In the 18 years since its founding, 888 Poker has become one of the biggest names in online poker. It now has over 10 million registered users and a host of awards, from second spot on the global traffic rankings to three-times winner of EGR Best Poker Operator.
In contrast to its peers, who were intent on satisfying the needs of expert high-frequency players, 888 Poker decided to focus more on more casual users. Today, the operator offers lots of features for those who enjoy the social side of the game, helping it to become the go-to option for new players.
When 888 Poker launched, it was primarily a Flash poker site that served players via their browsers. However, as the company has evolved, so too has its interface. Today, the programmes have become more complex, meaning you need to download 888 Poker's software. You’ll then be able to play as many as four tables at once using your PC, Mac or laptop.
888 Poker is also fully mobile for iOS and Android. Instead of relying on optimising existing poker software, the company has developed native apps for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, meaning that the user experience is just as smooth whether you’re on your phone or laptop.
The social experience is at the core of 888 Poker’s model. They have a social platform, my.888 Poker.com, where players can connect with each other, share photos, watch videos and participate in forums. Another big innovation in making their games more interactive is the use of webcams. Players can join games that contain webcam feeds rather than animated icons. It's dynamic and entertaining, and means you can see your opponents' faces as they try to pull off an audacious bluff.
The transition between computer and mobile gaming is designed to be as smooth as possible. Users don't need to create a separate mobile account as the mobile app is fully synched to their online account, allowing them to deposit and withdraw cash without having to use their PC.
888 Poker is well-known for its special promotions and bonuses. Aside from a welcome package that includes a deposit match, the site also offers a range of mystery bonuses. The 'Mystery Prizes' promo is stocked with massive cash prizes that can be won by any player at any time. A number of regular promotions are also hosted weekly. These include the ‘Monday Twins Challenge’, offering the chance to double up on your winnings, and the ‘Free Casino Mix-Up’, which is a restricted tournament accessed by a link given to users who play a game on the Thursday of the same week.
For online poker tournaments, 888 Poker has a selection of guaranteed prizepools of high figures every month. From the Swordfish to Super Sunday, players can take part in a high-win MTT every day of the week from as little as $1. For something a little more exclusive, 888 Poker's Mega Deep is the weekly major, particularly popular among experienced players.
In addition to 888 Poker's online events, the operator has a popular live series known as 888 Poker Love Local. Designed to bring the site's friendly community out into the real world, these tournaments take place in various locations around the world and qualifiers are offered inside the 888 Poker platform on a daily basis. You'll also get a small bonus every time you invite a friend who then signs up, and your friend will also get an extra welcome deposit bonus.
888 Poker is licensed by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. This is one of the world’s strictest gambling jurisdictions, meaning you can play with confidence that the operator will adhere to the highest standards in player protection and financial management. All of 888 Poker’s software is certified by TRUSTe, a certificate that is only awarded to websites that neither collect user behaviour data to transfer to a third party nor use advertising outside of their own platform, such as pop-ups.
User support is available 24/7 by phone, email or online chat in 11 languages. For common questions, there are also guides available on how to deposit your money, how to install and play the games and how the reward system works.