888sport Review

888sport are the betting arm of the giant 888 Holdings plc which was founded back in 1997. As one of the biggest online gambling companies on the planet, the company have some huge brands in the worlds of online casinos and gaming and they are trying to make 888sport, their sports betting brand, as successful as any of them. Started by two sets of brothers, Avi and Aaron Shaked and Shay and Ron Ben-Yitzhak, 888 grew by acquiring other companies and they even have a presence in the highly regulated American market.

Founded in 2008, 888sport have worked hard to create their own distinct look with the orange and black that adorns their site but they are actually powered by Kambi Sport Solutions, a part of the Unibet group. That means you’ll find almost exactly the same markets and prices on 888sport as on Unibet so the company have had to find other ways of distinguishing themselves from the competition.

888Sport Screenshot

Welcome Bonus: Treble the Odds

One of the most striking ways that 888sport differentiate themselves from the crowd is with their very impressive welcome bonus. Rather than offering free bets like most bookies do, 888sport pay all new customers at three times the standard odds on their first bet. So, if you find a great 10/1 bet on the 888sport site, they will treble those odds to 30/1 for your first bet. The maximum stake allowed for the offer is £10 but that’s still an extra £200 in winnings for a 10/1 bet.

As with every sign up offer that the bookies promote, there are some terms and conditions that you should be aware of. The most important condition is that this offer is only for people who do not already have an account with 888sport. As stated, the maximum stake allowed is £/$/€10 but there are also minimum stake conditions. The bet needs to be placed with a real money stake of £/$/€5 for singles and multiples or £/$/€2.50 for each-way selections. Winnings from this offer are capped at a maximum of £5,000, which is certainly a generous cap.

Winning bets will be paid out at the original market price immediately after the end of the event(s) that you bet on with the additional winnings credited the day after settlement. The only bet that qualifies for this offer is your very first with 888sport and when they say ‘treble the odds’ they are referring to fractional odds. The other thing to mention is that you cannot use this offer in conjunction with any other sign up offer that 888sport may run from time to time.

Other Promotions

Don’t think that the promotions at 888sport stop with the treble odds offer. Far from it, as well as the sports sign up offer there is also a free £5 bonus on the 888sport casino which you get just for betting at least £/$/€5 on the sportsbook at odds of 1/2 or higher. Before withdrawing any winnings you earn from the bonus you will have to roll the bonus over 30 times and all bonuses will expire within 14 days.

888sport continue to offer plenty of promotions to their customers after signing up. For example, there is the Goals Mean More promotion where you choose three Premier League teams and get a free bet every time they score or the Multiple Mayhem promotion that gives you a boost on Champions League accumulators the more teams you include in the bet. There’s a weekly punting competition that gives free bets to the people who have the biggest priced multiple winners and the chance for a free £5 bet every week of the Premier League season if you have a pre-play and an in-play bet on the same match.

There are promotions for other sports including horse racing and rugby and a whole host of bonuses available for the casino products. You should also follow 888sport on social media where they give details of the latest promotions and exclusive competitions.

Odds & Markets

888Sport have probably been the biggest success story in the gambling industry over the last 5 years. The company have managed to establish themselves as one of the best and the main reason behind that is how competitive they have been with their pricing. 888Sport’s bread and butter is undoubtedly football, with the odds on offer being right up there with the best. From the bets that we tested, 888Sport actually came out best priced on 2 of the 10 markets with the other 8 all being within top 10 within the industry. Whilst more in-depth data would be needed for a truer reflection on the odds structure at 888Sport, it at least gives you an indication of how they are improving and how good they are these days.

The market coverage on offer is also very strong and it’s another area they have looked to improve. Top grade football matches are going to get well in excess of 250 markets to bet on and that sort of coverage runs through sports such as tennis, horse racing, baseball, ice hockey and American football, to name but a few. The overall market coverage on site is very impressive and they are now a force to be reckoned with. 

Features

888Sport Features Screenshot

The 888sport site looks great and is definitely unique. Navigating through the different sports and markets on their black, orange and white site is a doddle thanks to the navigation panel which includes direct links to the most popular competitions. The site has everything you would expect from a major online betting site and extras including a live sport calendar, a blog including previews and news and a whole host of statistics to help inform your betting.

In terms of the betting markets on the site, 888sport does very well. The list of sports that you can bet on goes on and on, ranging from football to surfing. When you dig down into the main sports you will find a strong market coverage and the odds available are very competitive. Individual events have up to date information and stats both in-play and before the event starts and you can always place a bet easily thanks to the betslip that stays on the right hand side of the screen.

888sport have live streaming available on many of the major sports that they cover which is available simply by logging in. You can access the streams via the event page or from a separate link both of which allow you to bet on the event whilst watching the action unfold.

As is befitting a huge company, 888sport have invested heavily in their mobile platform. It is incredibly easy to bet quickly via their mobile site which looks and performs just as well as the main desktop site. No matter what platform you are using you will find the customer service very efficient and helpful should you have any issues that need resolving.

In Play Betting

The in play betting section at 888Sport is one that has seen huge improvement over the last few years. Not only has the design of this section been totally changed, but also the number of sports and markets that are on offer. What’s really cool about it all is that it works in a column view now, where you can click the match you want to see information on and then it opens up to show the markets available to bet on and the match centre for that game giving you live updates of what’s happening.

This section also includes a number of markets that they highlight which could be of interest. As you log in and start betting, 888Sport remember which markets you have bet on, moving what they think will be your favourites to the top. A sweet, sweet addition if you ask us!

Cash Out

888Sport do now offer cash out features on site, although they call it ‘Cash-In’ for some bizarre reason. Not to worry though, the process is very simple and works with a good range of sports, but only works with live betting markets or markets that eventually turn live at least. There is no partial cash out option, which is a shame, but not a deal breaker.

Statistics

888Sport work together with Bet Radar for their statistics section and it’s here where you are going to get a great range of data for an awful of sports. What’s great about this section is that it ties into the bookmakers live scores, so you can not only browse stats on that match, but do it whilst the game is taking place to see how certain score lines or current stats are reacting to the game. 

About 888Sport

The 888Sport bookmaker has been in operation since 2008 and is run by 888 Holdings Group. The group has actually been running since 1997 but in the years leading up to the sportsbook, the company mainly focussed on both casino and poker. A natural progression for any successful casino or poker room is to move into the online sports betting sector and this is exactly the route 888 decided to take.

The 888 Group is run by CEO Brian Mattingley and Chairman Richard Kilsby. It’s fully based out of Gibraltar and in 2014 reported an operating income of $80 million. The company have spent a lot of time and resources into the promotion of the 888Sport getting some high powered names on board to push the brand. Probably their most notable was that of Spanish goalkeeper, Santiago Canizares as brand ambassador and Ian Wright just a year alter in 2012.

Marketing has been the main reason 888Sport are where they are today and this is down to a range of huge campaigns run over the last 5 years or so. Their biggest and likely most successful has been that of their welcome bonus, offering treble the odds to punter placing their first bet. It was an industry first and has been so successful that several bookmakers have jumped on board offering similar, if not quite as lucrative, promotions themselves. 

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