888poker is planning to roll out downloadable, real-money Mac poker client in the near future, and starting this week players can begin beta testing the software.
According to an 888poker representative at the TwoPlusTwo forums, Mac users can download a beta version of the 888poker software and provide feedback from their experience. The beta client can be found here.
For many years, 888poker only offered an “instant play” real-money poker game available within Mac browser. The new downloadable version is expected to have all of the bells and whistles featured on the popular PC client, including hand histories and multi-tabling.
The "instant play" version will still be available on the Mac, according to the 888 rep.
888poker also recently unveiled a brand new version of its mobile app that allows players to play for real money. No-limit hold'em cash games are available with stakes ranging from $0.01/$0.02 up to $3/$6, as well as sit-and-go tournaments with two, six or nine players with stakes ranging from $1 to $55. Since the update, customers who use their iPhone or Android-powered device can now also play multi-table tournaments (MTTs).
888poker is currently ranked the fourth largest poker network in the world, according to PokerScout.com. Trailing only PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and iPoker, 888poker.com averages about 2,000 real-money cash game players per day, plus another 350 in its Spanish market.
The company is expected to expand its offerings into the U.S. as early as this year. In addition to its pending launch in association with Caesars Interactive Entertainment and other operators in Nevada, 888 will be permitted to offer 888-branded poker and casino products when the iGaming market launches in New Jersey. The company has also been selected to provide Internet gaming services in Delaware, which passed legislation in June 2012.
"We are extremely well positioned in the U.S. and are working with the regulators in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey as these three states become ready to open,” said 888 Holdings CEO Brian Mattingley in a press release this week.