Poker Review

888Poker

US Restricted

Quick Facts
>> Excellent game selection
>> Playtech software
>> Many active promotions

About 888 Poker

888 Poker is owned by 888 Holdings PLC, founded in 1997, they are a publicly traded company that operates several high-stakes gambling websites. The network they are on is called the Cassava network. The network has been involved in online poker since 2002, starting with their first site, Pacific Poker.

 

Software

888 Poker’s software client runs on the Windows operating system. They accommodate Macintosh and Linux users by offering an option to play poker in a web browser without having to download anything. 888 Poker constantly accommodated customer requests regarding suggestions on how they should improve their software. They also focused on expanding their European market share when they decided to stop servicing US players in 2006. They offer their software in over 20 languages. The attention they pay to their customers desires is a major reason for their success.

 

Deposit Bonus and Promotions

888 Poker offers 2 types of first-deposit bonuses. They can match a player’s first deposit up to $400 or they will double the money in a player’s account if they deposit $10.

New players that deposit between Thursday and the next Wednesday get the opportunity to participate in the $100K First Depositor Challenge the following Friday. It is a free tournament that rewards the top 10 places with a tournament ticket to the $100K Guaranteed Sunday Challenge.

Players that deposit between Friday and the next Thursday can play in the $1,000 Depositor’s freeroll on the following Saturday. Players can make a deposit weekly and participate in the freeroll as often as they would like.

 

VIP Program

888 Poker rewards their players by giving them access to restricted daily freerolls, weekly tournaments and an impressive online shop selling cash bonuses, clothing, iPads and more.

Players earn Status and Reward Points at they play in real-money cash games and tournaments. As one accumulates Status Points, they advance through the VIP Levels starting with Blue and ending at the prestigious VIP Diamond. The higher VIP Level a player is, the faster they earn Reward Points. Reward Points are what players use to purchase items from the store, cash bonuses and tournament tickets.

 

Tournaments

  • Double or Nothing Sit & Go tables

    888 Poker offers many different types of Double or Nothing (DoN) Sit & Go (SNG) tournaments. There is a tab in the software client to filter for these type of tournaments. They offer heads-up, 8-max and 10-max games at a variety of different stakes.

     

  • Daily Challenge Series

    This tournament series offers players a chance to play big guarantee tournaments everyday of the week. In total, they are offering a total monthly guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. Throughout the week, there are tournaments with guaranteed prize pools ranging from $10K to $100K. Players have the option of directly buying in or playing low buy-in satellites to win a seat.

     

Special Offers

888 Poker is currently offering their players an opportunity to own shares in a premium race horse, trained by horse racing legend Ralph Beckett, valued at £3,000 each. Shareholders have access to exclusive owners’ areas during races and invitations to private events.

Players can find these tournaments offering these unique prizes under the Special tab under All Games > Tournaments.

 

Traffic and Game Difficulty

Looking at pokerscout.com, 888 Poker is ranked at 5th in the world for online poker cash game traffic. They have an average of 2,450 players at the cash game tables.

The game difficulty on the site is very low when compared to other major poker networks such as, iPoker, Pokerstars, Revolution and Party. The site attracts a large number of recreational players.

 

Restricted Countries

As mentioned earlier, the Cassava network made the decision to stop serving US players in 2006 when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed.