Bodog88: Playing from Thailand review and FAQ
The poker players living in Thailand had to wait 4 years for the return of the PaiWangLou network (Bodog) to the country, with the Bodog88 Asia skin. Now, the room is available again and you can play in one of the best fields in the world that includes all the fish regions of our planet — China, USA, Australia, and Latin America. Therefore, we have written a complete overview of Bodog88.
What is Bodog?
The brand was founded by the American bookmaker and adventurer Calvin Ayre back in 2000. Poker was added in 2004. Before the "Black Friday," the room was a whole network, divided into parts on a territorial basis. After 2011, Ayre conducted a reorganization in order to get away from the sanctions of the US government. A year later, Bodog completely withdrew from Europe and in 2014 left Thailand.
Last year, Bodog network was bought by the Hong Kong company PaiWangLou and received its name. Now the network, except Bodog88, includes Bovada, Ignition, and Bodog LATAM. Each room specializes in attracting players from different countries (China, USA, Australia, and 14 Latin American countries), but them share the players' pool.
Now Bodog is one of the largest gaming platforms in the western hemisphere and Southeast Asia. In addition to poker, it offers bookmaker services and casino games, including live-dealers’ games. This helps the poker traffic adding some slots players to the tables.
What games are available in Bodog88 for Thailand players?
Now, as network's part the room is ranked among the TOP-10 according to PokerScout, and not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of an extremely weak field, which is the result of the room policies (poker client, bonuses), and the countries from which players are accepted.
s is the lobby cash games of the room. The current number of tables cannot be seen. Once you click the "Next" button, you will choose limit and buy-in, and after that, you will be randomly seated in any table. All the tables are anonymous.
The action goes from $0.5 to $20 in NLH (NL5-NL2k) and Omaha (PLO5-PLO2k). In the lobby, you can see that is possible to play not only on 6-max tables but also 9-max and HU.
Sit and Go
The most popular SnG tournaments in Bodog88 (according to the number of tournaments in ongoing registration) are the turbo and hyper-turbo 6-max and DONs. The maximum stake is $215 ($108 for Omaha). As soon as the tournament registration ends, it disappears from the lobby.
Spin and Go are also available under the Jackpot SnG format. 5 limits from $5 to $60 with a maximum multiplier of x1,200.
The MTT grid in Bodog88 is top-level. Even in tournaments, the room has taken the path of player anonymity; each player is assigned a random number when the tournament begins.
During the day several tournaments are played with guarantees from $500 to $20,000-$40,000 (Monster Slak for $162). There are also Knockout tournaments. The two main Sunday tournaments are:
- High Roller for $325 with $75,000 GTD;
- $100,000 GTD for $162.
Is there fast poker available at Bodog88?
Yes, there is a local format called Zone Poker. Only 4 limits from NL5 to NL200 are available. There is no way to know how many players are seated on the tables; only if the number exceeds 50 players, the mark 50+ appears in the client:
When is the Bodog88 peak traffic?
Given the fact that the room is mainly composed of the USA and South American players, the maximum number of connections match the American prime time, which in Thailand are the mornings until noon.
What is the maximum number of simultaneous tables that can be played in Bodog88?
There is a 4-table limit in cash games tables. But at the same time, you can also play tournaments.
Is it possible to use statistics?
Yes indeed, even with such a tricky client, it has direct PT4 support.
What is the rake at the Bodog88 tables?
Bodog88 charges a low rake at the tables, 5% with the following caps:
- limits up to NL25 from $0.50 to $2, depending on the number of players at the table;
- above NL25 from $1 to $4, depending on the number of players at the table.
In MTT, the commission varies from 7.5% to 10%, in SnG — from 5% to 10%.
What is the first deposit bonus?
The main Bodog88 bonus is the first deposit bonus, 100% up to $1,000, which equals 12% of rakeback.
How does the VIP system work in Bodog88?
The loyalty system consists of frequent player points awarded according to the following table:
- up to $0.04 - 0.05 Poker Points (PTS);
- $0.05 - $0.24 - 0.1;
- $0.25- $0.49 - 0.25;
- $0.50- $0.99 - 0.5;
- $1- $ 3 - 1.
With such spread, it's almost impossible to determine a rake-points rate. In tournaments there is no such problem, 3 points are awarded for every $1.
Points can be exchanged for tournament tickets (for example, a $2 ticket costs 200 points), but the rakeback percentage is very low. Although you already realized that Bodog88 is not the site to play if you are looking for rakeback.
Points can also be used for a monthly $7,500 PTS freeroll (1,000 points) or in satellites from 25 to 200 points.
And we are pleased to announce that starting in November, Worldpokerdeals players will have access to a private rake race in Bodog88.
Bodog88 in Thailand
A great help for playing in Bodog88 from Thailand is the cashier. It accepts Bitcoin and works with lots of Thai banks, which are very useful for withdrawing funds.
Thai banks working with Bodog88
- Bangkok Bank PLC
- Kasikorn Bank
- Siam Commercial Bank
- Krung Thai Bank
- Krungsri Bank
- UOB Bank
Bodog88 is ideal for playing in Thailand. No other room can offer such a combination of factors:
- Weak traffic from American and Southeast Asia at all stakes
- HUD availability
- Standard rake structure
- Big MTT grid with buy-ins up to $325
- Transactions through bank accounts in Thailand
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