» August, 2013

888 Poker for Mobile

By mid 2013 there was finally a link to the 888 poker app from the site’s homepage. After a lengthy “beta” testing period in which the 888’s Android-only poker app was limited to existing customers that were up for playing poker guinea-pigs, the huge UK poker operator is now fully committed to its Android, iPhone and iPad applications.

There is an impressive list of supported Droid phones (which includes Motorola’s Droids, Acer handsets, Samsung and many others) and it genuinely feels as though 888 will be a serious competitor for mobile poker in 2013 and into 2014, particularly given the company has now also launched 888 poker for iPhone and iPad.

1. Games

888poker’s Android real money games are the app’s strength: it features sit’n’go tournaments, as well as the cash games that most mobile-optimised poker operators are focussing on. The only poker style offered is Texas Holdem.

Another nice feature is that from within the same app you get access to some of 888’s other sports betting applications.

2. Fairness

888 is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and independently audited by the folks at eCogra. You can even see expected RTPs for 888 casino games on the eCogra website. The link is to a certificate from November 2012; we would expect to see certificates for 2013 in the not too distant. As usual, if you have any doubts you can get a historic list of your poker hands – player-powered quality assurance is often more effective than a so-called independent audit, allegedly.

A somewhat separate aspect of fairness is sites’ commitment to making it as easy as possible for their customers to play poker in a responsible manner. 888poker’s support for gambling responsibly is as good as any we’ve seen here at poker-mobile.org.

3. New Player Bonus

No prizes for guessing that it’s a 100% bonus 888 is offering new players. There are a couple of nice extra bonuses for new players too but first let’s check how easy it is to get your free poker money.

Bonus Clearing Requirements

To get a $10 bonus you need to earn 100 status points (SPs). You get 2 SPs for every $1 contribution to the 888 rake, e.g. via a tournament fee. So to get 100 SPs you’ll need to contribute $50 to rake, which equates to a play through requirement of five times (5x) the bonus, for comparison purposes. This is relatively high.

Extras

You also get access to a few freeroll tournaments, especially for first depositors.

4. Player Pool

888 Android poker games are played on the Pacific Poker network, which is how this site used to be known. This is still one of the bigger networks out there with another six sites according to PokerScout’s summary page.

Of course, what we’re all interested in is whether all these other players are pros that are going to steal all our money stealthily or lucky muckers that will also win all your money but more blatantly. Either way, your screwed!

5. Mobile Banking

As you’d expect from one of the biggest casino and poker operators in the world, the banking options are endless. You’ll find all major credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, Click and Buy as well as a host of other lesser known options, many of which are country specific.