888poker Reviews

This site is rigged .
i play on most major online poker sites but on 888 you losing any sit and go turnaments. you can see clearly same players know ahead what cards are coming they pay u with realy small cards and they win its not normal. top pair means nothing on 888 ! avoid this site!

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What happened to the level up I was so…

What happened to the level up I was so close to level ten and they disappeared no more daily level five freeroll. No more level 10 freeroll

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Terrible I actually won hands that said…

Terrible I actually won hands that said I lost and not just a one off about 5 hands out of 20 don&#x27,t play here it&#x27,s rigged

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I had issues depositing on my android…

I had issues depositing on my android phone. The last page to e-transfer would not come up. So after trying to explain to support and being utterly frustrated, I used words &quot,time for a break&#x27, and they temporarily suspended my account, Then they wanted a id user and sent me a download for personal dats that I never asked for, I never asked for self inclusion, just issues deposits. I can&#x27,t get back in. It syd clickmliknd it get fatal error. I hope all my withdrawls get processed. I have been with 888poker 8 years or more. This is disturbing,

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Reopen account

Sended 2 e-mail about reopen my account. Twice was answer from support &quot,revelant departament&quot, send message with 72hrs, but message not coming.

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Seems to be in trouble

Seems to be in trouble. Less and less players. After being a long time customer, I&#x27,ve been trying to withdraw my balance for the past few weeks but I keep getting the runaround.

First, they didn&#x27,t have my payment card on file anymore so they said that they couldn&#x27,t refund the money. Next they sent a verification request to prove my age. I had already sent my passport details to them when registering. There is really nothing strange about my accout. Everything in the same name, credit card was used for payment. I can only guess that they are going bankrupt and are in the midst of a bust out.

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Absolute rubbish

Absolute rubbish, this site has got worse over the last year or so with games being cancelled, log in issues, and losing connection then not being able to establish a connection even though all other websites were loading fine so no problem with my internet.

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On this site you are playing against a…

On this site you are playing against a rigged system. I play pro poker and make a decent living from it but this site has, so called, Canadian players that are there to disrupt your play and have back door access so they know which cards are being dealt. After the site developers read this review they will change the identity of the players as they have done before. I have played on this site in a part time roll for 7 years, studying the trends and the planted players change nationality but seem to keep to no more than 2 nationalities at a time. At present it is Canadian and Ukrainian but mostly the former.
I will update my findings as they modify the system.

That is the standard bs response they post but when you communicate with them they run off there standard response about how many shuffles are dealt and this changes the probability of winning but they ignore the fact that I play about 100 games each week and over 90% of the losses are due to these disruption players.

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I have no idea why 888 has such a bad…

I have no idea why 888 has such a bad review on here. I have learnt to play using their software at low stakes. Played for nearly 2 years. Seems to be alot of bad players giving negative reviews. I have had no complaints over the 2 years, steadily increasing stakes. Have made withdrawal that have been processed within a few days. The very few times I have contacted support they have responded swiftly. And they have one of the best apps out of all the competition, easy to multitable and lots of fun features. They also listen to the players, and add features that have been requested, like rabbit cam and show 1. I would definitely recommend them to anyone, just remember to play within your bankroll.

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We&#x27,re glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed 888poker!

We appreciate you taking the time to share your positive review with us, as our aim is to deliver only the best experience to our customers.

We wish you the best of luck for the future!

Its so obvious im playin againest bots… DONT PLAY

Its so obvious im playin againest bots it sickening, plus all the players are playing so many tables and act and behave the same with there betting and raising and folding patterns. I am offically done with you guys, i spent so much money, to find out finally its been rigged againest me the whole time and i will b leaving reviews of this bull anywhere i can possibly.. check the damn game play and patterns tell me im wrong. i feel so sick to my stomach from all this. sites a joke, poker stars or GGpoker i go

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Terrible app

Terrible app, games are rigged for action, poker stars is much better than this app

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Rigged/see too much too often than should

I&#x27,ve played so many sites and never seen as many bad beat and coolers as regular as I have on this site over the past 6 months, it is beyond a joke I have well over 100 screen shots, not all from hands I was personally involved in where you see things like quads vs quads vs straight flush, or flopped set vs set vs set and a rag hand hit turn and river straight, straight flush vs straight flush vs ace High flush.. Aces vs aces vs kings vs Kings both the Kings hit a 4 card straight. The site just feels very rigged, happens far to often ever orbit seems to be bad beats in crazy ways where neither player could really get out of the hand.

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The cards are dealt in accordance to a random number generator, therefore, any card combination is possible and every player has an equal chance of winning.

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888poker hire bots to make sure players…

888poker hire bots to make sure players lose. Recorded the most ridiculous bot tag team ever. Avoid this illegally manipulative site.

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888 Don’t Take Responsibility For Malfunctioning App

This is the entire story describing what happened and how 888 have dealt with this matter. It is now day 21 and so far they haven’t done a thing that could be considered positive.

