Bovada emailed players today to notify them that the site once again offers online poker. These tables are the same as they were before. The network is PaiWangLuo. This was once known as Bodog.
Bovada moved poker players to Ignition Casino last year. It was believed at the time that the site was looking to prevent its sports betting audience from playing at the poker tables where sharks may fleece them. If true, that is consistent with the recreational player model that the network uses.
It appears the move did not go as planned. Online poker returned to Bovada just over one year later.
New poker players at Bovada qualify for the 100% up to $500 first deposit bonus. Players that already received the poker bonus at Bovada in the past do not qualify.
Bovada does not accept new players from Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey and New York. Players in these states that already had accounts were permitted to stay. This caused a problem when online poker moved to Ignition Casino as that site had the same state restrictions, meaning those grandfathered players could not return. Those players once again have access to one of the best options for US online poker players.
There has been a slight decline in traffic at PaiWangLuo lately. The network is no longer the largest US-facing poker site, according to PokerScout. That title goes to Winning Poker, which averages about 50 more cash game players.