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Ignition Poker Review: A Poker Site for US Players

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Ignition Casino soft-launched their poker product in August 2016. They fully launched in October 2016.

No one would blame you if you thought they were a brand-new poker site. But you’d be wrong.

You see, Ignition acquired their poker room from Bovada. Bovada decided they wanted to focus only on sports and casino gaming. Ignition now offers casino and poker.

This is good news because:

  • Ignition will continue to accept US customers.
  • They already have an existing player base.
  • They will continue to focus on recreational players, while discouraging serious or professional players.
  • Ignition will continue to use the same top-notch software Bovada did.

Nothing has changed, other than who owns and operates the poker room.

Well, that’s not entirely true. There are some differences in the poker promotions Ignition offers, as well as a few tiny differences on the software side of things.

Which we will cover in our review, by the way.

But if you already have an account with them, there’s no need to rejoin. Your account has been transferred.

And if you’re already familiar with Bovada – for better or for worse – there’s no need to continue with this review, either.

The following review is more or less for people who’ve never heard of Bovada or Ignition before but are in the market to join a new poker site. Those people will find information about Ignition Poker’s banking details, promotions, games, software and support.

Let’s get to it.

Ignition Poker’s Deposit and Cash Out Options

Ignition accepts only three forms of payment – credit or debit cards (Visa or MasterCard), bitcoin and Rapid Transfer (money transfers).

If you choose to fund your account with plastic, be prepared to pay a 5.9% (or higher) fee. It’s sort of disappointing to see a fee on credit/debit cards, though it could be that they’re just trying to cover the processing costs on their end.

(Some of our sources suggest they do waive fees, but they don’t say why, when or for whom.)

There are no fees for using bitcoin. Good news there. And for Rapid Transfer, you’ll pay a flat $12 fee.

As for cash outs, you’ll have 4 options.

You can use bitcoin for cash outs up to $3,000. There’s no fee, but beware that it can take 2-3 days to process your payment.

Your second option is Rapid Transfer. There is a $75 fee for this.

Your third option is a paper check. You can use these for cash outs up to $3,000. These have a $75 fee and can take 2-3 weeks to hit your mailbox.

Your fourth and final option is cashing out to your credit card. However, bear in mind this is (usually) available only to international players. This costs $75, too.

The withdrawal fees are ridiculous. But you could also argue it’s a worthwhile trade if you’re all but guaranteed to be paid from a US-facing, offshore poker room.

Improved Bonus + VIP Program & Other Promotions

Ignition Poker’s first bonus (when they soft-launched in August 2016) sucked. It was something like $100 for poker players and an additional $1,000 for their casino.

Yeah, you read that right. You joined to play poker, but the majority of the bonus is for their online casino.

Meh. No thanks.

But it looks like maybe that didn’t make sense to them, either, or perhaps enough people complained. Because they improved their offer.

Right now, Ignition is offering a $2,000 welcome bonus. It’s split up into two offers. You’ll get $1,000 for the poker room and another $1,000 for the casino.

That’s much, MUCH better.

The casino bonus is given to you automatically. But you need to earn it by wagering the bonus 25x. Between the play through and the 6 months they give you to complete it, this is a very reasonable offer. The only downside is you cannot play most (if not all) blackjack games, craps, baccarat or roulette.

Your poker bonus, on the other hand, isn’t given to you right away. It’s released to you in increments based on the number of poker points you’ve earned.

Here’s how that works:

Bonus Increments at Ignition Poker

You’ll have 30 days to clear the entire offer. Which, honestly, isn’t a whole lot of time. Most people probably won’t clear the entire thing. So just do what you can.

That’s it for their core offer. But Ignition also offers a couple smaller evergreen promotions. Here are the details for those.

Bad Beat – If you lose with (a minimum of) aces full of kings, you’ll win 100x the big blind up to $1,000. Both the winning and losing hands need to use both hole cards. At least 3 players need to be dealt in the hand, too.

Royal Flush – Make a royal flush and win 50x the big blind up to $200. You need to use both hole cards to win the money.

Refer-a-Friend – Send real money playing friends to Ignition and they’ll give you 200% of your friends deposit up to $100. You can send however many friends you want.

