Launched in 2002 under the name Pacific Poker, 888 Poker is one of the oldest
and most popular online poker rooms in the world. In fact, they are firmly
in 2nd place in size and popularity behind the monster known as Pokerstars.
This is interesting because their recent cashgame traffic is only 10% of
Pokerstars’ traffic. Luckily for 888, they only rely on poker for 18% of
their total earnings, so this gap is not a very large concern for them.
888 is part of a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange called
888 Holding Public Limited. They are also independently audited by eCogra,
assuring us that the random number generator will work like it is supposed to.
The U.S government was apparently so impressed with their site that they allowed
them to join in the regulated markets of Delaware and New Jersey! These
are all plusses in the reliability column, as a company with this much spotlight
on it likely has far too much to lose to start doing illegal or immoral
As per usual, we have no affiliation with this poker room and the following
review will be a 100% honest assessment of what we really think. We will
not hesitate to point out negative aspects of the site if we come across them.
888 has done a great job in getting where they are today, but it is crazy how
much room they still have to improve. Their strange customer support
layout and lack of quality poker promotions are the most concerning flaws they
have. Hopefully they can change some of those problems around and
eventually move up one more spot to the #1 site in the world.
While lacking in some of the classic poker games, they make up for it with
unique and innovative spin-offs of the games they do offer. We give them a
lot of credit for this creativity, but we cannot give them a full 5 stars due to
the lack of common classic games like Razz, 5 Card Draw, Badugi and HORSE.
They seem to have a large number of banking options and we have no complaints
here other than the inflated exchange rate that people seem to be very angry
about all across the internet. The simple way around this is to just
deposit using US dollars every time, and let our bank do the exchanging of
currency. All of the withdrawal methods are expected to be completed in
under 10 business days, which is great to see.
It seems like they tried to make good bonuses, but they really did not
succeed. There is not even a VIP tier promotion like most gambling sites have
to get more action from the regulars. Just a simple deposit bonus and a
nearly impossible no-deposit bonus is not acceptable for the 2nd largest poker
site in the world.
What is even going on here? The lack of an easily accessible email or
phone number was enough of a red flag before we found out that there is also no
Live Chat feature unless we make an account! It seems like they are just
being lazy on this front by trying to funnel everyone into a support center on
their website that is not very easy to find. They should redo this whole
part of their site if they want to keep up with other sites in the industry.
It was tough to have a complaint in this category, as the software is sleek
and up-to-date. The gameplay is smooth and the graphics were not bad at
all. It was also extremely easy to find what we were looking for as every
game is clearly marked in the lobby.
The games offered at 888 are not really on par with its competitors when it
comes to classic poker games. They do, however, offer some unique
variations of these games that can be a breath of fresh air to anyone who is
growing tired of the classic games. Below is a list of the poker games 888
No Limit Texas Hold’Em
7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
No Limit Hold’Em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud HI/Lo are
all classic poker games that are very old and offered on nearly every poker
site. The rules for each can easily be found by a google search or on
This is a variation of No Limit Hold’Em that allows the player to fold his
hand quickly and move to another table to start a new hand without waiting at
all. This fun and fast-paced format was invented just a few years ago and
has spread like wildfire throughout the industry.
Players have to use a webcam in order to
sit at these special poker tables. We love to see this type of innovation
as it may increase the popularity of online poker eventually and also minimizes
the chances of robots playing in the games. We have not seen this option
on many other poker sites, especially not on any of the most popular ones.
This is one of the most interesting Sit & Go format ideas that we have seen.
To start off, a random jackpot is attached to every Sit & Go and rewarded to 1st
place, which is a format that is taking the poker world by storm in the last 3
or 4 years. The unique part about 888’s version is that there is a clock
that is counting down to 0 in the corner of each table called the Blast Timer.
The larger the jackpot, the more time the Blast Timer begins with. Once
this clock reaches 0, every player is forced to go all-in blind for the rest of
the tournament until a winner is decided. This caters to the recreational
players a little bit and cuts down on the edge that robots and pros will have in
a normal turbo Sit & Go format.
Here is another very intriguing format that we have never seen before
on any other poker site. They have completely eliminated the preflop
betting round! Once players ante up and receive their cards, the flop is
dealt and the action begins. This is perfect if we are looking for some
fast fun action without waiting around 10 minutes in between each flop.
Again, this caters to the recreational players since the robots and professional
players of the internet poker world usually have a significant edge with their
preflop betting strategies.
Push or Fold FLOPOMANIA
This is simply a variation of FLOPOMANIA in which the game
becomes even more simplified. The betting amount is pre-set to all-in, so
players only have the option of going all-in or folding once the flop is dealt.
Also, just like in the original FLOPOMANIA, there is no preflop betting round
either. They are successfully turning the beautiful game of poker into a
slot machine at this point, and it is probably not a good idea to try and play
this format for a steady income. If this is the type of game you are
looking to play, we recommend first checking out our 888 casino review and then
heading over to the casino.
