Good morning everyone, 888poker vs pokerstars, I will give notes that I think about each site:
888poker vs pokerstars
Gameplay 8.5 vs 9.0
8.5 vs 9.0 software
withdrawal terms 6.0 vs 9.8
quantity of Mtts 7.5 vs 9.5
online chat 6.0 vs 9.9
cashback 8.0 vs 5.0
I got used to playing at 888poker and I am profitable in cash games and at pokerstars I profit close to 2%, I like the 888poker site, but there is a problem to withdraw your winnings which takes on average 4 or 5 days, more in software is just a matter of custom.
poker stars better software and more games
888 small number of people in tournaments, easier to win
Pretty much this. I have played a lot of MTTs on 888 Poker, and I still think, its a great site for MTTs. Up to the 16,5$ level the rake is lower than on PokerStars, and the generally smaller fields reduce variance. 888 Poker have recently reduced the number of MTTs and made each one larger though, so the difference is not as big, as it used to be.
Recently I have been playing on PokerStars, mainly because I wanted to get more into SnGs. But I have also been playing some MTTs, and I have to say, that apart from the higher rake and sometimes overly large fields, PokerStars is a really good site for MTTs. There are far more games running, especially if you are a microstakes player, and the structures are generally very well thought out.
In top of that you can combine MTTs with some of the 18-180 man SnGs, which makes it even easier to get volume. As for the "toughness" of the games, I dont think, there are any major differences. On PokerStars the PKOs seem to be the most popular games among the recreational players, and as a result they are very soft up to at least the 4,4$ level.
however, in the past, the tournaments on 888 were better, they had better offers.
Yeah I kind of agree with that. I understand the changes, they did on 888 Poker, and I think, they are going to be good for the site. The old MTT schedule was a bit of a mess with an endless number of different formats and no real logic to it. It was very obviously a case of adding layer by layer over many years.
However for me personally the many and generally small field tournaments suited me well. I think, after the changes it has become more difficult to get volume, and of course the larger fields mean more variance to overcome. They also removed those formats, which were an extra rake bargain like the 2,2 and 5,5$ R+As. Not that I blame them, but as a player it was obviously better to pay even less rake.
Finally I find it a little annoying, that you can not hide satellites from the 888 Poker lobby after the update. It makes it difficult to get an overview over, which regular MTTs are running or soon to come. This is done WAY better on PokerStars, where you can set a lot of different filters to see only those MTTs, you are interested in. So as for the playing experience I actually prefer PokerStars, and the only major drawback is the higher rake
PokerStars is better, but if you want to play freeroll, 888poker is a good choice. Although I don't like 888poker especially in withdrawal it's very slow and I no longer withdraw via Skrill recently.
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Pokerstars is still the room, let's say, more convenient to see graphics and playability (although that of aurora for me does not help) 888poker in this last time has been improving something nice and good by having less traffic there are good chances of collecting bank. But I'm staying with Pokerstars for the moment.
Pokerstars is still the leader in poker in software and games selection !!! It is difficult to compare the leader and the one running far behind !!! There are some games that I am ready to play on 888, but these are just some games that are not so common !!!
One guy even listed his rankings of the two sites. Included cashing out as one of his rankings. He didn’t go into super detail but at least he had some opinions about different things
And then. Freerolls.
I should know better but it always makes me shake my head. This place is a freeroll forum. And that’s the fuel that this place runs on.
More to a site than freerolls, people. Better reasons than a $50 roll once a day for preferring one site over another. At least the OP compares two legit sites and not some third world Bitcoin fueled bush league place.
Finally I find it a little annoying, that you can not hide satellites from the 888 Poker lobby after the update.
Have to correct myself here. It turns out, you actually can. You just need to select "regular" as well as "special", and then all the normal MTTs will be displayed but not the satellites.
However after playing a bit more on 888 after the update, it has become clear to me, that game selection has become a real problem for microstakes MTT players. A lot of the 2-5$ MTTs have been taken down, and some of the 2,2$ R+As have been changed to 3,3$ R+As.
The bar has definitely been raised, and where you could reasonably start with a 500$ bankroll before, now I would actually recommend something closer to 1.500$, unless you are satisfied with playing only 1-2 MTTs at a time.
So choosing between these two sites I will definitely say, that PokerStars is much more beginner friendly. It was always the better site for micro stakes cash games and SnGs, and now its also the better site for micro stakes MTTs, because 888 Poker simply dont have enough of them left.
Once you have reached low and mid stakes MTTs however, 888 Poker is definitely still worth checking out. Some of the events are still rather soft, and right now its also pretty easy to find some overlays here and there