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VIP Program

Ignition Poker offers a simple VIP program. The idea is this:

You earn points for playing poker. Once you’ve built up a stash, you can then convert 200 poker points into $1 worth of tournament tickets. It’s estimated this comes out to about 1.5% rake back.

You can convert up to 5 million points per month.

Ignition Poker’s Games

Ignition spreads a small selection of poker games. That includes fixed, pot and no limit Texas Holdem, Omaha and Omaha high/low.

Their cash games start out at $0.02/$0.05. The highest stakes depend on the game and variation you’re playing, but the highest offered is $300/$600. The types of cash games you can play include heads-up, 6-max and full ring (9-handed).

But that’s not all. Ignition also offers a fast-fold poker variation. Their version is called Zone Poker.

The general idea behind fast-fold poker is this – you join a pool of other players to play a specific poker game and stake/level. Once you buy in, you’re seated with other players and are dealt a fresh hand.

At this point you can either wait for your turn -OR- you can fold in advance (before the action gets to you). When you fold in advance, you’ll be seated at a new table with different players from the pool and a brand-new hand to play.

This is a fast-paced variation, which is made faster given you’ll only have 15 seconds to act. Playing this variation you should have no problems getting 200-300 hands in per hour.

The stakes for Zone Poker run from $0.02/$0.05 to $0.50/$1.

Tournaments

Ignition offers lot of tournaments, too. In fact, they guarantee $2 million in prize pool money every week. They have tournaments running at all times throughout the day.

Here’s a tiny glimpse into the tournaments Ignition hosts throughout the week:

Event | Buy-In

  • Mad Monday Event #1 – $15,000 GTD | $20 + $2
  • Mad Monday Event #2 – $10,000 GTD | $75 + $7
  • Mad Monday Event #3 – $11,000 GTD | $10 + $1
  • Mad Monday Event #4 – $12,000 GTD | $50 + $5
  • Mad Monday Event #5 – $40,000 GTD | $100 + $9

This is from their Mad Monday series. The following tourneys are from their “Nightly Majors” series:

Tournament Name | Guaranteed Prize Pool | Buy-in | Starting Chips

  • $25,000 Guaranteed | $25,000 | $55 | 5,000
  • $8,000 Guaranteed | $8,000    | $11 | 2,500
  • $12,000 Guaranteed | $12,000 | $109 | 2,500
  • $10,000 Guaranteed | $10,000 | $22 | 5,000
  • $15,000 Guaranteed | $15,000 | $55 | 10,000
  • $10,000 Guaranteed | $10,000 | $109 | 5,000
  • $10,000 Guaranteed | $10,000 | $11 | 10,000
  • $5,000 Guaranteed | $5,000    | $33 | 5,000

And that’s just the beginning.

Buy-ins start as low as $1.10 and will set you back as much as $162. But most of their tournaments do have satellites, which includes their biggest tournament, the $162 $100k guarantee they run on Sundays.

They run SNG tournaments too, though the last couple times I’ve reviewed them they didn’t have many games running. The SNG variations they offer include:

  • Deep Stack: Get double the starting chips.
  • Satellite: Win your way into one of our 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: Our fastest format – play for fun, high-speed action.

Buy-ins here range from $1.10 to $215. Table sizes range from heads up (2 players) to 45 players.

Overall, they have a small, yet solid selection of poker cash, SNG and MTT games and variations.

They have plenty of traffic, too, only trailing the likes of PokerStars and 888. But the difference between Ignition Poker and these poker sites is Ignition’s player base is mostly recreational aka soft.

You can clean up real good here if you have a solid poker foundation.

Ignition’s Software Features

There are several features that stand out to us.

The most talked about – and the most polarizing – are their anonymous tables. Screen names aren’t used. Numbers are used to identify players instead.

In addition to that, you’re not able to take permanent notes, tag your opponents or use 3rd party tracking software.

These rules are in place to promote and encourage loose, fun, recreational games. Pros are more or less discouraged from playing here.

However, one thing that is unique about Ignition – and sort of counter to their recreational player approach – is they let you play as many as 20 tables at once. Bovada allowed only 15 before the sale, and 6-12 months before that the max was 4 tables.

(So, pros can still get volume here if they pass under the radar.)

