888sport was among the first into the U.S. sports betting market in 2018 once the federal ban on sports wagering, PASPA, was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The brand is widely regarded as one of the biggest in the world, operating on several platforms throughout a multitude of countries.
Its work in the U.S. began with its ties with Caesars Entertainment in New Jersey. In fact, it’s been linked with them since 2013, first launching online casino and poker platforms. What you get from a sportsbook like 888 is its ability to offer one of the most comprehensive packages that we have tested. This includes breadth of sports offered, promotions, and live betting options.
It’s not perfect, however, and its pricing structure is an area that it could improve.
In what states is 888’s sportbook available?
As it stands, 888sport is only available in New Jersey. However, given its size, we fully expect them to move into other markets in the not too distant future.
|State||Bonus||Casino Partner||Launch Date|
|New Jersey||Get Bonus||Caesars||Sept. 10, 2018|
888sport’s main bonus package for new customers
As one of the top brands in the global industry, it might not come as a huge shock to hear that it has one of the more lucrative bonus offers. In fact, with a $500 risk-free bet on the table, it’s one of the top “risk-free” promos that we’ve come across.
|888sport Welcome Package|
|Promo Code||Just click this link|
|Welcome Bonus||$500 Risk-Free Bet|
The promotion is based on your first bet with the sportsbook. It doesn’t matter how you deposit, and you can deposit several times if you like – this is solely based on your first bet.
It allows you to place that first bet in confidence knowing that should that bet lose, then 888sport will give you a credit equal to the amount of your first bet — up to $500. Should your bet win, then you keep your winnings and carry on. But should the first bet lose, the bonus will trigger and you get the credit in the form of bonus bets, which you would then put back into action.
You get 7 days to use the free bet(s). Be mindful that any winnings from the free bet will not include the stake. So if your first bet is $100 at even money, and you lose it, then get a free bet for $100 and bet that at even money, you’d come away with $100 in your cash balance, or back where you started; you wouldn’t be at $200 at that point. In some cases the free bets may be reduced into smaller denominations, such as 10 free bets for $50, if your first bet was $500.
Note that to trigger the offer in the first place, you need to make sure that your first bet is $10 or more and is a single bet. Parlay bets will not qualify for the promotion.
As we have stated, this is one of the more significant risk-free offers that you will get. Couple this with the fact that there are no clearing rates required, and you get one of the better promotions of this type.
However, the downside to this is that, should your bet win, you get nothing extra. This is where promotions like this fall short compared to “bet and get” and “match bonuses,” with both offering you the chance to get free money, should your bet win or lose.
To establish an account at the 888sport sportsbook, you need to be 21 or over, and you’re going to need to have an active account to place a bet.
What some people get confused about within the U.S. is that anyone can sign up to sportsbooks such as 888sport, regardless of their location, but you must be in a state where 888sport is licensed to place the wager.
The sports betting options throughout the site are solid. 888sport can offer one of the bigger ranges that we’ve seen, with around 17 different sports in total.
It’s able to back their coverage up with a good range of markets as well. To give you an idea, NBA games generally have over 200 wagers for most of their games, including player and game props and alternative spreads, with NFL games having a similar split.
A recent highlight has been their recent coverage of the NFL Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. The “Big Game” had over 700 wagers to take advantage of before the start of the game, among it the biggest in the industry.
In terms of software, 888sport is linked with the Kambi Group, which powers both its online and mobile versions of the sportsbook. It’s a platform that is tried and tested, and although we think it’s starting to get a little dated (and repetitive given how many sportsbooks use it, so you may be familiar already), overall it is strong and diverse.
888sport mobile app
The app is one of the areas that 888sport has improved on most in Europe, and its U.S. version takes all the good work taken from that and applies it to this market.
- Availability – The app can be downloaded for both iOS and Android devices. You can get a direct download from the App Store, and for Android, you need to visit the sportsbook from your smartphone browser.
- Speed – Generally, the app has proven relatively quick. Aside from the initial load up screen, you can switch between markets and sports without much load time.
