Introduction – J88 Poker review
J88 Poker is a relatively new site that began back in October 2017. As such, they are still developing their software and adding new features every few months. The most recent edition is the iOS version for playing on mobile devices.
The poker site opts for a playing currency called “Crystals”. Depending on the package you buy, $1 gets you between 70 to 94 crystals. We found this sneaky deal where you can get 100 crystals for $1 – find this promotion here. (Make sure you speak to the accredited Loyalty Rakeback representative).
J88 Poker is extending their reach into the Asian poker market with promotions running in live tournaments and the creation of the TeamPro ambassadors from China, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan. Further sponsorship to some well-known Taiwanese players is underway and they have a big presence in the AAPT poker tour. This is important to keep a steady influx of new players onto the site.
They have also opened their doors to Western players evident from their website and poker lobby and promotions displayed in English and Chinese.
For the tournament players you won’t have as many options to choose from – the tournament schedule doesn’t run all day, with most of the main higher buy-in tournaments starting in the evening (CST time zone). China Standard Time is roughly 6 hours ahead, meaning players in Europe and Africa would start their tournament sessions after lunch-time.
Since this site is one of the newest sites on our list we do expect traffic to grow and with that, likely an expanded tournament schedule will come next. We like to be first and while the games are “friendlier” to our bankrolls, we not complaining.
Keep reading our J88 Poker review to learn more about the rakeback deal, get more information on game features or deposit- and withdrawal limits and processing times.
A 50% real-time rakeback.
Free tournament tickets to new players when signing up.
For every $1 you get 100 Crystals. This is the highest US Dollar to Crystal esxchange you can find anywhere!
Rakeback deal review
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Need assistance setting up your account or signing up, contact Loyalty Rakeback by email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to open an account
- download J88 Poker client
- install the setup files
- create account using your email address
- contact for deposit and rakeback deal
- allow non-market applications to be installed on your device. General settings > Security > check “Unknown sources”.
- download and install J88 Poker app.
- click the sign up button to create an account.
- install and run J99 Poker app.
- should a warning popup read “Apps from developer “iPhone Distribution: VAMOSENT” are not trusted on this iPhone and will not run until the developer is trusted.” Then go to Settings > General > Device Management > VAMOSENT > Trust “VAMOSENT” > Select “Trust” and re-start the J88 Poker app. (Vamosent Inc. is the software provider.)
Poker site promotions
A 50% real-time rakeback.
Free tournament tickets to new players when signing up.
For every $1 you get 100 Crystals. This is the highest US Dollar to Crystal exchange you can find anywhere!
Software, security and rake
J88Poker PC version supports Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.
Mobile app versions
J88Poker Mobile version supports Android 5.1 lollipop or above.
J88Poker is proud to announce they have just released iOS version. This app can be installed on devices running on iOS 8.0 or above.
Neteller. Skrill (moneybookers). ecoPayz.
Deposit & withdrawals
Deposits and cashouts handled by Loyalty Rakeback.
Cashout history and processing time
3-4 days, sometimes much sooner!
Traffic & games review
Traffic is on the lower side for cash games at the low-stakes and mid-stakes level. We did however find this site to be a bit softer on average and so likely it will be a great supplement to another poker site you already play on.
Both 6-seated and 9-seated ring games are available. For the most of the day there are 4 to 6 tables of $100NL-$200NL. High stakes games run sporadically throughout the day and evening.
J88 Poker table
No limit Texas Hold’em
Low- 4-5 tables $10nl- $50nl
Med- 3-4 tables $100nl- $400nl
High- 1 table $600nl+ (High stakes games will run occasionally)
Pot limit Omaha
Low- 1-2 tables $10plo- $50plo
Med- 1-2 tables $100plo- $400plo
High- 1 tables $600plo+ (High stakes games will run occasionally)
The primary tournament day for most poker sites is on Sunday. Pokamaax has added their Burning Sunday tournament lineup which runs on the last Sunday of every month. It has a mix of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha in turbo and deep-structured events.
TIP: Take advantage of the Burning Sunday lineup held on the last Sunday of every month.
Flash Series – hyper turbo tournaments
If you don’t have much time and prefer a tournament style structure, then how about trying a hyper turbo in the Pokammax “Flash Series”?
Turn a small investment into a BIG win! Play in smaller buyin tournaments with first prize or many prize entries into larger tournaments with bigger cash prize pools.
A “lowball” variant, Badugi is a draw poker game with only four pocket cards.
The object of the game is to make a Badugi – a four-card low hand with four different suits, and no pairs. The Ace is counted as the lowest ranking card. A nut Badugi example would be the A, 2, 3, 4 all different suits.
After a Badugi, the hand ranking continues with 3 cards then 2 cards and finally 1 card. When two or more players have the same hand rank, the person with the lower number wins.
Open Face Chinese, OFC
Players are dealt 13 cards each, usually in groups of 3 to 5 (depending on the game variation). Each player must place all thirteen cards in a the ‘top’, ‘middle’ and ‘bottom’ row. You are trying to build poker hands with the strongest row being the bottom row. OFC has no betting rounds and is instead scored with points. A point is awarded each time your row beats your opponent’s row. Bonus points are won for making higher tier hands called “Royalties. A “Fantasy Land” bonus round is awarded by playing a pair of Queens or higher in the top row. Make sure your lower rows are stronger than Queens or your entire hand will become forfeited, called “Fouling”.
Gameplay and game features
You can play multiple ring games and tournaments simultaneously.
Each ring game or tournament that you join will open on your screen in a separate window. Each windows will pop up on the screen to alert you of your next turn.
<PC Version> You can open maximum 16 windows at the same time. You can choose the way to position each windows by moving each of those or just select ‘Tile Tables’ or ‘Cascade Tables’ tab by ‘Tools’ from within the lobby.
<Mobile Version> You can open maximum 4 tables at the same time.
We weren’t ecstatic about the software and the features are somewhat limited compared to other poker sites. The arbitrary playing currency, Crystals, takes some getting used to and we prefer they stick to a more common used currency.
Because the market is heavily promoted in Asia, the playing fields are generally softer and we were happy with the action we were getting in both the cash games and tournaments.
Overall, although the software and improvements are necessary, we remaining quite optimistic as this poker site is placing itself nicely within the Asian poker market. And as their games cater more for gamble prone and less for professionals, it can make for some lucrative poker games!
Up to 50% rakeback with Loyalty Rakeback.
If you need assistance for setting up your account, email us at email@example.com
|Operator name||J88 Ent Limited|
|Company support contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Software provider information and capability||Vamosent Inc.