888Sport Review: Odds, bonus and offer
888Sport have gained a reputation as one of the most trustworthy bookmakers online today, with the company having been founded back in 1997. Despite their roots being within the poker and casino industry, they are perhaps now most famous for their sports betting options. Our 888Sport review will take a detailed look at their entire sportsbook operation, however let’s first take a closer look at their organisation.
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The 888Sport page was established in 2008, however, as previously mentioned, the company dates back to their founding in 1997. 888Sport’s headquarters are based in Gibraltar, where they also hold a valid gambling license from a well-respected authority. However, the company has also gained a license from the UK Gambling Commission, with our review showing that customers from over 200 countries have the ability to take advantage of their wide range of services and features. As well as this, 888Sport is available in five languages at present, including English, German, French, Spanish and Swedish. The company have also been able to establish some high-profile sponsorship deals in a bid to increase their exposure to the mass market, with agreements with football clubs including Nottingham Forest and Brentford, along with the European Masters in Snooker, only likely to help both now and in the future.
Pros and Cons of 888Sport
As part of our review, we have taken a detailed look at all aspects of 888Sport’s operation, with everything from their range of markets, website usability and customer service having been taken into consideration. In our 888Sport review, we found the following positive and negative factors:
- Competitive odds
- Range of deposit & withdrawal options
- Ongoing promotions and bonuses
- Easy-to-use mobile products
- No welcome offer
- Dominated by European sports
- No links to poker or casino sites
Betting Markets & Odds Quality
Our 888Sport review has found that while the bookmaker covers a large number of sports, their coverage is somewhat disappointing when it comes to the number of markets available. Popular European sports such as football and tennis markets are available in detail on a daily basis, with both pre-match and in-play options bound to please the majority of punters, however when it comes to more diverse disciplines, 888Sport unfortunately fail to match some of their competitors. In our review, we found the following sports markets available for wagering upon Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Football, Golf among many others.
As you can see, 888Sport’s coverage is very European dominated, with many sports that punters in Nigeria have perhaps never even heard of. However, for what the bookmaker lack in betting options, they generally make up for when it comes to the quality of odds available. Odds when it comes to football matches are especially pleasing, with prices generally being better than the industry average from major leagues such as the English Premier League and La Liga. Elsewhere, odds on markets such as rugby, horse racing and greyhounds are pleasing. 888Sport generally offer low betting margins for many sports in fact, sitting at under 4% for the majority, which only adds value for punters. However, while odds on the underdogs and outsiders for victory may be pleasing, especially when accumulator style bets are being placed, prices for favourites certainly need some work.
Website & Mobile App Usability
Despite not being one of the most visually pleasing online bookmakers around today, the 888Sport website is certainly easy to use, with quick navigation between pages and clever tabs making locating your favourite markets and features a stress-free process. A-Z Sports, Live Betting, Special Offers, Help and the 888Sport Blog are listed at the top of the page at all times, while customers are immediately greeted with the current in-play markets taking place when entering their main site. 888Sport also make it easy to access key pages such as banking and security, while popular markets such as football and tennis can be found on the left-hand side of the page at all times also. One negative factor that we found from our review is the fact that the website can sometimes feel a little cluttered, with too much information available at one time.
Meanwhile, 888Sport also ensure that mobile users can quickly gain access to their range of services and features, with a fully-functional mobile site available, along with a free-to-download app. The app is avaialble to both iOS and Android users, with many of the same features being available, with 888Sport’s mobile offerings actually working better than their desktop site in some aspects. The app offers a more strealimed version of the main 888Sport sportsbook, with the speed of use and interface making wagering using it an enjoyable experience.
Betting Coverage, Live Betting & Live Streaming
As previously mentioned, despite offering a wide range of sporting disciplines on their site, 888Sport do falter a little when it comes to their range of markets. While sports such as football, tennis, golf and horse racing are covered in great detail, with all major and minor events available from around the world, more diverse and less popular sports are not catered for in the same way. Football fans will be pleased by the fact that a wide range of markets are available on most matches, whether it be a pre-match or in-play bet. Everything from match winner and first goalscorer to under/over goals and number of corners is on offer with 888Sport, with the depth of tennis markets also catching the eye.
Meanwhile, 888Sport have made vast improvements when it comes to their live betting options, with sports such as football, tennis, basketball and even Esports featuring on a daily basis. However, unlike with other bookmakers, the in-play section of 888Sport’s sportsbook does not look any different, which potentially takes away some of the excitement of placing such bets. Our review did find that clicking on a particular live event opens up a range of options, with the full list of markets, along with a guide on how the action is unfolding and relevant statistics all helping to enhance the experience.
On a similar note, 888Sport also make it easier and more enjoyable than ever before to bet on sporting events, with their live streaming service offering hundreds of matches and tournaments from around the world on a weekly basis. Streams are available in high-definition, meaning that punters can keep track of their picks, with no need to simply keep an eye on the score as it changes. Whether it be football action from major European leagues or action from the ATP and WTA tennis tours, 888Sport have all bases covered. As well as this, customers can also watch high-profile horse races and basketball games using this feature, with just a positive account balance required in order to take advantage. Meanwhile, even those using the 888Sport app or mobile-friendly site can gain access to such a service.