On December 17 2021 I was using the 888Poker app and playing the live casino game “Monopoly Live” on it. I noticed that it was quite difficult to place bets as the game kept going into a full screen mode which had no spaces on which to place bets. I persevered with it and was gradually increasing my bet and confirming auto play every time I increased it. The last increase I made was to a total stake of $24 which included $8 on 4 rolls.

I had set auto play to 25 games at 12:38:22 and the bet lost. I didn’t try to increase stake therefore the auto play should have continued. The next spin was 4 rolls at 12:39:06, I thought I had a bet on it as the full screen does not say whether/what you have won or even whether you have a bet on – this does not happen on any other site whether it’s on an app or via browser.

The fact is that, as my videos show, the 888poker app malfunctions. This doesn’t only happen on Monopoly Live, it happens on every single live casino game in the casino section of the 888Poker app.

Here is what this wonderful 888 company has done since this date…

1. Sent me the details of the wrong game round 3 times despite me always stating the correct time of 12:39:06 UTC. This was also backed up by a Tracksino.com record of the winning result which was 183X from 4 rolls. Yet somehow they sent me the details of 3 different game rounds and stated that on all 3 occasions my bets lost – as if I didn’t know that.

2. They have been stalling as much as possible, I was promised a resolution yet again on 30th December by a manager within 5 working days which have obviously passed now. Another manager I spoke to earlier this week told me that the 888Poker app should open a browser window when you press on the casino section of the main screen. As my video shows, it doesn’t. It opens everything within the app and never goes to a browser. I explained this to him and he told me to reinstall the app, which I did, only for the same thing to happen. He then demanded a video showing this so I made a screen recording which is what you can see but they claim they cannot see it! This is a 40 second video which easily fits within 25MB limit of space via email and I’ve sent it to another of my own email addresses and it plays fine. I still tried to accommodate them and posted the first video showing what happens on the 888Poker app on YouTube. I did this so I could send them the link to it and they could view it that way BUT STILL they claim they CANNOT SEE THE LINK!

3. They have lied at least once regarding what happened with this game. One response stated that my auto play was cancelled by a pop up message… there was never a pop up message but even if there had been, the full screen blocks everything as stated before. You cannot see anything but the video of the studio, no messages, no chat, no prompts about repeating the bet or anything – this is the whole issue. The other response was that I had not set auto play at all and that was a statement made twice by the second manager I spoke to on the phone.

I spoke with an agent last night for quite a while. He could not see my video apparently, no matter what I did. I even spelled out the link address and he again claimed he couldn’t see it! Yet somehow he still claimed they would resolve this in 72 hours! How?

I even took the liberty of finding the game round from the Monopoly Live support chat agents and provided 888 with it… they said I hadn’t played this round! I had told them this over and over again from the start.

Some people say if you don’t place the bet there’s nothing they can do, but if it’s not my fault the bet hasn’t gone on and I’ve done all I could to get it on and it’s clearly their app that is at fault and malfunctioning, it’s their responsibility – not mine!

I found a way to play via 888poker on live casino with no issues and that’s by launching it via a browser from a link I found myself. The 888Poker app does NOT open a browser window when you press on casino. I told 888 about this and that it wouldn’t be a problem in future from my side but they should fix their app for the sakes of other customers but they don’t care.

My latest correspondence with them was this morning when they were asking for the details of my computer! I explained that I use an iPhone and that it is fully up to date.

Lastly, they even changed my name in one email, just showing how professional they are. I warned them many times about posting this review and my videos. They need to be exposed and I hope you will view my videos and comment so that they see what sort of feedback their disgraceful behaviour receives.

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888 Poker review

Previously known as Pacific Poker, 888 Poker is one of the 5 largest poker sites you can find online. Pacific Poker was opened very early in 1997 with office in Gibraltar, many years before the online poker boom exploded. Later it was rebranded to 888 Poker. They started to drive a lot of players from their casino to try out their hand at poker. Eventually, this resulted in gaining a notable position as one of the leading poker networks.

Being publicly held company that is traded on the London Stock Exchange, 888 Poker has gained an excellent reputation among poker fans globally. Deposits and withdrawals work smoothly, and you can even use your PayPal account for deposits which has received tons of good feedback from players who prefer this method.

Additionally, 888 Poker is the official sponsor of WSOP. You can qualify for small money, or even free, to big live poker tournaments through them.

Our 888 Poker review is built in a Q&amp,A format. You can find all the essential details on what to expect from their poker games and how to get started with playing &#8211, but first, let&#8217,s watch a quick highlights from actual gameplay in 888poker&#8217,s XLWinter Series Final Table, $71,277 up top!

How to Sign-up

Signing-up to 888 Poker can be done in under three minutes &#8211, follow these steps to get started with playing:

Step 1. Delete cookies from your browser.
Step 2. Visit the main page of 888 Poker by clicking here
Step 3. On the main page of 888 Poker, you will find a yellow button with text ‘Deposit now’. Click that button, fill your name &amp, details and your account is ready for playing in no time. Deposit using your preferred method.
Step 4. Download 888 Poker client, install it on your computer and start playing!

