888 has a reputation for quality and innovation in addition to a very unique but powerful marketing strategy – helped in no small way by their use of proprietary software. The online casino was launched back in 1997 and has quickly grown in terms of success and popularity.
More recently the 888 Live Casino was launched and it’s here that 888 has really come into its own. They just seem to have got everything right when it comes to live dealer games. There’s never a wait to get a place at a blackjack table, but there are always other people playing. Everything runs without a hitch thanks to the technological prowess of 888 and the incredible skill of the dealers.
The award-winning, Gibraltar-based company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and offers a wide variety of traditional casino games, including slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, pai gow poker, keno and video poker. In addition to this, the casino also provides arcade games, poker and even sports betting.
While most online casinos tend to focus on roulette, the jewel in the crown of 888’s live casino offering is the live blackjack. With a staggering 21 live blackjack tables, there’s no shortage of choice.
The main difference between the tables is the betting limit. On standard tables, the betting limit may be £500, £1,000 or £3,000; on the 888 branded tables, the limit may be £1,000, £3,000, £5,000 or £10,000 and for VIP tables, £5,000 or £10,000.
As high-speed internet connectivity has become more common, there has been a trend for online casinos to expand their portfolio to include live games, i.e. games hosted by a real person. 888 are no exception to this rule.
Evolution Gaming that takes care of the live aspect of the casino, so know that you’re getting the best in the businees and while the live offering is only three games – live baccarat, live blackjack and live roulette – be aware that there are dozens of tables.
The live baccarat selection has been kept nice and simple with a standard table which has a maximum bet of $100 and a VIP table with a maximum bet of £1000. But things begin to get more interesting when considering the live roulette. There are six tables, with each offering a slightly different experience. The London roulette table, streamed from a London studio with a British dealer, and the Sports Roulette, which is filmed in a studio which resembles that of Match of the Day are particular highlights.
888 have a good reputation for their bonuses and this reputation is in no way diminished by the live casino. To begin with, 888 offer a free £88 to play on baccarat, blackjack and roulette. This money is automatically credited to your account upon signing up for a real money account and requires no deposit.
In addition to this, 888 offer a 100% first deposit bonus of up to £100 and additional 10% deposit bonuses of up to £300 over the following year. These carry wagering requirements of just 30x. 888 also have regular game-specific promotions and prizes, so it’s always a good idea to keep abreast of these.
With the exception of the London live roulette dealers, dealers are based in 888’s Latvia studio and although they tend to be very easy on the eyes, that’s certainly not all there is to them.
The dealers are top-quality certified professionals. This fact is very evident in the manner in which they execute their duties and how they interact with players.
Despite their live roulette and live baccarat dealers being excellent, it’s the live blackjack dealers that have the best reputation to live up to. 888 laud their live blackjack dealers as ‘the fastest in the world’, which is quite a substantial claim to make, but having played their live blackjack, there’s virtually no difference between the speed of online play and actually being in a land-based casino.
As with all good casinos, the maximum bets vary by table. When it comes to roulette the auto table has a betting limit of £5000 while the London Roulette, Sports Roulette and regular roulette tables have a limit of £15,000 and the 888 Roulette and VIP roulette have a limit of £40,000.
With live blackjack you can bet anywhere up to £10,000 on the VIP tables. But if that’s a bit rich for your blood (and who could blame you!), then betting limits can start off at around £5 per hand.