888 Live CasinoPosted by LiveDealer on Jan 2, 2012 in 888.com, EntwineTech, Evolution Gaming, Live Dealer Casino Reviews
Regulated in Gibraltar and listed on the London Stock Exchange, 888 Casino is one of the largest gambling enterprises online. It’s open 24/7, has tons of players, support for 20+ languages, and is a casino, poker room, sportsbook, bingo hall, arcade and more. Recently, 888 Casino has added live dealers to its repertoire, quickly making 888 one of the most popular live casinos online.
888 Live Casino
Like most online casinos, 888 uses a separate software company to manage and stream the live casino games. This is critical for 888, which is an online-only business. The live dealer aspect, video streaming, and physical casino space is delivered to 888 seamlessly, and 888 handles the money exchange and guarantees the integrity of the third party.
Clients have the option of playing with live dealers through the downloadable 888casino client or via a Flash client. Both of these options are quite similar, and you should play whichever is most convenient to you. For the most part, 888 streams in a window mode, so the display is mostly graphical with a streaming video window at the top-center of the screen. Some games have a full-window mode, which we prefer since it provides the greatest level of immersion. Throughout the game, the dealer talks to you, and you communicate with her and the other players via a chat window.
Overall, 888 Casino is one of the best live casinos we’ve experienced. It’s available 24/7. There are no wait times yet there is always a high level of traffic. The entire process runs smoothly, and the dealers are highly skilled and professional.
888 Live Casino dealers may be easy on the eyes, but they also know their game. The dealers are hand-picked and certified professional dealers.
Our only gripe is that 888 does not yet make the hi-definition full-screen view available for all games. We also encountered many beautiful dealers but some lacked charm and friendliness, but that’s ok since they should take their jobs seriously. Experiences will vary depending on which dealer you choose, but even in the worst case, you’re sure to have a good time.
888 Live Casino Games
At 888 Casino, live dealer services are offered through two distinct live casino software platforms. The first, based in Latvia, is Evolution Gaming, which offers baccarat, blackjack and roulette. Each of these games is offered in a standard and VIP format, which allows for higher bets. Roulette is available in both French and European configurations. Players can also play Venezia Roulette, which is roulette with a European wheel and an Italian-speaking dealer.
The second option is EntwineTech casino, which is based in the Philippines. They offer baccarat in three configurations: standard, premium, which uses a squeeze card and has 14 rather than 7 seats, and super, which is standard in a hi-definition full-screen experience. EntwineTech also offers standard blackjack, Crazy21, which is a blackjack variant, European roulette and Asian roulette, which uses a single-zero wheel with special bet options and a different number configuration.
Each game has multiple tables offering various game limits – so whether you’re a beginner or a high-roller you’ll find a table that suits you.
888.com Live Casino Bonus
At 888 Casino, there is a £800 or $1,400 welcome package available to all new players, and the package applies to the live dealers as well as the standard online casino. In order to take advantage of the full offer, the new client must log in from the 888casino software, not 888poker, 888sport and so forth.
The first phase of the welcome package is a 100 percent match bonus on the first deposit up to $200. So if you deposit $200, 888 Casino deposits an additional $200 immediately. That bonus is freely available at the live tables, but before the client can cash it out, he or she must wager it 30 times over. So in the case of the $200 first deposit, you’d have to wager $6,000 before the $200 bonus is clear.
The second phase of the welcome package is that you continue to get a 10 percent match bonus on every deposit you make, for the next 12 months or until you accrue $1,200 in bonus money, $1,400 counting the first $200 bonus. This bonus clears as stated above, so in order to clear the full $1,400, the player would need to wager $42,000.