The Quick Summary
888 Poker experienced great success in the early days of online poker, especially among US players, but it was one of the rooms hit hardest by the UIGEA. The 888 site has been recently relaunched with new software, a new look, and a new lease on life.
Popularity: 7 of 10 – Good
Despite losing its US player base after the UIGEA went into effect, 888 Poker has managed to stay relevant in the world of online poker. The room is very popular in Europe and one can expect to see over 2,000 cash game players and over 8,000 tournament players online during peak hours.
Security: 9 of 10 – Very Good
888safe is a thoroughly developed concept, dedicated to ensuring 888′s security and transparency for the site’s players. 888′s random number generator is certified by eCOGRA, which has also given 888 a Seal of Approval for safe monetary deposits. Safe deposit methods include credit cards, debit cards, wire transfers and various e-wallets.
Player Competition: 7 of 10 – Good
888 Poker has always held a reputation of having lots of fish at their room and a quick visit to 888Poker will prove this reputation to be true. Being associated with the 888.com’s Casino, Bingo and Sportsbook means that a lot of casual gamblers make their way over to 888 to try out poker, usually with disastrous results.
Site Software: 8 of 10 – Very Good
888′s poker new software boasts “nearly 100 new features and product enhancements,” and some of them are industry firsts, including a Beginner’s Lobby and animal tags. The graphics have also received a major overhaul, with a thorough and realistic 3D experience.
The 888poker software is available in 8 languages: English Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese, and Italian. Those who like to play poker for the camaraderie will enjoy 888′s social space, my.888poker.com, where players can chat, join forums, and share photos and video.
Customer Support: 8 of 10 – Very Good
People won’t have a tough time getting a hold of a 888 Poker representative since the room offers three different means of contacting them. Live chat, e-mail, and phone support – which provides a number for each region – are all given as ways of contacting the site.
Company Ethics: 8 of 10 – Very Good
888 Poker has a zero tolerance for cheaters and promises to permanently ban anybody that is caught colluding. As a mark of their commitment to reducing cheating, 888 Poker uses proprietary technology designed to catch colluders and other types of cheaters as well.
Site Promotions: 7 of 10 – Good
One area that really stands out with regards to 888 Poker’s promotions is its deposit bonus method. Now the amount offered – 100% up to $400 – won’t blow anybody away but the fact that they give players 25% of the bonus upfront is pretty outstanding. This way, players can try the room out before they start spending their own money!
As far as its other promotions go, 888 Poker is pretty standard in comparison to other poker rooms. One interesting thing is that the prize packages they offer to land-based tournaments are unique within the industry; Slovenia, The Calgary Stampede, and the Caribbean are a few of the places where 888 Poker has sent people to in the past.
Overall Review: 7.7 of 10 – Good
Besides boasting a top-notch new software, 888 Poker does a great job in many other areas; security and ethics are at the top of the list. The soft competition is just an added bonus to a room that has made great strides over the past few years.
Final Result: We give 888 Poker a final overall score of 7.7 out of 10