Welcome bonus

First deposit bonus 100% up to $400 is available for new players. The FBD is cleared in chunks of $10, giving you an additional 20% rakeback on top of other bonuses &amp, promotions.

All new players on 888 are being welcomed with a $88 free bonus that comes in the form of cash bonuses and tournament tickets. Besides the welcome bonus, they offer a daily 1k freeroll, that can get new players a jump start in building your bankroll for online poker.

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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&#8217,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 &amp, 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&#8217,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.

Game Availability

Player Traffic

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 2 nd 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.

Game Variety

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 &#8220,Snap Poker&#8221, and webcam poker tables called &#8220,Poker Face2Face&#8220,.

Player Toughness

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 &#8211, 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&#8217,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.

Customer Friendliness

Customer Support

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&#8217,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 &amp, fair), the IGC (Interactive Gaming Council) and has won the EGR Best Poker Operator for 3 years in a row.

PokerStars vs 888poker – Which Is Better?

Whether you’re a casual player or a serious pro, picking the right poker room to play on is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make. And there are many things to consider when making that choice.

These are several major rooms in the online poker market, and PokerStars is often seen as the first choice for many since it’s the biggest one. However, some alternatives are worth looking into.

888poker is definitely one of the largest operators out there, and it’s fair to say it is worthy competitor to PokerStars in many aspects. They are both on Casino.org’s list of recommended poker sites but choosing which one you play at is ultimately your decision.

This in-depth review will compare PokerStars and 888poker. It will give you all the information you need to make up your mind and decide what option might be best for you.

PokerStars vs 888poker: History

Before plunging into specifics about the software, player traffic, and available games, it’s worth looking into the history of both rooms. If you’re not interested in this part, just skip straight to software.

PokerStars: The Staple Name in Online Poker

PokerStars has become synonymous with online poker.

For years now, it’s been the most significant and best-known poker room out there. Attracting huge player numbers and organizing some of the biggest tournaments around, both online and live, it’s earned its place in the poker hall of fame.

The site launched in September of 2001, but its rise to stardom began in 2006 when PartyPoker decided to leave the US market after the UIGEA was passed.

PokerStars stayed in the States, which helped it become the market leader – a title it’s managed to hold on to since.

The room has been through many changes over the years, the biggest one being the acquisition by Amaya (now The Stars Group Inc.) in 2014.

In a transaction worth $4.9 billion, Amaya became the new owner of PokerStars. This was a start to a ton of changes in the room’s policy, many of which were frowned upon by the most loyal and devoted players.

Despite all of this, PokerStars has managed to stay the number one online poker room. Its marketing efforts, high-quality software, and tournaments featuring huge prize pools have kept it on the throne.

888poker: Slow &amp, Steady

888poker was originally launched in 2002 under the name Pacific Poker. Only through the later rebranding process, the site came to be known as 888poker.

Like many others, 888 decided to leave the US market in 2006 when the UIGEA was passed, which is probably part of the reason why PokerStars managed to achieve such a significant advantage in terms of player numbers.

The site kept going, always staying in the top 10 poker rooms around, though.

In recent years, 888poker has been picking up more speed and media exposure, mainly thanks to the fact it took over the WSOP sponsorship in 2014.

The room has partnered up with other popular tours and started to organize high-profile live events to improve its media presence. Thanks to this, it’s seen a significant surge in player traffic, and they’ve started to gain a lot of ground on PokerStars.

Software: PokerStars vs 888poker – PS Wins

With software, we are looking at both quality and stability. It’s what most people notice first and if this segment isn’t quite right, they’ll likely go looking for another option.

Let’s compare the software of the two rooms:

PokerStars &#8211, Software

PokerStars has had one of the best software solutions out there for years now.

This title was only ever contested by FullTilt Poker, but since the company went under, PS reigns supreme in terms of the gaming platform.

Over the years, the developers working behind the scenes have created a poker client that meets the needs of even the most demanding players.

The lobby is divided into several sections, designed to give you an easy way to get around and find the games you want to play. Main parts featured in the PS lobby include:

  • Tournaments
  • Sit &amp, Go
  • Cash
  • Zoom
  • Spin &amp, Go
  • 6+ Hold’em
  • Events

On top of this detailed categorization, PokerStars also features a very elaborate filter system that gives you full freedom to isolate the exact type of games you’re interested in playing.

These filters include game type, buy-in range, number of players at the table, tournament structure and subtype (KOs, rebuys, etc.), and much more.

The PokerStars software also lets you adjust it to your needs and offers a high level of customization.

You can choose from several different language options, various table themes, select your preferred seat, adjust auto-rebuy settings for cash games and tournaments, and more.

Yes, it can be a drag to figure out these options and set them up just the way you want them, but you can make PokerStars your own in every way. It’s worth doing.

This is especially important for those who spend a lot of time playing and makes multi-tabling much easier.

888poker &#8211, Software

888 has done a lot of work in recent years to make its software better and more in line with the expectations of modern-day players. Although there’s still room for improvement, the software is good as it is right now.

The main lobby is divided into several sections and sub-sections.

Under the ‘All Games’ heading, you’ll find all the different game types on offer as well as the tournament lobby. SWAP and BLAST games have their own lobbies.

