888 Sport, based in Gibraltar, and online since 2008, is a bookmaker that offers a wide variety of bets along with reasonably high limits and safe payouts. In addition to English, the site is available in Spanish, German, Swedish, Danish and French. 888 Sport is one of the largest online sportsbook in the world, and in this review we’ll go over the specifics of what the 888 sport has to offer bettors.
888 Sport offers a wide choice of options to bet on. The list includes tennis, golf, cricket, rugby (union and league), rallying, motor sports, snooker, boxing, basketball, baseball, cycling, hockey, darts, soccer, football, gaelic games, UFC, and Olympic Games. The markets offered on each of these sports are extremely in depth. Soccer fans can bet on everything from English Championship games to the lower divisions of the Japanese J-League. Similarly those interested in betting on cycling can bet on everything from the Tour de France to smaller regional races. 888 literally covers thousands of competitions and markets across all the sports they price up, meaning no matter what you fancy a flutter on, 888 is almost sure to have it priced up.
Within each section of bets, there are options such as regular spread and moneyline bets, as well as long term (futures) bets. The site offers moneylines, spreads, totals, quarter and halftime betting, and props such as team totals.
The juice is the standard -110 for most bets, with futures and props having a slightly higher house edge depending on the market. 888 Sport is a great no frills, easy to navigate site that is virtually sure to offer odds on the game you’re looking for.
888 also features live gambling, with the majority of the action being on soccer. Tennis and rugby also have live lines dealt, along with other sports such as basketball. The site features a helpful “Live Diary” that shows upcoming events with live in-play action available.
888 Sport has a wide offering of bonuses to attract and keep its players happy. Right now there is a “Free 5 Euro/Pound Bet” promotion that is geared towards mobile users. All you must do is place 3 bets, then place a free bet up to 5 Euros/Pounds. It’s that simple. Just for trying their mobile site you get a freeroll.
Playing on their name, at the time of writing this article, there are two unique promotions at 888 Sport. One is an “88th Minute Special” bet offered in certain soccer matches and markets, where if your bet happens to lose in the last minute of play, you receive a free 88 Euro/Pound bet. Another promotion currently running is that any player who happens to place the 888th bet of the day receives a free bet of up to 888 Pounds. There is a list online that shows recent winners.
As of September 2015, 888 Sport are currently offering players treble the odds on their first bet. All you have to do it sign up to 888, make your first deposit and place your first bet (min $5 and max $10) and should it win, your extra winnings will be added to your account the next day.
e.g if you bet $10 on a 33/1 shot, your winnings will be $340 as normal, but you’ll get $660 added to your account within the next 24 hours.
Security and Licensing
This is one of the main selling points 888 Sport has to offer. They are licensed in Gibraltar and are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In September 2005, the Group’s holding company, 888 Holdings PLC, completed a successful initial public offering of its shares, which were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. Clearly, your money is very safe at 888 Sport, since they not only have to answer to bettors but investors and shareholders as well. They are highly regulated and must meet strict guidelines to continue to be listed on the LSE. Your money is very very safe and secure with 888 Sport.
Professional vs Recreational Bettors
If you’re a professional or semi-professional, 888 Sport may seem attractive since it is listed on the LSE, and thus your payout will certainly be safe and secure. However, there is one major downside to playing at 888. The sportsbook has developed a reputation and has become notorious for lowering limits on sharp players very fast. This can really crimp the amount of money you’re able to rake in and make it difficult to get the amount of action down that you need as a pro.
Some players can slide by and keep gambling at high limits for quite a while, but most are limited fast when 888 figures out you’re there to win and not just for some fun action. A lot of players simply choose to take their chances and bet while 888 allows it, and then collect their payout. Others take it to the next level, creating multiple accounts using friends and family as a front. A note of caution: if you plan on opening multiple accounts, your payout then is at risk. 888 and any other book is well within its rights, as laid out in the Terms and Conditions, to void any payout to known multi-accouters. We highly advise against this and suggest opening a new account at a new bookmakers instead.
Deposits and Payouts
As I stated above, 888 Sport is extremely reliable and safe with regard to your money.
The company offers several deposit options, including ACTeCASH, Bank Transfer, Cheque, ClickandBuy, Credit Cards ( Diners Club, MasterCard, VISA ), Debit Cards ( Laser, Maestro, MasterCard, Solo, VISA electron), e-Check, EntroPay, InstaDebit, Moneybookers / Skrill, NETeller, PayPal, PayPoint e-Voucher, Paysafecard, and Ukash. Payouts are handled by the following methods: Bank Transfer, Check, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Moneybookers/Skrill, NETeller, and PayPal.
The currencies used at 888 Sport are EUR, GBP, SEK, and USD. Unfortunately, at this time players from the United States, Israel, and Turkey cannot wager at 888 Sport. There are other restricted countries as well, including Afghanistan, Cuba, and France. The site provides a full listing of these countries.
- Offers loads of promotions to players
- Wide selection of betting markets
- Accepts endless deposit methods
- Allows deposits in nearly every currency
- Site colour scheme doesn’t appeal to everyone
- No live chat support
Overall, 888 is a nice and solid place to get some action down, especially in bigger markets such as Euro soccer. You can feel confident that your bet will be paid if you win, and as long as you aren’t a professional or sharp player, you should be able to continue wagering your normal limits. The special promotions also add a bit of flair to the book and will keep you interested no matter what bet you have placed. The live section adds to the book’s appeal as well, giving players a chance to make in-game wagers with the potential for profit.
Most players are happy with 888 Sport, and the ones who are not usually have broken a rule or are chewing sour grapes after being limited. Reading this review, you can know ahead of time that being limited is a distinct possibility, and plan accordingly. Good luck!