launched for USA-based players in 2011, we have roots stretching back to 2004, just in time for the online poker boom. All those years of growth and experience has made Bovada the most popular online poker room in America – and you can play from a growing list of other countries, too, thanks to Bovada Poker joining the PaiWangLuo network in 2017.


Why Play Online Poker at Bovada


The options for online poker players in the States are limited, but regardless Bovada Poker is one of the best sites you’ll find online. Nobody can match our triple-threat combination of quality poker software, an expansive player pool, and payouts that are both fast and secure. You’ll enjoy playing poker with people from all skill levels, from raw beginners to some of the biggest names in the industry. It’s the ideal poker room for new players to get their feet wet at the tables without getting soaked.


Bovada’s Top Poker Features


The list of special features at Bovada Poker just keeps on growing. We were among the first to introduce anonymous tables to US players. With no username to track you, other players can’t follow and hassle you like they can at other sites. Bovada also features Zone Poker, our fast-fold version gives you a new hand to play the instant your muck your cards. You can even play on the move using our industry-leading mobile poker web app. Watch out for more unique features like Quick Seat, the Rabbit Cam, in-software casino games, enhanced animations, and customizable tables. Plus, you can play Bovada Poker in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish as well as English.


Bovada’s Online Poker Tournaments


If you’re new to poker, chances are you were drawn to the game by watching the World Series of Poker, or one of the other major tournaments on TV. These tourneys were the spark behind the poker boom; where else can you turn a few dollars into a massive payday, even if you’re not Phil Ivey? Bovada Poker is proud to offer $1.5 million in guaranteed online poker tournament prize money every week, along with two of the most important annual events in online poker: the Black Diamond Poker Open (BDPO) and the Golden Spade Poker Open (GSPO).


But what if you love poker tournaments, but don’t have time to spend hours playing cards? Bovada Poker’s Sit-and-Go format is right up your alley. Sit-and-Gos are poker tournaments with a pre-determined field size (typically between 2 and 27 players at Bovada); once the room fills up, the tourney begins. It takes about 45 minutes for a standard full-ring, Sit-and-Go of nine players to boil down to a winner. As with most tournaments in general, the prizes for Sit-and-Gos get larger as you add more players to the field, and so does the time required to complete them.


Bovada’s Guide on How to Play Online Poker


If you haven’t plunged into poker strategy, Bovada is here to help. Check out our growing list of articles for tips and tricks on how to quickly dominate the felt – including this very important article for beginners, where we cover all the essentials. Giving this a read should give you a leg up on other beginners at your table; you’ll be surprised how many don’t bother taking this critical first step towards improving at poker.


Once you understand the basics, take your game even further by reading the other poker strategy articles in our archive. You’ll learn how to start mastering Texas Hold’em, as well as Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. Learn how to succeed at both tournaments and cash poker. You’ll also learn about key topics like bankroll management, game selection, and cultivating the right poker mindset. We update these articles on a regular basis at Bovada Poker, so you’ll always have access to the latest proven strategies for crushing the tables.


Online Poker Bonuses and Promotions


To help you secure that first hurdle while climbing the poker mountain, Bovada Poker offers one of the most generous bonus packages you’ll find anywhere. It all starts with our 100% Poker Welcome Bonus, where we match your first deposit dollar-for-dollar, up to $500 in free bonus money to play with. There are more bonuses and promotions to come, including bonuses that you can use at our Bovada Sportsbook, Bovada Racebook and Bovada Casino.



Poker FAQ


At Bovada Poker, our customers are the most precious resource there is. If you have any other questions that haven’t been covered in this introduction, feel free to browse our Poker FAQ and see if we have the answers for you. We also have a wealth of information stored in our comprehensive Help guide. And you can always call our Customer Service team 24/7 if you require further assistance.


Now that you know what’s in store at Bovada Poker, you know why this is the most popular poker site in the United States – and one of the most popular anywhere in the world. Sign up today for your free account, try some Play Money games, then make that first deposit at Bovada Poker and start building your poker empire. We look forward to seeing you at the tables.

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