It happens rarely, but you might get disconnected right when you’re in the middle of a hand and about to make a move. No worries – Bovada’s disconnection protection software, which identifies poker players who have been disconnected from our game server, has you covered.


If you are still connected but don’t make a play in time, this type of protection doesn’t apply. You will time out of the hand and automatically fold. If this occurs during a tournament, you will be placed on ‘Auto Fold’, and in cash games, you will be placed in ‘Sit Out’, until you come back to the table.

But if you’re simply disconnected because of a technical problem, read on…

Protection for Cash Games, Sit & Go Tournaments and Jackpot Sit & Go Tournaments

If you are disconnected during a hand, Bovada’s software will detect your situation and you will be given an additional 30 seconds to act. If you successfully reconnect within this timeframe, the table and/or tournament you were playing in will reappear automatically (if it isn’t already open). If you don’t act within these 30 seconds, your hand will check/fold.


The only instance where you’re given extra time to act is if you’re disconnected from Bovada’s poker software. In other words – no extra time just for stalling.

If the delay is not on Bovada’s end, regardless of the cause, and you don’t act in the specified timeframe, your hand will be folded. 

Finally: let's say you’re in the middle of a hand and a disconnection happens on your turn. The disconnection will make the system automatically check for you if no other player has bet. But if other players have made a bet then it will automatically put you on auto-fold until you reconnect. 


Disconnection Protection for Scheduled Tournaments:

The above disconnection protection policy is only in place when players are in the money and will only be used once per player per tournament.