888sport: Our Verdict
In the sportsbook world, there is a lot to like about 888sport. The site might be one of the most easy to navigate of any online sportsbook, and it backs up that design with a massive set of betting markets to choose from, both pre-match and in-play. Bettors are likely to enjoy what 888sport has to offer, justifying their status as a reputable sportsbook.
About the Company
888sport was founded in 2008, and has its headquarters located in Gibraltar. The site is licensed in Gibraltar, Malta, and the UK through various gaming commissions. It guarantees the privacy of its users and promises not to deliver any spyware or adware, which can be read about in greater detail in the security and privacy section of the site. This brand also operates in the casino, poker, and bingo spaces in addition to the sports betting side of things.
The site is called “Triple Eight Sport” rather than “Eight Eight Eight” sport, which is an important distinction from a branding standpoint. Also on the branding side of things, 888sport is a sponsor of Birmingham City Football Club, which plays in the EFL Championship, just one division below the Premier League.
Odds & Markets
In terms of the odds that are offered at 888sport, they tend to be close to what bettors see at other respected sportsbooks. Generally speaking, the top sportsbooks in the industry don’t fluctuate too much on odds, as doing so would harm their ability to be competitive while still getting even action on games. There are, of course, small fluctuations between sites that bettors should look for to get the best odds possible at 888sport by comparing their odds to those at other sites before placing a wager.
From a betting markets perspective, 888sport is incredibly impressive both in terms of what they have to offer and how bettors can navigate their site in order to find those markets. The site sorts the available bets that are out there not just by sports, but by putting the top leagues in football at the top of the site. That way, instead of having to click football and then choose La Liga, for example, a bettor can just choose La Liga in one click to get to where they want to go and place a bet as quickly as possible.
At the top of the site, there is a tab called Sports A-Z, which lists all of the sports that players can bet on at 888sport in alphabetical order from baseball all the way to the WNBA. In between, of course, is a ton of football betting as well as other popular sports like tennis and horse racing. There are also less popular sports, like American college sports, providing something for everyone to bet on.
The list of available betting markets within each of these sports is also impressive, especially in the world of football. With 888sport being focused on the UK and Europe primarily, the football betting options on the site are great. Top matches in the Premier League, Champions League, and other elite leagues often have hundreds of bets that can be made. These range from simple match winner bets to individual goal scorer markets and correct scores.
Top events in the NBA or ATP World Tour get similar treatment, with bettors having the opportunity to take part in broad markets about the outcome of a match or hyper-specific markets about select components of those events. And perhaps more impressive than that is the large list of competitions that are covered by 888sport.
In football, for example, bettors don’t have to stick with betting on the top leagues in the world. Instead they can wager on action in the Faroe Islands or other similarly less heralded competitions internationally. This is great for bettors who have spent time paying attention to action in countries that the rest of the world might not keep its finger on the pulse of.
In-Play Betting Experience
The selection of in-play betting markets at 888sport is solid, although it might not stack up to some of the more in-play oriented sites out there. Live betting, or in-play betting, is incredibly popular right now due to the fact that bettors don’t need to have their bets in before the start of a game. Instead, this functionality allows them to place bets on matches after they have started, with odds that update as the action unfolds in a game.
At 888sport, the sports that they do cover are covered well on the in-play side of things. The site covers football, cricket, tennis, and other major sports as they are happening. But if you look at some other bookmakers, you will find a longer list of sports that are covered, including things like water polo and obscure sports that most bettors wouldn’t think of being able to wager on. This isn’t the biggest offence in the world, but the lack of available live betting options across all sports does leave something to be desired. What is available for in-play betting, though, does vary based on what sports are going on at a given time.
Another thing that would be nice at 888sport would be the ability to live stream events as they are happening. Some sites have made it possible to wager on events and watch those events from their chosen sportsbook. 888sport has not yet done that, as the site currently lacks the ability to stream events as they are happening. This is not a big deal, as most sites do not have this capability. But bettors should know ahead of time that if live streaming is a priority for them that they may want to look elsewhere.
Bonuses & Promotions
Having available bonuses and promotions for bettors is one of the biggest things that entices players to choose one sportsbook over another. And 888sport has taken full advantage of this with a strong selection of promotions available for both new players and for experienced bettors on the site who may be looking for a little added value.
Bettors who are new to the site can take advantage of 100% up to £100 in free bets from the site. This is a pretty decent new player offer by all means. Players who prefer to wager for higher stakes might not see this as anything that will move the needle, but recreational bettors who are new to the site won’t mind getting up to £100 to bet with across the sportsbook and the casino. As always, bettors should take a look at the terms and conditions of this offer to make sure it will meet their individual needs.
The site does offer other promotions that can vary depending on which sports are being played at the time and what the site is trying to highlight. Examples include insurance on accumulator bets, where an acca bet will be refunded in the event that one of the legs misses. The site also offers the occasional boosted odds promotion that allows for a bigger payout for bettors who place a wager on the spotlighted market. And there is the potential for bettors to claim free bets on occasion if they use specific parts of the site such as the in-play portion of the site on specific sports when offered.
Overall, the promotions that exist at 888sport are strong, but constantly changing. Players should take a look at the site for what is available now to make sure it appeals to them.
Deposits & Withdrawals
In terms of deposits and withdrawals, 888sport benefits from having to meet the needs of players around the world. It offers a wide range of funding methods that are similar to what you would find at most sites around the world. This includes credit and debit cards from Visa and MasterCard, as well as popular eWallets like Neteller or Skrill. If those options don’t work, bettors can go retro and request a bank transfer. These options don’t have fees from 888sport, but each payment option provider might charge a fee, which is something that a bettor should check on ahead of time.
As far as withdrawals are concerned, bettors can use the same methods, although these can take up to a week to take place in some cases as opposed to the instant nature of deposits.
One of the best things about a global brand like 888 is the fact that the site has a strong customer service team that has been ironed out across several countries over the years. The site offers live chat, email, and toll-free phone service to its players, which gives them a wide range of options to have their inquiries answered in a timely fashion. If a player has a more general question about the site, 888sport offers links that make it easy to find information on questions that are less individualized.