888sport at a Glance
888 may be perhaps more famous for their casino and poker sites, they are a trusted brand with a lot of experience within the gambling industry. The number of individual bets available is huge with just about every aspect of a football match covered such as individual players getting a yellow card, a player hitting the post or crossbar, goal in both halves, score from a header, in fact if you can imagine it, you can bet on it. A good looking website backed up with customer support that is available 24 hours a day, this bookmaker is quickly becoming one of our favourites due to the fantastic promotions that are intelligently thought out but also great fun to play.
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WHY CHOOSE 888sport? Amazing Promotions In-play Betting Excellent Reputation Visit Site!
Full T&Cs Apply! New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s apply
A Brilliant New Welcome Bonus
888sport have a great line up of bonuses for you, it’s not just the sheer amount, we really like the quality of the promotions. They have obviously thought long and hard on how to engage the punters, we like the results! Here is a selection of some of our favourite ones.
How to Claim Your Welcome Bonus
Find the bonus offer (TC’s apply)
Sign up for an account
Place a bet
A Great Free Bet Bonus of £30
888sport’s new welcome bonus is, simply put, one of the best in the business. They offer £30 in free bets when you bet an initial £10. Yet, like most bonuses, there are a few requirements necessary before you can claim your bonus. The first step is to open an account and deposit at least £10. Then when you have deposited this money, you wager your deposit on any market with odds of at least 1/2 or higher. This free bet must be played within 7 days from the initial settlement. We believe that this is a great bonus as it offers a massive increase on your bet. It is especially brilliant because not many bookies offer so much as a reward. To sign up now, please click on the link!
Bet & Watch Racing from Every Track in Britain and Ireland at 888sport!
Never miss a meet again, from every single one of Britain and Ireland’s 85 racecourses for as little as £1 you can view the races in real time. Cheltenham, Ascot, Chepstow, Aintree, Kempton, Leopardstown, Punchestown and even my local track Market Rasen is featured.
Goals Mean More with Free Bets Every Time the Ball Hits the Net This Season!
Again, another fun promotion! You choose one team from 3 tiers of clubs (see the groups below) then you need to make a pre-match bet of £20 or more (odds must be 1/2 (1.5) or greater) on any market in matches involving your nominated teams. Then you’ll receive a free bet for each and every goal your teams score.
So for example I choose Arsenal, West Ham and Leicester as my 3 teams, I place a pre-match £20 bet and my teams perform as follows;
- Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3
- West Ham 5 Southampton 0
- Leicester 4 Watford 1
I would receive 1 x £2 free bet for the Arsenal game, 5 x £3 free bet for the West Ham game and 4 x £4 for the Leicester result. So in total £33 of free bets. With the form that Leicester have been in this season (at the time of writing they are the league’s joint top scorers with 48 so you would have had £192 worth of free bets if you had picked them at the start of the season.
Bag a Free Bet Every Champions League Match Week!
This one is simple, first you must register for the promotion and once you have done that, just place a £5 bet on a Champions League game on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Do that, a free £5 is all yours!
Spice up Saturdays and Bag a £5 Free Bet Every Week!
We all adore Saturdays, nothing makes us happier than a few beers, a couple of bets and either the exciting journey to watch a match or the relaxing footy on TV days! Place both a single £10 pre-match and a single £10 LIVE bet at odds of at least 1/2 (1.5) on any Saturday Premier League match and 888sport will give you a £5 Free Bet to be used on any in-play market the following day!
Grab Your Share of £2,000 of Free Bets in the Weekly Punting Comp!
Continuing with the “skill, free bet” theme is the big bet bounty promotion from 888sport, the rules are again pretty simple! Place a bet of at least £5 on a single or multiple and the bigger the price of your winning bet, the further up the leader board you’ll go. Obviously our advice will be to ignore the singles and go for the amazing accas, not only will your winnings be better, you also get a chance to win £888 in free bets.
Free Bet Refunds If a Late Goal Downs Your Bet!
How many times has a late goal cost you money in a bet? We have lost count if we are honest, however the devil inside me remembers the 90 + 1:22 goal that Michael Thomas scored to rob the scousers of a league title…. but I digress. Normally late goals are a bad thing!
So 888sport have a nice little offer that gives you a Free Bet refund every time you’re stung by a goal scored in the 88th minute or later. It still hurts we know, but at least you get the chance to fight again! Not only is this deal open to the Premier League, it’s also open to La Liga and Champions League fixtures.
Refunds when goal scorer bets lose in 5+ goal thrillers!
