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888casino is a well-known and massively popular brand. They’ve won multiple awards during their nearly two-decade tenure online. Awards like Best Casino Operator 2015 and Best Online Casino of the year.
You don’t win those sorts of awards by doing your customers wrong.
888 is also listed on the London Stock Exchange. They’re licenses are from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and Gibraltar Gaming Commission – both highly reputable gaming regulators in the gambling market.
The point of all this? You can trust them. They couldn’t get away with ripping you off even if they wanted to.
(They don’t have to rip anyone off, though. They cleared more than $450 million in 2014.
They’re a good brand to have an account with. Especially if you don’t already have an account with one of the other UK / European heavy-hitting gambling companies, like Bet365 or William Hill.
The following review will tell you more about them so you can decide whether or not 888casino is what you’re looking for.
Gambling Options at 888
888 is a megabrand who operates a sportsbook, casino, poker room, bingo hall and online arcade.
The following review covers only their casino. Trust us, that’s going to be more than enough for most online gamblers.
What’s unique about their casino – and one of the perks to gambling at regulated sites – is all the software companies they work with.
The benefit to working with so many software companies is that 888casino can offer a large and diverse selection of table games, video poker and slot machines.
This will apply more to slots than other games. One company will create 100% unique slot games while another will take a fresh spin on a recognized theme, while another will license and create slots around popular movies, people and pop culture.
So, seeing so many software companies should get you excited.
And with that, let’s look at what specifically you can play at 888casino.
You’ll have more than 100 games to choose from across their selection of table games, video poker games, slot machines and live casino.
One thing we’re sort of surprised about is the volume of games. Considering how many software companies 888’s working with, you’d think they’d clear 250 games easily. And many of their competitors do.
We’re guessing they must be taking a quality over quantity approach. Though, fewer games usually does mean fewer variations – which you’ll see in a second.
Here’s a list of games you can play and any thoughts we may have.
Casino Table Games
One thing worth pointing out here is how they have a couple different software variations of some of their games. We’re not sure if people will truly care about how one baccarat game looks compared to another.
That said, sometimes different software companies will mean different payouts, side bets or odds for the same game. So that’s something you may want to explore if you see multiple options of the game you want to play.
Here are the blackjack options:
- Multihand Blackjack
- American Blackjack
- Classic Blackjack
- High Limit Blackjack
We’re surprised to see so few blackjack games, especially blackjack variations. Heck, you can go to any Real Time Gaming casino and find 7-10+. Or any Microgaming casino and find 10-15+.
This selection will probably satisfy most players. But hardcore blackjack enthusiasts might be happier elsewhere.
Your options include:
- All American Double Up
- Jacks or Better
- Joker Wild Double Up
- Deuces Wild Double Up
- Aces and Faces
- Tens or Better
- Bonus Poker
We have the same thoughts here. It’d be great to see more video poker variations. Most casinos we’ve reviewed offer 10-15, often not including multi-hand variations.
888casino’s roulette options include:
- European roulette
- American roulette
- 3d roulette
- French roulette
- Low stakes roulette
Nothing much to note here other than this is a lager selection of roulette variations you’ll find at most small to medium-sized casinos.
888casino has a much smaller selection of slots than we first expected. Here’s what they have:
The volume of slots is probably the weakest aspect. However, we see several licensed slots here, including Fantastic Four, KISS, South Park and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The South Park slot is a blast if you’re a fan of the show.
888casino offers live dealer games, too. This is great for people who like playing live, but for someone reason just can’t make the trip as often as they’d like.
Your live game options include:
- Casino holdem
- 3-card poker
What we thought was unique is how they have 14 different dealers, a mix of both men and women. That said, all their dealers are white. They don’t appear to have dealers with different ethnic backgrounds, such as (the popular) Asian dealers.
Another bit of good news – their live dealer games are compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices.
888casino Mobile Games
888 has a small selection of mobile-compatible games. These titles include:
- Millionaire Genie
- Irish Riches
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Pirates Millions
- Jack’s Pot
- Treasure Fair
- Ultimate Universe
- Once Upon A Dime
- Snack Time
Their mobile app is compatible with iOS and Android.
We’re shocked 888 doesn’t offer a MUCH bigger selection of mobile compatible games. Especially blackjack, video poker or table games. We hope this is something they plan to change in the future.
888casino offers many promotions between their welcome package, VIP programs, cash back and daily offers.
The following is a list of all their offers and any important details you should know. We’ll list their general wagering requirements at the end.
