My Ignition Poker review looks at the site from the perspective of players who migrated to the site from the former Bovada Poker in September 2016 and from the perspective of new online poker players. It explains what players in both categories can expect from the relatively new site and how to take advantage of the excellent range of promotions and bonuses. In order to “unlock the action” without delay, click the “PLAY NOW” button below.
Introduction to Ignition Poker
February, 2019 – Ignition Poker was first launched in mid-2016 as an online poker site exclusively for US players. Soon after Bovada Poker’s impending closure was announced, and players at Bovada were told to move their bankrolls to Ignition Poker. In July 2017 Ignition Poker opened its doors to players in Australia following the country´s domestic ban on most online gambling operators.
As well as hosting the same anonymous cash game tables and tournaments as Bovada Poker, Ignition Poker uses the same method of calculating Poker Points for player bonuses and rewards. It also has the same pop-up information on its website about how to deposit with Bitcoin – an important consideration for players wanting to maximize profitability. One of the main differences is that Ignition does not offer sports betting whereas Bovada does not have a sportsbook.
Ignition Poker Bonus
The Ignition website advertises its Welcome Bonus as a $2,000 bonus; The Ignition website advertises its Welcome Bonus as a $2,000 bonus; however players should be aware only $1,000 of the Welcome Bonus relates to online poker – the rest is a bonus for playing at the Ignition Casino. As a side note, the Ignition Casino bonus is pretty good. It has a low rollover requirement if you like playing slots and there is plenty of time allowed to clear it. Further information about this bonus can be found in my Ignition Casino review.
The bonus for your first deposit via the poker software is released as you earn Poker Points. These are calculated according to how much a player pays in rake in a cash game (see table below) or at the rate of 3 Poker Points for each dollar (or part dollar) when paying a fee to enter a tournament. The Ignition Poker bonus is released in eight increments as certain milestones are reached:
|Rake Paid||Points Awarded|
|$1.00 – $3.00||1|
|$0.50 – $0.99||0.5|
|$0.25 – $0.49||0.25|
|$0.05 – $0.24||0.1|
|$0.01 – $0.04||0.05|
- Bonus Level 1 ($5.00) is reached when you have earned 15 Poker Points.
- When you have earned 85 Poker Points in total, the second increment of $20 is released.
- The third increment of $25.00 is released when you reached the milestone of 185 Poker Points.
- You have to earn a further 215 Poker Points to release the next increment of $50.00.
- Level 5 ($100.00) is reached when you hit the milestone of 1,000 Poker Points.
- A further 1,500 Poker Points are required before the sixth increment of $200.00 is released.
- The penultimate milestone ($250.00) is reached when you have earned 5,000 Poker Points in total.
- The last of the increments ($350.00) is released when you have 10,000 Poker Points.
If you deposit an amount between the incremental milestones (for example $250), the milestones remain the same up to Level 5. The remainder of the bonus is cleared at the rate applicable for Level 6, so you would need to earn an additional 375 Poker Points to redeem the last $50.00 of your Ignition Poker bonus.
Please note, players only receive 30 days in which to clear the Ignition Poker bonus. Any outstanding bonus at the end of the 30 day period will be forfeited. Bonus amounts are credited within 24 hours of a milestone being reached and there is no special Ignition Poker bonus code required to be eligible for the bonus offer.
Ignition Poker Download, Mac and Mobile Compatibility
The Ignition Poker download is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. When you click on the “Download Poker” button to start the installation process, Ignition´s software will identify which of the two operating systems you are using and send the appropriate file to your computer. The minimum system requirements are Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.7 (or later) with 200 Mb of free space and 1 GB of memory.
Players who want to play Ignition Poker on a mobile do not need to download special software or apps. Simply visit the site from your iPhone or Android device and log into your account. The Ignition Poker mobile website gives you access to the full range of games that is available via the PC software download – the site having added MTTs and Sit & Go games to its mobile platform in October 2018.