I’ve watched some classic games in my time and one of my favourite bets is the first goal scorer bet, it’s simple – they score, you win! Now although I love this market, I get a bit annoyed when a striker is on a Vardy type run of scoring but then 3 defenders score in a game! So although this promotion doesn’t guarantee this won’t happen, it at least gives you hope that if there are lots of goal scorers, you have the chance of netting a free bet.
All you need to do is place a bet of at least £5 in any goal scorer market (first/last/anytime) in a Premier League, Champions League or La Liga match and if the match features five or more goals then you will receive a refund of your bet up to £25.
Worse Than Lawro?! Don’t Worry, We’ll Give You a Free Bet!
We are pretty sure you know that ex-Liverpool player turned pundit Mark Lawrenson’s predictions can be a bit wide of the mark, ever since his infamous “you can’t win anything with kids” on the opening day of the 1995–96 Premier League season, after Manchester United lost to Aston Villa (they went on to win the double). Mark has been the subject of many jokes and that clip from Match of the Day must be one of the most famous in its long history.
888sport take full advantage and if you place a pre-match correct score bet of at least €5 on any Premier League, La Liga or Champions League match and the match ends as the exact opposite then they will give you a free bet refund of your stake up to £25. So for example, I bet £10 Chelsea will beat Manchester City 2-0, the result is Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City. This will earn me a £10 free bet… genius!
Donkey Kong’D? Money Back If You’re Beaten by a No-Hoper!
We all love underdogs right? Well not if we have backed the favourite then we don’t! This promo on the horses means if the unthinkable happens and your horse is beaten into second by a rank outsider (20-1 or more) then your stake will be refunded as a free bet (min £5, max £25).
Live Betting Console and Other Sportsbook Features
Live in-play betting is the focus here at 888sport, with many of the ongoing promotions requiring you to place a bet whilst the action is happening. The good news is that it is really easy to do. On the main screen you will see a tab called “live betting”, click on that and you will see the screen separated by 3 sections; Highlighted – the top events currently being played are shown here. Just started – as the name suggests, all the current live games will be shown here. Upcoming events – anything starting within a few hours can be seen here.
|A Few Screenshots:||Markets Covered|
|American football, Australian rules, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, football, GAA, golf, greyhounds, horse racing, greyhounds, ice hockey, motor sport, Olympic sports, rugby league, rugby union, snooker, tennis and UFC|
|Mobile app||. . .|
|Live Streaming Requirements||£1 on the race|
|In-Play Cashout||Yes, Limited markets (called Cash in on 888)|
|Other Features||News, Blog, https://betting.888sport.com/|
It’s really easy to cycle through the different sports that you can bet in-play with. The array of sports is huge with football, tennis, cricket, basketball, snooker, darts and baseball the headline sports. Also on the list are ice hockey, boxing, handball, rugby league, squash and volleyball. Al these markets can be accessed on the go, read more at our dedicated mobile betting experience at 888sport review.
Banking at 888sport
As one of the most recognised brands within the gambling industry, it almost goes without saying that safety and security are the top priority with this bookie. Any deposit method you choose will be secure and very simple to use. We personally use 888 a lot (more for the casino than the sportsbook, if we are totally honest) and we have never encountered any problems.
The minimum deposit for all options is £10 which is about the usual benchmark. The comprehensive FAQ’s are really useful to get a quick answer and cover just about any topic you are likely to encounter.
As we have mentioned in most of our reviews, before any request for a withdrawal you need to provide proof of identity. This will include a recent utility bill; so ensure you have relevant documents ready otherwise a long delay or even refusal of pay-out could happen.
|888sport accept the following payment options|
|Payment Method||Deposit Information||Withdrawal – Processing|
|.||£20||£3,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||Up to 8 days|
|.||£20||£3,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||Up to 8 days|
|.||£10||£9,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||N/A|
|.||£10||£1,500||Up to 10 minutes||free||1 – 7 days|
|.||£20||£9000||Up to 10 minutes||free||N/A|
|.||£20||£10,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||4 – 5 days|
|.||£10||£10,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||4 – 5 days|
|.||£250||£30,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||1 – 7 days|
|.||£10||£50,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||N/A|
|.||£10||£50,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||N/A|
|.||£20||£9,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||5-6 Working Days|
|.||£20||£3,000||Up to 10 minutes||free||7 – 10 days|
Support Team at 888sport
Support is the area in our view that lets the site down, it is one of the rare sportsbook operators that don’t give you access to live chat or a Freephone telephone number without first logging into the site, we don’t like having to sign up to just ask a question!