Some of their other software features include:

  • Selecting your own card and table design
  • Playing in different languages including English, Spanish and Chinese
  • Adding card animation. This means you can add special effects like lightening bolts or flames to your cards. These go off whenever you win a hand.
  • Rabbit Cam. See what the next card would’ve been when you fold on the flop or turn.
  • Show pot total
  • Show bet value
  • Show hand strength
  • Show folded hand
  • Four colored decks
  • This light follows the action around the table. It makes it easier to know who’s turn it is.

Further, tables can be set up in full screen mode, cascading tiles or in a 4×4 resizable grid.

Overall, their software is some of the best available to American players. And it’s on par with the rest of the world, only maybe trailing the likes of PokerStars, Full Tilt, 888, Bet365, etc.

Their software is available for download for both Mac and Windows.

It’s mobile compatible, too, with Android and iOS. No download required. This is one of the only (if not the only) mobile poker options Americans have. Here you’ll be able to play cash and Zone Poker games.

We hope to see tournaments added in the near future.

How to Reach Out for Support

There are multiple ways to get in touch with support. You can call them toll-free at 1-888-263-0000. Another option is to reach out by email or contact them by live chat on their website.

Conclusion

Ignition Poker is an excellent poker site. Definitely a top-notch option for US poker players. Here are some of the reasons to check them out:

  • Loose, soft games full of inexperienced (recreational) players.
  • No tracking, tagging or note-taking allowed.
  • Mobile-compatible games for Android and iOS players.
  • A $2,000 bonus split evenly between their poker room and casino.
  • They’re licensed and regulated and come from a brand people already know, like and trust.
  • They’re 3rd in overall traffic, which means you won’t have to wait for a poker game to fire.

The bottom line is they’re one of the best options for Americans. They have a positive reputation thus far, both for taking care of their players …and for paying them.

What more can you ask for? Create your Ignition Poker account now – if you haven’t already.

