I havent played bodog since i'd say march of 05 and i recently downloarded it and it said there was a software update which i thought may make there site a bit better. I logged on and was already confused. For 1, i had trouble finding a game or tournament(maybe it's just me, but it's wierd) and 2, when i finally got to a table, the table looked like my living room carpet with little boxes on it. Anyone actually like the new software?
Yo Bluff I hear you. I've been playing at bodog for 2+, I was loyal as they come, no other accounts, swore by it, recommended it, etc. Then that day they changed it, I stumbled thru 2 sngs and said F-it. Haven't been back.
On a positive note, it brought me to this site so I could read about other programs (they do an excellent summary of all the major sites). I set up accounts at Ultimate Bet, PokerStars, and FullTilt and thru trial and error, have settled on Stars.
Here's a little summary of the things I liked at Bodog and where I've found them elsewhere:
FISH - more at Stars than FTP or UB. FullTilt just seems to have better players, I can't explain it. I think it's the blind structure of there tourneys. You're in lower M (Harrington book jargon) sooner, but stay there longer.
PERSONALIZATION - I like being able to put a picture by my name and seeing where people are from. Stars is good here.
TABLE VIEW - KISS, keep it simple stupid. Sites can't figure this out. FTP has a lot of optionality and you can dumb it down, but I like Stars simplicity.
LOBBY LAYOUT AND WAITING TIME - More players = less wait time; Stars wins here too. FTP can't figure out how to show only registering tables yet, so it's a little cumbersome to find what you're looking for. Can take up to 20 minutes to fill the multi-player SNGs too (even at popular limits $20).
Needless to say, I've settled at stars. But I will continue to play the Multis at FTP because of the quality of competition and competitive blind structure.
P.S. Don't let the "Pros play here" angle of FTP lure you in. You have a better chance of petting Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer than playing next to Phil Ivey or Lederer.