888 is one of the biggest Internet gaming operators on the web. Through its parent, 888 Holdings PLC, a listed company on the stock exchange, it has been able to provide thousands of slots, bingo games and poker to customers for over 20 years.
In fact, to date Dragonfish has helped develop a back-end with over 1,000 games including classic and 3D video slots to the biggest progressives around.
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888's Gaming History
Founded in 1997 as Virtual Holdings Limited, 888 Holdings PLC has grown to become one of the biggest gaming operators in the world. Although it acquired its first licenses in Antigua, the company moved to Gibraltar, where it holds the majority of its gaming licenses today.
It launched its first casino, Casino-on-Net, in the late 1990s, before setting up shop in Israel as Random Logic Ltd. New casino brands followed and a move to Gibraltar.
888 now incorporates a licensing wing under its Cassava Enterprises business, and supplies unique games and software via its in-house Dragonfish company. The company went public in 2005.
Dragonfish itself was set up in 2007 to provide 888 and its partners with games and back-end solutions. You may know it by its former name of Random Logic. The firm runs a ‘Total Gaming Services’ package which includes an AIP (Advanced Integration Platform) for operators. 888’s games are now found on sites as diverse as 888casino, 888bingo, and the bwin.party-owned Foxy Bingo.
In the US, 888 has formed a partnership with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. The company provides online games and software for newly-regulated markets in Nevada and New Jersey.
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888 slots are developed mainly for download or instant-play and utilise HTML5 technology for use across multiple platforms.
Slots exclusive to 888-powered casinos include the mega progressive slot, Millionaire Genie, which usually attracts jackpots upwards of $1 million. The game recently underwent a 3D upgrade to bring it into line with the developer’s other games.
Other 3D 888 slots include City Life, Love in London, and Cafe De Paris.
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888 Casino Games
While slots make up a big part of 888’s online presence, traditional casino games are also included in the developer’s suite.
888 has its own Caribbean Stud, Casino Hold’em and video poker variants, as well as more familiar roulette and blackjack. A neat variant, ‘Rockin’ Roulette’, is a little like Spingo and combine Lotto with roulette.
A variety of roulette styles are available, ranging from classic American Roulette to French, European and ‘Rockin’ Roulette’ with a lotto-style number draw instead of a wheel.
Available in 18 languages, Dragonfish also boasts a Live Dealer casino in download and instant-play for its partners. The award-winning software is geared towards high rollers, specifically Asia-based players.
Dragonfish’s Quickplay range of fixed-odds games, meanwhile, can be found at all 888 and partner casinos.
888 currently supplies software, side games and slots to its bingo rooms. Major UK-facing rooms like Wink Bingo and 888Ladies carry in-house software via the Dragonfish brand. Games include traditional 90-ball and 75-ball bingo varieties. Chat hosting is also provided as part of the package.
888 bingo rooms also tend to have similar loyalty programmes running.
Cassava Enterprises, which forms part of the bigger 888 Group, also handles licenses and payment processing for many 888-powered online casinos. Players can enjoy safe payment processing, top security, and management.
In addition, 888 runs a standalone online poker room which has grown to become the second-largest in the world other than PokerStars. It boasts thousands of players enjoying real-money games, and has introduced unique features like webcam poker. 888 also operates an online sportsbook, 888sport.