The multi-table tournaments on 888 are one of their best features. They
actually gave all of the tournaments a specific name rather than referring to
them by their prize pool, which we think is awesome. Some examples of this
creativity include The Cyclone, The Gold Fish, and the Typhoon. They also
offer a very wide range of buy-ins and prize pools, so that there is something
for everyone to play. In addition, there are a variety of formats
available such as knockout tournaments, turbo tournaments, and 6 handed
tournaments. These multi-table tournaments are the best way to win a lot
of money in under 12 hours without risking much, and there is one to play at
literally any time of day.
As a whole, the promotions for 888 poker are pretty weak. We will look
at each of them in depth and see what they have to offer.
The first and most advertised promotion is the $88 free bonus which claims
there is no deposit needed. As we expected, there are some serious
conditions that need to be met for this to happen. They do give us 2$ in
cash and 6$ in tournament credits right off the bat without playing anything, so
that is definitely a plus for beginning players.
After the original 8$ bonus for signing up, we can receive 8$ for every 250
poker points we clear. This means that we will need to clear 2500 points
in total to receive the total 88$ bonus. This is very tough to do and is
not that great of a promotion unless we plan on depositing more money to finish
off the free 88$ bonus if the first 8$ bullet happens to fail.
Once we do decide to make our first deposit, 888 has a special promotion
waiting for us. They are offering a 100% deposit bonus up to $400 which
means if we deposit $400 we will receive $400 in bonus money. This bonus
money can be cleared through frequent play and is cleared in 10$ increments.
They also decided to throw in 10 different tournament tickets on top of the
deal. Let’s take a look at them below, even though they are not very
7 tickets to the
daily $500 Guaranteed First Depositors’ tournament which is every day at 19:30
2 tickets to the
$1,000 Guaranteed Depositors Free Tournament, which is for all depositors on the
site and happens every Saturday at 08:30 GMT and 17:03 GMT.
The final ticket is
to the weekly First Depositors’ Challenge tournament which takes place on
Fridays at 19:00 GMT and the top 10 players win a seat into their $109 buy-in
Sunday Challenge tournament.
The final promotion listed on their site is known as the Monday Twins.
The twins are two multi-table tournaments that both start every Monday at 18:35
GMT and have the same buy-in of $22. If we make the money in both of the
twins on the same day, 888 will reward us with two bonus entry tickets for free
worth $44 total. If we make the final table in both of the twins in the same
day, we will receive seats to all four of the Sunday Challenge tournaments in
the following month, which is worth $436. If we win one twin and make the
final table of the other, we get $1,000 cash. If we win one twin and come
in 2nd place in the other, we win $2,500 cash. Lastly, if we win both
twins in the same day, we accumulate an extra $10,000 cash. This is a pretty fun
addition to the site, and frankly we would like to see the Twins Challenge
happen every day of the week.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
There are quite a lot of deposit options available on 888, but some of them
are only available in certain countries. Another dilemma is that some of
these deposit options cannot be used for withdrawals. First, let’s take a
look at the deposit methods which DO allow us to withdraw our money when we are
Local debit cards
EntroPay Virtual Visa
Kiwi Virtual Visa
The following list of banking methods are those which DO NOT allow us to
withdraw our money through them when we are finished playing. If you
decide to deposit using one of these methods, be sure to have a different way of
withdrawing the money ready to go.
Diners Credit Card
Instant Banking by Citadel
Visa QIWI Wallet
The identification requirements for withdrawing money is decided by the
amount which we are cashing out. If we are withdrawing less than $5,000
per month, they will likely only ask for a photo ID. Any more than $5,000
a month and they will start asking for a combination of documents including bank
statements, credit card copies or proof of address. The maximum withdrawal
amount per month is $50,000 and if someone goes over that amount they just pay
them out the following month.
One negative issue we noticed is that there is an exchange rate for
depositing or withdrawing money in any currency other than U.S. dollars.
This exchange rate is generally worse than what a bank would charge us, so we
recommend always converting money to U.S. dollars before depositing.
Customer Service Options
In order to contact 888, we must first click on the Online Help link at the
bottom of their homepage. After that, we scrolled down past the FAQ and
clicked on the Contact Us button. This brings us to a page called the 888
Support Center where they ask us to explain our problem, and they then email a
response when they are ready.
There is no phone number or support email listed on their website, as we
assume they want everyone to find the 888 Support Center and fill out the form.
However, if snail mail is your cup of tea, they give an actual street address,
which is 601-701 Europort, Gibraltar.
Another aspect that stands out in a negative light is that there is no Live
Chat feature unless we make an account first and download the software.
Almost all sites have this feature for everyone, so we are very curious as to
the reason for this glaring hole in their customer support. What makes
this especially strange is that despite not wanting to live chat with potential
customers, they managed to create an Instagram page, a Twitter page, a Facebook
page, and a Youtube channel! Maybe we can get ahold of them on Facebook
To wrap it up, we really enjoyed our experience at 888 poker despite their
minor problems and we highly recommend this site to anyone that is a beginner or
novice. If you are a full-fledged poker professional, you might be better
off joining a site that has a rewarding VIP structure and high quality
promotions aimed towards regulars. Hopefully 888 will take note of their
weaknesses and keep trying to move up one spot to the #1 poker site in the
world, despite their poker room accounting for only 18% of their parent
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