Bodog: 10 years of Fair Play Poker


10 years ago, Bodog Poker introduced a "new" concept to online poker: Fair Play. Back then, anonymous games or creating an amateur-friendly environment was not a priority for any site. However, in 2021 it's crucial, and virtually all poker rooms are taking matters into their own hands. To celebrate this milestone, PaiWangLuo is doubling its regular freeroll from $5,000 to $10,000.


What is FPP (Fair Play Poker)?

Bodog Poker claims to be one of the most amateur-friendly poker rooms in the world. And not without reason:

  1. No constant aliases - players are identified only by a number that changes every game.
  2. Quick seating - your seat is chosen randomly, so there's no way to join the thoroughly selected table.
  3. No HUDs - full opponent statistics are not available in real-time*.

*However, there is a way to set up a HUD for the current session at least. Reach our team to find out more information on how to install a Bodog Poker hand converter

Many regular players would find such conditions inconvenient, so the tables are not filled with sharks. It gives casuals an opportunity to play against opponents of a similar skill level. Ten years are more than enough to prove the viability of such an approach: according to PokerScout, Bodog constantly enters the top-5 in terms of cash game traffic, not to mention many other sites joining their initiative.

Fair Play Freerolling

Freerolling Bodog Poker Fair Play promotion

To celebrate the significant milestone, Bodog decided to double the prize pools of their monthly freerolls from $5,000 to $10,000 until the end of this year. And you don't have to generate tons of rake or something to participate - any deposit made during the corresponding month would be enough.

Freerolls take place on the last Sunday of the month.

Unfortunately, only players from very few countries are allowed to play at Bodog (let's recall Bodog Poker belongs to PaiWangLuo Poker Network and shared traffic with Ignition Casino, welcoming players from the United States, Australia, Canada, and Latin America)

What about the competitors?

Nowadays, there are a lot of talks about poker ecology, protecting casual players, etc. But back in 2011, it was not in trend by any means. There were possibilities to mark weak players as "friends" to quickly find them later, enter waitlists for desired tables, use "mined" hand histories, etc. Even seating scripts were not prohibited, so the sharks could automatically sit in a position to fish at the cash game table as soon as the opportunity arose.

Only in 2014, something similar to Bodog appeared on the market when Unibet Poker decided to switch from MPN to their own proprietary software. It didn't support any trackers / HUDs and allowed players to change their aliases as often as they wished.

A couple of years ago, partypoker restricted HUDs and made hand histories anonymous. Also, they introduced real-name tables for several cash games and MTTs. There's still a possibility to sit at the particular table, but the players' aliases stay hidden until the cards are dealt with you. The same goes for iPoker Network and WPN in terms of table selection. 

Hence bumhunters are not welcome almost everywhere these days.

One of the most complicated and significant problems of modern online poker, especially for medium and high-stakes cash games, is usually referred to as RTA (Real-Time Assistance). Solvers and other external tools can give real-time advice on perfect play in any game spot, thus offering a huge unfair advantage to their owners. Any kind of RTA is strictly prohibited everywhere, but detecting fraudsters is quite a complex task. Still, GGNetwork claims that they have the most advanced technologies and algorithms to protect players against RTA users.

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