You can play with Texas Hold'em rules but if you want to know how to play poker by the book you've got to know the house poker rules. Bovada's online poker rules are the standard rules in poker at most sites. Read up on these rules before you start.

  • We won't tolerate collusive activity of any kind, including soft playing, whipsawing, and chip dumping.
  • If, for any reason, you do not act within the time allotted, your play will time out, your hand will fold and your action placed on auto-fold until you return to the game.
  • You will be removed from a cash game table if you remain idle for more than 10 minutes.
  • You cannot intentionally slow down play at the tables.
  • In re-buy tournaments, you can use eCash to re-buy or add on chips only when it is available in your account before registration and still accessible during the tournament.
  • Bovada reserves the right to start, stop, pause or resume any game at any time.
  • Players who leave a cash game may not return to the table within 5 minutes with less chips than they originally took away from the table. (“Ratholing”)

See the Tournament Cancellation Policy for resolution policies following the cancellation of a tournament.


Simultaneous Poker play from more than one operator within the PWL network, (including tournament entries or re-entries from multiple operators), is strictly prohibited.  Players deemed in violation of this policy will be subject to a thorough account review which may include the seizure of any winnings and the potential for account closure.


Disconnection Protection

  • If you lose your connection during the play of a hand and are unable to act, your hand will be checked if no other action is required from you. If action is required on a bet, the hand will be folded.
  • Disconnection Protection is available if you are disconnected and as a result cannot act on your hand within the given time.
  • Disconnection Protection will only apply if you have been completely disconnected from the game server. If you are still connected but it is lagging and as a result you can't act, your hand will time out, be folded and your action will be put on auto-fold until you can get back to the game.

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Tournament Tickets:

  • Tournament Tickets cannot be used for some Single-Table and Multi-Table Sit and Go tournaments or cash games.
  • Tournament tickets cannot be used for re-buys or add-ons.
  • Tournament Tickets do not have a dollar value other than for buy-in purposes.

See which tournaments payout in Tournament Tickets in the Poker Lobby.

Bovada reserves the right to decide when a player has broken the rules, subject entirely to our discretion and interpretation. We also reserve the right to choose whether to grants requests and issue reprimands which may include a warning, suspension, revocation of chat privileges, revocation of full privileges and/or seizure of funds.


Bovada reserves the right to modify House Rules at any time without notice. Such modifications will be posted on the website and will be effective immediately upon posting. It is the player's responsibility to review the website and remain aware of the rules. Decisions pertaining to the above rules will be made at the discretion of Bovada Poker Management. All decisions are final.

Click here to see our Poker Tournament Rules

See the Terms of Service for a complete list of the rules all players must adhere to.