888Sport Review 2017 - Sports Betting Review888Sport is part of the big 888.com but stands alone in its own right. The bookmaker therefore has the weight of a very big operator and funding behind it and while it perhaps doesn't have the major market presence like some of the big names in the industry have, they are well recognisable through their branding and sports sponsorships. They are a well trusted company and that has a lot of appeal to a lot of punters and their cross-platform, user friendly service is one that has proven that it can stand toe to toe with the big players.
Betting markets and odds quality 8/10Well, 888Sport for all the punch they pack have a lot of markets from all across the world at the fingertips of their customers. You can really have no complaints about the markets that they cover in their sportsbook. They do have horse racing coverage on the site as well as they usual big stuff like soccer, cricket, F1, rugby, tennis and golf. So everything is there and when you go and look at a sport, you can see directly in the menu that there is a lot of market depth in each of them. There is a lot that gets covered by 888Sport, so if you are an experienced better then you will find the range pretty extensive.
What backs them up is a very good betting margin from the customer's perspective. 888Sport run low betting margins, which is good for the punters, for example on soccer you are looking at under 4% on the bookmaker’s betting margin, so that adds value to the odds. They are very strong in keeping the betting margins down so that’s a good thing. However, when you do stack them up against other bookmakers, they don't always come out that favourably in terms of betting odds. It is very rare that you will find a comparison scenario where they are offering the best value. It’s very rare that you will find them offering an industry best price. It’s not that they are bad, but aren’t overly competitive when it comes to offering a tremendous amount of value.
Sign up bonus, free bets & current promotions 8/10So you have a decent welcome bonus available at online betting site 888Sports because you get treble the winnings on your first bet. Once you have signed up with them they will offer new you, as a new customer, treble odds on your first bet. There Is a minimum of a £5 stake on that first bet and a maximum of ten on any market available at the regular odds. If your bet wins then you will get paid out at treble your original odds (any amount higher than £10 staked will be paid only at the normal odds). So that is a very nice trebled first profit that you can get from them.
888Sport run promotions, but not a lot of them and not a lot of them on sports. They tend to gravitate more towards competitions than actual sports promotions like Free Bets and Money Back Specials, but those things will crop up from time to time. Their big promotion is their weekly punting competition because you can win a share of free bets each week as you earn points for a leaderboard through winning accumulators. The bigger the price of a winning accumulator bet, the more points you will have for the leaderboard. The winner each week gets £888 in free bets!
In-play betting 8/10There is live betting at 888Sport that you can get involved with. It doesn’t particularly feel like a live in-play section because it doesn’t have that dynamic wow factor about it like you have with other live in-play sections at online bookmakers. You do get a very clear layout though, which is very easy on the eye and you can see the action that is going on from numerous different sports. You get clear presentation of current market odds on the outrights and there is the number of markets for a given event listed there as well. The 888sport in play service runs a lot of markets for a given event, for bigger tennis matches you have upwards of 50 live markets for a match going on and you can get up to a 100 live markets for a top soccer match happening and even if you go and look at a match say from Colombia’s second division you may still find around 50 markets live there. Once you have clicked on a specific event, you get the full listing of markets, a little text guide to the action and the small graphic to depict how the flow of the game is going, along with statistics. Solid product.
Extras & features 7/10Live betting is about the top feature that you get with 888Sport. As a plus, the sportsbook operates well, it is quick to click through to markets and see the odds. But if you are looking for an online betting site which offers a leading amount of features like cash outs and live streaming then you aren’t going to find it at 888Sport. You will have to look elsewhere for those kind of things. It’s very bare down to the bone, again it is a functional sportsbook with markets from events all over the globe, which allows for some quick betting and not a lot else going on there. No virtuals, nothing.
There is a VIP club that you can join up with though where you can enjoy prizes such as tickets to major sporting events. They have sent people to the Champions League Final for example and the Rugby World CUp. You are going to need a certain betting status to get to VIP level of course, where you even get personal account managers. You would have to contact them for more details about their VIP club.
Payment options - deposit and withdrawal methods 8/10You aren’t short of options to fund your 888Sport account as you can use the usual methods like credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards and ewallets. Any withdrawal that you make they will want it to go back to the funding source if it can. Most deposits are instant through ewallets and credit/debit cards.
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.
User-friendliness of website & mobile app / mobile version 7/10888Sports have gone through some changes in the last couple of years. It had more of a standard sportsbook layout, but you can see that they have tried to go big for clarity and that has made the sportsbook a little unformatable to use. You have big boxes of events on the home screen which means that you have a limited number of events that you can see at any one time. It’s not the greatest of design and that’s a slight let down. The mobile version follows a the same path a little bit, but it actually works better through their app on a mobile device where the screen is smaller than on a bigger computer screen.
Customer Service & Support, Security & Reliability 7/10There is an online help feature available and you can browse answers. Each of the answers there will have a “Contact Us” tab so that you can quickly and through that you can submit a question to their support team. There is a member Support telephone number which is available from 9 am through to 10 pm GMT and the number to call is 0800 096 4780. They sort of encourage you to find your own answers first through their online help feature. If you can’t it is the submission form or a telephone call.
Overall / Conclusion 8/10
The layout of the website could certainly improve. It is a big sticking point really and the odds aren’t overly strong enough to get past that. That is the first thing that you will see and it will probably put off some punters. If you get past that though there is a solid enough betting platform without any other features in place to use for your betting. It’s one of the sites where you would just perhaps pop over to for a quick punt and not a lot else.
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