888 has re-branded Pacific Poker as 888 Poker and launched a new software platform to vastly improve the site. Due to the large quantity of casino players coming over to play poker here, 888 Poker is one of the loosest rooms you will find. The Loyalty Program is as good as it gets with no minimum requirements, large free-rolls, monthly deposit match and 'Refer a Friend' bonuses.
Software & Usability
888 Poker creates a smooth graphic experience within a highly usable environment. The options are relentlessly customisable, in a good way. Label opponents with icons, like a shark, so you have a reminder the next time you play them. There are numerous options for how you want to set up each table, from minimalist to super detailed graphics options. Separate lobbies for beginners through experts are available, making sure your experience fits your desired level. Play with 3-D graphics and use the always visible cashier.
888 Poker traditionally relies solely on a downloadable platform but 888 has recently added a no-download client for Mac and Linux users. Windows users must download the poker software but then are able to access gameplay directly from an icon on their desktop to avoid having to visit the 888 Poker website each time. A mobile client for 888 Poker is not yet offered.
888 Poker's game variety is about average, with Texas Hold'em, Omaha High, Omaha Hi-Low, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High-Low. 888 Poker also offers PokerCam (webcam poker), Teams Poker, 3D poker and more. No-Limit pots are only available for Texas Hold'em games.
Tournaments & Player Competition
888's special tournament lobby tells you who is still going in tournaments. The lobby also lists all upcoming satellites, to make sure you are up on when to qualify. A one click registration process makes the experience seamless. The tournaments are often shockingly loose, though that doesn't make getting through a thousand players any easier.
While 888 is good for both beginners and experts, many of the tables are seriously loose, especially the tournaments. Even the higher limits get pretty juicy. Peak Hours usually brings about 2,000 ring-game players and 8,000 tournament players.
Promotions & Bonuses
Automatically join 888 Poker's Loyalty Program when you sign up for the site. Easily use your points on all sorts of items in the community section store. The new program is chock full of high value promotions with high action tables to use the promotions on. About every two months they will offer reload bonuses, with offers such as 50% deposit match up to £300 - £500.
Support & Security
As the biggest online casino in the world, and one of the biggest overall gambling sites, 888 clearly offers great cross-functionality between its casino, bingo and poker products. With this, they also are very secure due to their immense size. The community is super cool, but it also allows you to easily interact with 888 staff through all the communication tools available. Get immediate feedback in various forms any time of day, from real 888 employees.