Overview & General Details
888Casino is one of the oldest and most well established casinos that still exist today. It is owned by 888 Holdings (as if the name did not give it away), based in Gibraltar. 888Casino is available for all major operating systems.
888Casino brings to the table a lot of bonuses, a refreshing lobby interface, progressives, excellent support and a whole lot more. The games on tap can be categorized as standard fare among online casinos, but they seem to have a respectable amount of games in each category in order to keep things fresh every day. 888 also has a ground breaking feature called the Live Casino, in which you will be able to see the dealers in the flesh (not naked though, mind you) while they are doing their thing. It’s very innovative and only a handful of online casinos even offer this. Obviously, 888Casino is among the few and the proud.
There are also a lot of progressive Jackpots running at all times, and some the table games have very nice betting limits, including a VIP limit that you have to earn by generating comp points.
And speaking of comp points, 888Casino has a nice system to generate bonuses through playing and through depositing, which means you will always be having some kind of a bonus that you are padding your bankroll with. 888Casino also offers a VIP rewards system, which rewards frequent players with all manner of treats which may even include a VIP account manager. Needless to say you will be seeing you roll grow in leaps and bounds on 888Casino.
The Customer support at 888Casino is quasi legendary, with the site existing forever (in online terms at least) this is quite an impressive achievement. Whatever questions you might have and whatever methods of communication you might have at your disposal at the time, you can be sure that you can get in touch with someone who can help you quickly and effectively.
Getting money into and out of the site is not going to be a problem either, as all the biggest depositing options are on tap.
The biggest drawback to 888casino is that they do not accept US players for play on their site. Since the passing of the UIGEA law, which changed the online poker and gambling landscape forever, 888Casino chose to leave the US market to focus on Europe and other potential markets.
All in all, 888Casino is definitely an online casino that is worth checking out if you are not US-based. Your bankroll, your eyes and your peace of mind will all thank you later.
Software & Interface
888Casino has recently undergone a facelift, and you can definitely see that it has paid in quite a lot of areas. Let us begin with the lobby interface. You will find the graphics to be truly excellent as the colors are very neutral and pleasing, and the fact that is a lot of detailed animations. The lobby is very navigable too, as it’s very easy to find your way to the exact place you want to go.
The live game feature is great too, because you can see a live dealer dealing the cards or handling the roulette etc. You can even chat with the dealers in real time! Placing bets is quite easy once you get the hang of it, and figuring out how much you bet and won or lost is equally easy.
That said, we do have some issues (albeit minor) with the 888casino software.
For one, you cannot change the language on the fly to something other than you installed it in. But strangely, you are allowed to change the language in the cashier screen to any out of a myriad of languages.
Second, the graphics of some of the games are not the best. While the actual lobby interface looks great, the same cannot be said for every single game that is offered on 888Casino: some games, while they do look great, do not play as intuitively as they can. Notorious examples of this can be found in the Slots section. They look great, but they are not as intuitive as they could have been to use. The actual area of the buttons, as in where you can press, is a bit small. But once you are accustomed to this, you will have no trouble to bet as you wish.
And lastly, getting back to the lobby can be a bit of a pain at first, as the buttons don’t do what you expect them to. I guess the best way to summarize the software is “great looking but not the most intuitive”.
The game is available for all major operating systems, which are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The non-Windows versions are not native ports however, and tend to rely on java installations on the target computer. It is available in a large amount of languages as well, which include popular ones such as English and Spanish but also less popular ones such as Portuguese, Russian and Magyar.
All in all, the 888Casino software has a lot of potential, and even with the minor quibbles it’s is in great shape right now when compared to the competition. It just needs that push to go from contender to legendary, but it’s definitely going in the right direction.
888Casino benefits of having great game variety, albeit the casino does not have very large amounts of games in every single genre. That said, there is at least one game representing every single casino game in existence. You will be finding at least three types of Black Jack, 3 types of Roulette (Including one which is played with live dealers), several Classic Slots and Video slots, Video Poker, keno, horses, a few progressive jackpots and my favorite: Baccarat.
The live Casino seems to add a great twist to the game, as you can play in live games of blackjack, roulette or baccarat. Live games mean that the dealer will be of the flesh and bone variety, rather than the software versions. You can also chat with the dealers in real time just to make sure they are actually real, because I can’t see how you are going to tip them instead.
888Casino is not the most heavily featured casino when it comes to amount of available games, but each and every one they have counts as one. Quality over quantity is a mantra that we hope many others adopt as well, and not only in the online casino business.
The cashier of 888Casino is pretty easy to access, and in there you will find every single popular option of funding your account.
You can fund your account using credit cards such as Visa, Diner’s Club and Master Card; online wallets such as Moneybookers, NETELLER, PayPal and Entropay; there is also the possibility of depositing using a Wire Transfer. If you are from certain geographical regions you will also have access to WebMoney.ru and Moneta, GiroPay, iDeal, Nordea, Paypoint, paysafecard, POLi, Przelewy24, SEB Pank, Sofortuberweisung, Swedbank (Banklik), Ukash, ClickAndBuy, Abaqoos, Dankort and even bank drafts. Needless to say, you are not going to have a problem getting money onto the site.
Of these depositing methods, some are also usable to cash out with. These are some of the credit and debit cards (excluding Diner’s), Entropay, NETELLER, Moneybookers and PayPal, Moneta and Webmoney.
You can have your account in US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds. This has to be chosen upon account activation.
As you can see, 888Casino provides its players with a ridiculous amount of funding and cash out options. You are definitely going to find one way that is the most comfortable to use.
Bonus & Promotions
As a new player at 888 Casino you will be entitled to a welcome bonus of 100% up to $200 on your first deposit. This means if you deposit $200 or more, you will be given an extra $200 to play with.
Once you have your bonus after the deposit, you then have to clear it 30x over. This means to withdrawal any winnings on a $200 bonus, you have to wager a total of $200 x 30, for $6,000 total. This is pretty standard in the online casino industry and actually rates a bit above average.
Not all games you play count the same for the WR, as shown below:
Video Slots & Slots, Scratch card, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice and all other games not listed below – 100%
Live Roulette – 50%
All versions of Roulette, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker & Poker table games – 20%
All versions of Blackjack, Live Casino Games, Hi-Lo, Video Poker, Power Video Poker, Baccarat – 10%
Craps – 5%
So to take Video Poker as an example, you see it counts for 10% of the WR. So that means you have to wager 10x more than normal to fulfill the requirements of the 888 Casino bonus. So for a $200 bonus, you would actually have to wager $200 x (30×10), for $60,000 total. This sounds like a lot, but if you play $0.50 video poker where you wager $2.50 per hand, that would be 24,000 hands. So remember to take this into consideration.
Note that your money isn’t stuck on the site if you don’t earn the bonus fully, you can contact support to have the bonus removed to make a withdrawal.
Contacting the 888casino customer support department couldn’t get any easier even if they tried. From right within the software, you can just click a link and you will be chatting with an online support member within seconds. And to top it all off, these is a whole knowledge base available on the site itself, which is also tied in with a system which you can use to submit questions to the 888Casino support team, also right from the website.
VIP level members have additional methods at their disposal, which include email, or the old fashioned telephone lines (who is still using those, anyway).
Email: VIP@888casino.com (888Casino guarantees a reply within 24 hours)
UK Free phone 0800 0518 934
Canada Toll free 1 800 480 5172
All other countries +350 20072018888