Note: Players who already have received bonuses or promos from other 888 properties may not be eligible for the following offers. If you have questions about your eligibility, you’ll want to contact 888’s support.
Welcome Bonus – Get a 100% match on your first deposit up to $200.
Premium Welcome Package – You can get up to $1,500 in your first week. Here’s how that works:
- 1stdeposit: Get 100% up to $
- 2nddeposit: Get 30% up to $
- 3thdeposit: Get 30% up to $
- 4thdeposit: Get 30% up to $
- 5thdeposit: Get 30% up to $
You’ll need to make these deposits within 1 week of signing up.
Pinch, Punch – You’re eligible to receive a share of an $888 bonus. All you need to do is log into your account on the first day of every month. Here’s how the bonuses are divvied out:
- 2 players get $188 Bonus
- 4 players get $88 Bonus
- 20 players get $8 Bonus
No deposit required. Just log into your account on the 1st and cross your fingers.
21st of the Month – Get up to a $300 free play for multi-hand blackjack. All you need to do is make a deposit, wager it 10x and you’ll get a 20% match up to $300.
888casino Daily Offers
You can participate in a new promotion every day of the week.
Sunday Funday – 100 players will win free play prizes on their top games. 1st will get $500, 2nd-10th will get $50, and 11th-100th will get 20th. Just login and play every Sunday.
Jackpot Manic Monday – Get a 30% match bonus up to $150 to play the following jackpot video slot machines: Nightmare on elm street, Millionaire genie, Jungle goals, Casino reels and Ultimate universe. Use your free play on one slot or split it up however you want. You’ll need to wager 3x to clear this offer.
Table Tuesday – Get a 30% match bonus up to $150 to play European roulette, multi-hand blackjack and casino reels. This has a 5x play through.
Winning Wednesday – Play any casino game. If you don’t win you’ll get a 20% match up to $20 cash back.
Traveler Thursday – Get a 20% match up to $100 free play on one of two games: Café de Paris and Viva L’Italia. The wager requirement is 3x.
Freaky Friday – Choose your bonus:
- Deposit $20-$49 and get $8.
- Deposit $50 – $119 and get $25.
- Deposit $120 or more and get $60.
The wager requirement is 3x.
Saturday Night Live – Get a $100 bonus every Saturday to use at the live dealer tables. This is a 20% match offer and the rollover’s 3x.
Live Casino Promotions
The following 3 promotions are for the live dealer casino.
Roulette – Win a bonus every time the ball hits the 8. This is a daily offer that runs between 8-9pm. The payout is $8.
$1,200 in Bonuses – Play blackjack from 1pm-1am daily in the 888 private room (VIP table) and you’re eligible to win $1,200 in bonuses.
$750 in Bonuses – Play blackjack from 1pm-1am daily on the 888Xtra table and you’ll be eligible to win $750 in bonuses.
That’s it for their general offers.
Here’s what their general wager requirements look like. If you can’t find terms for a specific offer, then this is the next best thing:
Important: Keep in mind that if you take 888 up on an offer (namely a deposit bonus) on one of their properties, you’re not eligible for another (welcome) bonus.
If you have any questions or don’t remember, it’s best to contact support. Otherwise you may run into issues later on, especially when you go to cash out.
888 offer’s a simple comp program.
You’ll earn 10 points for every $1 you wager. Once you’ve collected enough points you can trade them in for cash back.
Here are the cash back conversion rates:
- 150 point = $1
- 135 point = $1
- 100 point = $1
They also have a more in-depth VIP program.
888’s VIP program has 3 tiers – VIP, VIP Gold and VIP Platinum. You’ll need 300,000 points to be considered for the Gold program, and 750,000 points for Platinum.
Each program has more benefits than the last. Here are the benefits for their (most basic) VIP tier to give you an overall idea of what you can get.
- VIP welcome bonus
- VIP promotions–
- A weekly appreciation reward
- Invitations to sumptuous hospitality events
- Additional VIP bonus offers
- Your very own personal account manager
- VIP high stake tables
- Higher comp point conversion rate (50%)
- Exclusive VIP support team
- Birthday gift
- Monthly lucky dip prize
That’s it for their offers.
888casino has several seasonal or limited time promotions, too. The ones we saw while checking out their site included offers for Oktoberfest. To stay updated on their seasonal offers, we suggest bookmarking their promotions page and/or signing up for their newsletter.
One of the benefits to playing at a casino like 888 is the number of banking options you have access.
