Founded in 1997, 888 is a powerhouse in both the online gaming and online poker industries.
The Gibraltar-based company launched its original poker site in 2002 under the name Pacific Poker (now 888poker), and currently boasts the second biggest Internet poker network in the world.
American players were free to play on Pacific Poker until 2006, when 888 pulled out of the US market due to the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Once online gambling was legalized in New Jersey, however, 888 was quick to partner with Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) to open up a legal, intrastate poker site in the Garden State.
The site, available at us.888poker.com, debuted in 2013 and is powered by 888’s proprietary software platform called Dragonfish.
In addition to operating its own poker room, the company provides the software used by its NJ sister site, WSOP, with which it shares player pools.
The partnership with WSOP is limited though, as it only merges pools for lower stakes cash games, tournaments and Sit n Gos.
888 has laid the groundwork to dominate the US online poker market as a whole through its All American Poker Network and Multi-State Poker Network.
That software infrastructure will give casinos across the country the ability to link up and create one unified poker room, in the event the industry is legalized in more states.
Additionally, 888 supplies the software used by the poker site in Nevada, along with online casino software used in Delaware.
In 2014, the governors of Nevada and Delaware signed an agreement which allows for the sharing of player pools between those states.
Here we’ll take a look at 888’s New Jersey online poker offering to see how it stacks up against the competition!