In August of 2013, 888.com partnered with Caesars Interactive Entertainment to bring its own special brand of casino and poker to New Jersey. Owned and operated by 888 Holdings plc, it has been in the online gambling business for just shy of twenty years.
Unlike some other casinos we have reviewed, 888 is powered by its own in house software, Random Logic, which provides research, development, operations, and marketing serves.
New games are developed in house and also supplied by Net Entertainment and Amaya Gaming. This gives 888 a feel unlike any other New Jersey casinos and allows the company to offer a unique gaming experience.
888 Casino’s welcome package
888 Casino offers a free $10 to all new players. To clear the $10 bonus, by our calculations, a player would have to play through 48 times. If this is the deciding factor for you, we would recommend playing somewhere else (Tropicana Casino and its sister site Virgin Casino offer $20). But free money is free money and who are we to complain?
$300 welcome bonus
888 Casino offers a very generous deposit bonus with less stringent requirements on clearing the bonus. When you deposit for the first time they give you a 100% bonus up to $300.
This bonus has a 30 times wager requirement on slots, a 150 times wager requirement for roulette, and a 300 times wager requirement for blackjack and video poker. Players have seven days to clear the bonus before it expires.
With a free $10 dollars to get you started and the 100% bonus on your first deposit, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t give 888 Casino a shot.
Why play at 888 Casino?
#1 – Promotions
888 Casino has new promotions all the time and with regularly added match-up bonuses, free spins, and free play, you can’t really go wrong. In addition to these random bonuses, 888 Casino has a great rewards program that equates to $.01 per Status Point earned.
#2 – Banking
888 Casino is one of the few New Jersey casinos that allow instant deposits through PayPal. This feature puts 888 gaming up there on our list for the convenience factor alone.
#3 – Jackpots
The Ultimate Genie Slot game alone makes 888 Casino worth playing. Add to this several other slot options, all of which have huge payouts, and 888 casino rises above its competitors. Not many online casinos offer Slots that pay out life changing money.
Where can 888 improve?
- Game selection – Though what they do have is worth checking out, 888 Casino is a little on the sparse side as far as their game choices. If you are a fan of progressives and Roulette (888 has some of the best Roulette software available) this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you tire of games quickly, 888 doesn’t have many options.
- Mobile gaming – If you are running an iOS device, 888’s app is great. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, 888 has yet to release an Android version of the app. This is obviously a big oversight and will hopefully be remedied in the near future.
888 Casino mobile
Currently, 888 only offers a mobile app for their iOS users. You can download the app from the AppStore on your iPhone or Tablet or directly from their site.
Like many online casinos, 888 appears to be behind the times. In a world dominated by smartphones, they offer very little information on mobile playing capabilities and at the time of this writing there was only eight options available for slot play on the iOS application.
On the bright side of things, the mobile app is very stable and intuitive to operate. Once 888 gets around to adding the Android version of the application and adds more options for play, we think that their mobile gaming may be the best in the industry, but until that time, it is severely lacking.
Deposits and withdrawals
This is where 888 Casino excels. Not only do they offer all the industry standards, 888 rounds out its list with PayPal.
Available deposit options include:
- Bank Transfer (ACH)
- Online Banking Transfer
- Cash at Casino’s Cage
Available withdrawal options include:
- ACH Bank Transfer – Available if you deposited using ACH (Instant Check) or OBT (online banking transfer).
- Neteller – Only available if you deposited using this method.
- PayPal – Only available if you deposited using this method.
- In-Person withdrawal at the Caesars Atlantic City cashier’s cage
Once a player inputs their financial information, making deposits is an easy process. Simply log into your account and click on the Cashier button. From here you can add funds to your account or request a withdrawal.
We recommend using either ACH (if you have a checking account) or PayPal as these two options have proven to be the most reliable.
It is worth noting that the first withdrawal request made by a player at the Caesars Atlantic City cashier’s cage is limited to a maximum of $500 and the minimum check withdrawal is $50.
888 Casino offers stakes that should appeal to a wide range of customers. Their Roulette wheels vary from $.50 wagers all the way up to $2000.
You can play blackjack at three different table stakes; $1 to $1,000, $5 to $5,000, and $10 to $10,000. At this time the only stakes available on the mobile app are $1 to $300, so if you like to play for larger stakes, you will have to do so from 888’s browser-based software.
Slot play varies for a micro bet of just $.05 a pay-line up to $10 a pay-line on most games.
Slot feature: Ultimate Genie
Okay, so we were sad to see Millionaire Genie go, but it was replaced with a new version of the game that we think you will enjoy just as much.
Ultimate Genie is a 15 payline video slot with a progressive jackpot. The Jackpot’s growth rate is 2% of game bets with a house seed placed into the jackpot after every time it hits. This means huge jackpots for players and a progressive that grows rapidly.
Three Bonus symbols anywhere triggers the “Genie’s Palace” bonus game which offers tow rounds of prizes. You will be granted two wishes to collect bonus cash with a multiplier and in the bonus round, winnings are guaranteed.
Table games feature: Premium French Roulette
This version of Roulette has some extra features that effect the odds in the players favor. For example; the La Partage Rule where you only lose half of an even money bet when the zero is called. This reduces the houses edge from classic roulette and turn Premium French Roulette into the lowest house edge version of Roulette available online in New Jersey.
If you are a Roulette player, this is the game to play. The Premium version of the game has a betting limit of $5 to $2000 and the regular version (French Roulette) is played the exact same way but with the lower betting requirements of $1 to $300.
Player perks at 888 Casino
Casinos offer their players reward programs as a way to thank their loyal customers for continued play. 888 deals in Status Points.
This is how it works:
Every $16 you bet earns you 1 Status Point. Every 100 Status Points can be converted to $1 cash.
You can easily view your Status Points balance and convert them into cash by going to the “My Account” section in your lobby and clicking on the “Status Points” tab.
This comes out to be $.01 for each Status Point you receive. Unlike many other online casinos, the Status Points at 888 are turned into cash rather than Bonus Money. This money is not subject to play through requirements and can be withdrawn if you meet the terms and conditions of 888 Casino’s withdrawal policy.
The VIP program at 888 has not yet been launched. If your play warrants VIP Status, we recommend you find another casino at this time, but please do check back in the near future for updates.
888 states that when the program is launched it will include exclusive games and bonus offers, promotions tailored just for 888casino VIPS, Special events, individualized care from dedicated VIP staff, and extra gifts and cash.
888 Casino player tools
888 Casino has several procedures in place to prevent problem gambling. These include: permitting players to define their own maximum deposit amount, preventing members from entering the casino upon request, cutting off the delivery of any promotional materials, and barring casino entry to anyone below the age of 21.
The “My Account” section of 888’s Lobby is very intuitive. Players can open and close accounts, view win/loss statement reports, change their screen names, see their balance of Status Points, and convert those points all with just a few clicks of the mouse.
888 Casino is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement must follow all operational guidelines, including the segregation of player funds from other financials and responsible gambling options.