888poker’s game filters aren’t as elaborate or as advanced as your options on PokerStars.

That said, you can easily filter out particular games by buy-in ranges and the maximum number of players at the table, so most players won’t have any problems with this.

However, for the pros with higher requirements, PS does offer more in this particular department.

In terms of customization, PokerStars offers more options, but 888poker still offers great options. You won’t find as many different table backgrounds, but main settings such as auto-rebuys, are there.

Game Variety: PokerStars vs 888poker – PS Wins

Not all players are bothered about having access to a wide variety of games. However, having access to many different options on a single site attracts more players, and this is where PokerStars is ahead of 888poker &#8211, and pretty much anyone else out there.

PokerStars &#8211, Games

If you just look at the game filters on PokerStars, you’ll see that this room has almost every game variation you’ve heard of, and some you might not even know. It really does have it all.

Over the years, the room has done a lot to expand its range of variations to meet different player profiles, building an impressive portfolio.

Poker variants you’ll find at PokerStars include:

  • Texas Hold’em (No Limit, Limit, and Pot Limit)
  • Omaha (PL, NL, Limit)
  • Omaha 8
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Razz
  • 5 Card Omaha
  • 2-7 Single / Triple Draw
  • 5 Card Draw
  • Badugi
  • 8-Game Mix
  • 6+ Hold’em

Most of these games are offered in tournament formats and cash games alike across various stakes, so PokerStars really has a platform for all types of players. Whether you’re an experienced pro looking for a high stakes 8-Game Mix table or just want to learn Badugi playing micros, you can.

Cash Games &#8211, Pokerstars

The range of stakes on PS cash game tables is pretty much as wide as it gets. Most games can be played as low as $0.01/$0.02 while the highest stakes games feature $200/$400 blinds.

There are also various other options such as CAP and Deep tables, so you have a lot of freedom to choose your games and build your bankroll at your own pace.

The only thing missing is the ultra-high stakes tables that were available on Full Tilt Poker back in the day. PokerStars chose to get rid of them, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be bringing them back any time soon.

Tournaments &#8211, Pokerstars

If there’s one room that caters to tournament players, that’s PokerStars.

There is no other poker site offering such an extensive daily schedule of tournaments for every level. From freerolls and super-small buy-ins to high stakes events, PS provides a wide array of events for everyone.

In addition to daily tournaments, PokerStars hosts a ton of weekly staple events, including its legendary Sunday Million. This tournament has been happening for years now, attracting experienced pros and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

To top it all off, Stars has been offering numerous tournament series over the years such as its SCOOP and WCOOP events, as well as Micro Millions.

Featuring dozens of MTTs with attractive prize pools spread across a few weeks, these types of events work like magnets for tournament grinders and recreational players.

PokerStars is also one of the most creative rooms when it comes to different tournament structures and formats.

From deep stack to hyper-turbo tournaments, it offers a type of action for every player. To add to the excitement, you’ll find regular and progressive knockouts, satellites to big online and live events, and so much more.

Special Formats &#8211, Pokerstars

One of the beauties of online poker is that it offers a lot of room to try new things and find out what you like.

PokerStars has done an excellent job here, experimenting with various new game formats and settling with those that caught the most attention from players.

We can take Zoom cash tables as an example, which are hugely popular.

You don’t have to sit around, waiting for the new hand to start. The moment you fold, you’re taken to a new table and dealt a new hand. The pros and the amateurs alike love this format.

For the pros, Zoom is a great way to put in a lot of hands in a short time, which can help improve their hourly rate. For casual players, this is a great way to actually play some hands instead of spending your entire session without much happening at all.

Then, there is the Spin &amp, Go format.

These lottery-style sit &amp, go games have been hugely popular with players. They offer a chance for the winner to win a random amount of cash, up to the maximum of 10,000x the stake.

So, you could, in theory, win $10,000 playing a $1 sit and go against just two other players!

Of course, odds against actually hitting that 10,000x multipliers are huge, and pros weren’t too happy when Stars came out with this idea.

However, recreational players love it for the buzz, and professionals have eventually come around and figured out how to get an edge in these games as well.

888poker &#8211, Games

888poker isn’t PokerStars, and it can’t compete when it comes to the range of different game types on offer. However, as mentioned already, most players aren’t exactly looking to play 2-7 Triple Draw, so it’s not that big of a deal.

When it comes to main game formats, the room has the area pretty well covered, offering:

  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha
  • 7 Card Stud
  • 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo

Cash game tables are offered for all of the available variations, while tournaments are predominantly Hold’em and Omaha.

Cash Games &#8211, 888poker

888poker offers a substantial range of cash game tables, starting as low as $0.01/$0.02 and going up to $25/$50 for No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha games.

So, it’s only at the very top end of the spectrum where the room lags behind PokerStars as players can’t play in games with blinds over $25/$50.

It&#8217,s also worth noting that full-ring tables only go up to NL200. If you want to play higher than this, you’ll have to join 6-max games.

