888 is an instantly-recognisable brand the world over, and as well as its online casino it also runs online poker and sports book sites as well. They’ve been up and running for 20 years now and in that time have bagged loads of industry awards (including Gaming Intelligence ‘Casino Operator of the Year’ in 2015). What I like most about 888 is that it offers players great variety in terms of game selection (the slots are by a variety of developers, and includes their own exclusive games) and the type of Welcome Bonus you can opt for, so you get real choice. The playthrough stacks up well against most other comparable sites too.
You can choose which way you want to go when you sign up for a new player account at 888.
For instance, you can opt for a no deposit bonus as part of your sign up deal that is worth between £15 – £888. Simply register for a new account, open the conformation email that you’ll be sent and spin the wheel — where it finishes up determines how big your no deposit bonus is. You can use your bonus amount on a selected range of 888 slots, and you have 14 days in which use it. You can win up to the amount of the bonus you receive (i.e., up to a maximum of £888), and there is a 30x wagering requirement attached.
Alternatively, you can go for a Welcome Bonus that gives you a 100% match on your first deposit, up to £100; this means if you deposit £100, you play with £200, with a playthrough of 30x, which is lower than at most other comparable sites. This is the signup bonus that the majority of players will probably opt for, as it gives you the best chance of clearing the bonus and you don’t have to make too large a deposit to be able to claim the full 100% bonus amount.
However, if you want to go large, there is an option for you at 888 as well. The Premium Player Package can be worth up to £1,500, with matches on your first 5 deposits (provided you make all 5 within 7 days of opening your account):
- 1st deposit – 100% match bonus, up to £100 (use bonus code Welcome 1)
- 2nd deposit – 30% match bonus, up to £350 (use bonus code Welcome 2)
- 3rd deposit – 30% match bonus, up to £350 (use bonus code Welcome 3)
- 4th deposit – 30% match bonus, up to £350 (use bonus code Welcome 4)
- 5th deposit – 30% match bonus, up to £350 (use bonus code Welcome 5)
After you make a deposit, it needs to be wagered 3x before you can claim the next bonus, and so to get the full £1,500 bonus you need to deposit £4,760 (an overall deposit match of 31.5%) and wager £14,280. The total bonus amount comes with a wagering requirement of 30x before any winnings can be cashed out.
With all three signup offers at 888, different games help you to meet the wagering requirements at different rates:
- 100% — online slots games, keno, scratch cards, dice games (except craps)
- 20% — Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud poker, roulette
- 10% — live casino games, video poker, baccarat, blackjack
- 5% — craps
What I like about the Welcome Bonus offers at 888 is that they give you choice and cater for all types of players, both the casual punter and the high roller. Most tend to opt for the no deposit bonus followed by the 100% match Welcome Bonus, as you get the chance to play with some free casino money and clear the bonus, as the £100 at 30x playthrough is pretty good value for most. However, if you want to build up your bankroll, you can do that too with the Premium Player Package. Choice is always a good thing!
Games & software
There is a growing trend amongst online casino operators to offer players greater diversity when it comes to games and producers, and 888 is one of the best sites for this. Although the number of slots on offer is not enormous, the fact that they come from a range of developers, and also include exclusive proprietorial games, means there’s enough choice to satisfy most.
Games at 888 can be played either via the free casino software download or in Instant Play directly in the browser of any device with no download required. A good selection of games is also available in the mobile casino. The slots you can play at 888 include:
- classic 3 reel slots games like Knockout, Jewel Thief, Wild Spider
- 888’s range of exclusive slots games, such as Bloodlines, City Life 2, Party Pigs, Clash of the Titans, Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- NetEnt video slots, including Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, Jack Hammer, Fruit Shop, Twin Spin, South Park
- new slots by a large range of boutique developers, such as Zuma Slots (Blueprint Gaming) Fairest of Them All (Ash Gaming), Zeus III, Kiss, Giant’s Gold (WMS), Freaky Fruit (CTXM), Dr Love (Next Gen Gaming), The Glorious 50s, Ultimate Grill Thrills, Euro Reels, Adventures in Orbit (Random Logic), Under Construction (Booming Games), Oktoberfest (Amaya)
- a good selection of progressive jackpot pokies exclusive to 888 Casino, including Steampunk Nation, Snack Time, The Big Lebowski, Saved by the Bells, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ultimate Universe, Millionaire Genie
All slots games are easy to access from the Home page, although it would be useful if they were categorised by theme/style/developer.
