Review : 888 Poker

888 Poker has been one of my first poker rooms to try and during the years there have been many ups and downs. Existing for such a long time in the industry, they’ve been involved in many negative reviews.

888 Poker has been one of my first poker rooms to try and during the years there have been many ups and downs. Existing for such a long time in the industry, they’ve been involved in many negative reviews. At a certain point you would think that this platform was rigged (same situation with other popular platforms) judging by how people were speaking about it. While i’m not implying that it might be true, the general feel you can get at the tables sometimes can make you question their reliability.

As a brand it still remains one of the biggest poker providers worldwide. I place it somewhere in the top 5. Since they managed to enter the New Jersey market, it says a lot about their reach and influence in the gambling industry. Easy to understand given their long period since they are in the business. But I still wasn’t always fully convinced to remain a loyal user. Could be due to the density of players that have no experience with poker, yet they will somehow hit good cards more often than you do. And this frustration can add up along those long losing streaks. Or maybe it’s just me being not so lucky lately‚Ķ Who knows.

From the moment I decided to try it again i felt like going back in time. It was like nothing ever changed visually. The main software is small windowed with tiny fonts on the screen. Menu generally is easy to use but feels out dated and somehow has a touch of something which is unfinished. I must give credits though, to the actual poker table window that has a clean and modern aspect. You can get to see that if the platform somehow doesn’t show the annoying error that you are not connected to the internet. I’m going to take a guess and blame it on my slow connection lately.

The installed software creates some sort of log-in file which I’m yet to find out what is all about. And again, esthetic-wise the client icon looks sloppy and needs some re-touching. The iOS and Android apps look better with highly visible buttons. The neon theme definetly fits better on the mobile screens.

Feeling the presence of a weak line-up of players is definetly there. Not as crowded as other big providers, yet the poker tables are decently filling up. After i finally managed to get away from the “connection lost” issue, tried some of the tables and conclusion is that most people play any kind of hand and pay almost any raise just for the sake of seeing that flop.

Noticed the “beginners” tab where you can sit and play for as low as 1 cent. I wonder if this option is always present or if it disappears after a while based on your account actions. Sharks could actually take advantage of new players if decent pots or money are in play. But I suppose what I previously said earlier can apply in this case also. Bad beats and the software dealing cards can work wonders even against high skilled players.

888 offers Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud and SevenCard Stud Hi-Lo as playable types of poker. Poker game modes that they offer: SNAP – A poker mode where if you fold your hand instantly the software mixes you up with other 5 players that did the same. Those who don’t have patience at the tables can try it out. Similar to ZOOM mode offered by Poker Stars. Not a big fan of this type of rush playing. BLAST Poker – Game mode where a random prize pool is being established. It’s also timed. Once the countdown reaches 00:00, all players will go
all-in at every played hand until a winner is decided. Again something similar to what Poker Stars offer. I wanted to try the Show me! mode where all players can see what cards each other have, yet for some reason couldn’t find any table. Probably not very interesting.

Obviously there are tables and tournaments with high-stakes or buy-ins. Should you look for some real action, then this is where the fun ends and things get serious. More experienced players will be present but I prefer this real competition rather than games where I get the idea I’m playing only against some bots.

I like 888 Poker for their promotions and rewards system. It’s one field where they kinda make it up for the rest of the flaws. This includes their casino where I actually managed to win a few times pretty decent amount of money. You can benefit from the promotions and rewards as long as you understand the terms and conditions.

The 888Poker Club is the reward programme where you can gain levels while you play. Certain levels offers rewards such as tickets for tournaments, scratch cards with prizes or gold tokens. The gold tokens can be used to claim money rewards. The higher level you achieve, the higher the rewards. What’s most interesting is that you won’t lose your level rank. The only way is up. It all depends on how money you decide to flow around. There is also a “reffer a friend” feature which i’m not sure it’s available in all countries.

Withdrawing money can be a long and stressfull process. 888 has it’s history with slow processing that can take 3 days or more until someone will release the cashout towards you. Beware of playing from restricted countries by using VPN. Simply because of the long processing periods, there is a very high chance every cash-out request is being thoroughly investigated before release.

Following payment providers are accepted:Visa, MasterCard, Local Debit Cards, ApplePay, EntroPay, iDebit, Neteller, PayPal, Postepay, Skrill, WebMoney, Wire Transfer, Qiwi Visa Virtual, Sofortuberweisung, Transferencia Bancaria, Instant Banking, Instadebit, iCheque, Boleto, Diners Credit Card, EPS, Giropay, Trustly, Todito Cash, iDeal, Nordea, Op-Pahjola, Verkkopankki, Paysafecard, PayrPrzelewy 24, Multibanco, Visa QIWI Wallet, AstroPay Card, Yandex Money. This list can differ depending from which country you are playing.

Some of these mentioned above won’t work for withdrawing. The withdrawing payments system accepted are: Visa, MasterCard, Local Debit Cards, ApplePay, EntroPay, iDebit, Neteller, Paypal, Postepay, Skrill, WebMoney, Wire Transfer or Qiwi Visa. This list can differ depending from which area you are playing.

If you need to use the support feature be ready to have some stressfull times. The software client isn’t the most friendly. Some of the buttons shows some technical stuff that you will probably won’t need or use when opening a ticket. Like many others, the e-mail support department is where you will most likely end up looking for solutions.

Interesting fact is that they have always had a telephone number available for support. More-over the VIP players have their own special number that can use for help. You need to be careful with the charges you might get as the phone numbers might not be local from your country.

Banned countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Macao, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, USA (partially). This list might not be fully accurate so do not take it as granted. It is just based on my research.

Countries like Romania, Spain, Italy, UK, Ireland, Denmark or Germany operate a subsidiary of the 888 licence and players will be redirected to local 888 websites. Take in consideration that these countries may have different welcome bonuses, partially similar promotions or rewards programmes. Different applicable laws might apply so make sure to read every bit of information before proceeding on playing on the platform.

Pros and cons about 888poker.

Pros: – Wide variety of payment alternatives – Decent promotions – Reward programme that can keep new players entertained – Weak line-up of players, beneficial for beginners or casual players – At the end of the day, respectable brand in the poker industry – The actual poker table window in the client looks decent and user friendly (compared to the menu interface of the poker software client)

Cons: – Poor user interface in the main software client – Support menu difficult to navigate and shows useless information in certain sections – Connection with the servers often interrupts – Difficult to read interface when trying to select tables or seeking tournaments – Long withdrawal process and release of funds – They have an affiliate programme called Uffiliates but there are not much good things to say. Unless you are not some gambling influencer do not bother to try it. Perhaps not even then. Payments alternatives are very limited, cashing out any earnings being possible only through PayPal, Skrill or Neteller. Even if payments may be made on-time, there is negative carry over rules applied to your affiliate account. Which basically means that the players you bring as affiliate can’t win more than they lose.

My two-cents are that you should go ahead and give it a try. Each person can experience different scenarios at the tables. You might hit it big, you might find the interface very good. Or you will simply like the player line-up. Overall, 888 Poker is one of the brands I will always follow and return-to sometimes.

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