This is an interesting decision by the room, but it was probably driven by the fact there isn’t much demand for higher stakes games among full ring players.

Tournaments &#8211, 888poker

While 888poker may not be PokerStars when it comes to tournaments, it’s probably the second-best room for MTT grinders. There are a ton of events held daily, which cover a wide range of buy-ins and formats.

The room has its own staple events, such as the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep the $25,000 Sunday Challenge.

So, those looking for tournaments with decent prize pools will definitely find something play. There is no lack of MTT action at 888poker, and fields are somewhat smaller and more manageable.

Since the site is the official partner of the World Series of Poker, you’ll also find various online satellites for the WSOP here.

If you want to punch your ticket to Las Vegas online and want to give it a shot starting from a smaller bankroll, 888poker is probably your best option.

Special Formats &#8211, 888poker

Like PokerStars, 888poker has introduced a couple of special formats to the mix, and these have found a lot of success with its player base.

These are, in fact, quite similar to what Stars has to offer, so if you’re switching from one site to the other, you won’t be surprised by these.

SWAP is pretty much the same thing as Zoom. This is a quick fold format where you’re moved to a new table and receive a new hand as soon as you click fold. However, for regular games, you’ll only find tables up to NL200.

There are also special Push or Fold Zoom tables with blinds of $5/$10, but this is an entirely different format, as the name suggests.

BLAST sit &amp, go events are quite similar to PokerStars’ Spin &amp, Go tournaments. They offer a random prize that can be as high as 10,000x your buy-in.

These are three-handed tables that also feature a timer. If the event doesn’t end before the timer reaches zero, all players will be all in for the rest of the hands until there is a winner — quite an interesting twist.

So, in terms of these formats, both PokerStars and 888poker have a somewhat similar offering.

While you can find higer stakes games and bigger tournaments on PS, 888poker offers smaller fields that can actually be an advantage if you don’t have the whole night to spare for playing.

Player Traffic: PokerStars vs. 888poker – PS Wins

Without enough people to start tables and join tournaments, even the best-made poker room can’t last for long. So, how do PokerStars and 888poker compare in this aspect?

It’s a well-known fact that PokerStars is the leader when it comes to player numbers. According to Poker Scout, the leading site for tracking traffic stats, the site has a daily average of over 10,000 players.

What this means is that you’ll never struggle to find a game at PokerStars, no matter what stakes you’re playing.

The daily average at 888poker is around 1,300 players, which is quite a bit behind Stars.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t games going on at 888poker, though. There’s still plenty of action, but once you move past micros, you won’t have nearly as many tables available.

Another vital point to keep in mind is that the action is intense at PokerStars almost around the clock, but it isn’t necessarily true for 888poker.

You’ll find a fair number of players going at it during European evening hours, but if you want to play during mornings, for example, you might struggle to find enough tables, especially on higher stakes. Obviously it depends where you’re based.

So, if you want more flexibility with your schedule, PokerStars is your best option.

The number of players at Stars is much higher so you won’t have any problems finding action at any time of day or night. If you pick 888poker, you’ll likely need to tweak your schedule according to the busiest times for the best experience.

Player Quality: What Games Are Softer? – 888 Wins

Where are you more likely to win?

This correlates directly with the ratio between recreational players and serious grinders that play at the site. As important as it is, this category isn’t always easy to define across the room.

Generally speaking, the level of play on PokerStars is higher than on 888poker. After all, PS has long been home to many of the top players across various stakes, so you won’t find many “fish” duking it out on the higher limits.

888poker attracts a fair number of casual players, so you might find some soft spots even at higher buy-ins. If you’re patient and have the time, though, cash game tables at 888poker are likely to be softer and more profitable.

As for the tournaments, 888poker is likely to be softer as well.

While lower stakes PokerStars events attract many recreational players, 888 is probably a better choice at high levels. Well, at least in regards to weaker competition since higher PS games are riddled with pros which you’ll have to deal with eventually if you make a deep run.

All in all, if game softness matter most to you, you should probably go with 888poker.

The only exception is if you’re just looking to build your bankroll from the smallest of stakes.

Due to Stars being so famous, you’ll find many super-soft spots at the lowest levels while there are likely to be more grinders at 888poker, even at NL10 and NL20.

Bonuses &amp, Rakeback: PokerStars vs 888poker

When it comes to promotions, PokerStars used to be the favorite place for grinders because they got heavily rewarded for their play on the site.

In recent years, though, there have been many changes, and PS has turned more towards casual players, recreating its entire rewards scheme to cater more to amateurs.

888poker is more focused on casual players as well.

Its loyalty scheme doesn’t include any of the usual rakeback deals. So, for the grinders, neither of these two rooms is really all that good in terms of what they can expect to get back for the time spent at the tables.

Welcome Bonus

When it comes to the welcome bonus, PokerStars offers two main options.

The first is geared towards more serious players, while the second is for the recs looking to get a small boost to their bankroll:

  • Option 1: 100% bonus up to $600
  • Option 2: 100% bonus up to $30 + Daily Rewards (Spin &amp, Go tickets + extra cash)

The option you choose depends on what your goal is. Claiming the full $600 certainly has its benefits if you’te looking to play more and are ready to clear it.

