888 is an old hand in online gambling with a history that dates back to 1997. Prior to entering the US market in recent years, 888.com established itself as an international online gambling, poker and sports betting site. Today, 888 is a publicly traded company with licenses in multiple gaming jurisdictions around the world.
888 is active in the legal, regulated US market with sports betting, real money poker and casino games on offer at us.888.com. 888 Casino still has plenty of room for improvement, but it does offer a strong collection of slots and some very large progressive jackpot games. 888 Poker is already established as a quality poker site with traffic growing by the day.
- Thousands of bets offered every day
- Pre-game and in-play betting available
- Live scoring and game stats
- Legal and licensed in the USA
- Online poker room boasts high traffic
- Mediocre casino software quality
- Deposit bonuses difficult to clear
- Lacking in table game variety
In the United States, 888 is active in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. As more states legalize online betting, we fully expect to see 888 expand its presence even further. New Jersey is the only state with online sportsbooks, casinos and poker sites actually operating under the 888 name, but 888 software also powers WSOP.com in Nevada and the three licensed gaming sites in Delaware.
Here’s where and how 888 operates in the United States currently:
- In New Jersey: Operates us.888.com, us.888sport.com, us.888casino.com and us.888poker.com. The 888 software platform is also used by WSOP NJ and Harrah’s Online.
- In Colorado: Licensed by the Limited Gaming Control Commission; launch imminent
- In Nevada: WSOP NV is powered by 888 software.
- In Delaware: Delaware Park Online, Dover Downs Online, and Harrington Online are all powered by 888 software.
Today’s review is targeted specifically at 888 NJ since New Jersey is the only state with gaming sites that actually bear the company name. However, much of what you’ll read here about the software is also applicable to the company’s operations in other states.
888 operates four themed websites in New Jersey. One of these, us.888.com, is simply a portal linking visitors to the online sportsbook, casino or poker room. You can find the sportsbook at us.888sport.com, the casino at us.888casino.com and the poker room at us.888poker.com. Let’s start with a look the casino and then move on to the poker room after that.
If you’d prefer the quick overview as opposed to reading a lengthy review, here’s the basic rundown: 888 US offers an excellent sportsbook, a mediocre online casino and an excellent poker room. This would not be our first choice for casino players, but sports bettors and poker players should be more than satisfied. The poker room is one of the best on the market and is growing a userbase quickly thanks to 888’s ability to combine player pools across multiple states.
888Sport launched in September of 2018 with a full selection of sports betting markets, in-play betting and mobile compatible platforms ready to go on day one. Of the various forms of gaming offered by 888 Online, sports betting is easily the best offering when it comes to presentation, variety, value and overall quality.
888 has been active in regulated markets around the world for decades and has put that experience to use in the USA. In fact, 888sport US looks identical to the international version that customers in the UK and elsewhere have been using since the late 90s to bet on sports online.
The Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) authorized 888Sport NJ, and the company has received licenses in additional states since then. What this means for customers is 888Sport is legal and safe, having passed the various background checks needed to satisfy regulators in multiple states.
- 888sport is available in: New Jersey now; Colorado, Indiana, and Iowa coming soon
- Operated by: 888 Holdings and sports betting software company Kambi
- Established: 888 founded in 1997; NJ betting launched in 2018
- Platforms: Desktop/mobile website plus iOS and Android apps
- New customer bonus: $10 no-deposit signup plus 100% up to $500
New customers can claim two welcome bonuses at 888sport. First is a no-deposit bonus that will give you $10 to place wagers and test the software. Second is a 100% bonus that will match your first deposit to give you up to $500 extra.
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Markets and Types of Bets
888sport is a complete betting site and one of the most thorough to launch in the USA to date. From the beginning, 888sport has covered a wide range of sports with thousands of individual wagers on offer each day. If you like to have variety or enjoy placing bets on obscure aspects of any game, 888sport is worth a look.
888 customers have a large range of options when it comes to betting on any individual game. For example, a recent NFL game had exactly 119 unique betting markets on offer. The full range of betting markets available for that one game included everything from alternative money lines and point spreads to props on individual players’ total rushing yards.
Other sports and events are also covered to great detail. For example, the soccer betting tab on the day of this review had a total of 39,904 bets open for action.
The full list of sports covered by 888 includes:
|Motorsports||Olympic Games||Rugby Union||MMA|
In-Play Betting at 888 Online
In-play betting is a strong point for 888sport USA. You can log in any time of the day and always find several in-play events with live odds. For those unfamiliar with the concept, live betting allows customers to place wagers on various aspects of the game as it happens in real time.
The in-play betting options at 888 include wagers on the outcome of the game, but with odds that are constantly updated. 888sport also offers in-play markets for the point total, who will be winning at half time, who will score the next point and more.
