888poker The second largest online poker operator in the world
Founded in 2002, 888poker is currently the world’s second biggest online poker website. Surging to the forefront in recently years, it’s branding, sponsorships, and additional poker game offerings have attracted many more players to their site to help contribute to this feat.
Offering cash games in Hold’em, Stud, and Omaha, Sit & Go’s from 1¢ to $1,000, and a wide range of daily scheduled tournaments that frequently get at least 100 players, 888poker is a great stop for any player to improve their poker play and gain valuable gameplay experience.
The Poker Client
Popular for its blue and black design, the 888poker client is pretty straightforward to navigate through to find whatever game you’re looking for. They offer a good array of tournaments and satellites around the clock, so you can find a lively game to play to fit any bankroll and at any time of day.
It also has a fully functional online casino associated with the brand that is accessible via the poker client.
- Points Store: One of the glorious rewards is the points store that 888poker has to offer in conjunction with the new 888poker Club. If you grind a lot of hands or tournaments on their site, you accumulate a corresponding number of poker points. Save up for long enough and ascend up the levels to get Gold Tokens that are redeemable for anything from a few extra dollars in your poker account to a brand new Mac Book Pro! Best yet, there’s quite a vast array of categories to choose from to reward yourself.
- Cash Game Jackpot: Similar to the idea of bad beat jackpots that many local casinos have, 888poker has its own rolling jackpot for cash games, except for this, it’s more of a “high hand” jackpot. Starting always at $5,000 but usually rolling well north of that, it awards a certain percentage of the rolling jackpot to anyone who hits qualified high hands and makes it to showdown. Specifically for noted Hold’em cash game tables of 100NL and up, the only downside is that you have to pay an extra big blind or so each hand (to contribute to the rolling jackpot pool).
- Dynamic Range of Stakes: With cash tables starting at 1¢/2¢ and tournaments starting from 1¢ (usually for step tournaments), even the smallest of micro stakes players can find their level of game options to play on this website. On the flip side, you can also find $25/$50 cash game stakes (or up to ($500/$1000 for 888’s unique “Push or Fold” cash games), as well as weekly tournaments that range up to a $600 buy-in. Some series tournaments can cost you $2,100 to buy into!
- Payment Methods: Some poker websites limit you to the number of deposit options you have available, but 888poker prides itself on being able to take deposits using a number of credit cards, e-wallets (probably some you’ve never even heard of), and country-specific deposit methods. Getting your money out is also pretty straightforward, as most payments are processed within 3 days.
- Non-Downloadable Software: Almost all poker clients require that you download their software to your computer or mobile device in order to play poker, but a unique feature about 888poker is the “play instantly” feature that launches the client right in your web browser! This no-download software allows you to play from everywhere under almost any circumstances, regardless of whether you have enough free space on your computer or phone.
- Wicked Major Tournament Series Line-Up: Catered to the mid- to high-stakes tournament players, the Super XL Tournament Series is certainly one you can’t miss! With high-flying guarantees and thrilling poker action, it’s one poker series you’re going to want to mark on your calendar every time it comes around.
- Select USA Availability: Since 2013, 888poker has been able to offer poker to players situated in Nevada and New Jersey.
- Reload Bonuses: The main perk of playing at 888poker frequently comes from the points store and things you can purchase with those loyalty points. There isn't a set list of promotions held at any given time. For example, those related to reload bonus or bonuses for playing specific poker games and variants. Those promotions they do offer are stacked with goodies and luxury packages, like their WSOP and 888Live packages.
- Lobby Filters: While some lobby filters do exist, they are not as specific as some players may like it to be (for example, eliminating certain game stakes from being displayed). Therefore, you may have to sift through a few more options than otherwise in order to find the game you want to play. That said, there are loads of games to choose from, and once you have your favourites set up, you'll be able to quickly and easily find a table.
- HUD Use not Available for SNAP Poker: Unlike other poker sites, 888poker doesn't allow for use of HUD’s in its SNAP Poker cash games. In other words, your HUD will not display while playing these games, regardless of whether you have a Mac or PC.
- SNAP Poker: As it’s getting to be the popular trend amongst most major poker websites, 888poker offers its own “quick fold” poker format, called “SNAP Poker.” In addition to regular cash game table stakes, it also offers its trademarked “Push or Fold” tables for cash games at the higher stakes.
- Show-Me!: Unique to 888poker, these types of tournaments never leave you wondering what cards your opponent held. The winning hand is revealed to everyone at the end of each hand, regardless of whether it goes to showdown or not!
- Push or Fold: This is a very exciting short-stack form of cash game poker. Players buy in for a maximum of 5 big blinds. While play doesn’t have to be all-in or fold, you’ll usually find many all-ins frequently in this thrilling poker type.
- Teams: In these tournaments, you will be able to represent a team of your choice for a certain category (i.e. football, nationality, etc.) while playing a normal tournament. The majority of the prize pool (70%) will contribute to the normal player’s prize pool, while the remainder (30%) will be set aside and equally distributed amongst all players on the winning team. The winning team is determined by the overall performance and tournament results of all its members.
- Live Events: In addition to its regular online schedule of cash games and tournaments, 888poker has branched out into the live poker scene, offering various events for poker series based in certain countries all over the world. Check out the 888Live events and online satellites to other live events such as the WSOP.
- eMagazine: While not technically a “special game,” a cool feature of 888’s website is its eMagazine. It is a refreshing and regularly updated feed of poker articles containing strategy, entertainment, gossip, player interviews, and more!
The 888poker team is composed of both big-name poker pros and noteworthy celebrities who have taken up the poker profession. Their ambassadors have been hand-picked from all four corners of the Earth.
Here's a current with a few of their top accolades:
- Kara Scott – WSOP commentator and player, Canada
- Dominik Nitsche – 3 WSOP bracelets
- Sofia Lovgren – Ranked GPI Top 40 in Sweden
- Bruno “Foster” Politano – 2014 WSOP November Niner, Brazil
- Bruno Kawauti - 15th place 2013 WSOP Main Event, Brazil
- Nicolau Villa-Lobos – 2013 UKIPT Main Event Winner, Brazil
- Denilson – Brazilian ex-footballer
- Akira Ohyama – Ranked GPI Top 30 in Japan
- The Mega Deep: $215 buy-in / $120,000 GTD / 30-minute levels / 10,000 starting stack / Late registration for 4 hours / Weekly
- The Mega Dozen: $12 buy-in / $20,000 GTD / 12-minute levels / 10,000 starting stack / Late registration for 2 hours / Weekly
- The Mega Micro: $3 buy-in / $3,000 GTD / 10-minute levels / 5,000 starting stack / Late registration for 2 hours / Weekly
- The Monsoon: $55 buy-in / $15,000 GTD / 10-minute levels / 5,000 starting stack / Late registration for 2 hours / Daily
- The Whale: $600 buy-in / $150,000 GTD / 25-minute levels / 10,000 starting stack / Late registration for 3 hours / Monthly
The Final Word
Truth be told, 888poker has made a solid name for itself (and for good reason)! With a great selection of games, the added twist of certain unique poker formats, an unmatched tournament schedule, and a player-friendly VIP 888poker Club, it’s quite easy to get excited about to playing here.
Available on PC, Mac, web browser, and mobile devices, 888poker is really leading the way in providing an entertaining experience for eager amateurs as well as more savvy pros.