For someone just looking to kick-start their poker career, though, the bonus bundle with extra tournament tickets and cash is probably the better option.

888poker offers a single welcome bonus for all players: a 100% boost up to $400 and a number of tickets for special events.

The nice thing about these is that you’ll get them regardless of how big your initial deposit is, so even if you deposit the minimum amount of $10, you’ll still get to claim a total of 10 tickets for some nice tournaments:

  • 7 x $500 guaranteed events tickets
  • 2 x $1,000 guaranteed events tickets
  • 1 entry into the Depositors’ Challenge event awarding tickets for Sunday Challenge

PokerStars does offer a bit more cash if you’re going for the full amount, though. As for the additional value, it’s down to what you’re more interested in.

Do you feel like chasing your luck in Spin &amp, Go’s, or would you rather take a more skilled approach and test your tournament skills? It just comes down to a matter of preference for this one, really.

Loyalty Club &amp, Perks

As mentioned, neither PokerStars nor 888poker offers traditional rakeback deals.

The Stars Rewards program is quite strange, to say the least. You’ll collect points for your play across all Stars products (casino, sportsbook, and poker), which will help you unlock chests. These chests are supposed to contain personalized rewards that fit your general playing habits.

So, if you primarily play poker, you can expect to receive tournament tickets and cash bonuses. However, the whole idea of the Stars Rewards hasn’t been that well-received with the poker segment of their player base, and its real value is quite low.

So, simply put, your rakeback percentage at PokerStars is very low at the end of the day.

The 888poker Club is similarly geared more towards casual players.

To claim your rewards, you’ll need to pick up and complete various Club Challenges. By completing these challenges, you’ll get to move up through the levels and unlock Golden Tokens.

For every new level, you’ll receive a certain number of Gold Tokens. These tokens can be exchanged in the site’s shop for tournament tickets, bonuses and such.

So, unlike PokerStars, 888poker at least gives you more control over how you want to spend your accumulated points.

Even though 888poker isn’t particularly rewarding towards its regular players, it’s fair to say its loyalty scheme is better than what Stars has to offer.

Ongoing Promos

You’ll find variety of different promos happening in both rooms all the time.

PokerStars takes the crown though, as it makes the effort to make them as colorful and as entertaining as possible for casual players.

The promos are generally geared towards different types of players, so PokerStars covers its player base pretty well overall. The fact it even has promos for play money tables (albeit only awarding play money rewards) shows that the room is interested in its casual players.

At 888poker, there aren’t that many promos.

The most interesting one is Hand of the Day, which rewards you with bonuses, cash prizes, and a ticket to the daily $1,000 freeroll if you win with a specific hand.

Completing daily space missions at 888poker will also earn you entries to their Galactic Freerolls. The more challenges you complete, the better, as you can win tickets for $2,000, $10,000, and even the $100,000 event.

Deposits &amp, Withdrawals: PokerStars vs 888poker

Both rooms have done a great job in terms of banking options players can use to deposit funds and withdraw winnings.

This is hardly a surprise given the fact both 888poker and PokerStars have been industry leaders for many years now and fully understand the importance of giving players as many convenient options as possible.

At PokerStars, you can use a great range of methods (availability may change depending on where you’re based):

  • Skrill
  • WebMoney
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Ecopayz
  • AstroPay
  • Paysafecard
  • Much Better
  • Wire transfers

888poker features just as rich a selection of payment options, allowing deposits and withdrawals via:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Skrill
  • iDebit
  • ecoPayz
  • QIWI
  • Sofort
  • Nordea
  • iWallet
  • PayPal
  • Yandex
  • Apple Pay
  • AstroPay
  • Paysafecard
  • Wire transfers

Both rooms offer a simple way to send money to other players via the player-to-player transfer functionality. It’s definitely a very convenient option to have.

Other than this, both PokerStars and 888poker are quite fast with withdrawals.

You won’t have to wait long for your cashout to be processed as long as your account is fully verified and in good standing.

Customer Support: PokerStars vs 888poker

The final link in the chain. Customer support at both rooms seems to be doing an outstanding job.

Although you don’t have a live chat functionality on either PokerStars or 888poker, there is a decent knowledge base covering a variety of topics, and you can always get in touch via email.

In my experience, all emails are responded quite promptly, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting your questions answered in any of those rooms.

PokerStars or 888poker: Which One Is Better for You?

There is just one question that remains to be answered: which room is a better choice for you as a player. Clearly, there are some things that PokerStars does better than 888 and vice-versa, so where should you go?

The answer is, surprisingly, it depends.

If you’re exclusively a tournament player, I think PokerStars is the better option. Because of its extensive daily schedule and impressive guarantees, there is simply no better option for MTT grinders out there.

However, if you don’t want to multi-table as much and are still building your tournament skills, it’s fine to stick to 888 for a while. Field sizes are more manageable, and the level of play is probably lower on average, especially in smaller buy-ins.

