888 (us.888Casino.com) has been in the online casino industry for nearly two decades.
It started out as Casino-on-Net and grew to become one of the largest gaming companies in the world.
888 operates in all three US states that have regulated interactive gaming (Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey) and is one of the primary online gambling partners for Caesars.
LAYOUT E USER EXPERIENCE
888 provides both desktop and mobile versions of its NJ online casino software.
The client is powered by 888’s proprietary Dragonfish software. Dragonfish is also the driving force behind Harrah’s Casino in New Jersey.
There are two ways to access the software:
- Browser-based: On PCand Mac, 888 Casino launches via a browser-based pop-up window. The software is compatible with most major browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Bing, and Mac Safari.
- Mobile: A mobile client is available for iPadsand iPhones, however. iOS users will need at least version 6.0 of the operating system to install 888 Casino. The app can be downloaded either directly from the main site on mobile, or from iTunes. An Android version of the app can also be downloaded by visiting the casino website from your smartphone.
The iOS app features 171 total slots as of May 2018. By comparison, there are no less than eight other NJ online casino apps that offer more than 100 reel games. This puts 888 Casino among the top echelon of NJ online casino apps.
888’s mobile casino does have a bunch of account management features, but most are accessed from external web pages, adding what we see as an unnecessarily level of inconvenience.
Still, there’s some merit to the app. The slots are unique to the market, and no NJ-based app offers more jackpot slots.
So for players looking to strike it rich, or who are bored of the games on other apps, there could be a worse alternative.
Take advantage of 888’s no deposit bonus of $20 in free play, available exclusively to PlayNJ readers.
This bonus expires 7 days after sign up and is subject to wagering requirements of 30x the bonus. You can only get one bonus (e.g., you don’t get 1 at 888casino and then another at 888poker).
When you sign up at 888 you are also eligible for a hefty welcome deposit bonus. You will receive a 50% match bonus up to $1,000 on your first deposit. Additionally, you can receive a 50% match bonus up to $1,000 on your second deposit if you use promo code WELCOME888.
TYPE OF GAMES
SLOTS AT 888 NJ
888 offers a unique slot selection for New Jersey players. That is because most of the other New Jersey online casinos are all powered by the same company.
888 owns a variety of online slot games that aren’t available on any other platform. These slot games include Adventures in Orbit, Knights and Maidens and Panda Manga. There are more than 180 slot titles to enjoy.
Furthermore, all of these games are video penny slots, each with a unique bonus round.
888 VIDEO POKER
888’s video poker selection is small. In fact, it spreads just four games including the ever-popular Jacks or Better.
The game pays nine on a full house and six on a flush, but features reduces payouts for quads and straight flushes
888 spreads three versions of blackjack.
Classic Blackjack allows doubling down on any two cards. Pairs may be split once, but aces only receive one card. Doubling down after the split and surrender are not permitted. The dealer stays on all 17s.
There are four versions of 888 roulette.
Roulette has two zeros, while European Roulette has one zero. The house edge on the European Roulette game is about half that of the American version. European Roulette does not offer European rules, it simply has just one zero.
888 also spreads French Roulette. This game does have the La Partage rule that returns half of losing even money bets if the ball lands on zero.
888 LIVE DEALER GAMES (NEW)
On August 16, 2018, 888 Casino NJ debuted live dealer gaming on its site. Evolution Gaming (EG) is its online live dealer gaming provider. Games are set to appear in the lobby as early as summer of 2018 and will include:
- American (double zero) Roulette
- Baccarat (and a no-commission variant)
- Blackjack with side bets
- Three Card Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em