Bonus and Promotions
Currently 888Sport doesn’t offer any welcome bonus or other promotions for Nigerian players. Stay tuned, that might change soon. We’ll inform your here about it, as soon 888Sport will offer anything.
Payments | Deposits & Withdrawals
888Sport ensure that all customers are catered for when it comes banking on their site, with a variety of methods having been made available in terms of both depositing and withdrawing cash. Major credit and debit cards, as well as increasingly popular e-wallets are the most commonly used form of banking on their sportsbook, with the majority of deposit methods allowing for instant transactions, while also being processed free of charge. Meanwhile, withdrawals can take anything between 1-7 days to process depending on the method selected by the customer, with no fees here either. A full list of all deposit and withdrawal methods available at 888Sport can be found below:
Deposit Methods Include: Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Ecocard, Entropay, Astropay, Qiwi Visa, Maestro, neteller, PayPal, Qiwi ewallets, Skrill, WebMoney, Yandex Money, iCheque, postepay, Paypal, Paysafecard, Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer.
Withdrawal Methods Include: Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Ecocard, Entropay, Astropay, Qiwi Visa, Maestro, neteller, PayPal, Qiwi ewallets, Skrill, WebMoney, Yandex Money, iCheque, postepay, Paypal, Paysafecard, Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer.
In order to process either a deposit or withdrawal, customers must log into their account, before selecting the ‘cashier’ option. Punters will then enter the amount in which they choose, before selecting one of their saved banking options.
Customer service, Security & Reliability
In terms of getting in touch with 888Sport when problems or issues arise, there are a number of options available to customers. Firstly, a detailed FAQ page is available at all times, which answers some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding their operation, often meaning that the need for further assistance is neglected. Meanwhile, clicking on the ‘Contact Us’ tab at the bottom of the page offers a number of other options, including a telephone number and message feature. Support is available from 9am until 10pm GMT, however response times certainly need some work, especially in comparison to other major bookmakers. Meanwhile, a lack of any live-chat feature will come as a disappointment to many, with a large percentage of betting customers using such a service to quickly resolve issues.
Elsewhere, 888Sport has gained an excellent reputation as a result of their hard work when it comes to both security and reliability. The bookmaker holds valid gambling licenses in both Gibraltar and the UK, as well as being listed on the London Stock Exchange. Licenses from the Gibraltar Licensing Authority and UK Gaming Commission are not easy to come by, showing the excellent work that 888Sport have done already. As a result, you can trust that your money is in safe hands at 888Sport, with their operation being highly regulated. Meanwhile, due to them holding such licenses, 888Sport are required to provide a fair platform for all that use their site, ensure that customers problems are dealt with in an efficient manner and prevent people under the legal gambling age from gaining access to their website.
Despite our review showing that 888Sport are not quite the complete bookmaker just yet, there sportsbook does offer a wide variety of advantages to potential customers. Firstly, having been founded in 1997, 888Sport are now a supremely experienced bookmaker, with their work to date having earned them an excellent reputation within the industry. Elsewhere, the design and clever interface of their website makes navigating between markets and features an enjoyable process, even if it can appear a little cluttered at times. As well as this, punters who enjoy taking advantage of ongoing promotions are certainly catered for at 888Sport, with a number of sport-specific and generis offers found on their site at any one time. In terms of odds, 888Sport may not be able to compete with some of the biggest names in the industry, however they still offer very competitive prices, with football markets being particularly pleasing. Finally, and as with many major online bookmakers today, 888Sport provide a wide range of banking methods on their site, meaning that customers can process both deposits and withdrawals at their will, in a way that is convenient to them.
In conclusion, our review found that 888Sport is certainly a bookmaker who can meet the needs and wants of many potential customers. While their range of markets and odds can be a little disappointing surrounding more diverse sports, when it comes to events such as European football and tennis, 888Sport are hard to beat. 888Sport is undoubtedly a good option for recreational punters, with their betting limits and maximum withdrawals ensuring that some major earnings can be made. Meanwhile, 888Sport provide a variety of appealing promotions and offers, which can help to both add to winnings and offer insurance on losing wagers. Despite their website appearing a little untidy at times, navigating between pages is still an easy process, with cleverly placed tabs ensuring that bets can be placed quickly. With a huge number of in-play options, live-streaming capability and generous welcome bonus, 888Sport are quickly becoming one of the leading online bookmakers around today. However, there are still a few areas for improvement, with their customer service features perhaps being at the top of the list. There is currently no live-chat feature available, while telephone lines are not open 24 hours a day, meaning that customers are often made to wait before having their issues resolved. Despite this, 888Sport is undoubtedly a great platform to place and win bets, with more and more punters taking advantage of their range of services and features.