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888 Poker review

If you think of online sports gambling or even online casino gambling then 888 will come high in the shortlist but there is also a great offering from 888 Poker with none less than the famous Australian (ex) cricketer Shane Warne fronting their advertising. 888 Poker is part of the 888 group which has been around since 1997 and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2005, which gives it some considerable status and security for the gambling public, and their stated aim is “To provide quality entertainment to people who enjoy gambling, by giving them the opportunity to do so in a safe, fun, fair, regulated and secure environment”. The group is headquartered in Gibraltar as are many of the pure online gaming groups under the name of Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Limited.

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Unusually 888 poker offers a no download version of poker called “Quick Play Lite” which is great for a quick game for a casual player but far better is to download the software which is easy enough to do and gives a much larger range of poker games and tables. For the first time you will have to click on the New Player button and register a user name and password as well as a few simple security questions and then you are ready to play. At 888 poker you are also able to click on “browse” which will enable you to look at the table options in the lobby before you log in to play.

From this point on it is a question of selecting the poker game you wish to play and the stakes which again at 888 poker is very simple due to the dropdown menus. Ring games are available for Hold’em, Omaha and Stud and most important there is a simple choice between playing for real money or for practice. Available tables will be listed or you shorten your selection process by specifying the number of players at a table or the stakes for which you wish to play. Another useful feature of the 888 poker software is the ability to see who is playing at a particular table, how big their stack is and whether there are other players waiting to join; this is particularly useful if you like playing against a particular player or indeed dislike playing against a particular player.

Of course no worthwhile poker site would be without a selection of tournaments and 888 poker is no exception with regular scheduled tournaments as well as sit and go tournaments at most times of the day. Sit and Go tournaments are those that instead of having a fixed starting time simply start when the required number of players has registered. Tournament play is a great favourite of 888 poker players as they are varied and carry small as well as reasonably large entry fees; the advantage of tournament play being that you cannot lose more than your original buy in unless of course it is re-buy tournament. To help you choose your table 888 poker also has a quick start menu which short cuts many options as long as you know whether you want to play a fixed limit, no limit or pot limit game the maximum number of players at the table and the small blind/big blind stakes and you can even select to be automatically bought in for the maximum buy in at the table and seated in the best available seat. All of this makes playing at 888 poker an easy and enjoyable experience.

To play at 888 poker for real money you will at some stage have to make a deposit but even that is very easy; 888 poker accepts all major credit and debit cards as well as the usual e-wallets such as PayPal, Neteller, ClickandBuy, Moneybookers etc. Deposits can be made in Euro but will be converted into US Dollars in order to play the tables.

Promotions at 888 poker are always on the go and changing all the time but watch out for a great 100% Match Bonus up to $400 for new players and you do not need to do anything except play to receive the bonus; every time you accumulate 100 Bonus Points by playing $10 of your bonus will appear in your account, no bonus codes, no claiming, it just appears. There is also a rewards programme at 888 poker where regular players can climb through a series of 6 status bands each offering certain benefits and again there is no registration, once to start to play at 888 poker you start to earn reward points. A bonus for new players is free entry into the “First Depositors Challenge” which is played on a weekly basis every Friday for new depositors only. The top 10 players from this tournament get a seat at the Sunday Challenge which carries a prize pool of $100,000 which when you consider this tournament normally has a buy in of $82 plus $8 is a substantial prize. Ring games are the most popular non tournament game and if you are still not sure how to join a ring game 888 poker has a special tab that takes you through the process step by step. All in all 888 poker is a great addition to the 888 group and as well as sports and casino and there is no good reason not to select and download this poker software; it has all the options you could want and due to its worldwide appeal and coverage more or less guarantees that there will be somebody to play against any time of the day or night. If you are considering playing poker for the first time or even if you are an experienced player looking for a change from your current provider, 888 poker will be a good choice.