888poker is one of the biggest poker destinations on the web bringing innovative features and big promotions driving thousands of poker players online at anytime.
The award winning poker operator has a team of ambassadors spreading the word, made up of Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne, Spanish football star Santiago Canizares and English cricketer Jimmy Anderson. Warne has been on UK TV promoting 888poker’s revolutionary new software which features PokerCam (webcam poker), Private Games, Teams Poker and 3D poker.
A helpful online community makes 888poker a great site for beginners and experienced poker players alike with tables to suit all skill levels playing from micro stakes to no limit. There’s plenty of variety with Texas Hold’em being the most popular along with Omaha Hi and Seven Card Stud plus fast and turbo games means the action can be kept going at a furious rate.
888poker is owned by 888 Holdings Plc and is part of 888.com gambling group that includes 888sport, 888casino and 888bingo. It is one Europe’s leading gambling websites operated by Cassava Enterprises based in Gibraltar where it is licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner.
Bonuses and Promotions
For a limited period, new players receive £12 free, no deposit needed. Sign up and 888poker will send you email verification and a link to redeem the bonus. The £12 bonus is worth $20 giving $18 in tournament tickets, $2 for cash games and 24 hours of free tourneys.
When you’re ready to fund your account with real cash, make a deposit and 888poker will double it with up to $400 welcome bonus. Accumulate Bonus Points by playing cash games, entering tournaments or playing casino games and every time you reach 100 Bonus Points, 888 will drop $10 into your bankroll.
Players continue to earn Status Points and Reward points for every cash game and tournament hand they play. Level up your status to VIP for the highest redemption rates on your Reward Points which can be redeemed for entry into freerolls and tournaments, gifts or cashback.
There are regular daily, weekly and monthly promotions with the chance to win exotic holidays, gifts, casino bonuses and a seat alongside Shane Warne in live celebrity poker tourneys.
Tournaments and Freerolls
The first deposit kick starts a welcome package that includes free entry into the $100,000 First Depositors’ Challenge, $1,000 Depositors’ Freeroll and seven $500 First Depositor’s Freerolls.
888poker has weekly and monthly star promotions. Every week the Sunday Challenge carries a prize pool of $100K and on very fourth Sunday 888 hosts its biggest regular deep stack tourney, The Whale with a $250k guaranteed prize pool and top prize of $60,000. Buy-in is $530 with 10,000 starting chips or play your way through the satellites starting from 10 cents.
The new Special Tab gives players the chance to win Poker goodies, free sport bets, event tickets and holidays for very low buy-ins. The daily challenge series leads up to the Sunday Challenge with a series of tournaments carrying prize pools of $10,000 up to Sunday’s $100,000. Buy-in is from as little as $12 + $1.20 rebuy or play your way into the daily challenges via low buy-in satellites.
888poker is increasing in popularity and cash game traffic is good with an average of 2500 players online each day. Thanks to heavy TV advertising and a no deposit offer, the site attracts a lot of new players and there’s plenty loose action to be found with viewed flop percentages over 50% on many tables, more so on Omaha tables where the average pot size is lower.
Royal Jackpots attract a lot of full ring games and often have players waiting for a seat at the table. The no limit games start with a $5000 jackpot which progresses as players post their 50 cents jackpot pot bet with every hand and players can land some hefty jackpots for hitting a Royal Flush.
There are also opportunities to win seats to some of the biggest offline poker tournaments in the world such as the World Series of Poker, Asian Poker Tour, Aussie Millions and Irish Poker Open
The recent software upgrade is said to bring over 100 new features to the site and is now available with the choice of download or instant play versions. The options allow players to customise just about any aspect of the games they like, from avatars to table themes, choosing the style of the deck and face cards plus the ability to automate many of the game settings.
Multi hand allows you to play up to six ring games and as many tournaments as you wish at the same time. There’s the option of using 888poker’s intelligent queuing system which makes the table requiring an action pop up under the current active window or you can tile the tables so they can be viewed simultaneously.
The lobby provides instant access to the cashier along with casino, blackjack and the sportsbook. You are provided with a list of upcoming tournaments and you can scroll down the full list or sort by a variety options such as Type, Buy-in and Start Time.
To find a cash game, there are three ways, beginners will find a list of low stakes cash games and tournaments while more experienced players can use the Quick Seat Wizard to choose between cash game and tournament in addition to selecting a table type and setting their own stakes/buy-in. There’s also the classic poker room lobby which will allow you to search using more traditional options by sorting columns.
Played hands history can be saved in text files on your hard drive where you can later view the hands in a text editor or even import them to external software to analyse your game. In the new Hand History player, the player can easily navigate between their played hands, playback the hand in different speeds, or view it after the flop, turn or river.
The new ‘Play With Friends’ features allow players to define a game and invite others to their own private cash games or tournaments. With video/audio options for MTT and Sit & Go games you’re taken one step closer to the live poker experience with the ability to develop opponent-reading skills.
New players can read about the basics of playing poker along with basic and advanced tips through a series of 44 easy-to-understand articles in the dedicated Poker Tips section of the site. The site also includes a forum where you can get some helpful advice on strategy and post-hand analysis from helpful members. It’s by no means to the most active poker forum and you may be better advised to find a larger online poker community to share your theories and develop your poker skills.
888poker provides 24/7 support via its extensive online help section which answers most queries regarding registration, banking, account management, games and technical issues.
Contacting the support team is not so convenient and you’ll have to find the ‘contact us’ tab beside the Online Help answers to reveal an online form to email support.
There’s a wide variety of payment options available, deposits are made in USD and the exchange rate you’ll receive for your local currency is shown before you complete the transaction. 888poker accepts Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards, direct bank transfer and e-Wallets such as Skrill, Neteller, clickandbuy, Paysafecard, Paypal, Ukash and Entropay.