Happy 20th Anniversary to 888 Online Casino!

Two decades (and one rebranding) later, 888 Casino celebrates 20 years!

888 online casino celebrates 20 years

Take a step back in time to 1997. Times were much different back then. Mexico repaid a $12.5 billion loan ahead of time. The US economy was deemed ‘strong‘. 68 nations actually agreed on something at a Geneva conference. O.J. Simpson lost his court trial (the civil suit, not the criminal one). The European Union banned Turkey from membership. And a 63 year old woman gave birth – successfully!

Yes, it was quite a year. Russia’s Mir space station was repaired, damaged, and repaired again. The US landed a rover on Mars. And Nevada stripped Mike Tyson of his boxing license, fining him $3 million for biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a heavyweight title fight.

These were all memorable moments in 1997. What you won’t remember in those days were things like smartphones—still 10 years in the making. Social media didn’t exist. Amazon and Google were but twinkles in the eyes of their beholders.

There was one thing going on that would change the gambling world forever. The online casino industry was being born. And among its founders was a little-known company called Casino-On-Net. You may not recognize that name, but you’ve probably heard of them by their current title, 888 Casino.

Birth of 888 Online Casino

The 888 casino brand was the brain child of two pairs of Israeli brothers, Aaron and Avi Shaked, and their partners Ron and Shay Ben-Yitzhaq, who established Virtual Holdings earlier that same year.

As the story goes, Aaron Shaked had an epiphany while attending a dentistry conference, and decided to fund an online casino operation. They called it Casino-On-Net, and operated the business out of Antigua.

Building of an Omni-Channel Brand

Following the turn of the millennium, the company founded several more online gambling websites and moved its base operations to Gibraltar. Among the new domains was 888 Poker, which saw almost instant success and would go on to be the catalyst for further 888 branding. Casino-On-Net became 888 Casino, and the company branched out into other iGaming venues with 888 Bingo, 888 Sports. and 888 Games.

In 2005, 888.com gained ultimate recognition as the ‘Best Casino Operator of the Year‘, and ‘Best Overall Online Gaming Operator‘. The internet gambling giant has won multiple awards since, including its latest honors as the ‘Best Digital Operator of the Year‘ at the 2016 Global Gaming Awards in Las Vegas.

888 Casino Today

Roll the clock forward, and the 888 online casino brand is one of today’s most popular operators, especially in Canada and parts of Europe. It’s the most prominent operator in the heavily restricted US market, operating in all three states where internet gambling is regulated (Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey).

The stale software and stagnant game variety of old has been replaced with graphically-rich, HD-quality gambling for all users, on desktop and mobile. Live casino games are now on the menu, giving players the most realistic at-home (or on the go) casino gaming experience ever witnessed.

Happy 20th Anniversary to 888 Online Casino!

Celebrating a 20th anniversary is always a momentous occasion. But when the industry you serve is only two decades in the making, that’s something extra special. Happy 20th anniversary to one of the iGaming world’s founding fathers, 888 Casino. Here’s to another 20 years of pioneering success!

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