Here are their deposit options:
- Local debit cards
- Web Money
- Wire Transfer
- Qiwi Visa Virtual
All of these options can also be used for cashing out.
The following options are for deposits only:
- Bank transfers
- Diners credit card
- Przelewy 24
- Transferencia Bacaria
- Instant Banking (by Citadel)
- AstroPay Card
Most of their banking options have a $20 min deposit.
The only ‘cash out only’ option are bank drafts.
it’s important to keep in mind that many of their options ARE country specific. You’ll want to check out their banking page to make sure you can use the banking option you want from the country you’re from.
Use the following to get in touch with 888:
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: +44 2034 781878
There aren’t many complaints and no legitimate scam complaints we could find. No one’s bad-mouthing these guys in forums or in blog post comments. Most everything else we found is more than a couple years old.
However, we did find a recent review from the website, ThePogg.com. They’re one of the few sites that don’t recommend 888. We wanted to address some of the comments they made.
Their problems with 888 include:
- 888’s unwilling to engage with a 3rd party mediator (for customer complaints/problems).
- 888 has been known to confiscate players’ funds, while only citing (vague) bonus terms as their reason.
- 888 has refused to pay out winnings if the player has claimed bonuses at their other properties. But (ThePogg.com claims) 888 hasn’t told players what those properties are.
- 888 hasn’t paid players who self-excluded themselves at one of their casinos, only to later play at another one of their casinos. They won money, but 888 didn’t pay them.
- The software company, Dragonfish, runs a baccarat game ThePogg.com says they found to be mis-advertising the payout for two different bets. The Pogg says they tried to contact the software company, but haven’t received a response.
- 888 has closed many profitable affiliate accounts using general account closure terms because affiliates weren’t generating enough leads, though the number of leads remains unspecified.
We couldn’t find these claims elsewhere. It’s possible they’re buried in Google’s results or that maybe some of these complaints or problems were from months or years ago.
That said, here are some of our thoughts about their claims:
- 888 has the right to work with whomever they want, however they want. They’re not required to work with affiliates, nor are they required to work with every affiliate. Many companies choose to cull or prohibit lower volume partners for management purposes, not just them (888).
- 888 doesn’t have to agree to 3rd party mediators. They can work with THEIR customers however they see best as a company.
- 888 DOES mention their properties in their bonus terms. Here’s what we dug up:
If a member has already received a Welcome Bonus from related 888games or 777 accounts, they will not be eligible to receive the 888casino welcome bonus. A member who has received an 888casino Welcome Bonus may still hold or open 888games or 777 accounts, but will not be eligible for the 888games Welcome Bonus.
We take this to mean their sites 888Games.com and 777.com – both of which are owned by 888. This is pretty straightforward. But, again, if you have any questions you should reach out to their support. There’s no excuse for ‘not knowing’ when you can reach out at any time. There needs to be some personal responsibility or accountability here.
The same goes for the self-exclusion. You shouldn’t be playing online if you’re self-excluding yourself. And all of 888’s properties are well-branded. It’s hard to miss them.
The one thing we cannot dispute is the baccarat claim.
Overall, we feel these claims are unwarranted. While 888 isn’t perfect – and who is? – they have the right to run their business how they see fit. Their terms are there for those who want to read them. And they have round the clock support for anyone who has a question.
Beyond that, it’s important to realize that ThePogg.com, and any other website reviewing online casinos, including us, are paid a commission for recommending players to online casinos. So, you should understand there may be some bias or underlying reason why a review portal would give poor marks to an online casino most people would agree is top-notch.
888’s a solid choice. You really can’t go wrong here.
They have a good selection of games from a powerhouse lineup of software providers. The only one that’s missing is Microgaming.
We would like to see more games. Specifically, a more diverse selection of blackjack and video poker games. And, we’d like to see a larger selection of mobile games overall.
But that hasn’t stopped them from winning awards. And it looks like their customers are plenty happy with what they offer.
We think you will be too. But the only way to find out is to head their now and create an account.
888 Casino FAQ
Here are a few questions we’ve reviewed about 888 that didn’t make it into the review.
Can Americans play at 888?
Unfortunately, 888 doesn’t accept Americans EXCEPT for those who live within New Jersey, Delaware or Nevada state lines. But those casinos will be a bit different. You’ll want to find a review specifically for those sites.
What other countries aren’t allowed to play at 888?
888 Casino does not accept players from the following countries: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, American Samoa, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Islamic Republic Of, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Portugal, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and Virgin Islands, US.