About 888 Poker Mobile
If you play poker and own a mobile device, 888 Poker's newest platform Mobile Poker is a great option for you. More and more people own smartphones and tablets and want the convenience of playing real money poker on these devices, rather than being tied down to a computer.
888 Poker has responded by offering apps for both iOS and Android devices, and is proof that a product can be both technologically advanced and simple to use at the same time. All you have to do is download the latest app for your iPad, iPhone, or Android and follow the easy instructions.
888 Poker Mobile Review
History and Background
One of the most exciting recent developments in the worldwide online poker phenomenon is the increasing adaptability of the game for smartphones and other mobile devices. 888 Poker, one of the world's leading brands, with over 5 million registered users, is at the forefront of this trend. Click here if you are looking for the main 888 Poker site (not mobile).
Not that long ago, the prospect of playing poker for real cash on your phone was unheard of, but it is, for many people, with today's busy life style, the one form of play that makes the most sense. If you are constantly on the go, as you have probably already discovered, being tied down to your own home computer won't work as an exclusive option any more than traveling long distances to a brick and mortar casino. 888 Poker can help solve the problem.
888 mobile poker now offers fans of the game the convenience and flexibility of three ways to play: downloading the software onto your home PC, the no download instant play flash version, and the take it with you any time anywhere way to play-your iPad or smartphone.
888 introduced mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices in 2012, followed by a new and improved version in 2013, and the response has been tremendous. Unfortunately, the updated apps are not yet available in all countries where 888 Poker is open to players. 888 Poker, including 888 mobile, is available, on a separate site from the international version, to players in New Jersey, and the two other states where state-run poker sites are legal, Nevada and Delaware, also use 888 software. Otherwise, 888 Poker is currently off limits to U.S. residents.
Our 888 mobile poker review found that the company’s position of keeping up with cutting edge technology and keeping it simple do not have to be mutually exclusive. Rather than complicate its software with every advanced feature under the sun, 888 sticks to the basics so that its core customer base of primary recreational players won’t be intimidated.
Pros looking for more advanced features like reviewing hand histories and third party software compatibility won't find them, but no product can be 100% satisfactory for everybody.
That is not to say that 888 mobile real money poker gaming won’t expand to include those options down the road or possibly release different versions of the software for different types of players. 888 has already improved upon its first app by greatly expanding the tournament play capability. Our 888 mobile app review found that, since mobile devices are still a relatively new way to play poker, there is still much room for improvement before features can be considered on a par with what is available on desktops.
Security and Fair Play
Before signing up to play anywhere online, it is appropriate and reasonable to want some reliable indication of the security and fairness of the site. 888 Poker takes these concerns as seriously as you do and provides ample evidence that you have nothing to worry about in that regard.
888 Poker is licensed in Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission. The site also carries the eCogra seal of approval, your assurance that it fully meets this organization's high standards and that all of the games are fair and your deposits are safe.
As a further guarantee of fairness, our 888 mobile review found that independent auditors review the site monthly, and you can check the random number indicators (RNGs) and payout reports on the website. In 2013, for the third year in a row, 888 Poker won the EGR Award for Best Poker Operator.
If you are a brand new player on 888 Poker, rather than using your mobile device to sign up, it is best to use a computer first to download the software and register and set up your account. Then you can log on to 888poker.com/poker-promotions/android-and-ipad.htm. That is where you will find all of the necessary information about the 888 Poker mobile apps.
888 Poker offers a choice of three apps, depending on what type of mobile device you will be using. Android device owners should follow the instructions on the website for downloading the Android app. Or, if yours is an iOS device from Apple (iPhone or iPad), you can get the Apple iPad or Apple iPhone app from the App store. You can download any of these apps absolutely free.
The 888 Poker mobile apps connect via the 3G Network or Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that the apps might not work on some old iPhone and Android smartphone models.
Mobile poker 888 Poker players will find the apps similar to the desktop version, but stripped bare of many extra features. For example, you cannot take notes on other players, search and find other players, or review hand replays. You will also not be able to use third party software to collect additional information while playing. The good news, if you are a beginner, or you just want to play casually, is that you will probably not have to worry about sharks trying to take advantage of you on this site.
Other nice features that should appeal to you include the following:
- Easy to navigate lobby
- Smooth game play (assuming you have a good mobile Internet connection)
- Large buttons (which will limit errors)
- Quick seat option
- Easy-to-use bet slider
- Opportunity to chat with other players
- Functional web cashier
- Choose your own avatar
|Poker site name||888 Poker Mobile|
|Years in operation||8 + years|
|Number of games||2|
|Games offered||Limit and No Limit Hold 'Em|
|Number of players||5 million+|
All new real money players at 888Poker, and that includes 888 Poker mobile players, receive the same generous Welcome Bonus offer, a 200% match of your first deposit up to $1000. The bonus is released in $10 increments every time you accumulate 100 bonus points based on your play.
You can accumulate points either by contributing to the rake in cash games or with the entry fee buying into tournaments. You can check your bonus meter at your table to see how many bonus points you have accumulated and how close you are to releasing the next part of your bonus. You have 90 days to clear the bonus in its entirety.
