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Bovada vs Americas Cardroom Review

Americas Cardroom has built up a solid reputation amongst the few US friendly poker sites, most notably for it's rakeback, payout speeds and support. Its main competitor Bovada is noted for software and higher player traffic. We'll compare the two in this review.


As of late 2015 Bovada (aka Bodog) is the third highest trafficked online poker room, despite only accepting US and Canadian players. Peak cash game traffic exceed 4,000 players by PokerScout.com figures.

The Winning Poker Network - of which Americas Cardroom is the flagship site - accepts both US and rest of world players and ranks #16, with peak cash game traffic over 1,000.

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Americas Cardroom vs Bovada Traffic


Americas Cardroom offers 27% rakeback to those who sign up via an affiliate such as Rakeback.com or at least the less valuable Elite benefits VIP program to those who don't.

Bovada however offers no rakeback or rewards to speak of.

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Deposit Bonus

Bovada's deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000, equivalent to 20% rakeback in cash games and 60% in tournaments, with 60 days to clear. It releases in six instalments. Reload bonuses are very rare.

America's Cardroom is the same size and clearing duration however equates to 20% in all games. It clears in smaller increments of $5 per $1 raked. Reload bonuses are occasional, e.g. another 100% up to $1,000 in the run up to Million Dollar Sunday events.

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Americas Cardroom PayoutsPayouts

Both rooms process player cashouts extremely quickly. Bovada around 2-4 days via VISA Fast Funds, 3-4 days via bank wire, and 1-2 weeks via check.

Bitcoin is unavailable on Bovada at the time of writing.

Americas Cardroom withdrawals take 3-5 hours via Bitcoin, 3-4 days by prepaid debit card, and 7-10 days by check.

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Most players on forums tend to prefer the Bovada software for speed and smoothness, however opinions vary. The table max is 4. Bovada uses an all-anonymous format, which some prefer as it loosens up the games. A Mac client is available.

The latest version of the Americas Cardroom software is also robust, and a Mac client is currently available in beta. Disconnections from DDoS attacks are an issue, but those affect many online poker rooms. 

Americas Cardroom has no table cap and players can use poker tracking software like HEM2/PT4.

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Both rooms have fast email support however Americas Cardroom is much more visibly present online - the CEO Phil Nagy frequently fields questions on social media and in print interviews.

Americas Cardroom Support

The CEO also runs a Twitch Channel alongside Facebook (with raffle giveaways), YouTube, Twitter and the Winning Poker Network's dedicated TwoPlusTwo subforum.

Also check out a tongue-in-cheek Americas Cardroom review from the CEO himself.

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See past broadcasts from the ACR CEO on Twitch.