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PokerStars vs Bodog Comparison 2011
PokerStars vs Bodog Comparison 2012
PokerStars and Bodog Initial Deposit Bonus 2012PokerStars: PokerStars offers a great deposit bonus for all new players. In fact, it is not even a “first deposit bonus” since it can be used over your first three deposits within 90 days of making your initial deposit. They will match your first three deposits 100% up to a total of $600. You then have 6 months to earn your bonus.
Bodog Poker: Bodog’s initial deposit bonus is a match of 110% up to $500. That’s a hundred bucks less than PokerStars but what is really great about the Bodog bonus is that 10% is awarded right away, with no need to clear it. So this more than makes up for the fact that you get less total money, since you get 10% up front.
Bodog and PokerStars PromotionsPokerStars: PokerStars constantly has lots of different promotions running. They love satellite tournaments, which grant entry to everything from simply larger tournaments to exotic land-based tournaments and even the World Series of Poker. Many of their other promotions revolve around some of the site’s milestones - largest ever online tournament, their billionth-hands promotions, and often reload bonuses around events like the WCOOP or SCOOP.
Bodog: Bodog always has some type of promotion running. There is the Bad Beat Bonus, the Royal Flush Bonus, daily freeroll tournaments, and other promotions. It’s hard to compete with PokerStars in this aspect, but Bodog loves to give money away it seems!
Bodog and PokerStars Games 2012PokerStars: PokerStars has almost every poker game you could think of available for online play. Cash games include Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Hi/Lo games, Razz, Badugi, 5 Card Draw, and more, including mixed games. Stakes range from $.02 big blinds to $400 big blinds with everything in between. They have more tournaments than anyone else online and the largest guarantees you can find anywhere. Sit & Go’s fill in minutes and multi-table tournaments are starting all the time. Buy-ins are from micro to high stakes.
Bodog: Bodog offers a few games other than Hold’em including Omaha and Stud. However, the vast majority of players are sitting at the Hold’em tables, so if you are looking for games other than Hold’em, best look elsewhere.
Bodog and PokerStars Traffic 2012PokerStars: Let’s face it, when it comes to traffic, no one can compete with PokerStars. They are by far the largest poker site in the world and the only site that can even compare is Full Tilt Poker. No matter the time of day or day of the week, games are running strong on PokerStars.
Bodog: As stated, no one can compete with traffic in terms of volume, but what Bodog lacks in numbers they make up in fish-to-good-player ratio. There are lots of bad players on Bodog, which is great for the solid players who know how to take advantage.
Frequent Player Programs 2011PokerStars: The VIP Program at PokerStars is among the best in the industry. High-raking players can earn in excess of 50% rakeback equivalent with Supernova and Supernova Elite status at PokerStars. However, even low stakes players can earn money and rewards as a PokerStars VIP.
Bodog: Bodog’s frequent player program is not as complicated as PokerStars. Basically, when you play at Bodog you earn points. Earn more than 2,000 in one month and they’ll double your point total. These points can be used to buy-in to tournaments or can be exchanged for cash bonuses. It is a great way to earn extra money each month. For many players it is simpler and just as rewarding. Very high volume players may not be as impressed however.
Bodog and Pokerstars Software 2011PokerStars: The software that PokerStars provides is very good. It is simple yet powerful and contains everything that you could want or need from an online poker room. There is no lag even when playing more than 20 tables at one time.
Bodog: Bodog features some of the most unique software available. There are few people that have complaints about the software at Bodog. It is very sharp looking and has great features and usability. It is not as friendly for multi-tablers, but let’s face it, Bodog is not a mass-multi-tabler’s site.
PokerStars Rakeback and Bodog Rakeback ProgramsPokerStars: PokerStars does not offer rakeback, but their VIP program offers the equivalent of about 20% at the low end to well above 50% and even near 100% at the high end.
Bodog: Bodog does not offer rakeback any longer (they did at one point).
Deposit and Withdrawal Options 2012PokerStars: Instant eCheck is the best option for deposits and withdrawals at PokerStars. Other than this option you may use credit or debit cards, paper checks (withdrawal only), Moneybookers, Neteller, Bank Transfer, PaySafeCard, ClickandBuy, and some others depending on location.
Bodog: Major credit cards, eWalletXpress and MyPaylinQ are the accepted deposit methods at Bodog Poker. Withdrawals are made by check, MyPaylinQ and Bank Wire. Other methods may be available depending on your location so be sure to check the lobby.
Customer ServicePokerStars: The customer service at PokerStars is among the best in the industry. Although the only option for contacting them is via email, they respond very quickly and with more than just the standard pre-written responses that many sites provide. Almost any issue is handled very quickly and professionally by PokerStars customer service staff.
Bodog: Bodog offers great customer service. They are available by email, telephone and live chat. With more options and fewer customers, you can get your questions answered very quickly. You are also more likely to get one-on-one help for things such as deposits at Bodog as well.