But wait-that's not all. Your 888 Welcome Package also includes all of the following:
- Free entry into the $100,000 First Depositor's Challenge: Upon making your first deposit, you automatically qualify for the $100K First Depositors Challenge the following Friday. The top 10 players win a seat in the Sunday challenge.
- Seven $500 First Depositors Freerolls: These freerolls give you seven chances to grab your share of $500.
- $1,000 Depositor's Freeroll: Not only with your first deposit, but any week you make a deposit, you also gain a free entry into the $1,000 Depositor's Freeroll that takes place every Saturday.
888 Poker players have the same wide choice of deposit and withdrawal options as 888 casino players. More than 20 different methods are available so, regardless of nationality, banking should not be a problem. Most of the deposit methods are also available for withdrawal. Deposit limits vary with the country, method used, and player status.
Our 888 mobile review found that withdrawal times vary from as little as 1-2 days for some methods, to up to 8 days for credit and debit cards, with up to 10 days for wire transfers. VIP players get faster withdrawal privileges. 888 players, unlike players on many other sites, are not charged a fee for withdrawals. Regardless of banking method, the use of advanced encryption technology assures that all of your personal information and financial transactions are completely protected.
Cash Games and Tournaments
When you log on to 888 Poker on your mobile phone or tablet, don't expect to find a big game choice. In fact, you will only find one game, Hold ‘Em, which you can play either for practice or for real money. You can locate a table by clicking on either Beginner Options or Quick Seat. Beginner Options gives you a choice of three no limit games: a 9 player max .01/.02 table, a 6 player max .03/.06 table, or a 9 player max .05/.10 table. Alternatively, if you select the Quick Seat option, you have a wider choice, including bigger stakes. There the possibilities include no limit, fixed limit, and pot limit games ranging from .02/.04 all the way up to $5/$10. Both 6 handed and 9 handed games are available.
The earlier version of the app, unfortunately, offered very little tournament action, just Sit and Gos for 2, 6, or 9 players with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $55. However, a newer version, released in 2013, should now allow you to play in the full range of multi-table tournaments open to other 888 online poker players.
At 888 Poker, your continued play, far from going unrecognized, is appreciated and rewarded. Every time you play, you earn Status Points and, over the course of a month, there are 10 different status levels you can achieve based on number of these points earned. When you earn enough points to qualify for VIP status (60,000 for VIP and 300,000 for VIP Diamond), you keep your VIP status for a full year.
You also receive Reward Points for your play, and these, unlike the Status Points, are carried over from one month to the next. Blue, Iron, Chrome, Copper, and Bronze level players receive 1 reward point for each status point (2% cashback). For the higher levels (Silver, Gold, Platinum, VIP, and VIP Diamond), the exchange rate goes up with each level. VIP Diamond players receive 18 reward points for each status point (36% cashback).
Players can use their reward points to enter freerolls, buy into tournaments, get cashback, or make purchases such as poker gear, electronics, or even vacations, from the Rewards Page.
What 888 Poker mobile players lack in game choice is more than made up for with all of the special promotions this site offers. Here is a rundown of some of the promotions that are ongoing right now. Check the website for additional information and for other limited time promotions.
- Tweet for Your Seat: Follow 888 on Twitter and take part in a monthly $888 Twitter Freeroll and other exclusive promotions and competitions.
- $1,000 Facebook Freerolls: UK players can like 888 Poker on Facebook and take part in $1,000 Facebook Freerolls.
- Road to WSOP Vegas 2020: 888 Poker offers multiple ways of winning your way into the WSOP 2020 through qualifying satellites. Admittedly, it's a longshot, but with buy-ins starting at 1 cent, how could you not want to try? See the website for full details.
- The Whale: 888 Poker claims this whale of a tournament is "bigger than Moby Dick,"" and if you can walk away with the $60,000 top prize in this $200,000 tournament taking place every 4th Sunday, you will probably agree. You can win your way in through satellites starting at just $10 or buy in to the tournament directly for $530. This is a deep stack tournament with $10,000 in starting chips and 25 minute blind levels.
- Rewards Freerolls: You may be eligible, depending on your status level, for daily, weekly, and monthly freerolls with the opportunity not only to win cash, but instantly move up 1, 2, or 3 status levels.
- 100,000 Sunday Challenge: There is a $100K guaranteed prize pool tournament taking place every Sunday at 19:35 GMT. The buy-in is $82 + $8.
- $1,000 Free Casino Mix-Up: Play any casino game on Thursday and you're eligible for a free tournament on Saturday with a $1,000 prize pool.
- Double or Nothing Tournaments: These are sit and gos (either 8 or 20 players). Half of the table doubles their money. The other half gets nothing.
As a new 888 mobile player, you will probably have questions. If so, you can click on the Contact Us button and send an email. You can also access Customer Support 24/7 by live chat or phone. The Community section of the site is another good source of information and it also provides a forum where you and other players can discuss what is on your mind.