888poker is one of the biggest names in the world of online gambling and they’ve been leading the way for 16 years now. As you’d expect, their site offers players a first class experience in every way, as this review will show you.
The company is part of 888 Holdings and is registered in Gibraltar. The parent company has also been traded on the London Stock Exchange ever since 2005, five years after 888poker was established under its original name of Pacific Poker, so it certainly has a solid heritage behind it, not to mention a highly respected parent company.
It’s now the world’s second biggest poker site with a reported 10 million registered members and it has also raised its profile even more through the sponsorship of the annual World Series of Poker, a live event held in Las Vegas every summer. They also have a number of high profile names who act as their ambassadors including Chris Moorman, Kara Scott and Dominik Nitsche.
So those are the credentials, what about the site itself?
888poker has always stayed at least one step ahead of the rest by using top quality software to provide a smooth and stable player experience.
As well as being simple and intuitive to use, there are plenty of ways to customize your playing experience including saving your favourite seat and replaying hands so you can analyse exactly where you went right (or wrong!). You can even choose to top off a stack even in no limit games.
The 888poker software works perfectly on both Macs and PCs but an ever-growing number of players prefer the ease and convenience of playing on a mobile device. The great news for them is that the 888poker app works seamlessly with iPads, iPhones and any Android-driven devices. One possible drawback is that the mobile app doesn’t offer quite as many options but it still gives you the chance to get involved in multi-table tournaments, cash games, and sit & go events.
With over 10 million registered players, you can be pretty confident that there will be plenty of others online whenever you want to play. It’s hard to put firm figures on it, but it’s estimated that, on average, here are usually about 2,000 other people looking for a game at the same time as you, with 3,000 at peak periods.
With so many people, there’s also a wide range of abilities playing from the occasional player right up to the near-pros. Therefore, it’s always going to the possible to find exactly the right level of game to suit you.
The selection of games that you can enjoy at 888poker is a combination of old favourites like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo, and 7 Card Stud and more contemporary versions like the super-fast SNAP in which you’re assigned to a new table time you fold. This is perfect for the player who likes the action to be fast and furious and who may sometimes feel frustrated by the time it can others to finish a hand.
If you’re a tournament player then you’ll be equally spoilt for choice with options that include Sit & Go, Multi-table, Heads Up, Free Tournaments, Deep Stacks, and Satellites. They also have an excellent tournament schedule so there’s always the perfect either available straight away or coming up very soon.
Where 888poker also excels is in the free poker options that are on offer. These take a number of forms, all of which are great news for players.
A good place to start is in the Free Poker Play Mode. This is a good introduction to the ins and outs of playing online as it lets you compete without staking any real money. You simply place practice bets while you get used to the rules and the way everything works. You can carry on doing this for as long as you need to until you feel confident enough to move on to the real thing.
Then, when you do make your first actual deposit, 888poker will match it by 100% up to $400 maximum. Admittedly, there are some terms and conditions attached before you can claim your free bonus but as long as you comply with all these then you’ll be able to effectively play with free money.
Depositing and withdrawing
Of course, as well as winning, the other area you’ll want to know about is how easy it is to both deposit an withdraw your cash – and the great news is that this is another area in which 888poker is also outstanding. As well as all the usual ways like Mastercard and Visa there are around 14 other methods to choose from including Neteller, eps and Moneta. If you really want to go old-school they’ll even send you a cheque in the post. But when you’re withdrawing your money by more up to date methods it’s just as fast and efficient as you’d want it to be.
There’s an old saying in retail that the customer is king and this certainly seems to be the philosophy followed by 888poker. You can get in touch with their customer service team via online enquiry, email, live chat or phone. They’re always happy to help and really do seem to want to resolve issues and answer questions as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Whatever level of player you are 888poker is a great place for you to pit your wits, and your wallet, against other players online. There are good reasons why they’ve won numerous awards over the years and it’s a high standard that they continue to maintain. Plus, with a generous bonus structure plus lots of chances for free play, what more could you possibly ask for from a poker site?