Online Poker Site Reviews: 888.com’s Pacific Poker
In the expansive world of online poker, there is a myriad of opportunities to play and options galore. With so many available choices, players are in need of a viable guide to aid them in making an informed decision on where they play their online poker.
A dedicated, in-depth review of all the major poker sites is in order. First on the block is 888 Holdings’ Pacific Poker. Pacific Poker has been providing online poker games worldwide since 2002 but is currently unavailable to players in the United States due to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Pacific Poker operates just as any online poker client does, random cards are dealt with players who place bets and play their hands accordingly, but it boasts features that make it unique unto itself.
No Download – Quick Play
Pacific Poker.com features a quick play version of their software that runs in the player’s Internet browser without having to download the software file. This feature enables new players to try the software without wasting valuable computer file space. Quick Play is also an excellent feature for players who play on multiple computers eliminating the hassle of downloading the software multiple times.
Pacific Poker’s ghost card feature allows players to still see their cards after they have folded so they can evaluate their play during particular hands. If enabled, the ghost cards are viewable for the duration of the game giving players a real-time, up to date hand history for their current session.
Pacific Poker gives players who would prefer not to use a mouse the option to use designated keyboard controls to make their decisions. The system is straight-forward with the first letter of each option used to indicate an action, while left and right direction arrows control the bet slider.
- B – Bet
- R – Raise
- C – Call or Check
- F – Fold
- ←/→ – Moves the Bet Slider
Games and Tournaments
Pacific Poker hosts a variety of poker games including Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, and Omaha Hi/Lo. They offer games in both the No-Limit and Pot-Limit variety.
Pacific Poker hosts many notable online poker tournaments with big money guarantees and lives tournament satellites.
- $5,000 and $20,000 daily guarantees
- $80,000 weekly Sunday guarantee
- $3 Million World Poker Crown
- 888.com U.K. Poker Open
- World Series of Poker Qualifiers
Pacific Poker also hosts various Sit and Go tournaments for as many as 40 players who enjoy indulging in quick, sometimes profitable, tournament poker.
Pacific Poker offers several enticing promotions to play poker in exotic locations against professional poker players along with various first-deposit and invite-a-friend bonuses all to lure new and prospective players.
- Asian Poker Tour Macau
- Asian Poker Tour Philippines
- Irish Poker Open
- London Poker Circuit
- 888 Poker Masters
Overall, Pacific Poker matches up nicely to its competition, and it proves to be an excellent provider to the online poker community.
Pacific Poker receives 4 out of 5 * * * *