Ignition poker review

Website: – www.ignitioncasino.com/poker
Welcome Bonus: – $2000 when you deposit with bitcoin or $2350 in poker and casino bonuses
Bonus Code – IGBITCOIN200 for bitcoin welcome bonus
Games: – A range of poker variants, cash games and tournaments

Australians looking for online poker have limited options due to the 2017 gambling reforms. American players in states where online poker is illegal are in the same boat. But Ignition Poker is attempting to change that with its tournaments, cash games and huge bonuses on offer. Understandably, the poker room doesn’t have the same feel to it as PokerStars or 888Poker but you will quickly readjust at Ignition Poker.

Ignition poker welcome bonuses

Ignition bonusesSigning up to a new poker room has its perks – specifically a new welcome bonus. Ignition poker is a part of the online casino and it may seem familiar since the gambling operator purchased Bovada poker room in 2016 and relaunched it under the Ignition brand.

As a new player you can claim the 100% up to $1350 poker bonus. The promotional offer is automatically applied when you make your first deposit and you can unlock it by earning Poker Points over the next 30 days. The bonus will be released in increments as you reach the consecutive levels, as follows;

  • Level one earn 15 poker points for $5 to be released
  • Level two earn 85 poker points for $20 to be released
  • Level three earn 185 poker points for $25 to be released
  • Level four earn 400 poker points for $50 to be released
  • Level five earn 1000 poker points for $100 to be released
  • Level six earn 2500 poker points for $200 to be released
  • Level seven earn 5000 poker points for $250 to be released
  • Level eight earn 10,000 poker points for $350 to be released to make a total of $1000

The poker bonus is released in USD to your account with a maximum bonus limit of $1000. The bonus is also based on the amount you first deposited, so if you want $1000 in bonus cash you will need to make a first deposit of $1000.

If you plan to play a few casino games, you can also take advantage of the 100% up to $1000 welcome bonus. You can claim it when you make your first deposit and use it on the range of pokies/slots, table games and other casino titles on offer at Ignition. The casino welcome bonus and initial deposit has to be wagered 25 times before you can clear it as cash.

There’s also a bitcoin bonus which is great for Australians who are playing with cryptocurrency due to the anonymity. Use the promo code IGBITCOIN200 when you make your first deposit to claim a 200% bitcoin match bonus up to $2000. The bonus and initial deposit is subjected to 25x wagering requirements, too.

Read our guide on Ignition Poker promo codes and bonuses for more information on how to claim your poker sign up bonus.

Ignition poker downloadable software

Just like most online poker rooms, you have to download software to access Ignition Poker. Mac and PC users can download the software but you need to have storage space. The minimum requirements to download the software are available on the download page. The software is also available to download in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

Once you have installed the poker room you can open it up and get started. You can either sign up via the web browser and use your details to login, or sign up once you have installed the software.

The poker room has an easy to navigate layout with the available games and tournaments in the top left hand corner, while the type, buy-in and limit are all available across the top. The list of available tables take up the main display which you can click on to join. You can view the tables in full screen mode, a 4×4 resizable grid, or tiles and there’s the option to enable Rabbit cam which allows you to view what the next card would have been.

Ignition poker mobile

You can play poker on your smartphone or tablets at Ignition Poker with Zone Poker (detailed below) and cash games available. You can join via your mobile device by heading to Ignition Poker and registering an account – tap in your details and you’re ready to go. There’s limited options on the mobile site, so it might be best to play on your laptop or desktop.

Ignition poker games

Ignition poker tournamentsThere isn’t a huge range of online poker game variants at Ignition poker – if you’re after H.O.R.S.E you may want to look elsewhere. Ignition Poker does offer the traditional titles, though, including Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo.

Cash games

Ignition poker offers cash games which start at $0.02/$0.05 per hand. You can get up to $300/600 per hand too, depending on the game and betting type. The types of cash games include heads-up, 6-max and 9-handed.

There’s also a variant called Zone Poker which is Ignition Poker’s version of fast-fold poker which we are seeing pop up at every online poker site. Players join a pool to play a specific poker game for a specific stake.

Once you have taken a seat you can wait for your turn or fold in advance. If you choose the latter, you will be seated at a brand new table with new players and a new hand. You only have 15 seconds to act with stakes starting at $0.02 per hand.

Poker tournaments

There are several poker tournaments available to join at Ignition Poker. Every Sunday (or Monday for Australians) you can enter the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker tournament, with first place paying out at least $17,000. You can register for a cheap seat, or use your Poker Points. You can also buy in directly or qualify via tournaments for as little as $1.

If you are after high intensity sit-and-go tournaments, Ignition has you covered featuring Texas Hold’em and Omaha. SNGs include;

  • Deep Stack: Double the starting chips
  • Satellite: Win your way into one of the bigger tournaments
  • Turbo: Turn up the speed with faster blind levels
  • Double Up: Survive half the field and double your buy-in
  • Triple Up: Place in the top third to triple your buy-in
  • Hyper Turbo: The fastest format – play for fun, high-speed action

You can also find a range of other tournaments available at Ignition Poker too.

Payment options at Ignition Poker

As we detailed above, bitcoin is available at Ignition Poker which allows for anonymity if you’re based in Australia or the US. The online site also has a detailed guide on how to get bitcoins, if you’re new to the cryptocurrency.

Credit cards are also available including Visa and MasterCard, as Visa gift cards (provided you can make international purchases).

The limited payment methods and the lack of web wallets are a bit of a let down but the site recommends shooting customer support an email for more information. Read more about depositing real money at Ignition Poker.

Another disappointing factor is the withdrawal fees. Bitcoin withdrawals are free but if you want to withdraw with a credit card you will be charged $75. We have never seen a withdrawal fee so high, and it could end up hindering your experience.

Support at Ignition poker

Ignition Poker has a dedicated ‘Help’ section which answers a range of questions on how to deposit, logging in issues, bitcoin, and more.

If you need an immediate answer you can contact customer support via the live chat – but you may not get an immediate response. For less pressing issues send an email to [email protected].

A few words on Ignition Poker

Ignition Poker has been reviewed all over the web. Some players have encountered a few problems at Ignition so it’s advised to take caution. Unfortunately for players in Australia and the US, this type of gaming environment is the norm now. Until federal governments regulate the industry and allow players to access PokerStars and other top poker sites, you will have to take caution and do your research.

A positive to Ignition’s take on anonymity (random numbers are used instead of nicknames to identify players) is if you’re new to the online poker realm you can’t be easily targeted by sharks who want an easy game.