888 Casino Review
ca.888.com Casino is part of the famous 888 Holdings stable established in 1997 by Israeli brothers Avi and Aaron Shaked along with Ron Ben-Yitzhak. In addition to Casino games, 888 operates sites specialising in bingo, poker, sports and slots. It is now one of the biggest gambling franchises in the world and has won several industry awards across all areas of it’s operation. It has also been the sponsor of many sporting events such as the World Snooker Championship and Premier League Darts as well as sports teams.With this kind of history you know you are getting a site that is reliable, trustworthy and established, but what else does it offer?
Bonuses and Promotions
First up, and the thing that most people look to when opening a new casino account, is the introductory bonus. The 888casino has a fairly standard 100% bonus up to a deposit limit of $200. So far, so good. However, there a restriction on this bonus. It cannot be used in it’s entirety across all games. You may use 100% of the bonus on slots, but only 20% on roulette and only 10% on blackjack and baccarat. Furthermore, there is a 30 times roll over attached which a bit higher than most of the competitors.It is a decent introductory bonus, but nothing earth shattering. Another bonus 888 Casino promote is their $88 free bet. When you register you will be given $88 to play with before making a deposit.
Once again though this isn’t all it seems. Firstly, it has to be spread across four games meaning you have $22 per game. Secondly, you are limited to maximum winnings of $5 per game. Finally, your winnings from this are not convertible into cash. You can only transfer these winnings into your bonus fund which itself requires a deposit to access. Basically, you probably won’t be able to make any money from this offer given the restrictions combined with the roll over. It’s a bit of a shame as it promises a lot, but doesn’t really deliver much.
Next we look at deposit and withdrawal methods as well as site security. There are no worries when it comes to security. 888 Casino is a highly regarded and safe site. You will be able to make deposits and withdrawals without any concerns. The site is fully licensed In Gibraltar and regulated by eCogra which confirms that all games are played fairly and that the website is secure. When it comes to withdrawing and depositing funds, it couldn’t be easier. You can deposit using Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Instadebit, Neteller and ClickandBuy. It is worth noting that not all of the deposit methods are available to make withdrawals. This could cause some inconvenience.
Deposit times are very quick (almost instant), but as we’ve come to expect, withdrawals do take a bit more time. Electronic transfers can take between two to five days, while using Visa can take up to seven days. Canadians are well provided for and dealing with Canadian dollars isn’t an issue. At the moment, players in the U.S. are not permitted to sign up, but I understand there are moves being made to remedy this.
Software at 888 Casino
Unlike many of their competitors who use Microgaming software, 888casino runs it’s site using it’s own software. The result is a stable of games entirely unique to 888 Casino. This also allows it to constantly update the games and maintain a fresh, up to the minute website. Often on some online Casinos you will struggle to differentiate one site from another due to the duplication of games, so it is nice to see a selection of games which are entirely unique. The only downside to this is that there is not as many games on offer as on other sites. There are between 100 and 150 games on 888casino compared to 400+ on many of the other main sites. However, there are several versions of the common games such as blackjack, roulette, poker and baccarat, and you never really feel short-changed.
Another nice feature is the progressive jackpots on offer. Some of the slots have jackpots of over a million dollars and these can certainly build excitement for players. Overall the selection of games available is ample. There may not be as many games available as other sites, but in this instance it is certainly quality over quantity.
Accessibility and interaction is a key part of any online Casino. It is important for customers to feel immersed in the experience and this is something 888 Casino excels at. Playing the games are simple and can be accessed through downloading the casino onto your desktop, Flash player or mobile. Negotiating between the games is a simple process also with one click taking you from slots, to poker, to roulette or to blackjack.
The most impressive aspect of the site is the level of interaction. The graphics and sounds are great, but the real innovation is the webcam communication. Through a microphone you can actually hold conversations with live dealers. It turns what can often be a lonely past-time into an enjoyable, social event. 888 Casino caters for all manner of customers from high rollers to casual, small stake players. Through the live dealer you can arrange private high stakes games with a $10,000 upper limit. There really is a multitude of options available for players of any experience and bank balance.
Loyalty and Customer Service
Finally a word on promotions and customer service. 888casino has a loyalty program where you receive 1 comp point for every $10 wagered. When you reach 100 points you are given $1. It’s not brilliant, but it’s better than nothing. You also have the refer a friend option where you receive $100 per referral and the person you refer receives $50. This is a pretty generous offer in my opinion. Customer service is adequate with a useful list of FAQs on the main site and advisers available through telephone, email and live chat.
888casino is a very good site which is only let down by it’s rather restrictive bonus system. The experience is reliable, secure and completely immersive. The software used gives the site a level of uniqueness rarely found elsewhere. Should 888casino revise it’s introductory bonus system it could transform an already excellent site into a truly great one. Read or article about Canadian casinos as well.