- Stability – Throughout our testing, the app has been rock solid. No crashes and no bugs to report.
- Appearance – The black and orange that is synonymous with the 888sport brand shines through here. Not the best looking, but more appealing than the desktop version.
- View/Layout – The layout is pretty simple. The homepage has a list of upcoming games or markets that you can bet on, and then you’ve got your menu section at the top. Also included here is a search bar, which helps with navigation.
- Responsiveness – No complaints here as buttons are easy to click and scrolling smooth. The ability to favorite individual sports and wagers (especially when betting live) helps with responsiveness.
- Bet slip – Your bet slip is hidden until you start to add selections into it. It takes up a small part of the screen, and then you can even minimize this further if you like. We like that it includes a “cash-out” symbol for bets that are eligible for this feature, which is becoming commonplace among legal U.S. sportsbooks but certainly welcome.
As we have mentioned, the Kambi platform (they supply the backend software and risk-management tools) is widespread across various U.S. sportsbooks — at DraftKings and Unibet and elsewhere. It feels a little dated, and if you compare this to a site like FanDuel, 888sport could use some updating and polishing. That being said, it’s a platform that is very much tried and tested, and its goal is to get down bets efficiently.
Within the home page, you get the menu down the left and then the bulk of markets down the middle. As you move through each sport, the menu stays, but the middle section then gets some sort of navigation at the top and then a long list of games that are taking place.
This may be organized by league, or “trending” (popular) events, or based time slots, which is common for basketball given tip-off times vary.
888 betting options and types
The betting options at 888 are one of the standout features for us. It’s always been a brand that has worked hard on creating a big platform, and we can see that this hard work has paid off.
We want to start with the number of sports on offer. We’ve conducted dozens of sportsbook reviews for U.S. based sites in the past, and we have found that anywhere around 15 and over, in terms of the number of sports covered, is excellent. 888sport has 17.
You have mainstream ones such as football, hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer and tennis. But you also get some exotics thrown in there as well, such as rugby league, Australian rules football, cricket, and darts.
Wagers for each of the sports were exceptionally high. To give you an idea, coverage for both rugby league and rugby union (two exotics) has over 300 games covered with a substantial range of wagers attached to each.
As you move into mainstream sports, the numbers continue to rise. The European flavor of the sportsbook is evident with the volume of soccer bets: 52,000 wagers across leagues in dozens of countries. If that’s your cup of tea.
Coverage of football, basketball, baseball, and hockey are not far too behind. Plus, the breadth of collegiate sports betting options is pretty wide. Of course, in terms of the number of markets for each game, it’s considerably lower than the pro leagues, which is common. Especially come Saturdays during basketball and football seasons when there’s hundreds of games going at the same time. Also note that some states such as Iowa, law prohibits prop betting on collegiate sporting events.
The range of game props a 888 are very good. This is potentially offset somewhat by the fact that it was leading up to the Super Bowl when we conducted our final and most recent review, but the timing did highlight the book’s capabilities. It includes tons of points races (such as race to 20 points), first scoring plays, team to get most first downs, longest punt returns, team to score in each quarter, safety to be scored, 2-point conversions, and many, many more.
Coverage throughout the rest of the sportsbook is excellent. Basketball spreads are robust with over 30 “alternative line” markets for each NBA game. Football and soccer include features like Bet Builder that allows you to create your own parlay for a single game. Also with football you can use the “Teaser+” feature, which allows spread and total teasing based on the alternative lines as priced out — as opposed to a static table, which often results in more favorable pricing. hockey includes some of the best scorecast and wincast selections that we’ve seen anywhere.
The good work that’s been done with the market coverage does unravel some when it comes to pricing. What we will state is that 888sport isn’t badly priced, but it’s incredibly inconsistent, to the point that it struggles with some of the competition.
To put this into some context, we wanted to start with their betting margins. Let’s kick things off with college basketball.
The reason college basketball is a good barometer here is that there are lots of games, but given that it can be an unpredictable betting market, margins can fluctuate a lot.
