888 Casino New Jersey Online Casino Review

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Online Casino Review

Go Large!  That’s the SmartChoice motto for 888Casino. From the $300 cap on cash match deposit bonuses to the $1 million progressive jackpots on the Ultimate Genie slot, even the eye-watering $8,888,888 payout on the Pirate Millions slot, 888Casino thinks large.

888Casino in New Jersey is the US subsidiary of one of the world’s oldest and well-known online casino brands with players in over 176 countries. Founded in 1997, 888Casino is one of the forefathers of the online casino industry, and in November 2013 amassed their decades of experience from all over the world, and put it to good use here in New Jersey. 888Casino is the only operator/games developer to be live in all of three states in the United States that legally offer online casino and/or poker (Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey). In New Jersey, 888Casino has partnered with Caesars Entertainment offering 888Casino games also on Harrahscasino.com.

As the worldwide leader in the sector, we rightly expected a lot from this formidable operator, and so far the results have been mixed. Their decades of experience as the leading worldwide casino operator does not go unnoticed when reviewing their site. Their targeted bonuses, excellent payments and customers service as well as superior graphics and audio on proprietary games sets them apart of many of the other New Jersey casinos. Especially unique is their customizable casino floor, allowing you to bookmark your favorite games to create your very own lobby that remembers you when you return. 888Casino offers three variants of Roulette, including French Roulette so if you’re a Roulette lover, you have found your home. With the exception of Roulette, 888Casino’s game selection has been limited to date, offering only 21 slot games, none of which are the familiar titles available on the casino floor. Despite their current poor game variety, it is rumored that they will be adding some new and exciting new games in 2015.  So, what they lack in game offering, they more than make up for in operational expertise. This makes 888Casino the SmartChoice pick for the ‘One to Watch’ for 2015.

Notable Features

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Software: Cassava Ltd
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Customizable
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Numerous
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Cash
Loyalty Program

Game Varieties

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29 Proprietary Slots
(6 Progressive Jackpots)

Features

2 Variants
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4 Variants
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1 Video
Poker

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Smart Choice Likes

Decades Of Experience

888Casino is the most well-known casino brand in online gaming worldwide, and winner of many prestigious awards dedicated to operational excellence for online casino. 888Casino’s vast experience and operational savviness has made them the most formidable competitor in the sector. They have built and maintained their leadership position and are known best for operational know-how including bonuses, promotions, customer service, games, loyalty program etc. SmartChoice realizes that the New Jersey online casino market is still very young, and 888Casino has the additional hurdle of not being a local household name. Yet when we look to their European site which has had the benefit of 15 years of experience, we can easily see what 888 is capable of with a little time. Don’t disregard this site because it lacks well some known slot titles, that’s easily fixable.

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Superior Personalized User Expierence

With experience comes knowledge. 888Casino certainly offers players an experience that is unparalleled. From the moment you sign-on, you will notice the difference. The sleek lobby offers hi-resolution graphics with ‘tab’ like functionality similar to a browser for easy navigation. Even better, the customized lobby allows you bookmark your favorite games. Tired of hunting and checking for your favorite games. Problem solved! Just ‘Favorite’ those games you enjoy most and you will have your own customized lobby that you can save for the next time you log back in. Forget to bookmark the game? All sorted. The site will actually remember the games you frequented most and place them at the bottom of your lobby. Pretty clever!

Easy To User Promotions With High Matching Limits

888 Casino (and its sister site Harrahscasino.com) is the only casino that actually integrates the promotion directly into the deposit screen. It’s easy and certainly reduces the chances for mistakes. The SmartChoice motto for 888 Casino has been Go Large and that’s what you will find here. 888 Casino offers caps on their bonuses that typically reach $300. You will only find $300 or more on a few sites in New Jersey so take advantage! While the associated wagering requirement are also high, this is commensurate with the high reward. If you like to play large, then you will like it here. This is especially true for high roller Slot players as Slots earn 10x the amount toward the wagering requirements to release the free play bonus winnings than Blackjack and Video Poker.