Instant Betting: Instant betting offers even shorter-term wagers that are resolved in real time as the game progresses. These wagers allow you to bet on things such as the result of the next drive in an NFL game or the outcome of the next at-bat in an MLB game. These wagers are offered at a rapid-fire pace and ensure there’s always something to bet on during the game.
For example, here’s an instant bet from a recent MLB game:
LA Dodgers inning 4: Will this batter achieve a hit or walk? Yes +188 / No -265
And here’s one from an NFL game:
NY Jets next drive result: punt, offensive touchdown, turnover, field goal attempt, any other outcome
Sports Betting App and Interface
Desktop and mobile users can both head to us.888sport.com to view the lines, place bets and get paid. If you’re mobile, the website will automatically serve you a mobile-friendly version conformed to fit your screen. iOS and Android users may also visit the app store to download the dedicated 888sport app.
The 888sport interface looks nearly identical whether visiting from a desktop or mobile device with a dark color scheme, simple navigation menu and a search function you can use to find specific games. The main betting homepage also features a quick selection of popular games that are open for action right now.
Overall, the interface is straightforward with clear organization. All sports are listed along the left side of the screen and each game is featured in the middle of the screen. Selecting any individual game will take you to a page dedicated to that game with a full list of all the different types of bets on offer.
Getting around on the 888sport website is simple – no instruction manual necessary. This is a pretty standard formula for online sportsbooks and we have no complaints on that front. There is no need to reinvent the wheel here.
888Sport Live Scoring and Stats
One thing the 888sport website does a bit differently is provide significantly more information than competing sportsbooks. When visiting a game’s page on the 888 website, you’ll see live scoring updates if the game is in progress and an option to “view all stats” for a look at how these two teams have performed against one another in the past.
Viewing the stats for an NFL game between the Rams and Raiders, for example, shows how many wins and losses they have against one another, a recap of their last five games and more info along those lines.
One minor issue is the stats interface was clearly ported over from the international edition of 888sport and has some formatting issues such as dates being displayed with the month and day reversed, scoring totals that look like times and the use of some odd abbreviations we don’t typically use for sports in the US.
A second issue is the “view all stats” option isn’t always displayed for all games. While writing this review, I took a look at one NFL game and couldn’t find any stats, but then checked a different NFL game and found all the stats I needed. It seems almost random which games have stats and which do not.
These are not horrible problems, but they do make it a bit more difficult to digest all the information being displayed. Both issues seem like easy fixes, so don’t expect these to remain issues for too terribly long.
888 Casino Review
888 Online was one of the first gaming sites to go live in New Jersey after legislation was passed to legalize online gambling. The site launched in late 2013 in partnership with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which is the software division of Caesars Entertainment that runs Caesars Casino properties in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Caesars Interactive and 888 are both authorized in New Jersey and Nevada.
While 888 Poker is available in both New Jersey and Nevada, 888 Casino is currently restricted to New Jersey only. If you live in Delaware and play at any of the three licensed casino sites there, you will not see 888 branding on the website, but you will be playing on a software platform powered by 888.
The official 888 Casino website can be found at us.888casino.com. From here, you’ll see a full list of games, details on current promotions and a place to sign up for an account. The game selection at 888 Casino is slots-heavy with nearly 200 slot machines and jackpot slots. In addition to slots, 888 has a selection of blackjack games, roulette and video poker. Conspicuously missing from the game selection are any other table games such as baccarat, craps or other card games.
Unlike some other legal gambling sites, 888 Casino does not offer play-money games without first asking you to sign up. If you’d like to try the games, you’ll need to sign up for an account and log in. You do not have to be located in New Jersey to sign up for an account or even to make a deposit, but you do have to be in New Jersey to play any of the games for real money.
888 Casino Deposit Bonus
888 Casino offers a no-deposit bonus of $20 just for signing up and an additional deposit bonus worth up to $1,500 if you become a real money player. In terms of value, neither bonus is as generous as it appears at first. Difficult wagering requirements significantly impact the utility of both offers.
888 Game Selection
888 Online has a better-than-average slots selection and a limited selection of other games. If slots are your thing, 888 will not disappoint. When it comes to games other than slots, the pickings are slim. There are only a few table games, and even those are limited strictly to two versions of blackjack and a handful of roulette variations.
Many NJ online casinos suffer a lack of table games, but the problem is especially evident at 888 Casino with a paltry list of table games. Video poker is much the same with only four types of video poker. 888 also lacks virtual sports and live dealer games, both of which are available at competing casino sites such as BetMGM.
It’s a mystery why 888 hasn’t expanded its table games more at this point. 888 is a major player in online gambling at the global level and certainly has table games it could easily add to its online casinos here in the United States. 888 has no problems adding new slots on a frequent basis, but the site still suffers a major lack of table games years after launching.
