Review of 888 Poker USA
888 Poker made history when it became the first online software product to receive a license from regulators in Nevada. But what does this mean for US poker players at 888? And when will 888 legal US poker sites become a reality for online poker players in America? We'll tackle those questions and a few related points in this guide to 888 Poker for US players.
Real Money Poker at 888 for US Players
American players should note that while a regulated, legal 888 Poker site is coming to the U.S. in the near future, 888's license approval does not apply to their main online poker room. That room remains open to players outside of the United States only, although American players can download the play-money version of 888 Poker and participate in games held on that platform.
So when will 888 Poker be completely open to American online poker players? Bookmark our poker news section for the latest in US online poker developments, including updates about 888 legal US poker.
888 Poker takes a unique approach to their online poker software, one that puts the casual player as the focus as opposed to the high-volume grinder. As a result, 888 Poker offers a unique set of features via their software, features that - love them or hate them - are largely responsible for the rapid growth of the online poker room at 888 over the last decade.
Let's explore some of those features and touch on other key aspects of the 888 Poker experience in this quick review of the 888 Poker software platform.
888 Poker software: Overall quality
There are pros and cons to the 888 Poker software. On the positive side, 888 Poker provides a number of unique options - special webcam tables among them - that you're not going to find at competing poker sites with 888 Poker's level of player traffic. The software platform is also very stable (with over a decade of development behind the current product) and is available in a number of versions, including a web-based version and apps for both Android and Apple phones and tablets.
On the other side of the coin, you have some limitations 888 Poker has intentionally created to discourage professional poker players from frequenting their room. The games run a bit slower than games on Full Tilt Poker, and 888 Poker doesn't provide the same advanced tools for players running several dozen tables at once that you'll find at PokerStars. But if you're more concerned with profit than playing a gazillion tables at once, you'll find these "drawbacks" of the 888 Poker software actually work to your advantage by eliminating some of your stiffest competition before the games even begin.
Multi-tabling at 888 Poker
888 Poker takes a different approach to multi-table play than some other rooms. Let's break down some areas where the 888 Poker software stands apart from competing sites.
Maximum number of tables at 888 Poker
If you had to guess a random number, what would you pick? Eight? You'd be right - that's the largest number of tables you can play at the same time is eight. Rooms like PokerStars let you play far more tables, but we like this policy by 888 Poker. It keeps professionals away from the room, resulting in softer competition at 888 Poker.
Advanced multi-tabling support
888 Poker offers little in the way of advanced features for multi-tablers. With a maximum of eight tables per player per sessions, there's not much of a need for a suite of features to control your table layouts and to manage action from one to the next.
888 Poker compatibility with popular platforms
The 888 Poker room can be accessed via a variety of platforms. Click on any of the links below for more detailed information about playing at 888 Poker using a specific device or platform:
888 PC Version - The main version of the 888 Poker software is a downloadable client for PC.
888 Poker for Mac - Not available as a dedicated client, but there are workarounds.
888 Android - Dedicated app for Android devices.
888 iPhone / iPad - Dedicated app for iOS devices.
As the list above indicates, the 888 Poker software offers above-average compatibility for players across desktop and mobile devices.
Features of 888's online poker software
The 888 Poker platform offers a number of advantages over competing online poker sites. Just two of the areas where 888 Poker can claim to have the superior product among top-tier poker rooms online:
Compatibility - 888 Poker offers one of the most varied sets of software, providing mobile versions for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. In addition to the mobile lineup, 888 Poker supports a desktop version for PC and a cross-platform browser-based version of their online poker site.
Mass appeal - 888 Poker has built a massive business on offering unique features that attract and retain casual players. These features, such as interactive training tools and webcam-based poker tables, draw a class of players to 888 Poker that might otherwise avoid online poker sites.
888 Poker is licensed to offer legal / regulated US online poker
888 Poker made history in March of 2013 when it became the first international online operator to be approved for an Interactive Gaming License by the Nevada Gaming Commission. With that license, 888 Poker is able to both provide software through a partner or to operate an online poker site on their own.
888 has two key partnerships in the United States that will eventually allow US players to play poker at r. Let's quickly discuss each and how they are likely to operate:
Caesars Interactive - 888 Poker has a deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) to provide the software and technology to power Caesars's US-facing online poker site at WSOP.com when the room launches for real-money play.
Treasure Island - In addition to the deal with CIE, 888 Poker also stuck a partnership with Treasure Island casino. The nature of this relationship is a bit different; through the TI partnership, 888 Poker hopes to eventually launch a real-money American-facing online poker network that will initially be headed up by an online version of the Treasure Island poker room. There's no firm launch date as of yet for this American real money version of 888 Poker that will be open to US residents - at least in states where online poker becomes regulated.