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This review was made by: Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Tim Fife commented: 19 Mar 2019
Wow, just WOW. It's just f'ing impossible to find a legitimate poker site for U.S players. This site is a complete joke. After leaving Bet Online I tried this site for 6 weeks and am already blown away by how obviously corrupt this BS site is. I seriously have flopped a set 1 time (in about 80 tourneys total over 6 weeks) yet have had sets flopped against me 30-35 times. It's absolutely unreal how unbalanced the play is here. WHY can nobody run a legitimate site without succumbing to their greedy nature?? Just f'ing sickening.
Ryan Kordenbrock commented: 31 Jan 2019
There is definitely suspicious play that happens on the ignition poker site. To give some background, I am a regular at the live games at the local casinos where I live. I play 1/2/5 PLO and 1/3 and 2/5 NL 3 or more times a week in live games. I have been doing this for several years and have earned decent money, averaging about 60k per year for 15 years from playing these stakes in the LIVE games. I have seen plenty of crazy play, loose play, tight play, cheating, just about everything. I realize how all different people play, what the results can be and how to play against them with success. That said, I deposited money on the Ignition site and did well for about the first 2 weeks of play. I did experience some funky play and weird beats but had run up my roll up to over $1000 within this time period. Results were quite satisfying for playing about 35 hours of poker. Also, I must say that I only played 6 handed PLO on the site at varying stakes, the largest being 50C/$1. Now, to get to the nitty gritty. I have never felt so dirty and used playing poker in all of my life. In the last 6 weeks or so, I have seen so many weird plays and runouts in all of my life. Its not really that I saw a weird play or 2 in a session. It's that it's almost as if Ignition casino has people that play on the sites with knowledge of what the board will be before the cards are dealt or shown. I say this because it seems to happen nearly every 5 or 10 hands that a certain player and the same player will stay in a hand with horrible hole cards after large 3 bets or 4 bets, continue to stay in the hand after getting nothing on the flop and somehow hit the nuts EVERY time. It is unfathomable how often I have witnessed this occur. It would be understandable if these situations happened less frequently, however the sheer frequency of bad beats are extremely suspicious. I tried to recognize these players and avoid them, but it's not always profitable to do this, at least not in my live game experience. Having anonymous players absolutely does not help Ignitions case either. In my opinion, this poker website is filled with dirty play and cheating, which seems to be associated to the website itself. DO NOT deposit money onto this site, Ignition will not allow you to be a winning player on their website via a combination of dirty play and what seems like a "NON-RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR."
Mark Budd. commented: 10 Jan 2019
WTF is going on with Cloudflare.....I have tried 5 times to deposit?????
Scam Site commented: 23 Dec 2018
Scam site beware. Impossible hands way too frequent. Obvious bot players with scripted hands. STAY AWAY from this site. First couple of days are fine, then 1% odd hands happen to give you bad beats. It's most obvious scam site I've ever come across in my 10 years.
jamie commented: 17 May 2018
non cash games are legit and random, cash games are the biggest con job I've seen on a poker site, how they can continue operating an obvious con is beyond me
Max commented: 8 Apr 2018
Thanks for the comments! I was going to sign up with a few buddies but we will avoid ignition poker!
Venatus Nocte commented: 3 Mar 2018
PLAYERS BEWARE! When you deposit funds for poker and get the bonus for the casino, it will show separately as Withdrawable funds and Bonus funds respectively in your "cashier" page. HOWEVER, any and all poker and casino play will be taken from the Withdrawable funds FIRST. WHAT IS WORSE is that all casino play will result in your wagers and funds being put into the Bonus funds after each session DESPITE being used from the Withdrawable funds. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Because you can only use the withdrawable funds for poker. The Bonus funds can only be used on Casino. WHY DO THEY DO THIS? They explained it to me as a Single Wallet setup. Wagers are taked from the "Locked" wallet (aka withdrawable funds) and once that's used up, then the Bonus funds are used. THE RESULT: If you play poker and casino games side by side, you will find that you basically just depleted your entire poker roll and all your funds are now locked up in the Bonus funds section. I actually had pretty good results in their poker room. I started with $100 deposit for poker (got $100 for casino). I put $5 towards a 0.05/0.10 cash game, was switching between playing blackjack and roulette on the side. At the end of the session, I closed out both the poker window with about $9 (up $4 and change from my initial buyin of $5) and closed out the roulette window with about $200 balance showing. Much to my horror when I refreshed my balance windows. It showed me that I only had $9 for poker (the amount I left the poker table with) and the rest were all locked up in Bonus funds. I tried to reason with Customer Service, but they basically told me tough luck and that I'm SOL. Well, screw Ignition. I'll stick to the brick and mortars from now on.
jimmy commented: 4 Feb 2018
Two problems. Lose all your money on fees, and rake. Or lose your money taking it off. its a lose/lose. Oh and they pay when they want, not when you want. Sorry ignition, bovada has a terrible reputation.
NTG commented: 22 Jun 2017
This site is NOT legit for poker, especially US depositors. To say that their table games & tournaments are rigged for action would be putting it mildly. I've been a regular tournament & cash player in brick & mortar casinos for over 10 years now, and do just fine (My regular live game stakes are 2-3-5 NL, and 10-20 O8). I've lost more money on Ignition's poker site from incalculably bad beats than I can even count at this point. Your play strength doesn't matter. Your knowledge of odds doesn't matter. Every once in a while you'll get a tourney or cash session rigged in your favor where you just can't lose no matter what you play, but 90% of the time you're just a sitting duck waiting to donate your money away. I would highly recommend avoiding Ignition's poker site for US players.
Bobby one nut commented: 20 Jun 2017
If you deposit your hard earned money on ignition consider it donated to them. I'm a winning player at the local casino, on here I'm down hundreds. I've done the math and 90% of the time I get it in with the best of it and lose.... I make mistakes all the time.... I'll be the first to tell you, but when I'm losing hands over and over again when I get it in with the best of it.... It doesn't add up. I'm down hundreds on ignition to sick beats where I get it in with the best. Here's another example for u. I have pocket 4's in BB. 3 players to the flop. Flop 4 6 2. Two clubs. I check, mp checks, cutoff bets pot, back around to me I jam for around $48, have CO covered. He snaps me off with get this Qc 7d. Turn comes club, river comes club. This type of stuff happens in poker, but not enough to turn every single session into a losing one. You can't win on ignition. Everywhere I've looked I can't find anyone that says they win money on there. If there is anyone I'd love to hear about it!
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