However, getting past that barrier is possible but you have to go through the FAQ’s and then tell it you couldn’t find the answer, you will be then prompted to fill in a form to be contacted back. Strangely it seemed very hit and miss if we were offered a live chat session, we found that clicking on the Casino link was more likely to give us this option.
|888sport SUPPORT DETAILS|
|.||With a 24 hour Freephone number, you can speak to a friendly agent any time of the day or night. The table below shows other contact options|
|.||Telephone number||0800 032 9873|
|Address:||601-701 Europort Gibraltar GX11 1AA|
|Post Code:||GZR 1300|
|Open Hours||0 – 24|
As most people will call if they have a problem, we found the telephone support more than adequate for our needs. Live support seems hit and miss but email help was above average.
888sport History Lesson
The story of 888 starts in 1997 when two sets of Israeli brothers – Aaron and Avi Shaked and Ron and Shay Ben-Yitzhak established Virtual Holdings Limited. Casino-on-Net was launched at the same time and their administrative centre was established in Antigua.
Reef Club Casino and Pacific Poker brands were added in 2002, in 2003 they moved operations to Gibraltar. 2005 saw the company floated on the London Stock Exchange with a valuation of £590 million. In 2006 they took the decision to bring all the subsidiaries they owned under a single brand, so 888 was born! This was also the year that Ladbrokes and 888.com announced merger discussions, this however never came to fruition.
In 2013, 888sport became a customer of Kambi Sport Solutions who would deliver a fully managed sportsbook for 888. The Kambi offering was a vast improvement on 888sports previous sportsbook. The deal was a win / win for Kambi as it allowed them to add British horse racing to the services they offered clients.
For punters, this has a down side in that the odds you see at 888sport are very unlikely to be the best on the market, the odds you see in the sportsbook are the same you will find at Unibet and other companies. This isn’t altogether bad but you are unlikely to see a variance worth taking advantage of, for a recreational player this will be fine, for professional players we would recommend another company such as Coral.
|AT A GLANCE – 888sport COMPANY INFORMATION|
|Name of Operator||888sport|
|Sportsbook Web Site||https://www.888sport.com/|
|Chief Executive Officer||Brian Mattingley|
|License Information||Licensed by UK Gambling Commission Combined Remote Operating Licence 39028|
|Testing Agency Link||http://www.ecogra.org/|
|FTSE Listed and FTSE Name||Yes Lon:888|
|Revenue||454.7 million USD|
|Number of Customers||n/a|
|Owner Information||888 Holdings|
|Sister Sites||888casino, 888poker, 888bingo|
|Sponsorship||West Ham United, Premier League Darts|
Summarised Overview / Conclusion: Rated A Excellent
888sport is B+ Very Good rated, it is not perfect! I’m still not overly keen on the design, it’s functional sure but in some ways it reminds me of the old teletext or Ceefax services from the 80’s. Maybe that is being a bit harsh and like a few girlfriends have told me in the past, “looks are not everything!”
So let’s recap on what is good, I really love the quantity of bets! Take for example a Champions League game, Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City there is an amazing 331 different topics to bet on. That is crazy and really opens up the acca possibilities.
I really liked the tips, news and views articles on their blog, there I read a good article about betting on Baseball, not a market I had really much knowledge on except a few bets on the New York Yankees. The article explained that research has shown that betting on the underdog can pay dividends, this has certainly pricked our interest so will do some research on this emerging market and we will of course share our findings with you.
|Our Overall Conclusion on the sportsbook|
|Markets||Support||Live Betting||Mobile App||Bonus||Overall|
|8.5/10Very Good!||7/10Average!||8/10 Good!||8/10 Good!||9.5/10Very Good!||.|
We also loved the statistical data that is available within the site, you can compare previous head to head meetings, look at form and even drill down to individual player’s statistics. Regular visitors to this site will know that we love our stats so well done 888 for making these so accessible.
Placing a bet is straightforward and hassle free and despite our misgivings on the design, it is logically thought out and is certainly not the worst we have ever seen. The orange colour scheme makes the sections stand out and easy to navigate.
As we have mentioned in the review, you are unlikely to find this site useful for arbitrage betting but more for a site to place casual bets, quickly, safely and at a respectable price. If you don’t have an account, then this makes a worthwhile addition to your sports book collection.
888sport 888sport: Bet £10 Get £30! Visit Site! Full T&Cs Apply! New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s apply