For cash game players who play at reasonably high stakes, 888poker is probably better. You might not find as much traffic all the time, but you’ll find many more soft spots at your tables.

PokerStars tables are quite flooded with experienced grinders, so you’re better off adjusting your schedule and playing your sessions over at 888.

You won’t go wrong either way as both of these are top choices, but poker is all about finding small edges and playing where you feel the most comfortable and picking the right room plays a huge part in this.

888poker Review &#038, Bonus Codes 2022

888poker is one of the most famous poker sites in the world and gets a considerable amount of acclaim for solid software and especially lucrative promotions. It’s also part of the online gambling titan 888.com, which means significant casino player crossover. In other words: plenty of soft games.

888poker Review

888poker originally launched as Pacific Poker during the poker boom of the early 2000s. Then later emerged like a phoenix with highly-upgraded software that consistently ranks among the best in the industry. The modern 888poker software includes 3D table graphics, integrated casino play, an always-visible cashier and improved multi-tabling abilities. More nice functions we like are password-protected SNGs and hand histories you can write on your hard drive. You can then even import them to hand-analysis software tools. 888poker has a downloadable Mac client along with a mobile app for both iOS and Android.

888poker now has an instant-fold Snap Poker variant and BLAST Poker Sit &amp, Go’s. Both of which offer turbo-charged ways to play the game. 888poker also entered the big online series business with its XL series. Running every few months with a massive collection of tournaments with large guarantees. The XL Main Events regularly award hundreds of thousands of dollars to the eventual winner. Fortunately the XL isn’t quite as well known as some of its competitors. So there are still some soft spots to be had in the exclusive series.

You’ll find Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo at 888poker. However, keep in mind that most games are No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha variants. Want to know more about how to sign up at 888Poker? Scroll down for our review and a sign up video. Or fast-track to the poker room with an exclusive PokerListings bonus below.

Note to US players: If you live in New Jersey, Nevada or Delaware you CAN access and play on 888poker as long as you live in or are physically inside state borders. Check our full reviews here:

888poker UK

888poker is one of the most famous poker sites in the world, and is in the top three poker sites in the United Kingdom. You’ll be safe playing here as it’s licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). 888poker UK players can enjoy especially lucrative promotions and bankroll boosts, and all the available games and variants. And play against extremely soft players, especially at the micro levels. And there’s always a steady stream of traffic, especially for NLHE and PLO, and even more at peak hours (19:00-21:00 GMT). You can get started by clicking PLAY HERE below, downloading and installing the software and making at least the minimum deposit amount. Most UK players use PayPal, Skrill and Netellr to fund their accounts as deposits and withdrawals are fast. Otherwise you can withdraw to most UK bank accounts via direct wire transfer. All in all, a great experience for 888poker UK players.

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The 888poker software and games are tailored for rookie players. Poker8 is more cartoonish with a dedicated Beginners’ Area plus low-stakes games. There are loads of promos and freerolls, and 888 also currently holds the best new player bonus. Finally, if you’re swinging in from casino and sports betting, these are also available as side games.


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888poker Club – Loyalty Program

The new set-up is refreshingly simple and breaks down like this:

1. Complete challenges
2. Earn points
3. Climb Club levels
4. Earn gold tokens
5. Redeem prizes

Most online poker sites use rake as the sole means of generating loyalty points but 888poker switches things up with its Challenges model. The site offers a new challenge every day, which means there are a number of ways to earn points and climb the levels ladder. It’s excellent for recreational players and there are some instant benefits to the new system.

Gold tokens can be redeemed for a variety of prizes including tournament tickets, merchandise and cold, hard cash. Each gold token can be redeemed at the rate of $.01 for each token. Every time you climb 5 levels, you’ll also win a Mystery Club Scratchcard where you can win prizes. Including tournament tickets, cash, free casino / live casino play and free sports bets, additional club points or gold tokens. You’ll also be granted free entry to daily freerolls as you level up.

888poker Promotions

888poker also offers reload bonuses roughly every other month. The bonuses are usually very good with a 50% deposit match up to $300-$500. Players can also earn a $50 bonus for each referred friend while the referred player receives $25. You can also win a scratchcard with the aforementioned prize possibilities by playing BLAST Sit &amp, Gos. T&amp,C apply for all promos – so please visit 888poker through our offer for more details.


You can play cash games or tournaments on mobile and desktop. But 888poker offers a very solid line-up of tournaments with a collection of Sit &amp, Go’s, MTTs (Multi-Table Tournaments), Heads-up tournaments and satellites. Ranging from buy-ins of $.01 up to $600. The site also has a great tier system. Allowing players the chance to qualify for some big, prestigious live tournaments and annual XL Series events via satellites. 888poker also has one of the biggest proponents of weekly freerolls if you want to build a bankroll from nothing.

Looking for something a little faster – especially if you’re on your phone? Then, you can always try out the four-player BLAST events that offer a randomized jackpot prize. There are also SNAP tournaments – which is basically insta-fold action in a tournament setting. Action seekers will enjoy Progressive Knockouts (PKO 8-Max). Or play long with deep stacks at the 888poker Sunday Challenge and a multitude of guaranteed tournaments over the weekend.

