Previously known as Pacific Poker, 888poker is the flagship poker room of the world’s largest online casino, 888.com. That means lots of wild casino customers at the poker tables. Combined with big, high-value promotions, that also means a lot of Texas Hold’em players come to 888poker for juicy high-action tables and good bonuses.
The upgraded 888poker software (called POKER 6) offers players over 100 new features including improved search functions and layout, 3D table graphics, integrated casino play, an always-visible cashier and improved multi-tabling abilities.
Other nice functions that stand out are password-protected SNGs and hand histories you can write on your hard drive and import to hand-analysis software tools. 888poker has also introduced a no-download client for Mac and Linux users.
Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo are available. Real-money player statistics as of July 2013 show 2000 ring-game players at peak hours and 8000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code And Promotions
All players are eligible for an exclusive $888 bonus at 100% match.
All new players also receive an $8 FREE instant bonus upon signing up with no deposit required. Each bonus is paid out with $2 in cash and $6 in tournament tickets.
New U.K. players receive a ₤12 bonus with ₤2 in cash and ₤10 in tournament tickets.
Note: Countries eligible for the bonus are the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Japan, Kuwait, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Finland, Brazil, Russia, Slovenia and Singapore.
NEW $88 FREE NO-DEPOSIT BONUS for CDN and AUS players:
- $8 FREE immediately: Instant $2 in cash and $6 in tournament tickets credited to new player accounts.
- $80 FREE Gift: 10 x $8 gifts for every 250 points earned players ($2 cash & $6 in tournament tickets).
Bonus Payout: The pending bonus is released in two stages (first $400/then up to $488) and is dispensed in $10 increments for every 100 bonus points a player earns. Clearing period is 90 days from first deposit.
888poker has one of the most lucrative rewards program available online. As soon as you become a real-money player, you’re automatically part of the program and your points start building with your first pocket cards.
As you play you collect both Status Points and Reward Points. The higher your status, the more Reward Points you get. Reward points can then be exchanged for real cash, tournament entries, merchandise and more.
888poker also offers reload bonuses roughly every other month. The bonuses are usually very good with a 50% deposit match up to $300-$500. Players can also earn a $50 bonus for each referred friend while the referred player receives $25.
Tournaments and Freerolls
888poker has a nice variety of tournaments with buy-ins from $1 up to a few hundred. Tournaments are busy, fast and very loose with play at any level among the loosest and juiciest out there. Even the bigger buy-in tournaments offer relatively loose play.
Aside from its crazy loose play, 888poker is also known for its Daily Challenge series. Buy-ins range from the $12+$1.20 rebuy ($10k guarantee) on Thursdays to the flagship $75+$5 ($50k guarantee) on Saturdays to the $100+$9 High Rollers event on Tuesdays ($10k guarantee).
All tournaments draw a very solid amount of players — the $30+$3 Deep Stack on Fridays ($15k guarantee, 5,000 starting chips) in particular offers great value and play. Also drawing a lot of traffic are the frequent qualifiers to big live and online poker events like the European Poker Tour, Aussie Millions and Irish Open.
Software and Graphics
888Poker most recent software upgrade added over 100 new features to the site.
The previously OK software is now a veritable monster, offering great search functions, convenient table selection, great tiling/cascading functions for multi-tabling, instant access to the cashier, bingo and casino games and a vastly improved look and feel.
Beginners get a suggestion of six low-limit cash games and tournaments to click on in the lobby and get a seat right away. More advanced players can use the quick-seat function. Old school players can also open a classic poker-room lobby.
When multi-tabling, you can decide how you want to arrange the game windows right at the table and switch between tiling and cascading as you wish. In the tournament details there’s also a list of satellite tournaments to that specific event, which is unique and very useful.
One killer aspect of the 888poker software is the ability to run private games via the “lounge” option. 888poker is also the only site that offers Poker Cam tournaments where you can actually see every opponent in real time.
888poker has also added a no-download client with the same basic functionality as the download client. Other smart additions are the “confirm all-in” feature and an action hand replay.
888poker has some of the juiciest games online. However, the viewed-flop percentages at $15/$30 tables have dropped to about 65-70% (at best) from a previously whopping 85%.
Thanks to Casino-on-Net’s operations, there are many less-experienced poker players often with a sweet tooth for gambling. At peak hours, you typically find one or two full-ring games (10 players) with a viewed-flop percentage in the 50s or 60s. If you are looking to make a profit, the Omaha Hi-Lo tables are very good as well.
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