888 Poker Review
888 Poker is a true giant of online poker, the second most popular poker brand with the second largest network in the world. The site is owned by Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd, which has been a leading name in online gaming since 1997 and continues to own and operate some of the most popular online poker rooms, online bingo sites and online casinos around. Originally named Pacific Poker, 888 Poker received a major overhaul to bring it into line with other sites such as 888 Casino and 888 Ladies.
Games and Tournaments
It’s not just Texas Hold’em found at 888 Poker, you can try your hand at Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo. These various games each allow you to play No Limit, Pot Limit or Fixed Limit.
Visually the site is slick and stylish, having had a number of software overhauls, including the introduction of 3D table layouts and a multi-language function allows users to read the site in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese and Italian. Mac-users are able to use 888 Poker without having to download the software.
Functionality and Features
Due to many of the players at 888 Poker arriving from sister site 888 Casino they aren’t necessarily hardened poker experts unlike at sites like PokerStars and Fulltilt, meaning that competition is more relaxed and it is easier to find other players who will provide an even match for anyone not yet at the top level. Player volumes are very good for a standalone online poker site, with all of your favourite games available at most stake levels 24 hours a day. Top stakes games may be a little thin on the ground at quiet times but all-in-all the traffic levels are very good.
New players are looked after with a fairly comprehensive ‘Learn to Play’ section, which covers all of the basic rules and techniques in each of the game formats. This part of the site could maybe benefit from a few more interactive elements but is a worthwhile addition nonetheless.
Before you even make a single deposit you can receive a £12 sign up bonus. Simply register for a new online poker account with the brand to receive your free poker bonus. Once you decide to fund your account you will be rewarded with a 100% first deposit match bonus of up to $400. There’s also a generous rewards programme to be found at 888 Casino along with an array of other great promotions, bonuses and freerolls that are updated regularly.
888 Poker is a great place for new players to start and an even better place for seasoned players to hone their skills. With a solid reputation and a constant stream of super promotions and exciting tournaments, you can’t go far wrong at 888 Poker.
This 888 review was updated in October 2014.
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