One of the biggest names in online gaming, the 888 gaming family got its start as Casino-on-Net in 1997. The site has typically been seen as one for poker, but 888 has made a strong push to add slots recently and otherwise beef up their casino floor. Their site is also known for its unusually informative blog that offers detailed advice on playing games the right way and regularly gets contributions from gaming luminaries like Bob Dancer.
Available Games and Software
The 888 virtual gaming floor covers all the basics: slots, video poker, roulette, blackjack and baccarat.
Quite a few slots have been added since the beginning of 2018, bringing the grand total to 185. The bulk is supplied by developers WMS and Random Logic. The regular "Slot Races" tournaments are very popular and offer a wide range of prizes.
However, the other casino floor games are still lagging behind a bit. At present 888 just has four types of video poker and blackjack, five types of roulette and one baccarat game.
888 does have a live dealer casino, which is somewhat surprising given the lack of emphasis on table games. Seven games are offered: roulette, blackjack, baccarat, Casino Hold 'Em, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em and Dream Catcher. The Elite Lounge is also available to VIP players and has five private blackjack tables and one roulette table.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
888 offers all of the usual deposit methods, but is a little more restrictive about withdrawal options than some. You can make deposits through a bank transfer, with a Diner's Club card, or the prepaid Paysafecard, but you cannot take your money back out this way.
Safety and Security
888 is licensed in Gibraltar and overseen by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Their third-party game fairness testing agency and dispute mediator is eCOGRA, which is widely regarded as the best in the business.
Bonuses and Player's Club
888 has a signature £88 no deposit welcome bonus for new players. Of course, with an amount this large not tied to a deposit, there are conditions to take note of. The first is that £88 is the maximum you can get, not the guaranteed amount; you'll actually spin a wheel to determine how much free play you'll receive. Regardless of the amount, there is a 30x wagering requirement to withdraw any winnings, and withdrawals are capped at £15 unless you hit a progressive jackpot (which is yours to keep, but you'll still have to meet the 30x wagering requirement on it). The wagering requirement must also be met within 90 days. Poker players may want to save this offer for 888poker, where it is easier to fully use and clear.
New players can also opt for a 2x match on their first deposit (up to £100) and up to £1,500 in total matching on their first five deposits. The 30x wagering requirement applies here as well, and there is a £500 cap on winnings from each bonus.
888 does have a VIP club and, it is tiered. Players start at the Bronze level and earn both comp and tier points with every wager. Moving up through the levels (Gold and Platinum) brings a handful of perks, such as periodic gifts of free play and a dedicated account manager.
Is 888 Casino Worth It?
888 has always been more well-known for their poker room, which is a separate piece of software / app and is one of the world's biggest. Poker fans love 888 for their satellite tournaments that can get you into the World Series of Poker, but what about the casino? Well, up until 2018 it was honestly an afterthought, and it still lags behind the pack in many areas, but slots fans will want to take note as 888 has made a big push to woo them as of late.
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