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Overall Score

SCORE 9.2 / 10

888Casino is the SmartChoice’ pick for ‘One to Watch’.  We like to think of 888Casino as the dark horse in the race that may start slow out of the gate, but is well positioned to make it up in a sprint to the finish line.  Their slick design, excellent graphics and customizable lobby all have the makings of a great casino.  Currently, their game choice has been sparse. But their targeted bonuses and promotions re aimed at high roller Slot and skilled blackjack players who mainly play on a PC.

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888Casino has a great reputation outside the United States in markets that don’t prohibit online wagering, and we believe we will also have the same fantastic experience in here the US.  Not many people remember, they were once the powerhouse online casino in the United States prior to the online gaming ban in 2006. Returning to the US market only within the past year, 888Casino is only now getting their feet wet.  During this first critical, it was obvious the majority of their initial focus was on poker as well as catering to 6 other brands in the US for which they are responsible for supplying their games.  We believe 888Casino’s own site has suffered a little while they are begin to feel their oats and sink their feet firmly back onto US soil.

Site Design

SCORE 9.5 / 10

Easily one of 888’s biggest asset, site navigation and functionality creates a completely unique experience to for players. Starting with the registration process to log-on, the process is simple and intuitive. Customizable lobby for quick access to games, tabular navigation similar browser tabs and sleek lobby design demonstrate 888Casino’s decades of experience. There are a few little glitches such as difficulty finding customer service, extremely limited functionality on desktop/laptop outside New Jersey and requiring nine digit social security, but these can easily be fixed.

Registration

Upon registration or log-in, a separate dedicated page is launched which is great for many players but admittedly can be annoying for some.  The simple to use interface has been tweaked over many of years to create the optimal registration experience. One shortcoming in the registration process is the asking for all nine digits of the player’s social security number.  It’s an invasive ask but something that is required as part of the Federal government’s Patriot Act passed over a decade ago. While we cannot fault 888Casino for this, it cannot go unnoticed that they, along with the vast majority of casinos in New Jersey, are still asking for all nine digits, when we know it is possible to just ask for four digits (seen on Tropicana Casino and Virgin Casino).

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Lobby

Leveraging almost two decades of experience, 888Casino has spent ample resources redesigning the site navigation to optimize the player journey. The simple yet sleek lobby allows for complete customization by the player. All you have to do is a simply drag and drop the game tiles into the ‘My Favorites’ boxes.

Bookmarking your favorite games allows for quick access which is permanently saved for when you sign back in at a later date. If you don’t want to create your own lobby, no problem. The default lobby features your most recent and frequented games for quick and easy access.  It’s both clever and effective!

The site is built in tabular form (similar to a web browser), so each time you drill down off of the lobby, a new tab opens up to the right. While surfing around, you can continue to add tabs or easily close any tab by clicking the ‘X’ on the top of the tab. Another great feature is the ease of finding cashier off of the main lobby page sporting a bright bold red button.

Another great feature is ability to view the list of games in either Grid View, which features the games in graphical form (default view) or list view (below) which shares more information about each of the games including minimum, maximum, jackpots, pay lines etc.

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Support Information

888 has one of the most-well development, complete and insightful FAQs for answering questions as efficiently as possible. Which is why they probably make the contact details for customer service, which is only located in the cashier, so difficult to find.

Limited Accessibility Outside New Jersey

If you happen to be outside of the state borders, you can only really access your account via the mobile app. Despite numerous messages on the website saying you can deposit while outside of the state, actually you can’t on a desktop/laptop but you can on the mobile app. If on a PC, the only activity you can do while outside of New Jersey is withdraw; however, on the mobile app you can deposit, view account and even view play history.  Kind of silly that you can’t do this on the website, but it’s something that is easily fixed.

Overall, this site offers great navigation that demonstrates 888Casino’s decades of experience. A few little glitches exist, but could be fixed very easily.

