888 Poker Room Review
888 Poker also known as Pacific Poker was established in 2002 and during its early days it accepted US players and lost its US player base when it was hit hardest by the UIGEA. However, the site delivers top-tier graphics and user interface as well as superb customer support via email. Its software is available as download version for Windows users and offers a no-download version for Mac Players. The only setback is that it no longer accepts US players but offers great player traffic during peak hours.
888 Poker recently relaunched its new upgraded software that is user-friendly and is available on both no-download (flash – instant play online) and download version. The software offers fantastic features such as 3D avatars and many more.
The platform offers the following languages – German, Swedish, Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese and excellent bonuses as well as promotions.
Before its recent upgrade, players could only play one table at a time. The Poker 6 client has enabled players to play up to 16 tables simultaneous and offers smooth play. It offers a lobby for beginners and players get to enjoy realistic 3D experience. Another interesting feature included in the software is the ‘Pokercam’ that allows players via the internet to interact with live tables.
The poker room has large player traffic at which 90% of the players are found at hold’em tables while the rest are at Omaha and stud tables. During peak hours, it has an approx of 2,000 players at ring games and over 8,000 players at tournaments.
Bonuses and Promotions
888 Poker offers a 100% match up deposit bonus of up to $888 for the first deposit made. It allows a period of 90 days for players to clear their bonuses in $10 increments for every $50 in rake generated.
Other bonuses offered include no-deposit bonus of $8 and a $50 referral (refer-a-friend) bonus as well as reload bonuses every month.
In addition, it offers a loyalty reward program at which players get to earn points for every hand raked and these points can be exchanged for cash or used for tournament buy-ins.
The table games offered at 888 Poker include – Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha hi-lo, 7-stud, 7-stud hi-lo
and their betting limits range from $.02-$.04 to $75-$150 for fixed limits and $.01-$.02 to $10-$20 for No-Limit and Pot Limit.
888 Poker offers a wide range of tournaments to include –
(I) Daily Guaranteed Tournaments
(ii) $50,000 First Depositors’ Challenge
(iii) Exclusive $5,000 Australian WSOP Online League
(iv) Weekly 100k GTD Sunday Challenge for just $80 and many more
Banking Options – Deposits and CashOuts
The deposit and withdrawal options available include – debit and credit cards, Switch (Maestro), Solo, MoneyBookers, Click and Buy, Paypoint, ACTeCASH, UKash, NETeller, Fireplay, wire transfer and Checks PaySafeCard
888 Poker offers excellent customer support 24/7 via phone and email. Response via email tends to be very slow but they do a decent job to answer basic questions.