- Plenty of loose games
- Superb new POKER 6 software
- No-download version available
- $8 No-Deposit cash signup bonus
- High traffic 24/7
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888Poker is the flagship poker skin of the 888Poker Network. Currently, that network is the sixth biggest poker network in terms of cash game player volume. A branch of 888 Holdings PLC, 888Poker is part of a huge online gaming group that provides a variety of gambling products around the world.
888Poker's POKER 6 software is their own proprietary design. The site claims it has “nearly 100 new features and product enhancements” from their last software design. From our perspective, we can tell that some of this stuff really is cool: a special Beginner’s Lobby set aside for first-timers being the standout feature. The 3D look at 888Poker is one of the most realistic in the industry, though many poker players don't give 3D as much credence as site designers seem to think.
888Poker makes their software available in eight languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Dutch, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Danish, and Italian. Since some poker rooms are available in as many as two dozen languages or more, this isn't a huge variety, but is helpful for a site that attracts a mostly European clientele.
888Poker was founded after the success of 888 Holdings’ client called Pacific Poker. They renamed Pacific Poker 888Poker.com and created the 888Poker network. 888Poker.com is still the network's flagship skin, so there's decent traffic at peak European play times. Daily peak traffic for the entire 888Poker network averages 6,000 cash game players, with about a third of those cash players playing at 888Poker.com. Like most poker skins, 888Poker gets a lot more tournament traffic, averaging about 8,000 tournament players online during peak hours, thanks to shared tables between other 888Poker Network skins.
As for the quality of the poker played at 888Poker.com, the site has a well-earned reputation for poor play. Any poker site associated with a casino, bingo room, and sportsbook is going to have a lot of fish to snack on. Plenty of casual casino gamblers stumble over into the poker rooms, most of whom have no idea what they're doing.
888Poker.com's loyalty program is average--you earn points that you can exchange for cash and gifts. As of this writing, poker players earn a point for every $10 of rake generated. For every 100 points they eatn, 888Poker.com pays out $1 in cash or towards merchandise. That means you have to generate $1,000 in rake to earn a buck.
Another downside--888Poker.com doesn't allow players to exchange points for free tournament entries like other poker rooms. You can earn access to different reward levels by winning special tournaments, but there's no way to earn buy-ins directly with reward points.
There's nothing special about the size of the deposit bonus at 888Poker.com: 100% match up to
$400 $600 (exclusively for Pokernet players). But size isn't everything; 888Poker.com gives their depositors 25% of that bonus right upfront.
When you sign up at 888Poker.com, you instantly earn $8 in your player account, no deposit required. Notice how the $8 bonus ties in with the name 888Poker.com. Clever, right? Only players from certain countries can earn this $8 bonus, so check the site before you expect your $8 bonus. The countries included in this bonus change from time to time. The current list of countries eligible for the bonus (as of Nov, 2011) are as follows: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Both new and existing players can take part in special promotions--888Poker.com offers random reload bonuses every now and then, and existing players earn all their promotional offers, so you don't have to be a new depositor to get bonus cash. Standard reload bonuses are 50% deposit matches up to $500.