Review: 888 Casino - Trustworthy and Incredibly Popular
If the number of registered users – 25 million to be precise – tells you something about an online casino, it’s that it treats its customers right. Originally established in 1997 and listed in the London stock exchange since 2005 – you instinctively know it’s kind of a big deal. With lots of games to choose from, some of them offering life-changing jackpots, and regular generous promotions, no wonder 888 Casino has been declared the Casino Operator of the Year in the EGR Awards last year. Check out this review to find out if you and 888 Casino could be a good fit.
888 Casino allows you to play one of its many games either in flash version on the site or after you download and install the casino in your laptop. If you download the software, the graphics are slightly better and the loading time is faster, but nothing too significantly different from the flash version. There is also a lobby that you can customise and put your favourite games in, so you will never have to browse through the entire stack again. You must download an app if you wish to play on your mobile, which isn’t a major inconvenience. The app looks sleek and functions quickly and perfectly.
Quite a few of the 124 desktop and 48 mobile slots are developed in-house and are therefore unique to 888 Casino. So if you find “the one and only” on 888 Casino, chances are you will not find it anywhere else. There is the magical ‘Millionaire Genie’, Parisian ‘Café de Paris’ and the scrumptious ‘Snack Time’ to dig into, among many more. All the games have not a pixel out of place and look beautiful, in turn making your gaming experience great. Plus, new games are added regularly so you are never out of options if certain games get boring.
Also, not all of the offerings are games of chance. There are also the classic casino games and live casino games – all harnessing your skill of the game. Take a seat at a table with live dealings in French, American and European roulette, or blackjack if that is more your cup of tea.
If you fancy a bit of a change, you can cross over to 888 Sport, 888 Bingo or 888 Poker just like that and keep on playing with the same account and the same account wallet. Way to multiply the number of entertainment options, 888!
A funny looking sum – £88 – is deposited to new players’ accounts, if they are from UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden or Canada. Considering I have not seen similar offers around very often, this is a very good proposition indeed. You can spend that money on anything from video slots, to roulette, to blackjack without ever making your first deposit. Although, do keep in mind that this offer is only valid if you play the money on desktop.
But if you are hooked on the unique slots that 888 offer, there is more incentive than ever to consider putting money into your 888 Casino account wallet. Very generously, the casino will 100% match your first deposit of up to £100. And given the moderate wagering requirements of thirty times, this is an ideal offer for those, who think they will stick around and play on at 888 Casino. If something goes wrong with your welcome bonus or the deposit match, just give the 24/7 customer service a ring and they will sort it out in no time.
Lastly, new players can get up to £1,500 in their first week of playing if they select the Premium Player Package. Along with each of your first five deposits, you are able to accumulate increasingly larger sums of money, in the end totalling £1,500 bonus cash. This bonus you can use on both desktop and mobile!
Bonus is only valid for new players 18+. The minimum deposit is £20 and you must use the promotion code: welcome200. Wagering requirements is 20x within 21 days of making the deposit.
At 888 Casino, there are promotions that not only run daily, but also weekly and monthly, so you have an extremely healthy variety to choose from. There are generous promotions not only for the classic casino games, but also for the games. For example, playing Chuzzle slots on Monday will see you credit your account with £5, Doctor Love prescribes a £10 cash bonus on Wednesdays and the weekend is a real treat too! Since these promotions are changing constantly, it is best to check their website for the most up-to-date information. There is also a handy
However, there are two promotional programmes that run at all times:
- Refer a friend – when you tell your friends about 888 Casino and get them to sign up, not only will you receive £100, but they will get a £50 extra bonus on top of their welcome bonus too!
- VIP programme – collect enough comp points and climb the loyalty ladder. In no time, you will receive special offers, perks like tickets to concerts, holidays and lots more.
There are lots of ways to deposit at 888 Casino, some of them specific to your country of origin. And I mean lots….!
