When this poker site - which focuses chiefly on Texas Hold'em and Omaha - was launched back in 2002, it was named Pacific Poker. 888 Poker is owned by 888 Holdings plc, a company that also owns sites such as 888.com, 888 Games, 888 Sport, 888 Ladies, Casino-on-Net and Reef Club Casino. 888 Poker is run by a subsidiary (Cassava Enterprises) based in Gibraltar and has a gambling license from Gibraltar. 888 Poker is available in over 20 different languages. Since 2006, players from the U.S. are not allowed.
In addition to poker, you can find bingo and casino games here.
The assortment of poker variants is fairly limited, but does of course include Texas Hold'em. You can also play two types of Omaha here, plus Seven Card Stud.
Available poker variants at 888 Poker:
Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
You first deposit to 888 Poker will be matched by 100% up to $400. You will also be given free entrance to a newbie tournament with a $1 000 prize pot + free entrance to 7 newbie tournaments where each tournament has a $500 prize pot.
888 Poker uses proprietary software and is not a part of any poker network. You can download and install a poker client or play directly in your browser. The poker client will only work with Windows, while browser play is available regardless of your operative system as long as you have Macromedia's Flash Player version 6 or later installed.
During a software update in 2010, 888 Poker added over a hundred new features, including functions that made it easier to multitable. Bingo and casino games were also integrated.
The assortment of tournaments is rich and varied, and does for instance include plenty of free rolls and cheap tournaments where the buy-in is just $1. If you're looking for expensive tournaments those are available as well, up to several hundred USD buy-ins.
Two examples of the many GTD-tournaments that can be found at 888 Poker are the $50,000 GTD that takes place on Saturdays ($80 buy-in) and the $15,000 GTD Deep Stack that is played on Fridays ($33 buy-in).
888 Poker offers satellites for major live events such as European Poker Tour (EPT), Asian Poker Tour (APT), World Series of Poker (WSOP), Aussie Millions and Irish Poker Open. You can either start at the bottom (cheap) and work your way up, or buy-in directly to one of the smaller qualifiers (more expensive).
888 Poker gets plenty of visitors from the other sites owned by 888 Holdings (sites for sports betting, casino, bingo, etc) which makes the playing style fairly lose. Lose players are not only found in free rolls and at cheap cash game tables but in more expensive games as well. Successful sport betters with some cash to burn from 888 Sport might for instance try their luck at 888 Poker.