Although Ignition Casino has been in business since the start of 2016, online poker hasn’t been a part of their offering until just recently. This changed a few weeks back as they purchased the software, player base, and everything else that comes with the territory from Bovada on August 9th.
With this transaction, Ignition Casino will add online poker to their portfolio and all Bovada players will have until September 30th to make the move. Allegedly, after the move is complete, Bovada plans to retire from the US market.
The Move from Bovada
Players with accounts on Bovada will not be automatically moved to Ignition Poker. You will have to do this manually through the Bovada software. By clicking “Joing Ignition Casino,” players will be taken to the form where they’ll need to confirm their account information, create a new password, and then proceed to move to the new casino.
As mentioned, the deadline to make the move is September 30th. Completing the transfer prior to this date will make players eligible for special bonuses and all the money and tickets will be moved to the new account. Poker points will not be included in the transfer so make sure to use those up if you decide to make the move.
Perhaps the most important thing to mention is that Ignition Poker will continue to offer games to players from the United States.
Ignition Poker Software
For the most part, the Ignition Casino Poker Room software will remain exactly the same as the Bovada software that players are used to. One change that some players will likely welcome is the announced increase in the max number of tables: from 15 to 20. The same Random Number Generator is used to shuffle cards.
Anonymous tables will remain, rendering HUD software pretty much useless. This means that Ignition Poker will continue with the policy of offering safe playing environment for less experienced players, protecting them for sharks looking for weak spots at the tables.
Other than this, there are several customization options designed to help you create a better overall experience for yourself. Some of these include:
- Table & cards design
- Language options
- Enable / disable animations
- Rabbit hunting
Generally speaking, if you were happy with the Bovada software, you will be just as happy with the Ignition Casino offering, as nothing crucial will change.
A native Mac software client is also available.
Ignition Casino is primarily a casino. This usually doesn’t work out well for online poker players in terms of promos and bonuses, which holds true in this particular case as well. The old Bovada’s 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus seems to be gone for good.
Instead, new and players transferring from Bovada will be eligible for the following:
- $10 free cash
- $1,000 casino bonus
- $100 online poker bonus
The first two bonuses are intended for the casino play and are subject to 25x playthrough requirements. This means that you cannot use the bonus money for online poker, rendering it pretty much useless for poker players.
A 100% up to $100 bonus is all you get for poker according to this really big review on Ignition. The bonus is not released at once: the cash is added to your account as you play and earn points.
There are four milestones on your way to the releasing the full amount set at 15, 85, 185, and 400 points. Compared to a rather generous Bovada offer, this bonus leaves a lot to be desired.
Apart from the welcome offer, other promos on Ignition Poker include:
- Bad Beat Bonus: lose with Aces full of Kings or better at Texas Hold’em tables and receive 100x the big blind up to $1,000.
- Royal Flush Bonus: make a Royal Flush using both of your cards and receive 50x the big blind up to $200.
Overall, Ignition Casino Poker Room certainly doesn’t offer too much in terms of promotions for poker players, which is a bit disappointing seeing how Bovada used to be one of the few go-to places for the US players.
Availability of different banking options is perhaps even more important than bonuses for the US players. Getting money on and off online poker rooms can be a real ordeal and those who can offer players a wide range of options and reasonable waiting times have a big advantage over competition.
Ignition Casino Poker Room offers more or less all banking options that were (are) available on Bovada. That means that certain credit cards, direct money transfer, and bitcoin are all supported. However, what may escape a less observant eye are the new fees which will be introduced after the move.
Starting with October 1st, which is the first day after Bovada Poker will cease to exist, players will be paying hefty fees for most banking methods. For deposits, this is what it looks like:
- Visa: 5.9%
- Amex: 9.9%
- Cash transfer (Western Union, Money Gram): $12 fee
- Bitcoin: free
- Cash transfer: $50 flat
- Check: $75 free
- Bitcoin: free
Considering these insanely high processing fees, it seems that bitcoin will become the only reasonable option for players from the US. In addition, you can only cash out once a week using a particular method. The maximum you can withdraw in one go using most methods is $3,000.
Game Selection & Traffic
In terms of the game selection and player traffic, not much is expected to change. There are Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud tables available across different cash stakes. Starting from NL2 and regularly running as high as NL1,000 ($5/$10 blinds), Ignition Poker does offer a decent selection for all sorts of players.
The tournament offering is not too bad, either. One drawback is that only games available in the tournament format are Hold’em and Omaha but apart from that, the schedule looks very decent. With buy-ins ranging from $1 all the way up to $215 and very respectable guarantees, Ignition Poker will not leave tournament players wanting.
The traffic used to be fairly decent on Bovada (for a US-facing room) and that’s expected to continue.
Conclusion on Ignition Casino Poker Room
When all things are considered, the move to Ignition Poker has both its upsides and downsides. A fresh outlook could mean some positive changes and novel ideas which could be good for the players in the long run.
At the same time, first indicators are not that positive. With reduced promotions and high deposit and withdrawal fees, many existing players could be deterred. Playing from the US is already complicated enough and any additional expenses or problems could easily push the players away.
It is still too early to make any definite predictions at this point in time. Things should become much clearer after September 30th, as that’s when Ignition Poker will start full steam ahead.