After four years in America, Bovada will exit the US online poker scene and transfer their players to Ignition Casino. They will, however, keep their online casino and sports betting operations in the US.
Bovada sent an email to their online poker players detailing the change, which will be complete on September 30. Here’s one part of the letter, which you can read in full at TwoPlusTwo:
“We have important news we want to share with you. Bovada Poker has been acquired by Ignition Casino. This means you’ll be required to transfer your account by September 30, 2016. After this date, poker at Bovada will no longer be available. You’ll still have access to Bovada’s sportsbook, casino and racebook products.
Ignition Casino uses the same platform as Bovada, so the features you enjoy such as anonymous tables, Zone poker, mobile poker and guaranteed tournaments, like the weekly $100K, will be there waiting for you.”
The strangest part of this move is that Bovada and Bodog comprise the third-largest online poker site in the world. According to PokerScout, they draw 1,350 cash players an hour, ranking only behind PokerStars (13,500) and 888poker (1,800).
Some TwoPlusTwo posters speculate that this move has to do with separating the poker players from the more-profitable casino/sportsbook. Here are a couple of comments:
Bozo7: “Definitely looks like Bovada is just separating their sports bettors from their poker players. Not good.”
Rakeme: “It’s a shell company. They’re just separating the poker players from the casino/sportsbook players.” … “It ‘looks’ different, but it’s 99.99% likely that Bovada set this company up months, or years ago, for many scenarios that include the one it’s being used for now.”
Bovada came into existence after Black Friday (Apr 15, 2011), when the US Department of Justice cracked down on the world’s largest poker sites.
Bodog decided to exit the US after this and transferred their poker players to Bovada, which still seems to be part of the same company. The same looks to be true with Ignition, which will now be the company’s US online poker arm.