Deep breath now: credit cards - VISA, Mastercard, Diners Club, Eurocard; debit cards – VISA Mastercard, Diners Club, Eurocard, EntroPay Virtual VISA Card, Astropay Card, FundSend, Qiwi VISA Virtual, Maestro; e-wallets – Abaqoos, DineroMail, Moneta, Neteller, Paypal, Qiwi eWallet, Skrill, WebMoney, Yandex.Money; prepaid cards – CashUp, ICheque, Payr, Paysafecard, Ukash; bank accounts offline – bank transfer, Boleto, e-check, MultiBanco, NetBanx, wire transfer; bank accounts online – eKonto, eps, Fast Bank Transfer, iDEAL, INSTADEBIT, Instant Banking, PayBox, POLi, UseMyFUnds, etc .
A ballpark for a minimum deposit - £20. Some methods do have lower minimums and you must check the website for those as there are too many to list! The help pages pertaining to depositing are very helpful as well.
Generally speaking, It appears they made it their priority to get every method of depositing on board, while neglecting the cashout times, so read on.
Prepare for this section of the review to shock you, even if ever so slightly. I am not sure as to why, given the fact that competitor casinos deal with cashouts very quickly and the turnaround can often be 24 hours or less, it takes 888 Casino at least four and up to 18(!) days to pay your winnings out. That is not even counting weekends or holidays. The time that the money is in the “awaiting period” is three whole days (during which you can also cancel the withdrawal) before it’s even processed, which is the major part of the problem, I suspect. It automatically makes you wait for your money for a week or more. In my eyes, that is criminal.
The positive side of it all is that there are many withdrawal methods, but as I already mentioned, here is the breakdown of the time it takes to cashout using each of them:Neteller, Paypal, Skrill, Moneta – 4 to 5 business daysEntroPay – 5 to 6 business daysWebMoney – 6 to 7 business daysCredit cards (VISA, Mastercard) – up to 8 business daysUK issued debit cards (VISA, Mastercard) – up to 8 business daysWire transfer – 7 to 10 business daysCheque – (a whopping) 13 to 18 business daysWhy it takes such a long time to receive your payout from 888 Casino is still debatable. You can shorten the wait by becoming/being a Gold VIP member, but even then it’s often just shorter by a day or two.
Online Casino Awards
Lots of casinos claim to be award-winning, but 888 Casino is truly a winner. These are the titles it proudly owns:2013 Casino Operator of the Year – EGR AwardsBest Online Casino of the Year, TotallyGaming Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012Best Betting and Gaming Company, Leisure Report Awards – 2007 & 2008Gold Readers Choice Award for Top Casino, The Gambling Online Magazine Awards – 2007Best Casino Operator of the Year and Best Overall Online Gaming Operator – 2005When there are so many awarding bodies and institutions, it is so easy to get lost in all the award ceremonies and categories. Most importantly, it is hard to figure out which awards matter and which not so much. I think that the awards mentioned above all look pretty impressive, because they are awarded by different stakeholders and there are multiple awards that are won in a single year. EGR (eGaming Review) is a particularly impressive one as it rates all online casino providers, as is the Gold Readers Choice Award, because the users of casinos could select the winner as opposed to the sometimes biased judges. All in all, this impressive array of awards is a great sign of credibility and this certainly matters when it comes to you trusting 888 Casino with your money and time. Play on!
Although I’m not a big fan of the 'neon green on black' design and all the flashing glitz, spending time at the 888 Online Casino has proven to be very enjoyable. Millions of registered users give you a good indicator that there are many things that appeal about this casino. Namely, the game selection and many games that are unique to 888 are a big attraction, as is the endless amount of banking options, each tailored to the location of the player. There are too many promotions running at any given time to count, the welcome bonus is quite generous – all pluses in my book. The only disappointment is the extended cashout period, but if you can work around it, or with it, then you have no excuse not to try this award-winning online casino.