888 Casino is one of the mainstays in online gaming. They have been around
since 1997 and have consistently updated their software to stay among the top in
the field. Their current software is available both for download and in a
888 Casino states that it uses RSA public/private key encryption technology
to ensure that all data is transmitted and stored safely and securely.
Furthermore, all their transactions and personal details are stored on secure
servers which are protected by advanced firewalls.
Let’s find out if one of the original gaming sites still has what it takes.
No matter what, I’ll give it to you straight…there will be no rosecolored
glasses here. Brutal honesty is the name of the game, so let’s see what 888
Casino has to offer!
888 Casino has a great selection of high quality slots (including a personal
favorite: branded slots) many of which have incredible progressive jackpots.
They offer a wide variety of everchanging promotions, including some that don’t
even require a deposit to activate. Their Live Casino technology is impressive
and the dealers make the experience just like a real casino, right from the
comfort of your own home. The lack of a live chat feature is disappointing in
this day and age.
The slot game variety is impressive, and it was great to see many familiar
games that I play regularly in real casinos. This is the first thing I look for
when checking out a new site. The Table Game and Video Poker selection is
lacking unfortunately. Thankfully the Live Casino makes up for some of what is
missing from the Table Games section, however it would’ve been really nice to
see more variety.
888 Casino has 15 deposit methods and 6 withdrawal methods. Their low
minimums are appealing, however they do not list any fees associated with
depositing or cashing out on their website. Their cashout times are also longer
than necessary, in the technological age. Withdrawals shouldn’t take any more
than a day or two to process, and some of their methods take 710 business days.
Hopefully they work on decreasing their processing times in the near future.
888 Casino’s bonuses are easy to earn and well explained on their site.
They do not make it a challenge to decipher the rules or to earn the rewards.
There is even a bonus for every day of the week, so no matter when you make your
next deposit, you will get a bonus. One of the best registration bonuses I have
seen, which doesn’t even require a deposit to win real money.
The only way to reach their customer service is through a
template found in the “contact us” section of the website. There is no published
email address, phone number or live chat feature available. That being said, my
questions were answered accurately and in a timely manner.
I really appreciated the way this website is laid out. The gaming
options are all clearly organized and easily located. They offer both a download
and an instant play mode (using Flash). I really like websites that use webbased
technology, instead of requiring a download. I already have enough on my
computer slowing it down, the last thing I want is yet another program to
download. The Live Casino web streaming is impressive and high quality. The only
problem I had was not being able to easily locate the Video Poker section. It is
not included on the home page with the other gaming sections.
888 Casino divides their Casino Games into 5 sections: Slots, Jackpots, Video
Poker, Table Games and Live Casino. I like that they don’t try to subdivide
their games into too many categories, because it can get confusing with too many
categories. I have seen sites that have a Table Games category and a Card Games
category…well what section would you find Blackjack in? It’s both a table game
and a card game. Hence the confusion. I like that 888casino doesn’t try to get
too complicated. It’s easy to figure out what you will find in each of these 5
categories. Let’s explore them now.
One of the greatest features of 888casino is how many slots are
recognizable. Not only are there 51 slots to choose from, but a great deal of
them will be familiar to you from seeing them in brick and mortar casinos. That
is my number one selling feature amongst safe, reputable sites. I want a website
where I can play the games at home that I love to play in casinos.
To add to the great selection and familiar games, 888casino also has a
number of branded slots. This is also something I look for in gaming sites. I
would much rather play a KISS game with the real Gene Simmons than a knockoff
game with Jim Simmonds. What can I say, I just don’t find Jim Simmonds as
charismatic as the oneandonly Gene.
If you’re looking for a site that has your favorite games, here is a full
list of the slots offered on 888 Casino as of the publishing of this article.
These games do tend to change frequently though, so be sure to check the site
for the most uptodate offerings.
The main site features a very simplistic style with noticeable graphics and
plenty of gaming details. The mobile site has some of the largest graphic cards
we’ve come across, so even the newest online players will be comfortable making
their selections without worry of mistakes. The casino is available through
Instant Play or Download options.
Rise of the Pharoahs
Santa’s Super Slot
Gods of Gold
The Big Lebowski
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Glorious 50s
Saved by the Bells
Once Upon a Dime
Ultimate Grill Thrills
Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ghost in the Shell
Fairest of them All
Adventures in Orbit
Jack and the Beanstalk
Top Spin Snooker
Clash of the Titans
Of the 51 slot games listed above, 10 of them are jackpot games. The jackpots
range from $45,806.91 to $4,145,982.22 as of the publishing of this review. The
10 jackpot games are:
Diamonds Delight ($45,806.91)
Rise of the Pharaohs ($4,145,982.22)
Jacks Pot ($92,279.83)
Millionaire Genie ($4,145,982.22)
Treasure Fair ($450,687.38)
Irish Riches ($4,145,982.22)
Pirates Millions ($4,145,982.22)
Gods of Gold ($450,687.38)
Santa’s Super Slot ($4,145,982.22)
A Nightmare on Elm Street ($45,815.57)
At first, I didn’t think 888casino offered video poker. It’s not included in
the tabs across the top of the screen along with the other categories. I was
very surprised that it wasn’t offered, so I asked their customer support via
“Contact Us”. I received a prompt response directing me to click the “Casino
Games” button on the top left of the home page. This opened a separate menu with
5 categories: Slots, Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Video Poker. The Slots,
Roulette and Blackjack tabs took me to the same games as their individual tabs
on the home page, but Baccarat and Video Poker are nowhere to be found on the
home page. As strange as this is, at least they are offered…you just have to do
a little extra searching.
