Black Friday may have adversely affected most of the online poker industry but one poker room has grown substantially since the US crackdown, 888 Poker. 888 Poker is a longtime player in the online poker industry and since Black Friday the site has seen its revenue increase over 100% as more and more players flocked to the site thanks to their solid reputation and marketing efforts, which included partnering with Harrah’s and launching the WSOP.com online poker room.
888 Poker has always been known for their loose games and player-friendly promotions, and even though their software is still not up to par with some other players in the online poker industry, the pros far outweigh the cons at 888 Poker, and the site continues to have one of the best reputations in the poker industry.
Unfortunately 888 Poker does not accept US players at this time.
Traffic & Competition at 888 Poker
As I mentioned above, 888 Poker has always been known for having fairly soft games, and even though the average poker player has gotten significantly better over the years I would still rate 888 Poker as having one of the softer player bases, and with the fourth largest player base in online poker 888 also has excellent selection of different games and stakes.
Players looking for a large player base with below average skills will find 888 Poker very much to their liking.
888 Poker’s first-time deposit bonus offers all new depositors at the site a hefty 100% match bonus up to a maximum of $400. In addition to this first-time deposit bonus all new players at 888 Poker are entered into a first-time depositor’s freeroll tournament, giving them a good shot at boosting their bankroll right out of the gate with no risk whatsoever.
VIP Loyalty Program
At 888 Poker all players are automatically enrolled into the site’s VIP Program. 888’s VIP Program grants players two separate points: Status Points and Rewards Points. Status Points determine your level in the 888 Poker VIP Program while Reward Points can be exchanged for cash and prizes.
888 Poker also offers players the chance to reach both monthly and yearly VIP goals. Here is a look at the point thresholds for each level as well as the rewards you will receive:
Blue = 0 Points needed: The starting point for all 888 Poker players
Bronze = 10 Points needed: $15,000 in Freeroll entries/month
Silver = 500 Points needed: x2 multiplier to VIP points and $18,000 in Freeroll entries/month
Gold = 1,500 Points needed: x4.5 multiplier to VIP points and $22,000 in Freeroll entries/month
Platinum = 4,500 Points needed: x9 multiplier to VIP points and $29,000 in Freeroll entries/month
VIP = 60,000 Points over the course of 1 year: x 13.5 multiplier to VIP points and $29,000 in Freeroll entries/month
VIP Diamond = 300,000 Points over the course of 1 year: x18 multiplier to VIP points and $29,000 in Freeroll entries/month
Promotions & Unique Features
Here is a look at some of the other promotions you will find at 888 Poker:
100% up to $400 Deposit Bonus
$50k First Depositors Challenge
An entry into the $3,500 First Depositors
An entry into a $1,000 Freeroll for every monthly deposit you make
The $.08 buy-in, $1,000 Guaranteed tournament
Players at 888 Poker have a number of different ways to deposit and withdraw money from the site. In addition to the fairly common methods (credit cards and payment processors) 888 Poker also offers regional options like Deutsche Bank and Chinese Debit Cards. Here is a look at the options available to 888 Poker players:
Chinese Debit Cards