About 888 Poker
888 has been established since 1997, pretty much since the beginning of internet poker and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
It’s our Highest Scoring poker room and is also one of the softest places to play poker due to the constant flow of new players arriving from the 888 Casino division, which means lots of bad players who end up losing money to us players who have a little more knowledge.
All Poker Professor Players receive a free $8 / £12 free no deposit bonus
Not enough? Well try adding entry to a $6k Freeroll to that
888 is our Highest Scoring Online Poker Room
Software & Graphics
888poker is the poker arm of online casino giants 888. The software is generally very good and efficient with the graphics and usability being clean.
The stability is very strong, and I haven’t experienced the software crash on me once whilst using it.
Many improvements have been made to the software over the years, and the result is a stable and effective platform. One of the key features is the ability to multi table many tables at once and the performance of the software when doing this is actually very smooth.
The software is available for both Windows and Apple Mac platforms, and is also available for mobile and tablet platforms on iOS (iPad / iPhone) and Android.
888 poker is a popular site and enjoys a good volume of traffic. They do not accept players from the USA after the recent law changes, but they still enjoy a significant traffic and are the 2nd largest poker site in terms of traffic.
At peaks times you can expect to find around 4,300 cash game players and many more tournament players. Tournament traffic is good due to the large selection of satellite tournaments into the big live poker events and also daily guaranteed $5k and $10k tournaments.
888 Poker has excellent game variety including most popular forms of poker with Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Sit & Go Tournaments, Multi-Table Tournaments, Casino Games, Sports Betting, Bingo all being offered in No Limit and Limit varieties.
The traffic is heavily weighted on Texas Holdem, but the other games do get a number of tables going during peak times. You will find stake levels across the full range from micro limits of $0.01/$0.02 all the way up to $250/$500, with the focus of the traffic being on the micro to mid stakes tables.
They also offer a fast fold version of poker called “Snap Poker” and webcam poker tables called “Poker Face2Face“.
The player toughness at 888 Poker is really soft with there being a good mix of novice players and offering some of the juiciest and loosest tables on the internet. We not joking when we say we have seen some really high players per flop % sometimes in the region of 60 – 80% even on the higher stakes tables.
The main reason for this is the sheer number of inexperienced poker players that can be found on 888 poker. This is due to the fact that a large number of casino players from 888’s parent company 888 also come across to the poker room and offer their money up for grabs.
There really is a lot of money to be won on this site for experienced poker players and surprisingly is still relatively untapped by the professional players.
The support service offered by 888 Poker is excellent and we found the response times to be well within 24 hours. Support is offered via one of three methods, email, phone or via live chat and we found the staff to have a good knowledge and the ability to resolve our sample queries quickly.
Deposit / Withdrawal Options
A wide range of deposit options are on offer and with most methods the funds are available in your player account within 10 minutes. For a more detailed list see the related section in the data section of this review.
Withdrawals for me were very quick and I had the money back in my account within 24 hours. Some methods may take a little longer, but there is good information both on the cashiers page, and on their website to ensure that you know what to expect before choosing a deposit / withdrawal method.
You may need to provide proof of identity if you are withdrawing large amounts. All these safeguards are in place to protect players and their money and to prevent money laundering.
The rake is the commission charged by the poker room and is in line with the industry average, with better than average rates at the lower stake levels with 1cent for each 20cents in the pot up to a maximum of $0.50 taken out of the pot up to $0.12/$0.50 stake levels and a maximum of $1 taken up to $1/$2 stake levels. On the higher stakes this rises to a $5 maximum.
Bonus / Promotions
888 has impressed us and been one of our favourites for many years which means we have a long term partnership with them to ensure players from the Poker Professor Community get the best welcome package available when you sign up to 888 using any link on Poker Professor.
For starters you will get a first deposit 100% match bonus up to $400 plus you will also instantly get a no deposit bonus package of + $8 / £12 Free
+ $6k Freeroll.
On top of the welcome package there are excellent ongoing promotions, with a player loyalty / rewards scheme that is amongst the best in the industry and plenty of regular freerolls and promotional tournaments, including cash prizes and chances to win seats at major live poker tournaments worth up to $15k each!
Being established since 1997, and as the largest online casino operator, 888 Poker and it’s parent company is well financed and a public company floated on the London Stock exchange.
Add to this that it is licensed and regulated by the notoriously strict Gibraltar Gaming Commision (part of Great Britain) then you can be assured that it has the necessary safeguards and security measures in place.
It is also certified by TrustE (privacy), eCOGRA (safe & fair), the IGC (Interactive Gaming Council) and has won the EGR Best Poker Operator for 3 years in a row.
- Ridiculously soft poker games due to lots of inexperienced players from 888 casino
- Games always available as 2nd largest poker site
- Great Welcome Package for new players from Poker Professor
- Clean and Stable software
- Safe and Secure as a well established and well regulated public company
- Traffic focused on Texas Holdem with limited traffic at less popular poker variants
- Big Sunday Tournaments are smaller than others (but still $100k guaranteed and with smaller fields)
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