888 Poker is the dedicated poker-only site operated by 888 Holdings plc out of Gibraltar via its operating subsidiary, Cassava Enterprises. It began life as part of Casino-on-Net in 2002 as Pacific Poker and became one of the most publicised and populated poker sites in the business. It was renamed 888 in 2006. Soon after, the site enforced a ban on US customers following the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. In 2007 the US Department of Justice attempted to recoup all profits made by the company in the US, which amounted to $120million.
888 Poker welcome bonus
888 Poker continues to be heavily advertised. The site offers a 100% matched welcome bonus for new players up to a limit of $400. To sign up and get your welcome bonus simply click the link below.
Each time a player acquires 100 Bonus Points, $10 is deposited into the player’s account. There’s also a $12 free bonus, which mainly consists of free entry into tournaments.
888 Poker review
888 Poker is available via a software download for Windows and Mac, or you can play in a web browser. There are also downloads for mobile, including Android.
The site’s random number generator is certified as safe & fair by eCOGRA, and 888 has accreditation for the site’s responsibility and honesty, and that monetary deposits are secure.
888 Poker hosts Texas Hold ’em, Omaha High, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo. In cash games, there are No limit/Pot limit games with stakes from 1¢/2¢ to $500/$1,000, and Fixed limit games from 2¢/4¢ to $50/$100. There’s also a continuous range of both Sit & Go and Scheduled tournaments, from Heads up to multi-table. Beginners may find the array of options slightly bewildering.
For cash games, the rake amounts vary between 1¢ for each 16¢ in the pot for low stakes games up to a 1¢ for each 20¢ in the pot for high limit games. The rake is capped at $4, even for 2¢/4¢ games. In tournament games the entry fee varies, but is generally 10% of the buy-in amount.
To sign up to the site all you require is a valid email address. Logging in is fast and you are not pressured to deposit into your account. All the poker styles that 888 offers are available to play for play money.
888 Poker operates a loyalty scheme where players amass ‘Status Points’ and ‘Reward Points’. By gaining Status Points a player can move upwards through eight different scheme levels offering added incentives such as increased levels of cashback and entry into freeroll tournaments.
The site also offers main additional promotions throughout the year, mainly free entry into specially-themed free-roll tournaments and tournaments with special prizes, such as holidays and exclusive gifts.
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888 Poker has recovered from the losses it incurred when the US government pulled the plug on much of its customer-base in 2010. It’s a solidly built and responsive site with enough varied tables for any player to find a satisfactory seat. The only real downside is the confusing way in which your welcome bonus is released in dribs and drabs, but if you’re a suitably funded player, that won’t bother you at all.