It’s not good news. We tested over 20 upcoming college games (moneyline only), and we found that with exactly zero of the games we looked at, did 888sport have a margin lower than 6%. There were times the margin here was above 7%.
What does this mean?
Well, to put that into context. Most sportsbooks we see are around 5% for college basketball. Take a look at some NBA and NCAA basketball games, and you’ll see spread prices at -114 on one side and -113 on the other. And on another game, standard -110 on both sides. What’s going on here, fellas? So, 888sport often is taking more from the price it gives you than other sportsbooks. Pick your spots.
Meanwhile, lots of their soccer bets (1×2) were solid. Its margins were lower there (around 4.5%), and as a result, highly competitive. It struggled with prop bets and spreads though, again, just lacking that consistency that others have shown. It may be that the European-based book doesn’t have a great grasp on popular U.S. sports or leagues yet, or is underestimating U.S. bettors a bit. We’ll see if they come closer to the norm as time passes.
One of the bright spots for the pricing section was its futures. 888Sport was able to offer a great range of future bets and also prices as well. Soccer was another highlight here, and it was best priced for more wagers here than just about any other section that we tested. Notable mentions for the NBA and MLB have to be included as well.
Some additional redemption is the “profit boosts.”
Profit Boost Tokens (PBT) are a chip that can be awarded either through a promotion or by making a certain number of qualifying bets. PBTs are basically an odds boost, but you get to choose the bet. PBTs are awarded in your bonus offers tab and can either be used on any bet or specific matches or games depending on the promotion. PBTs are awarded by percentage and can range from 10% all the way up to 100%.
For example, if you are awarded a 50% PBT, your +100 bet will now have odds of +150, so your $100 bet pays out $250 instead of $200. To activate a PBT, follow the steps below:
- Login to your 888sport account
- Select a bet and in the bet slip, click on the bonus offers tab and this will reveal your PBT
- Click on the “Profit Boost” token, enter your bet and click “Place Bet.”
Overall user experience
Using the sportsbook is one that we’ve enjoyed. We touched on it feeling a little dated, and it is, but it works, and if this was your first foray into a sportsbook, then you should be satisfied with with the UI.
Building bets is incredibly easy as it highlights the bet and price via their bold orange blocks and then includes the popup for the bet slip at the bottom of the page. The best thing about this is that it’s out of the way until you need it.
We like to contact customer support for each review that we run and one disappointment with 888sport is that the only way to get in touch is via the contact form. A lot of competitors have live chat, some of them even 24/7. They weren’t quick to get back to our multitude of queries as well, which was disappointing.
That being said, it includes an extensive FAQ section that covers a wide range of topics. For queries that aren’t personally linked to your account, there’s a good chance the information you need is here somewhere.
Deposits and withdrawals
Banking is one of the highlights at 888sport, and it’s a sportsbook that’s transparent about how each process works. In fact, it has a full guide for each payment method citing who can use it and the timeframe you can expect for each transaction.
Here is the list of methods for deposits:
- ACH transfer
- Online banking
- Mastercard and Visa
- PayPal — Eligible for this method if you deposited via PayPal.
- ACH transfer — Takes between 3-5 business days from time transaction is approved.
- E-Check — Same as ACH.
- Cash at casino cage — One withdrawal approved, if located in NJ, you can scoop it at Caesars. Don’t bump into a craps table on the way out.
The most convenient method for most players here is going to be that of PayPal. Deposits, as they do with all payment methods, start from just $10 per transaction. You can also withdraw direct back to PayPal, with the sportsbook stating 3-5 working days, but we actually got our money within 48 hours.
A couple of points that are worth noting here is that you cannot withdraw back to Mastercard, Visa, nor PayNearMe. And you may very well have trouble depositing with either credit card, too. If you use any of these, then you will need to add another payment method to your account to get your money back out.
We tested deposit via PayPal and withdrawal via ACH, and both worked quickly. The withdrawal did require submission of a bank statement as a safety precaution.