The good news for slots players is this is one of the better sites for online slots. With nearly 200 slots at last count, 888 Casino is strong in this area. 888 also ranks well above average when it comes to progressive jackpot games and unique slots developed in-house.
In all, there are:
- 8 table games (6 roulette variations and 2 blackjack variations)
- 4 video poker games
- 189 slots (including 17 progressives and 25 games exclusive to 888)
888 Gaming Software
Players may access 888 Casino online by visiting the website from any desktop or mobile device. PC and Mac users do not need to download any special software. Just log in to your account and the casino software will open in its own browser window.
iPhone and Android users can visit their respective app stores to download the iOS or Android app. The mobile software is compatible with most iPhones, iPads and modern Android devices. You can also visit the 888 website from your mobile device for a direct link to the mobile app.
The 888 US desktop platform is based on Flash technology and looks badly outdated by modern standards. While the casino looks fine when you visit the 888 website, logging in and accessing the games lobby brings you to an interface that is small, cramped and slow to load.
The software is full of minor annoyances, such as being based on Flash and requiring an up-to-date version of the Flash software. Your mouse scroll wheel does not work so you must manually scroll through the large games list, for which there is no search function. Fortunately, the casino lobby does offer a few filters that you can use to sort games by jackpot size and number of paylines.
Individual games look like they have nice graphics, but it is difficult to see this because they are cramped into small browser windows and cannot be resized. Even choosing full-screen mode on any casino game only stretches the background across the entire screen, leaving the game itself the same size as before.
888 Poker Review
888 Poker gained an important competitive advantage in 2018 when the states of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware all signed a player-sharing agreement. This agreement made it possible for licensed poker sites in all three states to share player pools. What this means for you is if you play at 888 NJ, WSOP NJ, WSOP NV or any of Delaware’s three licensed gaming sites, you will be seated at tables with players from all three states.
The end result is more player traffic for those poker sites in all three states. Thanks to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, more ring games and bigger tournaments are now possible.
While 888 Casino is lackluster in many respects, 888 Poker is a much stronger offering by almost every measure. The software interface is better, the bonuses are better and the overall sense of professionalism is better. Growing player traffic is also fueling an active poker community capable of supporting active cash games and tournaments around the clock.
If you’re familiar with WSOP.com, 888 Poker will look familiar. Both are based on 888’s own software platform and look almost identical apart from branding. This is a solid poker platform based on simple design principles to give players a clean interface conducive to concentrating on the game at hand.
888 Poker Bonuses and Promotions
888 Poker hosts two ongoing bonuses for new customers as well as frequent, shorter-term promotions that change on a frequent basis. The new player bonuses consist of a $20 no-deposit bonus and then a 100% first deposit bonus worth up to $1,500.
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Some 888 Poker reviewers have stated some discontent with the simplistic software, but my personal impression is that simple is good when it comes to poker. Clean styling makes it easy to focus on playing poker and to find exactly the types of games you want to play. Whether its cash games, large tournaments (MTTs) or sit-n-go tourneys (SNGs) you’re after, it’s easy to find what you need at 888.
A full download client is available for PC and Mac users in addition to apps for iOS and Android users on the go. In my experience playing on a Mac, the software is functional and easy to use. Once you have an account and the software verifies your location, getting started is a matter of choosing a cash game or tournament that suits your fancy.
The software provides basic customization features such as four-color decks, player avatars, various color schemes for the tables as well as options that help with multi-tabling such as bringing tables to the front when it is your turn to act.
Navigation is aided with the use of tabs across the top of the poker lobby breaking up the games list into sections for beginner tables, a quick-seat option for the software to find a table based on your preferred game and stakes, an “all games” list that simply shows a list of active tables/tournaments and a section in which you can save favorite tables.
Some players may find the quick seat option convenient, but the “all games” tab is the best for choosing specific tables. In the full games list, you can sort by game type (Holdem, Omaha, etc.) as well as by format (cash games, MTTs and SNGs). The full cash games list can be further refined by average pot size, % of players who see the flop (which indicates how loose the table is playing) and by hands per hour.
The screenshots below show it all in action. Overall, this is a standard poker offering that should be familiar to anyone who has played online poker in the past. Even if you’re brand new to online poker, you probably won’t have too much trouble finding your way around – it’s all pretty straightforward.
888 Poker Screenshots
888 Cash Games
888 Poker hosts cash games for Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud and Stud Hi/Lo. Of these games, Texas Holdem is the most active by a long shot. Even during off-peak hours, you’ll find games at a wide range of stakes. Increased player traffic since New Jersey signed an agreement with Nevada and Delaware to share player pools is a positive indication of things to come.