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Game Choice

SCORE 8.0 / 10

Game Variety is unfortunately 888Casino’s biggest weakness to an otherwise exceptional overall offering. With only 21 Slots, Blackjack, Roulette and Video Poker, the game variety on 888Casino (and its sister casino HarrahsCasino.com) is sparse. Currently, the site only offers 888Casino’s own built games initially for its European-bases site. So, those slot players who enjoy playing their favorite games on the casino floor won’t find any of those games here at the moment. 888Casino’s Roulette offering is by far its shining star with three variants of the traditional spinning game. 888Casino doesn’t disappoint with their massive progressive jackpots along with their most exciting games. This helps make up for the lack of quantity.

Exciting Progressive Jackpots

888Casino, and its sister site HarrahsCasino has become synonymous with massive progressive jackpots. Five of their 21 Slot games offer generous jackpots. Ultimate Genie, the game that paid out over $1.3 million to Morris County mom Cathy Rulea at Harrahscasino.com, continually touts over $1,000,000 progressive jackpot. You want that extra thrill of potentially claiming that jackpot, you won’t find such large progressives anywhere else in New Jersey.

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Sparse Slot Selection

As winner of Casino Operator of the Year for many prestigious awards, you might be thinking how come the game choice is so sparse? Well the answer is simple. It has to do with complicated Intellectual Property laws specific to the casino sector which have prevented 888 from bringing many of their Slots games into the United States. 888Casino to date has chosen to wait for the most popular games from other European game providers rather than offer the games you know and love, likely because the slot providers you love have been known to charge quite excessive fees on a relative basis compared to Europe. Given 888Casino’s vast operating history, a couple of domestic game developers have chosen deliberately not to license their games to 888Casino as way to hamper their competitiveness. Sorry! I know, it’s not a great answer, but I predict that 888Casino, and its sister site HarrahsCasino.com, will be adding some new and really exciting games in 2015. Anticipation is always a killer. It’s like waiting for that Heinz Ketchup that takes too long and tastes too good. Keep checking back here at SmartChoiceCasinos.com to find out when we are likely to see some great changes that we are all anticipating.

Classic Slots

888Casino currently offers 21 proprietary slot games not found anywhere in New Jersey, with the exception of HarrashCasino.com. While you may not be familiar with any of the Slots as they are not offering any of the familiar titles available on the casino floor, 888Casino’s Slots are pretty unique. What I like most about the 888Casino is how often you win. This is typical of slots that are developed outside the US offering players lots of wins often albeit small. 888Casino’s proprietary Slots offer a lot of variety with pay lines ranging from 9 to 100 lines. If just love those 25 lines slots, than you will like it here. Almost half of the slots pay out 25 different ways. All but one of the classic slots (City Life) offers free spins and half of the games offer a unique bonus round.

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Jackpot Slots

888Casino’s progressive jackpot Slots one of the most things that makes this site standout from its competition. Ultimate Genie, 888Casino’s premier game continually boasts a jackpot prize of over $1,000,000. Casino Reels, Dino Stampede, Casino Royals and Ultimate Universe offer players between $10,000 and $20,000 jackpots. Want to press your luck for the eye-watering $8,888,888 payout on the Pirates’ Millions slot.

Blackjack

888 offers two versions of Blackjack, Classic American and European Blackjack, each with a Premium version allowing for higher minimum and maximum stakes.  All of the Blackjack is offered as multi-hand so you can play up to 5 hands at the same time. Some could criticize that 888Casino does not offer multi-player, allowing you to play with other people at the table. Frankly, when I’m playing at home, I much prefer playing multi-hand, single person blackjack. Other people just frustrate me when they play poorly and it generally slows the game down.

I really like the crisp graphics and great audio quality on 888Casino Blackjack. Both American and European Blackjack offer these superior qualities. On the downside however, the pace could be a bit quicker, especially for multi-hand, and I am not huge turbo mode which lays all of the cards out at once.  One final criticism is 888Casino’s variant of American Blackjack doesn’t allow re-splitting and player can only double down on 9, 10 and 11. This deviates from the traditional American Blackjack and I would like to see these restrictions removed. Overall, 888Casino blackjack is a solid standard blackjack.

