Summary of 888poker
Formerly known as Pacific Poker, 888poker is a classic poker room known for its very soft games with lots of action - especially at the Texas Holdem tables.
The site is run by 888.com, one of the world's largest online gambling operators. This creates a major influx of casino players, which partly explains why the games at 888 are so nice and loose.
Since the Poker 6 software upgrade 888 Poker also looks better than ever with over 100+ new features and great new multi-tabling options. 888poker's fast-fold poker variant, SNAP Poker - where you're instantly dropped into a new hand whenever you fold - is also a blast.
Speaking of BLAST, 888poker's version of the jackpot SnG - the 4-person hyper turbo BLAST events - are a nice new twist on lottery style poker. Buy-ins are from 10c to $30 and jackpot multipliers go up to 10,000x - making a $300,000 payout the top.
Satellites to win seats in the 888Live and 888Live Local tours and to the World Series of Poker are also great incentives to play at 888. As the WSOP's primary sponsor it's the only site online where you can win a WSOP Main Event package.
888poker can only accept US players from Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware right now but that is likely to change soon. As for the rest of the world Europeans dominate the player base and peak hours usually coincide with European evening time, around 2 p.m. (EST).
Promotions & Bonus Information
888 Poker has one of the best sign-up deals going these days with an up to $888 at 100% match bonus for Poker Junkie sign-ups plus an instant $8 FREE with no deposit. The sign up bonus is awarded in two parts and in $10 increments. For each $10 chunk you need to earn 100 points.
As for promotions 888Poker offers a number of tournaments with guaranteed prize pools. As an example they recently hosted a $250,000 guaranteed tournament with a buy-in of $88 +$8. There are always new promotions at the site, and the freerolls are well worth checking out, too.
888poker's expanded and growing lineup of big Sunday tournaments is also starting to rival PokerStars for the best online.
Satellites to 888poker's awesome Live Poker tours, 888Live and 888Live Local, are also always running from as little as 1c. Win prizes and packages that can take you around the world and experience the thrill of live poker alongside an amazing cultural experience!
888Poker offers reload bonuses roughly every other month. The bonuses are usually very good with a 50% deposit match up to $300-$500. Referral bonuses and loyalty bonuses are also good.
Cash-game traffic is mainly concentrated at the No-Limit Holdem tables. Around 90% of the players can be found at the Holdem tables but there’s more and more action at the Pot-Limit Omaha and Seven-Card Stud high tables.
During peak hours there are approximately 3,000 real money ring game players at the site making it the #2 poker site in the world behind only PokerStars.
When it comes to tournaments, 888poker offers satellites to most major live poker events and also runs daily $5,000 and $10,000 guaranteed tournaments. Around $240,000 in guarantees is offered every week.
There’s a healthy amount of tournament players at the site with up to 7,500 real-money tournament players at peak hours.
By the way, peak hours on 888 are European evening time, usually around 2 PM (PT). Players looking to play long sessions or at varying times of day should be able to match the peak times of 888 Poker with that of other sites.
Software & Graphics
For a long while 888Poker only allowed you to play one table at the time but they’ve made several large improvements to their software culminating in the upgrade to the Poker 6 client
Now you can play up to 16 simultaneous tables and play flows without trouble. Also of note are the "Pokercam" tables, allowing players at home with a web cam to interact live at the tables.
The look and feel of the poker client has also been hugely improved. A great deal of customization is possible and you can redesign your playing environment by choosing from a range of avatars, different card designs and different backgrounds etc.
888Poker also has a great search function and a Java client if you can’t download the Windows client.
Does not accept US Players
- $88 FREE no-deposit bonus with $8 instantly ($2 cash, $6 tournament tickets)
- Exclusive freerolls for PokerJunkie players
- Snap Poker speed poker option
Hits & Misses
- Soft Holdem games
- Good promotions
- Great new Poker 6 software
- Thin game variety
- Poker Traffic
- Software & Graphics
- Bonus & Promotions
- Game Variety
- Soft Competition