888 Holdings Group, the world’s biggest online casino operator, is the parent company of 888 Poker (formerly Pacific Poker). Because 888′s customer base is so large, there’s a lot of wild poker action taking place at Pacific. No Limit and Pot Limit Hold ‘Em tables are a great place to make some cash. The software was recently upgraded offering a greatly improved gaming experience. They’ve also created a web-based client, which doesn’t require any download, for Linux and Mac users.
The traffic at Pacific Poker stays pretty high most of the time, probably because of 888′s influence. At the same time, the competition stays soft, which leads us to believe a lot of players from 888′s online casino try their hand at poker without much skill in their pocket. There are usually around 8,000 tournament players during peak hours. With so many options and such juicy action, Pacific Poker is a fantastic place!
Privately owned and operated by the 888 poker network, the Pacific Poker software was developed in-house. Originally, the program was ho-hum, but now it’s one of the biggest poker software packages on the block. The software has been overhauled, yielding new search functions, multi-tabling options, 3D avatars, and instant cashier access. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Players have so many options, they can customize the entire look of their table view. Multi-tabling allows participation in up to 16 tables simultaneously.
Pacific Poker also covers the regular bases of poker playing with Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, and 7 Card Stud Hi. Hold ‘Em also comes in varieties of Fixed Limit, No Limit, and Pot Limit games.
Pacific Poker is notorious for its soft competition. The games are incredibly juicy, with a viewed-flops percentage reaching 70 percent at $15/$30 stakes on occasion. That’s near unheard-of! Many of the opponents found at Pacific Poker are less experienced, making the site a terrific spot for making a bit of money with a little skill. Players can usually expect to view flops around 60 percent of the time during peak hours.
Though not the largest sign-up bonus we’ve seen, we certainly wouldn’t turn our noses up at the 100 percent match bonus up to $400 on first deposits. This bonus amount isn’t just free cash, unfortunately. Players must clear their bonuses by earning 10 Reward Points for $1 in bonus cash. Points are accumulated simply by playing poker at Pacific Poker. So just playing the available games helps players receive their bonuses. There’s a time limit, though; players must clear their full bonus amounts within 30 days of their first deposits. In addition to the sign up bonus, Pacific Poker runs reload bonus promotions roughly every two months. These are usually 50 percent match bonuses on reload deposits, with a limit between $300 and $500. A refer-a-friend bonus is also available, rewarding players $50 for every friend they refer.
Pacific Poker created a brand new loyalty system in June 2009. Players are enrolled in the program automatically at sign-up. They start earning both Status Points and Reward Points as soon as they start participating in real-money games. These points can then be exchanged for great prizes like real cash, merchandise, free tournament entries, and much more.
Players are sure to find the support they need at Pacific Poker. Not only do they have a quick-response email system, but they also provide telephone support and live chat. Staff members are knowledgeable, courteous and friendly, so player should have no trouble finding answers to their questions.
Just about everything is an accepted deposit method at Pacific Poker. Visa and MasterCard are only the beginning. They also accept bank transfers, e-checks, and online sites like PayPal from all over the world. Chances are, any player with a credit card, bank account, or online money account can make a deposit at Pacific Poker. Withdrawals are a bit more limited, with only PayPal, NETeller, MasterCard, Visa, debit card, Moneybookers, wire transfer and bank draft available for cashing out. Pacific Poker also holds withdrawals for three days before they are processed.