Stakes range from the pennies at the low end to as high as $50/$100 at the high end. Games at $5/$10 no-limit and higher rarely fill up outside of peak hours and weekends, but the lower stakes games ranging from the micros on up to about $0.50/$1 no-limit run fairly frequently. Medium stakes games in the $1/$2 to $2/$4 range run more often than the high stakes games but can still be lacking outside of evenings and weekends.
What’s still lacking is action at the Omaha, Stud and all fixed limit tables. These games rarely see any noteworthy action, but 888 Poker does host tables for anyone interested. We’ll likely need to see additional states join the online poker movement before these types of games start filling on a predictable schedule, but for now there’s not much action at anything other than no-limit Texas Holdem.
The non-Holdem games do not run around the clock, however. There are times of day in which 888 Poker doesn’t even host tables for Omaha and Stud variations. As 888 Poker grows, we expect to see these tables run increasingly often.
888 Poker now has enough regular traffic to support a solid tournament scene. Multi-table and sit-and-go tournaments run around the clock at all range of stakes. The action is limited to smaller events during the week, but weekends offer a number of guaranteed tournaments with significant prizes.
Every Sunday, 888 runs a $100K Guarantee that comes with a $320 buyin. This tournament attracted 325 players the last weekend it was run and paid the winner a first-place prize of more than $35,000. This tournament runs every weekend and serves as the biggest Sunday event on the lineup.
The tournament selection offers tournaments of all different types. They have regular freezeout tournaments, rebuy events, bounties, deep stacks, turbos and more. If you visit the “tournaments” tab from within the software, you can sort upcoming tournaments by game type, buyin, date and number of registered players.
Sit-n-go tournaments run at prices ranging from $0.25 to $100 and more. The variety includes heads-up SNGs and 9-person tournaments in different formats such as regular, turbo, super turbo, all-in-only and double-or-nothing.
You’ll also find so-called BLAST tournaments that throw an additional element of chance into the mix by randomly selecting a prize pool from a list of possible prize pools. After four players have registered, 888 randomly selects from a variety of possible prize pools ranging from 4x your buyin to 10,000 times your buyin. For example, a $30 BLAST SNG has the possibility of you and three other people competing for a $300,000 prize pool.
Traffic is quickly becoming a strong point for 888 Poker. When online poker first went live in the United States, legal poker sites suffered from a lack of players due to ring-fencing policies that limited the total potential player pool only to residents of a single state. Now that states such as New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware are sharing player pools, traffic is picking up.
Increased traffic has made it feasible for 888 to host bigger guaranteed tournaments and a wide range of cash games around the clock. With additional states legalizing online poker and 888 committed to expanding in the US, it’s all uphill from here.
At this point, Texas Holdem is still the dominant game when it comes to traffic. The no-limit cash games and tournaments run 24/7 so that now there is always action to be had. Some of the higher stakes games and biggest tournaments only run on the weekends, but total traffic is starting to make those types of games happen more often.
888 Poker still has room to improve in this area, but all signs for potential growth are positive. The next thing we’d like to see is higher stakes games happen more often and for non-Texas Holdem games to generate more action.
888 Deposit Methods
888 Poker and Casino use a single cashier and account system to manage your funds. After you have an account, you may fund it using any of the following deposit methods:
- ACH bank transfer: Transfer funds directly from your bank account to your 888 account. This option may also be used to withdraw.
- PayPal: An online e-wallet that allows you to store funds in a secure online account, make payments and receive cashouts. This method works for deposits and withdrawals.
- Cash at Cage: Visit Caesars Atlantic City in-person to fund your account or request a cash payout at the cashier’s cage
- Visa: Fund your account with any Visa-branded credit card or debit card. This method does not support withdrawals.
- MasterCard: 888 accepts MasterCard for deposits, but not for withdrawals.
- Online bank transfer: Use your bank’s online bill pay feature to fund your 888 account. This option does not support withdrawals.
- PayNearMe: If you choose this option, 888 will give you a unique barcode that you can then take to the nearest 7-Eleven and pay with cash to fund your account.
888 State-by-State Operations
888 did not expand as rapidly in the US market as some of its competition, but that’s by design. Yaniz Sherman, chief of commercial development for 888 Holdings, once described the company strategy as “smart and selective” in an interview with BettingUSA. 888 has ramped up its expansion plans since then, though, and is available in a growing number of states.
888 also has a longstanding partnership with the World Series of Poker (also owned by Caesars) and its reach in the US benefits players as well. Playing at 888 or WSOP.com from any state automatically grants access to a pool of players from across the country. As more states legalize online poker, the 888 poker network will become an increasingly attractive option. Everywhere else, the company can offer online sports betting under the 888Sport banner.
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