The both variants of Blackjack offers a minimum bet of $1.00 which is standard in New Jersey from what I’ve seen with a maximum of $300. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then take a seat at the Premium Blackjack, which offers the exact same rules with a minimum of $5 and Maximum of $2,000.

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Roulette

888Casino offers three variants including the traditional Classic American Roulette (regular and Premium offering) with a zero and double zero. For those who don’t mind getting a little Euro and seek better odds, 888Casino also offer both European and French Roulette both offering only one zero, which double your odds. Interestingly, the European Roulette doesn’t offer standard European rules, however, the French Roulette offers the traditional La Partage French rules that returns half of the losing even money bets if the ball lands on zero. Viva La France!

Mobile Offerings

SCORE 8.5 / 10

888Casino mobile app offers fabulous functionality but it’s hindered by an even more sparse game selection than the website. The app is intuitively built, offering most the important functionality including deposit, withdraw, view play history and even reverse a withdrawal. The game offering is the app’s only real drawback, offering a mere 8 slots with no table games

Mobile Offering

888Casino mobile app offers fabulous functionality but it’s hindered by an even more sparse game selection than the website. The app is intuitively built, offering most the important functionality including deposit, withdraw, view play history and even reverse a withdrawal. The game offering is the app’s only real drawback, offering a mere 8 slots with no table games.

888Casino was one of the first mobile apps in New Jersey to get through the scrutiny of the Apple store. 888Casino’s mobile app, excluding the game variety is actually far superior than the full website. The app allows you to deposit, withdraw, view account and even reverse a withdrawal, and you can do all of this while outside the state borders. Whereas, the website only lets you withdraw from outside the state.

The main drawback is the game variety with only eight slots. There are no table games including blackjack, roulette or even the flagship Millionaire Genie Slot. It is very likely that they are actively working on expanding the number of games.  Like all mobile apps, it’s critical to strip down some functionality on the mobile version versus the full website. Here, 888Casino stripped out the ability to change the number of pay lines so the minimum bet is actually higher on the mobile. It’s hardly a concern as most people bet the default amount which is exactly the same.

Interestingly, the mobile version of Knights & Maidens offers players 25 line pay lines, while the PC version only offers 9 pay lines. So if you like playing 25 pay lines, then you will really like the mobile version of this game. If snooker is your thing, then there is another reason to download the app. You won’t find the Top Spin Snooker Slot on the 888Casino website, because it’s only available on the mobile app.

One drawback to 888Casino’s overall offering is that none of the bonus money can be played using the mobile app. So, when playing on the app, you cannot contribute bonus money wagering requirements to take advantage of generous promotions. Finally, there is no android app. The good news is these are easily fixable and typical of any new gaming site. Be sure to come back to SmartChoice to check out when games and additional functionality is added. This is one area that is expected to improve pretty soon.

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Tips & Tricks For The Mobile App

Just some tips and tricks when using the mobile app.

  • The cashier takes a very long time to load. So when you click on ‘Deposit’ don’t panic if you get a black screen for more than 5 seconds, it’s just slow loading.
  • When you are outside of New Jersey and want to make a deposit, don’t not click on ‘Full Cashier’ on the mobile cashier, it will take you to the full website that only lets you withdraw and you will get stuck as there is no back button.
  • Also if you are wondering why you cannot play using a browser on the mobile phone or tablet? Wonder no longer. It’s not 888Casino’s fault. New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement still doesn’t allow any of the operators to offer their online casino using a tablet/mobile without a downloadable app. That issue should be resolved in the first half of 2015.

Sign-Up Bonus

SCORE 8.5 / 10

888 Sign-Up Bonus

888Casino’s offers a combination of $10 registration bonus and $300 first time cash match deposit bonus. The cash match bonus is an Immediate Bonus, offering serious players a higher than average cap ($300). Typical of high cap bonuses, there is also a 30x wagering requirement of the bonus to release the bonus into cash. With different games contributing to the wagering requirement at different rates, this bonus is fantastic for hi-roller slot players and advanced Blackjack players and pretty good for Roulette and Video Poker.

