888 Poker room review

SCORE 9/10

BONUS 10/10

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Use code WELCOME100 for 100% bonus of first deposition up to $400.

888 Poker website

Open to players in some states in U.S.

Accepted contries

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Restricted contries

Afghanistan, Belgium, China, Congo, Cuba, France, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Japan, North Korea, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey, Somalia, Sudan

Review overview

In summary   |   Game selection  |   Events & promotions  |   Traffic   |   Deposit bonus & bonus points  |   Rake & tournament fees  |   Desktop & mobile  |   Open account   |    Support  |    Deposit & withdrawal  |    Software features  |    License & jurisdictions   |   RNG Certificate |    Company & reputation  |    Screenshots

In summary

888poker is one of the most established sites in the online poker industry and very often top rated when poker rooms are compared. The owner company is 888 Holdings. For poker player, they offer a poker client relative rich of features and not at least attractive welcome bonuses for new players.

Game selection

Games Texas Hold'em - Omaha Hi - Omaha Hi Lo - 7 Card Stud - Snap - Blast
Structure No Limit - Pot Limit - Fixed Limit
Limits .01/.02c (lowest) - $50/$100 (highest)

Promotions & Events

VIP programAs a player at this poker room you can get benefits from 888poker club, which gives rewards to the players. You earn points every time you play with real money. By collection points you’ll receive Gold Tokens from which you can redeem prizes.
No deposit bonus As a new player you can receive the $88 free bonus. You only need to sign up with the poker site and before your first deposition you will get this bonus. The $88 free bonus is distributed in three parts: 1) $1 immediate bonus credited to your player account, 2) $7 tournament tickets, 3) pending $80 bonus. See the “Terms & Conditions - $88 FREE Bonus Package” at 888poker for all details concerning this offer.
Ongoing promotions Hand of the Day is one of the ongoing promotions as the review is written. In the “Hand of the Day” promotion you can win up to $1,000 in cash every day. You can win this in the freeroll you will be invited to after get the “Hand of the Day”, which various from day to day.
Welcome Bonus See below ...


888poker is one of the largest online poker room in the world considering the traffic. The numbers of players are far from the masses of PokerStars, but 888poker is for example bigger than the iPoker network. You will find ongoing games a tables 24/7 every day in the week.

Deposit bonus & bonus points

bonus promoNew players at 888poker can claim a bonus matching the first deposition with 100% up to $400 (If you register or play in the UK, the bonus is up to £300). For this, the code WELCOME400 should be used. This will double your money. You can, for example, deposit $200 and get $200 in addition as bonus money. You cannot withdrawal the bonus until you have collected enough bonus points (10 bonus points = $1).

Plus the bonus money, you will receive 7 Tickets to $500 First Depositors' Free Tournaments, 2 Tickets to $1,000 Depositors' Free Tournaments and 1 Ticket to the First Depositors' Challenge Tournament.

The most important thing to know about is that the player must complete the bonus points accumulation within 90 days. See the Terms & Conditions for "Welcome Bonus Promotion” at 888poker for all details concerning this offer.

Rake & tournament fees

Cash game The rake per pot and max rake per hand depends on limits and pot sizes. For example, on table limits from 25¢-50¢ to $1-$2 the maximum rake taken from a hand is 1¢ for each 20¢ in pot and $1 as maximum. For some table limits, the numbers of players in hand will affect the rake amount.  
Tournament & Sit & Go The standard fee for Multi-table tournaments are in average 5-10%. The same is true for Sit & Gos and for Blast tournements the fees are somewhat higher.

Desktop & mobile

PC Minimum requirements for the Betfair poker clients:

  • Operating system - Windows 7 Home Basic
  • At least Pentium 1.8 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
  • At least 760 MB RAM
  • 300 MB free space on hard drive

MacMinimum requirements for the Betfair poker clients:

  • OS version: Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • At least 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4GB DDR2 667 MHz

Linux Not supported
Mobile iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android based devices are supported.
Tablet iPad and Android based devices are supported.

Play direct in browser with support for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

Software features

Languages English, French, German, Deutsch, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Romania, Italy, Spain, Canada, Austria
General Features:

  • Tournament and cash game history
  • Choose avatar
  • Chat
  • Different table themes including 3D tables
  • Webcam
  • Tracking software support
  • Play on up to four tables simultaneously
  • Betting buttons configurations
  • Animations (on/off)
  • Audio (on/off)

Table features:

  • Show hand strength
  • Show all-in odds
  • Auto centre seat
  • Auto muck
  • Auto top-up in cash games
  • Highlight table close to time out
  • Multi tables auto focus functions
  • Mini games (show/hide)

These are not complete listings of features in the 888 Poker game client, but a selection of the most important ones.

Open account

1st step Visit 888 Poker, see link above or below.
2nd step Choose to download and install the poker software from the website, or skip this step and register first if you want to play directly in the browser.
3rd step Register.
4rd step Deposit money and start playing.


Live chat N/A.
Mail Can be send via contact form from the website.
Telephone N/A.

Deposit and withdrawal

Min. deposit $10.
Min. withdrawal $10
Payment methods VISA, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, PayPal, iDebit, ecoPayz, MuchBetter, Apple Pay**, Trustly, Bitcoin (via Skrill)**.
* This can vary depending on payment method.
** Apple Pay and Bitcoin will not work for withdrawals.

Withdrawals to credit card or bank normally take 2-5 working days. Withdrawals to e-wallets will be processed in 12-24 hours. If you want withdraw money from your 888 account, you do this when you are logged in and via the cashier in the lobby of the poker client.

License and jurisdictions

888 is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority. For the UK market 888 is regulated by the Gambling Commission in Gibraltar.

RNG and certifications

According to 888: "a trusted Random Number Generator (RNG) is always used to determine the outcomes of our games. (...) The system has been rigorously tested by running millions of rounds and examining results. The system is systematically tested by the Company."

The software is certified by GameCare and ICRA. The owner company has also a eCOGRA certification.

Company & reputation

888 Poker (former Pacific Poker) was launched in 2004. It has been an independent poker room during this time. The owner company is the Brittish 888 Holdings founded in 1997 and based in Gibraltar.

Some voices in other reviews around the web:

"The poker room soft is quite qualitative. The dark colors (dark blue, black, grey) prevail in the 888 interface. The lobby is intuitively comprehensible and there is opportunity to filter the games according to set parameters." - Cardmates.com about 888 Poker

"It sounds like their mobile poker is well above average, too. It works well, and all their games and stakes are available. You can also handle your banking, though you have fewer banking options from your phone. The biggest complaint about their mobile is the lack of multi-table support." - Gamblingsites.com about 888 Poker

Review written by Oscar Sand