The Range of Games at Ignition Poker
The range of cash games is quite ordinary. Players have a choice of Texas Hold´em, Omaha and Stud on the standard tables, but only Texas Hold´em at the Zone Poker tables – Ignition´s version of fast-fold poker. There is a fair selection of Sit and Go games and online poker tournaments running around the clock, with the site´s feature event being a $100,000 tournament every Sunday.
As mentioned previously, one of the prime benefits of playing at this online poker room is that players play anonymously. When you are first seated at a table, you are allocated a number which changes when you sit at another table. The purpose of this is so that professional players cannot benefit from new players´ inexperience. Anonymous tables level the playing field and give every player an equal chance.
Promotions and Player Rewards Program
For an online poker room trying to maintain its position as the #1 USA-friendly poker site, Ignition Poker´s promotions barely set the world alight. There are a handful of freeroll tournaments, and “Bad Beat” and “Royal Flush” promotions are in progress. The site has maintained the former Bovada Poker tournament schedule – guaranteeing more than $2 million in prize pools each week including the easy-to-qualify for weekly $100,000 guaranteed “Hot One”.
The Player Rewards Program is also somewhat subdued at the time of writing this Ignition Poker review. The Player Points earned for rake contributions or for fees paid to enter a tournament can be swapped at the rate of $1.00 per 200 Points for tournament entrance tickets or casino bonuses. There is a limit on how much can be exchanged each month, no option to exchange Points for cash, and Player Points expire automatically at the end of May each year.
The Level of Competition and Volume of Traffic
Although I might not feel positive about the Ignition Poker promotions and Player Rewards Program, the level of competition and volume of traffic are major positives for the site. I have already mentioned how anonymous tables level the playing field between new and experienced players, and many “good” players – or those using player tracking aids – tend to stay away from Ignition Poker, enabling “decent” players to enjoy a lucrative experience simply by playing ABC poker.
The opportunity for “decent” players to enjoy a lucrative experience drives thousands of players to Ignition Poker – ensuring that there are always cash games available, that Sit & Go games fill up quickly, and that the value of tournaments continues to grow. The level of competition and the amount of traffic are my two main reasons for recommending the site to US and Australian poker players.
Player Security and Customer Support
Being operated and regulated by the same parties as were responsible for Bovada Poker, I have every confidence that the high levels of player security and customer support will remain. Evidence from poker forums would tend to back up my beliefs, as players are reporting any queries they have had have been quickly and accurately resolved by the site´s customer support team.
Most queries can be answered by looking through the site´s extensive “Help” pages (click the Question Mark symbol at the top of the page) but, if you need more specific assistance, toll-free customer telephone support is available twenty-four hours a day. A brief browse through the poker forums also indicates that withdrawal requests are being attended to seamlessly.
- Pro #1 – Assuming that the level of competition and traffic volumes remain the same as before, you should always get a game at Ignition Poker.
- Pro #2 – The software has been updated and has tons of customizable features. You can now play up to 20 tables at a time on the Windows download.
- Con #1 – The full first deposit poker bonus is hard to clear within thirty days. The promotions and Player Rewards program could also be improved.
- Con #2 – There are charges for depositing and withdrawing through any method other than Bitcoin. There are also quite low limits to how much you can withdraw.
2019 Ignition Poker: Review Conclusion
Throughout this website, I advocate that you should not select an online poker room to play at because of the bonuses or promotions. This is particularly true at Ignition Poker if you are looking to cash in on a substantial first deposit bonus because of the effort you will have to put in to clear the bonus after Level 4. I also feel that Ignition Poker is missing an opportunity to attract new players by limiting the value of its Player Rewards program.
On the plus side, I believe that there are more opportunities at Ignition Poker for a new or recreational poker player to enjoy a long-term profitable online poker experience. The constant traffic at the cash tables and the high value of Ignition Poker tournaments suggest that this is a site for any player who prefers playing online poker on a level playing field.