888 Poker Review Continued...
Games and Tournaments
It’s not just Texas Hold’em found at 888Poker; you can try your hand at Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo. These various games each allow you to play No Limit, Pot Limit or Fixed Limit.
Visually the site is slick and stylish, having had a number of software overhauls, including the introduction of 3D table layouts and a multi-lingual platform that allows users to read the site in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese and Italian. Mac users are able to use the lobbies without having to download the software.
Functionality and Features
Both the download client and the Flash lobby are quick and easy to navigate so you can hop straight to it and get those hands in at any time. Players of all skill levels can be found at 888Poker, so you’ll never be without a worthy opponent. There are free tables in the lobby if you opt for ‘Practice Play’ on the right-hand corner, and unlike other sites, you won’t need to hang around too long to grab a game when you just want to hone your skills.
Player volumes are very good for a standalone online poker site, with all of your favourite games available at most stake levels 24 hours a day. Top stakes games may be a little thin on the ground at quiet times, but all-in-all the traffic levels are very good.
New players are looked after with a fairly comprehensive ‘Learn to Play’ section, which covers all of the basic rules and techniques in each of the game formats. This part of the site could maybe benefit from a few more interactive elements but is a worthwhile addition nonetheless.
Customer service through the Live Chat option is helpful, but they will also push you to make deposits too. You will find your answer to any query, but they will also turn on the hard sell.
888Poker Bonuses and Promotions
Before you even make a single deposit you can receive a £20 sign-up bonus just by registering for a new account. Once you decide to put down some cash, you will be rewarded with a 100% first deposit match bonus of up to $400. The bonus money is released to your account in increments of $10 as you collect Status Points; for every 10 Status Points you earn, you’ll pick up a tenner of your bonus. The bonus expires in 90 days, so be quick!
As a new player and depositor, you even receive access to a number of special freerolls and challenges, all of which can help you get started on building up that bankroll. In March 2016, the 888Poker Club was introduced as a replacement for the previous rewards scheme. The new programme offers all real-money players the chance to complete fun challenges to win points and move up the loyalty ladder. For every five levels you move up, you’ll also get a Club Scratchcard, which will reveal some tidy prizes.
You can also try your hand at getting a seat to a nearby edition of the 888Local Series, which offers online players the chance to qualify for real tournaments via satellite games. In 2016, the popular tournament series went global, hopping to six casinos in the UK, five locations in Spain, three visits to Brazil and single visits to locations like Sydney, Montreal, Dublin and Prague.
If you’re a high roller and you know it, the VIP programme at 888Poker is rather exceptional. Incredible cashback bonuses, access to exclusive events and tournaments, your own account manager and exclusive items in the 888Poker Rewards Store are all up for grabs if you can rack up those status points.
888Poker is a great place for new players to start and an even better place for seasoned players to hone their skills. With a solid reputation and a constant stream of super promotions and exciting tournaments, you can’t go far wrong at 888Poker.