If you like table games, you’ll find a reasonable range at 888, although as with slots there’s not as many different games as you’ll find at some other sites. Nevertheless, the main variations of the major games can be played, including:
- French, European and American roulette
- American, classic, multi-hand and high limit blackjack
- JoB, Deuces Wild, All American Double Up and Joker Wild Double Up video poker
The Live Casino provides a good selection of games streamed live in real time and dealt by real dealers, including roulette, blackjack, baccarat, casino hold’em, 3-card poker and ultimate Texas hold’em.
You can access the 888 mobile casino directly in the browser of any hand-held device by going to www.888casino.com/mobile/, where you can play mobile-optimised versions of their slots and other casino games. iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones and tablets are all compatible, while iOS users can also download an app for iPhone or iPad.
The range of slots in the mobile casino is not enormous by today’s standards, but there is still enough variety there to keep most players interested, with about 20 or so different mobile slots in total. The titles include progressive jackpot slots like Irish Riches, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Millionaire Genie, as well as other exclusive 888 games such as Ultimate Universe, Spartacus and Treasure Fair.
There’s also a decent selection of table games, such as roulette, blackjack and casino hold’em, as well as live dealer games, available in the mobile casino.
If you decide you want to sign up for a new account directly in the mobile casino, you can take advantage of the 100% match Welcome Bonus that is also available at the desktop site. Your account will automatically be synced so that you can log in on any device with the same username and password, and you also have the same range of payment options as are available at the main site
There are plenty of good promotions happening all the time at 888 that regular players can take advantage of. Some of these include the ‘Pinch, Punch, It’s The 1st of the Month’ promotion, where if you make a deposit on the first day of any month, you automatically go into a prize draw where you can win a free bonus of between £8 – £188. If you’re a blackjack player, when you make a deposit on the 21st of any month using the bonus code Blackjack20 and wager it 10x, you get a 20% deposit match bonus, up to £300.
There are other good deals available every day — just check out the Daily Deals promotion page, where there are special offers every day of the week.
Make sure you also take advantage of the Comp Points program, where you earn 1.5 comp points for every £10 you wager, which can then be exchanged for casino credits at a rate of £1 in cash for every 150 points earned.
- email support via website form
- FAQ pages
- How to Play page for all games
- site is available in English, Spanish, German, Danish, Italian
Deposits can be made into your 888 account in a variety of ways that are all fairly convenient and accessible, and accounts can be operated in GBP. PayPal is accepted, as are Skrill and Neteller e-wallets, while Apple Pay and iDebit are also available. EntroPay virtual cards are also accepted, as are PaySafe Cards and Instadebit. In addition, Visa credit and debit cards are accepted, as is MasterCard and Diner’s Club. You can also make deposits via wire transfer and direct bank transfer. With the exception of direct bank transfer (which can take up to 10 days), all of these methods credit funds to your 888 account instantly.
Most of these methods can also be used for withdrawals, although there are some exceptions — if you make your deposits using these methods, you will get your withdrawn funds via a bank cheque. The methods that aren’t available for withdrawals are: PaySafe Card; Instadebit; iDebit, Diner’s Club; non-UK MasterCard.
However, it has to be said that the withdrawal times at 888 are some of the slowest I’ve ever come across. The quickest payment methods (PayPal, Skrill, Neteller) can take between 1-2 days to process, which means it can take up 4-5 working days before you receive your funds. Other methods are even slower; for instance, it can take up to 8 working days before credit card withdrawals reach your account, and up to 10 days if you withdraw via wire transfer.
I like playing at 888 primarily because I enjoy the variety of playing slots by a range of different developers at the one site; perhaps the biggest downside, however, is the fact that there are none of the really big name progressive jackpot slots on offer. However, the fact that the site is audited by eCogra and licensed by both the Gibraltar Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission means that you can be assured of a safe and secure gaming environment, and while the payout times are slower than average, there is a greater range of payment methods than you get at many other comparable sites. I also like the fact that there are associated sports book and poker room sites too and that I can move fairly seamlessly between these, and the mobile casino as well.
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