With only 4 video poker games to choose from, 888 Casino falls short on their
video poker selection. I would like to see at least 10 video poker games, most
notably Double Double Bonus and Triple Double Bonus. Neither of these games are
available on 888 Casino. Considering the website says that video poker is one of
the most popular games in the casino industry, I’m disappointed to see there
aren’t more options available. The 4 video poker games available are:
All American Double Up
Jacks or Better
Joker Wild Double Up
Deuces Wild Double Up
888 Casino fittingly has 8 different table games to choose from. I was hoping
to see more selection in their table games, especially considering the selection
they have to offer in their slot games. Notably missing from this section are
games like Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, and so on.
They seem to stick to just the classic table games, which does limit the
selection fairly substantially. However, as these are the most popular table
games in casinos, it does make sense that most players would be interested in
The 8 table games available are:
Low Stakes Roulette
You’ll notice that these 8 games are actually just variations of 2 games,
Roulette and Blackjack. Not only are there none of the less common table games,
but there isn’t even a craps table available. To say I was disappointed in their
table games selection would be an understatement.
The Live Casino is where 888 Casino picks up the slack left in the Table
Games category. While this section also only has 8 games available (this site
does love the number 8!), there is actually much more variety in this section
compared to the Table Games. Within each of these games they have a large
selection of tables for every game, which means you’ll always find the table
that suits your needs…and if you get unlucky at one table, you can pick up your
chips and go to the table next door, just like in a real casino! The 8 games
offered in the Live Casino are:
Live Caribbean Stud Poker
Live Three Card Poker
Live Casino Hold’em
Live Ultimate Texas Hold’em
The 888 Casino Live Elite Lounge (offering exclusive Roulette and
Blackjack tables with higher limits)>
According to the website, the Live Casino features an everexpanding choice of
the alltime favorite table games and the most professional live dealers you will
ever meet. This is a lofty promise, but my impression of the dealers I played
with is that they live up to this promise. The dealers greet you by username
when you join the table, and they answer questions from the chat box in real
time. It is just like playing in a real casino, except you’re in the comfort of
your own home! This is definitely a great feature that I enjoyed.
When it comes to promotions, 888 Casino does it right. Not only are they easy
to find using the “Promotions” tab across the top of every screen, but they have
a huge variety of promotions for new and existing players. This ensures everyone
will be able to find a promotion or two (or five!) that fit their requirements.
And who doesn’t love free money?!
Welcome Bonus Offer
888 Casino has a welcome bonus offer where they will match your first deposit
100% up to $200. So if you deposit $100, you will have $200 in your account to
play with. That’s the best thing about this bonus is that 888casino doesn’t
make you earn the bonus in small increments over time. You get the entire amount
in your cashier immediately…talk about a warm welcome!
Premium Welcome Package
Within the first week, you can earn up to $1500 in bonuses if you make 5
deposits in the first week. The first deposit bonus is described above. If you
make 4 more deposits in the first week, they have 4 more promo codes for the
premium welcome package:
Promo code Welcome2 will earn you a 30% bonus on your second deposit up
Promo code Welcome3 will earn you a 30% bonus on your third deposit up
Promo code Welcome4 will earn you a 30% bonus on your fourth deposit up
Promo code Welcome5 will earn you a 30% bonus on your fifth deposit up
When you register at 888 Casino, you get a free spin on their bonus wheel.
Every single spin is a winner. The minimum prize is $15 and the jackpot is $888.
And the best part is, you spin and win without even making a deposit! What a
great way to start your play at 888 Casino – playing with their money!
Every day of the week has a special promotion on 888 Casino. On Sundays, 100
players will win Free Play prizes. 1st prize is $500 in free play, 2nd to 10th
place wins $50 in free play, and 11th to 100th wins $20 in free play. Simply
make a deposit on a Sunday using promo code fun888 and as soon as you make your
first wager, you’re entered in the raffle to win!
Simply make a deposit on a Monday using promo code JPMon and wager it x3 on
the top 5 jackpot video slots (Nightmare on Elm Street, Millionaire Genie,
Jungle Goals, Casino Reels or Ultimate Universe) for a 30% bonus in Free Play
(up to $150).
Earn a 30% bonus to $150 in Free Play every Tuesday by making a deposit using
promo code TableTues and wagering x5 at any of the 3 top classic casino tables
(European Roulette, Multihand Blackjack or Casino Reels).
Deposit on Wednesdays using promo code WinWed and earn cash back. Play any
game on Wednesday after depositing and if you don’t win, 888 Casino will refund
you 20% back (up to $20).