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888Casino’s offers a combination of $10 registration bonus and $300 first time cash match deposit bonus. The cash match bonus is an Immediate Bonus, offering serious players a higher than average cap ($300). Typical of high cap bonuses, there is also a 30x wagering requirement of the bonus to release the bonus into cash. With different games contributing to the wagering requirement at different rates, this bonus is fantastic for hi-roller slot players and advanced Blackjack players and pretty good for Roulette and Video Poker.

Registration

Give Your Bankroll a Boost with 888Casino’s registration bonus. Think of it like a tester with no deposit required for new players to see how you like the 888Casino games. To receive the $10 bonus, you only need to register on the site; an email confirmation will then be sent to your email to verify the email address, and all you need to do is click on the verification email within 14 days of receiving it in order to receive the $10 free play bonus.

But there is always at catch, so here is the rub: You must wager at least $10 within 14 days of successfully clicking on the verification email (i.e. a 1x wagering requirement).  If the $10 wagering requirement is not met in 14 days, the free play money is removed from your account.

All winnings from the free play bonus will only be credited to your account once you have met the $10 minimum wagering requirement.  If you have not wagered at least $10 within the 14 days, any winnings from the free play money is also removed. Also, in order to qualify to withdraw those winnings, the $10 can only be wagered on

  • American Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • Bloodlines Slot
  • Casino Reels Slot
  • Millionaire Genie Slot.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell you the game restrictions anywhere on the website! The only way to find out is to call customer service.  It’s always in the fine print, but for this bonus, the fine print in this case isn’t so bad.

First Time Deposit Bonus (Welcome Bonus)

First Time Deposit Bonus (Welcome Bonus): Give Your Bankroll a Boost again with 888Casino’s first time deposit bonus, offering first time depositors 100% cash match up to $300. Once you have gone through the standard geolocation and verification process, you will be sent a Welcome Bonus email which must be activated within 7 days of receipt of the email, and wagered 30x the bonus amount within 30 days of deposit.

Again there is always a catch. We are here to read the fine print, so you don’t have to!  The Welcome Bonus is an Immediate Bonus which means the entire Welcome Bonus amount is granted to you to wager, but is only able to be withdrawn when the wagering requirement is met (as opposed to a Restricted Bonus which is not granted to you immediately but rather released over time). Important to note that you may withdraw your cash deposit at any time prior to the wagering requirement being satisfied but you will lose any balance of your Welcome Bonus.

Not to complicate things further, it’s important to note that not every game contributes to the wagering requirement equally. The following chart specifies how each game varies toward the wagering requirement contribution.

In this example, players who wager only Blackjack would need to wager 10x the amount of a slot player. At the 30x wagering requirement, a slot player would need to wager $600 assuming they made a $20 deposit that gave them a $20 bonus. A Blackjack player would need to wager $6,000 to satisfy the wagering requirement for the same $20 deposit.

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Sign-Up Bonus Rules to be Eligible

New Patrons of TropicanaCasino.com who place a first deposit of not less than $10  and  place a First Wager are eligble to receive one of the following,

(1)   If their Net Losses exceeds 90% of the their first deposit at any time within 7 calendar days after placing their First Deposit and First Wager, the value of their First Deposit, up to a maximum of $100 in cash, or

(2)   If their Net Losses does not exceed 90% of their First Deposit after the end of 7 calendar days after placing the First Deposit and First Wager, the value of their Net Losses up to a maximum of $100 in cash.

All players are subject to a 1x play through requirement, which means they must wager at least the same amount they deposited. This is hardly a difficult hurdle to achieve.

Bonuses and Promotions

SCORE 9.5 / 10

888Casino’s promotions are designed for the high value player with its high capped but high wager requirements. If you like to wager a lot on Slots or play with close to perfect basic strategy on Blackjack, you will find the most value from these promotions relative to the competition.

