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888 POKER REVIEW

 

Quick Summary

888 Poker (formerly known as Pacific Poker) was one of the original online poker rooms getting their start in 2002.  They have a strong and loyal following and a high number of novice poker players that cross over from their casino operation.  They have plenty of action at the Texas Holdem tables at peak European hours.  888 Poker offers a wide selection of deposit and withdraw methods so you always have options.  The software runs smoothly and the lobby is easy to navigate making it easy to find the tables you are looking for.

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Room Details

Quick Facts

 
    • Name
    • 888 Poker
    • Country
    • Gibraltar
    • Network
    • Casino-on-Net
    • Established
    • 2002
    • Telephone
    • UK 0-800-032-4228
 

Bonuses

 
    • Deposit Bonus
    • 100% up to $400 Free
    • Bonus Code
    • No code required
 

Rakeback

 
    • Rakeback
    • N/A
    • Statistics
    • N/A
 

Deductions

 
    • Tournaments
    • N/A
    • Bonuses
    • N/A
 

Payments

 
    • Payments
    • N/A
    • Deposit and Withdraw Methods
    • N/A
 

Pros:

    • Mobile app friendly on your Android, iPhone or iPad.
    • Great user graphics & WebCam tournaments.
    • Hand histories are easily available.
    • Software is easy to use.
    • Account balances are updated in real-time.
    • High volume of cash game traffic and good low-to-mid stakes tournaments.
    • Players constantly trickle in and out from the casino and sportsbook.

Cons:

    • Calculations of the average pot size are not exact when displayed in the lobby.
    • No player statistics available.
    • Game concentration on primarily Hold’em and Omaha.
    • Slower Cash outs sometimes can take up to seven days.
    • Limited high stakes tournaments.
    • VIP scheme tailored toward high volume player.

Main Review:

888 Poker (formerly known as Pacific Poker) is operated by Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd. which also owns and operates Casino-on-Net, which has been on-line since 1996. 888 Poker draws many newcomers to the game and there are very juicy Limit Texas Holdem games. Sometimes the number of players seeing the flop can be in the 60-70% range and, for the patient Limit player, can be a good source for solid wins.

Recent upgrades to the site have improved 888 Poker tremendously. Graphics have improved and the lobby is easy to navigate. While the room doesn’t extend service to the United States, there is consistent action at the cash tables, which will peak at around 1800 players in the evenings in Europe. Overall on the site, there can be nearly 5000 players in all games (play money, cash and tournaments) from across the Continent and elsewhere.

888 Poker - Game Types:

888 Poker offers Texas Hold'em, Omaha (Hi and Hi/Lo), Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi /Lo.

New players at 888 Poker are welcomed to the site by a 100% matching bonus up to a $400 deposit. The first 25% of the bonus is immediately given to the players; after that, there are levels of play set to release the remainder of the bonus to a new player on the site. The additional 25% up front is an excellent deal and allows a player to immediately jump into action on 888 Poker, which is plentiful.

One of the consistencies of 888 Poker is that there action is usually concentrated on the Texas Holdem tables. Stakes can begin as low as $.01/$.02 and range up to $25/$50. There is also a good selection between Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit. The action is good at most times of the day and the player/flop percentages are very high for the most part; at times you can find tables that are up to 70%+ range which can make for some very exciting and profitable poker playing.
 
Omaha at 888 Poker has picked up with their marketing focus on Europe and the South Pacific. Because of the European traffic and their proclivities to the game, Pot Limit is usually the best attraction. Even in late mornings and early afternoons, 888 Pacific Poker will have around a half-dozen PLO tables going with stakes from $0.05/$0.10 to $30/60. The other disciplines of Omaha (Hi and Hi/Lo, with Limit formats) are also capable of drawing significant action.

888 Poker's Seven Card action has been picking up lately as well. The Seven Card Stud stakes range form $0.25/$0.50 to $30/60, however most of the action is at the lower stakes. The Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo stakes range from $0.10/$0.20 to $15/30.

A full range of tournaments are offered by 888 Poker. New depositors are eligible for entry into the "7/7 Freerolls" plan. This benefit offers the new player at 888 Poker to play in a $500 freeroll for each of their first seven days with the site. It can be a very opportune way to build a larger bankroll without any expenditure. In addition, there is a weekly $1000 Weekly Depositors Freeroll that players are eligible for whether it is their first deposit or their 100th.

There are over $800,000 in guaranteed tournaments during the week and usually there is a very good overlay to these events. The guaranteed tournaments can range in prize pool from $100 to $100,000, with the $100K Guaranteed Tournament being the feature of each week at 888 Poker. You can count on action anytime as tournaments start every fifteen minutes on the site.

888 Poker - Software and Features:

Recent upgrades to 888 Poker have improved the site tremendously. The lobby is easy to navigate and players have the option of two different views at the tables, from an avatar view to a classic "over the table" look at the game. Over the past two years, 888 Poker has been able to correct many of the issues that plagued it earlier in its ten year history. If you are into multi-tabling, 888 Poker software can support up to five tables at once.
 

888 Poker - Behind the Scenes:

According to their site "888 Poker utilizes the trusted MD5 Random Number Generator (RNG), which provides consistently random outcomes to the games. The system has been rigorously tested by running millions of rounds of play and examining the results. The system is also systematically tested by 888 Poker.” The site has also been rigorously tested by the independent regulatory agency eCOGRA and has earned their “eCOGRA: Safe and Fair” certification.

888 Poker Support has email, live chat and toll free phone support. They have excellent response times and the support department usually provides helpful and accurate responses to a player’s questions or problems.