Up to $400
2 – 14 Days
Have you heard of 888 Poker?
There’s a good chance you have.
888 is a well-known international gambling brand. You might even have an account at one of their sites – maybe their casino, bingo hall or sportsbook. You may have even already read one of our other 888 reviews on their casino or sportsbook.
In this review, however, we’re going to cover their poker room.
While they’re not remotely close to overtaking PokerStars – the 600-pound gorilla in the online poker space – 888poker does have some neat promotions, features and tournaments that I think might be reason enough to check them out.
The only way to know for sure? – Continue reading below.
888 is owned and operated by 888 Holdings, a massive public gambling company located in Gibraltar. Their poker room started in 2002.
They’re an EGR Award Winner (Best Poker Operator) 3-times running. And they have more than 10 million registered users.
One of the unique things about 888 – unlike many of their peers – is that they’ve penetrated the legal US market. If you live in Delaware or New Jersey, you can play at one of their skins. Otherwise you won’t be able to play here.
Any company who’s been around for as long as they have will have complaints. But there’s nothing major worth mentioning. I couldn’t find a reason that would keep you from playing here.
You have a couple options:
I’ve seen other sites say they have phone numbers, but only if you find the number from a random (hidden) page or one of their other properties. So, it sounds to me like they’re not interested in chatting on the phone.
I’ve also seen other reviewers say their email support can be better. That it often takes more than one email to get a response, and that responses are less than helpful.
I’ve seen others say the complete opposite, though – so, your mileage may vary.
Here are the options you can use to fund your account:
Limits for most options start at between $10-$20.
You can use:
Cash outs can take up to 1 week to process, and then up to another week to clear your account. But this is for certain options only, and is the worst case scenario.
There appears to be no fees. However, if you win more than $30,000, they do say they may pay you out in installments of $30,000/month.
The minimum cash out is between $10-$25. It depends on the option and what currency you use. And you can cash out between $5,000 and $50,000 per month – this depends on your ‘level of authentication,’ which is based on how much information you’ve given them. You can learn more about that on their website.
They do – they have a welcome package.
With this offer you’ll get a 100% match up to $400. Claim the entire amount and you’ll have an $800+ bankroll.
In addition to the bonus, you’ll also get:
The freerolls may not seem important, but they give you a chance to earn a lot more than the $400 bonus.
The bonus money will be released to you in $10 increments for every 100 bonus points you earn. You earn points at the rate of 2 points for every $1 paid in rake (cash or tourney).
You’ll continue at this clip until you earn the entire bonus, or until 90 days are up (when the offer expires).
There are a few offers, however, there’s only a couple ongoing promotions. Here’s the details.
This is an interesting promo where you can boost your winnings. There are 5 different ways to do this:
And that’s on top of the money you can win playing either/both tournaments. This gives you 7 different ways to win every Monday.
Invite your friends to 888 Poker and you’ll get $10 cash. You’ll also get a ticket to a free tournament where you can win iPads, iPhones and other neat stuff.
888 runs limited time promotions, too. Sometimes these last only a few weeks, while other times they may last 2, 4 or even 6 months. For example:
Other than their poker offers, they also promote their casino and sports promotions. This will give you access to thousands more in bonus money. That might be something to consider if you’re interested in casino games or sports betting.
They do – their 888 Poker Club.
One of the unique things about their Club are the levels – there are TONS – 500 levels in all. To move up, all you need to do is earn so many points and Gold Tokens.
You can see all their levels, and what it takes to earn each one on their website.
You earn points by playing poker and casino games, betting on sports, or completing one of their many challenges.
There are many perks to becoming a Club member. For example, every time you climb 5 levels, you’ll get a mystery scratch card where you can one of these prizes:
There are also tournaments for every 5 or 10 levels you move up. Each one has a different prize pool attached to it. They get as high as $10,000.
Something to think about here …how many people do you think are going to go beyond Level 100. Probably not a lot, yeah?!
This means that there could be lots of value in the higher-level tournaments where you’re playing for hundreds or thousands of dollars. In other words, you might not have many opponents to fight through.
This is a unique VIP Club. You’ll earn points for playing – something you were going to do anyway – and unlike other rooms, the tiers don’t look terribly hard to hit – in the beginning, anyway. It gives you a lot of incentive to come back and play.
They use their own proprietary software. The upside to this is that it’ll feel new – unlike when you play at a poker skin where they use the same exact software as the other rooms on the network.
The downside is it may take some getting used to. It may also not have or support all the features you want.
Some of the features 888’s software has includes:
Then you have the common features all rooms have – chatting with players, emoticons, taking notes, showing bet/pot amounts, and so on.
They give you 3 options – a download, an instant play (browser) room, and yes, even mobile access.
It sounds like their mobile poker is well above average, too. It works well, and all their games and stakes are available. You can also handle your banking, though you have fewer banking options from your phone. The biggest complaint about their mobile is the lack of multi-table support. But that’s hardly surprising, given that their desktop/instant play poker room only allows a max of 4 tables.
Their mobile poker room is compatible with newer generation Apple and Android devices.
According to Poker Scout they are 3rd in the entire world. When I checked them out, they had 2,700+ cash game players and a 3,000 player peak 24-hour average. Poker Scout doesn’t show 888’s total number of players online.
Their traffic levels are darn good since they’re not on a network. They share their traffic with only the few (smaller) sites they own.
You can play:
Texas Hold’em is the clear favorite, followed by Omaha. The stakes you can play vary on the game, but you can expect to find anything from $0.01/$0.02 up to $25/$50; fixed limit Hold’em from $0.02/$0.04 to $500/100; pot limit and fixed Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo from $0.01/$0.02 to $25/$50.
888 offers tables with 2, 6 and 9 seats, except at hold’em, where there are no heads-up cash game tables.
One of 888’s more popular variants is Snap Poker, their version of fast fold poker. With this version you can play upwards of 200-300 hands per hour. This is available on all their platforms – download, instant play and mobile.
If you check out their tournament page, you’ll see they have all kinds of tournaments. You can play:
Players say their SNGs up to $10 fill up pretty fast. And you can find heads up matches up to $100 that run.
The most interesting SNG they have, I think, are their BLAST tournaments. These are like the Spin and Go tourneys you’ll find elsewhere that have a randomized prize pool.
This is how 888 does theirs:
These are 4-player hyper tournaments. It’s sort of a combination between a turbo SNG and a lottery.
If that, or any kind of SNG is not your thing, 888 has all kinds of different tournaments, too. Here are some of their more popular options:
And more. Lots more. This barely scraps the surface.
What I like here are the extremes – the budget-friendly $1 Goldfish tourney and the $600 buy-in Whale tourney.
They have several others, which you can see on their tourney page. Some of the variants include high roller events, knockout tourneys, turbo blinds, deep stacks, 6, 8 and 9-handed tables, re-buys, add-ons, and more.
What I really like about their tourneys is they have a little something for everyone. No matter your budget, you can play in one of their guaranteed tournaments – and if not, you can always satellite into one. Not only that, but most, if not all of these run daily, giving you multiple opportunities to win big.
Here are our overall thoughts and recommendation for 888 Poker.
And most important of all…
Yes and no.
If you want a room like PokerStars, you’re not going to be happy here. 888 simply doesn’t have the promotions, tournaments or overall volume PokerStars has.
If that’s you, then I wouldn’t sign up here.
However, if you’re a low volume (cash) player; if you want to play some interesting tournaments; or, if you want to play any kind of tournament or cash game on the go, then 888 might be for you.
The bottom line – if 888 Poker sounds like a good fit – we recommend them.