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Make your first deposit and we’ll DOUBLE your money up to $300.  Deposit $10, play with $20. Deposit $300, play with $600!

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Get your $10 registration bonus when you join 888casino.  Join today and use your $10 on your favorite 888casino games.

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Every SUNDAY, get 30% up to $100 free play to use on our jackpot slots! You could hit it big every Sunday!

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Get 30% up to $100 free play EVERY TUESDAY!

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Every WEDNESDAY, get 20% up to $30 back on your losses. No matter what, you’ll end every Wednesday a winner!

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See the world with our destination slots and get 20% up to $100 free play EVERY THURSDAY!

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Get double Status Points for your bets and redeem them for cold hard cash! Play 888 on Friday’s and win!

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Play the Ultimate Universe slot every Saturday and get up to 30% up to $100 free play!

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Hit or stand with up to $200 free play in Classic Blackjack on the 21st of every month!

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At 888casino, we love to reward our players for their loyalty. That’s why you earn Status Points just for playing the games!

Loyalty and VIP Program

SCORE 9.0 / 10

888Casino offers a loyalty program that designed to cater to skilled Blackjack and high value Slot lovers. If you’re a big fan of loyalty points like me, you like to get the most out of my play. So stick with the more generous slots such as Dino Stampede, Top Spin Snooker and City Life.

888Casino has unofficially launched their VIP program. While the website says that it is Coming Soon, it’s actually live! Kudos to them for launching a VIP program which rewards the most valuable players.

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Deposit / Withdrawal

SCORE 9.0 / 10

888Casino offers standard banking options, clearly explaining the deposit and withdrawal limits. The quick deposit option feature makes depositing fast and convenient 888Casino has clearly leveraged their years as an early adopter in this space making their cashier as simple and intuitive as possible. The deposit method is very clearly laid out offering all of the standard banking options including Neteller. While funding your account from outside New Jersey is not possible on desktop/laptop, however, it is available on the mobile device using your tablet or mobile phone (via the downloadable app).

Payment

Instant E-Check (ACH)

This is a simple way to make a deposit. Your player account name must match the name on your bank account for the transaction to be approved. You will need to supply your bank account number and routing. This process is seamless and your deposit will post to your gaming account quickly.

NETTELLER

NETELLER Deposits are an instant, secure and easy way to fund your 888casino Account, directly from your NETELLER Account. In the US behind every Neteller account there is a physical branded Discover card: Net+ Prepaid Card which the user will receive. The card is linked to the balance of the user’s Neteller eWallet, and can be used anywhere Discover® is accepted.

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Cash At The Casino

Deposit Cash instantly to you online account via the Casino’s Cage. Available casinos are listed in the cashier.

Online Bank Transfer

Use this Online Banking Transfer method to transfer funds directly (and securely) from your online banking account to your 888casino account. Sign up in seconds to deposit using your Bill Pay enabled banking account from a participating US banking institution.

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Mastercard & Visa

Using your Mastercard or Visa can get a bit tricky because not all bank want to recognize the Banking codes for Legal Online Casino’s. Most banks will view this transaction as a Cash Advance fee, so check with you bank to make sure you are not getting charged extra.

If you have deposited with a credit card you cannot withdraw using it. You will be able to supply a bank account to do an ACH withdrawl, be sent a check, or cash at the casino cage.

Pay Near Me

PayNearMe is a deposit method that allows you to fund your online gaming account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by depositing cash at your local 7-Eleven store. Click “Cash at 7-Eleven” to set up cash deposits. You will receive a reusable barcode that you can print or use from your mobile phone to complete your deposits.

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Customer Service

SCORE 8.5 / 10

888Casino offers a full service customer service with chat, telephone and email. The customer service reps are kind, courteous and pretty knowledgeable though they often put me on hold to get the correct. Located in Antigua, at times, it can be hard to understand some who have more pronounced accents but overall they get an A for effort! The contact information is a bit hidden only available in the cashier and the chat is only available if you are within the state borders.

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