Thursday is travel day on 888 Casino. Make a deposit on Thursdays using promo
code TravelThurs and get a 20% bonus up to $100 in Free Play. Simply wager x3 on
the top 2 destination games (Cafe de Paris or Viva L’Italia) after depositing to
earn your bonus.
Make a deposit on Friday, wager it x3, and earn bonus Free Play using promo
code FreakyFri. Deposit $20-$49 and get $8 in Free Play. Deposit $50-$119 and get
$25 in Free Play. Deposit more than $120 and get $60 in Free Play.
Deposit every Saturday with promo code SNL20 and wager x3 to earn a 20% bonus
(up to $100). Play any Live Casino game or other game after depositing to earn
First of the Month Promotion
Log in on the first day of the month for your chance to win one of 26 lucky
prizes. 26 players that log in on the first of every month will split $888 in
Free Play. 2 players will win $188 each, 4 players will win $88 each, and 20
players will win $8 each. And the best part: no deposit is required! Anyone with
an account is eligible to win this bonus simply by logging in to your account.
21st of the Month Promotion
Make a deposit on the 21st of every month using code Blackjack20 and you can
win up to $300 in Free Play in Multihand Blackjack. Simply wager your deposit
x10 and get up to 20% (up to $300).
Lucky 8 Promotion
At 888 Casino, 8 is an especially lucky number. And they like to reward it
when it hits on the roulette wheel with a bonus $8. All you have to do is play
at the Live Casino Roulette table in the 888 Private Room between 8pm and 9pm
(GMT) every day. If you place an $8 bet and the winning number is 8, you win a
bonus $8 every time
VIP Style Promotion
You can win your share of $1200 in bonuses every day, just for playing Live
Blackjack. 888 Casino shuffles 12 mixed bonus cards into their 888VIP table
decks each day. There are 4 $150 bonus cards, 4 $100 bonus cards, and 4 $50
bonus cards. Simply take a seat at the Live Casino 888VIP table daily between
1pm and 1am (GMT). If you are dealt a bonus card, you instantly win the amount
on that card!
888 Casino offers players a chance to win a share of $750 in daily bonuses.
They shuffle 12 mixed bonus cards into their 888Xtra table decks each day. There
are 3 $100 bonus cards, 3 $75 bonus cards, 3 $50 bonus cards, and 3 $25 bonus
cards. Simply take a seat at the Live Casino 888Xtra table in the 888 Private
Room every day between 1pm and 1am (GMT). If you are dealt a bonus card, you
instantly win the amount on that card!
Earn comp points for every $10 wagered, then redeem those comp points for
cash. Every 100 points is worth $1.
Deposits and Withdrawal Options
888 Casino has a large variety of deposit and withdrawal options. They vary
the deposit limits depending on the specific player. The deposit minimums are
listed below, but each player will have their own deposit maximum based on play.
There are so many options to choose from, I’m sure everyone will be able to find
their deposit/withdrawal option of choice.
There are no fees listed on their website for deposits or withdrawals, which
is a bit of a disappointment. It’s always reassuring to know just what you’re
getting into before committing to a site. So be sure to ask their customer
support for any fees associated with deposits or withdrawals prior to making any
real money deposits.
Withdrawals are processed by 888 Casino within 3 business days (if you are a
VIP Gold member, they cut this down to 1 business day). You may cancel your
withdrawal request at any time while it is “pending”. Once your withdrawal
request has been changed to “processed”, you can no longer cancel it. Processed
time below is the combination of “pending” time and “processed” time.
Withdrawals are not processed on weekends, and all time frames listed below are
calculated in business days (MondayFriday).
Processing Time: Up to 8 Days
Minimum Withdrawal: $15
Processing Time: Up to 8 Days
Minimum Withdrawal: $15
Processing Time: 4-5 Days
Minimum Withdrawal: $15
Processing Time: 4-5 Day
Minimum Withdrawal: $15
Fee: £/€ 0
Processing Time: 4-5 Days
Minimum Withdrawal: $20
The only method for contacting 888casino is via their “contact us” page,
where you can submit a question via a template and wait for a response. It would
have been really nice to see an actual email address, a phone number, or my
personal favorite, a live chat feature. It is frustrating to have a problem and
be required to fill out a template instead of speaking to someone on the phone
or live chatting with someone right away. In a 24/7 world, we have expectations
of immediate response times. Though this may be unrealistic at times, the live
chat feature is very common these days and much more satisfying than a “contact
us” template. That being said, I only had to wait a few hours to get a response
from their customer service representatives, and all my questions were actually
answered. So that’s a positive in my book.
Overall, I would recommend 888 Casino. I thoroughly enjoyed their wide
variety of slot games, and the welcome addition of many progressive jackpots
just sweetened the deal even more. Their software is fast and reliable, with no
download requirement (though it is available, should you be so inclined). Their
impressive selection of everchanging promotions makes for an appealing site,
because who doesn’t like to get more for their money? I know I do.
As for improvements, I would have liked to see more variety in table games
and video poker, a live chat feature, as well as more timely withdrawals. All in all, I
think all players will find something they love about 888 Casino.
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