Tournaments start with a guarantee but if they don’t make the guarantee everyone gets their rake back. If it does hit the guarantee then next week’s tournament gets a 10% boost. 888poker also has three major tournament series it runs over the course of the year – the XL Blizzard, the XL Inferno and the XL Eclipse. Each offers hundreds of tournaments at all buy-in levels and multi-millions guaranteed over the 2-3 week run of tournaments.


  • View Latest 888 Software Update (2020)

Perhaps no other online poker site’s software has improved as much over the years as 888poker. Even winning EGR award for best poker operator and a premium app. It has new and improved tables with great features and a vastly improved, 3D look and feel, including popping avatars. There are smart bet sliders, table selection, quick seat, final table deal making, better chat boxes, improved search, and table selection. The latest 2020 software update “Made to Play” is even more player-focused, after collecting months of feedback from users.

  • 888poker lobby
  • 888poker table

The biggest changes are the tiling/cascading functions for multi-tabling, especially on mobile. In that now you can comfortably swipe between tables – up to four at a time. This is an issue that many mobile poker sites have to deal with and 888 handled it nicely. You can reach every area of your 888poker account quickly and easily with a cleaner layout. Therefore, instant access to the cashier, bingo and casino games too.

In the tournament details there’s also a list of satellite tournaments to that specific event, which is unique and very useful. Beginners get a suggestion of six low-limit cash games and tournaments to click on in the lobby and get a seat right away. More advanced players can use the quick-seat function.

  • Final Table Deal Making
  • 888poker multi-tabling

You get notified about anything like this via a red dot on top of the option. The same way you receive notifications about actions happening on your inactive tables while multi-tabling. So you’re not going to be missing your turn during play or a limited time offer anytime soon.

New 888poker Software Features (Nov 2020)

  • Gift Drops – players can win big prizes anytime – right at the table while playing!
  • Winner Spinner – players get 2 free spins per day with a prize each and every time
  • Multi-table swiping – you can now effortlessly swipe between games – up to four tables simultaneously actually on mobile.
  • Emojis Replace Chat – You can chat with opponents using these faces (including exclusive ones you can purchase.)
  • Taunt with Throwables – The 888 mobile app has finally caught on and you can now throw eggs and snowballs and other stuff at opponents to tease or vent aggression or tilt.
  • Tags for Note-taking – You can build a better opponent profile by note-taking, helped by new player tags like fish, shark, donkey, sheep, chicken, whale, and lion.
  • Red Dot Notifications – Players can now autofocus on tables that are in urgent need of attention, for example while multi-tabling or checking the lobby / your account.

We have to admit, we like the fact that there’s no more chat, because we all know how it can slow down the game. Especially when someone wants to write down the perfect comeback or needle for someone at the table. Also, chat is something that we like better on desktop apps rather than mobile, where it’s less readable and uncomfortable.

Home Games

  • Where and How to Play Poker With Friends Online

888poker made their home games available on mobile in June 2020 because of the higher demand for places to play with mates online. Note that there are less variants available to play privately than at PokerStars for example, but lower rake. Just note that although you can join and play home games from your phone, the creator of the game must do o through the desktop client. Here’s how:

  1. Click your avatar and ‘Play with Friends’
  2. Choose to join a game using your invite or create a game yourself.
  3. If it’s the former, you just enter your invite code, if it’s the latter choose to set up a cash game or tournament.
  4. Fill in your preferences into the fields you see on the screen, example date/time, starting stacks, blinds, levels, and so on.
  5. Click ‘Create’.
  6. Then invite friends by sharing the link provided or choosing to receive an email which you can forward to players.

888poker Mobile App

Playing real money online poker from the 888poker mobile app, first launched in 2012, is a solid choice. For starters, the soft games are always a great draw. As mentioned the SNAP poker and Blast poker games are perfect for mobile play. Because they move quick and don’t eat up time or resources. The 888poker app has a quick-seat feature (borrowed from the desktop version) that gets you in a game right away. And you can also multi-table from any device. Pop over to the casino and sportsbook during tournament breaks and in between hands and you can lay a bet or two.

The biggest changes made in November 2020 were notably on the mobile app. One of the best things is the fact that you can tilt any table portrait as opposed to just landscape. So you can keep playing one-handed while you’re multitasking or on the move. Please note that you can’t set up home games from mobile but you can join them and play from your phone if they have already been created using the desktop client.

  • For iPhone/iPad Users:
    Download the 888poker mobile app from the App Store after you’ve set up your account.
  • For Android Users:
    Download the 888poker mobile app via the 888poker website.


Of all the major players in the online poker world, 888poker is generally regarded as one of the softest. That’s a great thing for new players who aren’t looking to mix it up with stiff competition. Thanks to its affiliation with 888casino, 888poker seems to always have a collection of casino players giving poker a spin. Viewed-flop percentages are also amongst the highest in the industry. Like most sites, you’ll run into some tougher competition at the higher levels. But the micro-stakes on 888poker are very soft and even some of the middle-stakes games seem quite profitable.

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