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888sport Review 2018 - Our Test and Experiences
In this review, we present to you our experiences with 888sport along with an evaluation of the bookmaker based on several important criteria. 888sport is a multinational online betting provider headquartered in Gibraltar, where they have been granted an EU license by the public authorities. 888sport is part of 888 Holdings PLC, which successfully operates several websites and platforms dedicated to sports betting as well as casino offers – including 888casino and 888poker. This bookmaker was established relatively recently – only in March 2008 – since when it has embarked on its path to success, putting a sweat on the brow of many big names in the sports-betting industry. Research into our 888sport test showed that the company specializes above all in the European market, while the betting provider offers a blend of both traditional and modern – both with respect to the betting opportunities as well as design. This bookie has also already made a name for itself through sponsoring: They captured everybody’s attention in 2016, when they simultaneously appeared as jersey sponsors for 4 EFL Championship teams, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End and Brentford. Let us begin by clearly stating: Our experiences with 888sport revealed top odds and an interesting sports-betting bonus. Below, we detail for you the other categories in which this bookmaker made a very positive showing.
Topics covered in this article:
- Betting Products
- Betting Odds
- Live Bets
- Betting Bonus
- Payment Options
- Customer Service
BETTING PRODUCTS – 888sport offers a multifaceted mix of modern and traditional
In our 888sport review, this bookmaker convinced us with an extremely extensive betting portfolio. Their program contains around 35 different sports, with football – what else? – playing the lead role. In German football, you can bet all the way down to the third division, while in English football you can even bet at the amateur level. Naturally, 888sport also lists the most important national and international top leagues in its betting program. With respect to detail bets, we also had outstanding experiences with 888sport. For the Premier League along with Bundesliga matches, the bookmaker features over 200 sub-wagers – an absolutely impressive number. Especially when it comes to Asian handicap bets, Asian over/under bets and goal-scorer wagers, this betting provider impresses in comparison to its competitors. Furthermore, you can wager on practically every imaginable match event, for example missed penalty shots.
Ignoring football for a moment, we see that the 888sport betting program consists of a blend of modern and classic. It is hardly surprising that sports such as ice hockey, tennis, handball and basketball are also part of their standard repertoire – also in this case, with a wide range of betting options to choose from. 888sport offers classics such as horse- and especially dog racing on a large scale. Rugby fans will also get great joy out of this bookmaker’s betting program. In addition, you will also be able to bet on snooker, wrestling, golf, cricket and chess – sports that are often neglected by other bookies. E-sports and social wagers also take their rightful place with this betting provider. The finishing touches to their betting product are added by absolute fringe disciplines such as boboll, netball and Gaelic sports. A potentially lucrative supplemental offer: their so-called “Weekend Booster”, which gives you the chance to win sports-betting vouchers. 888sport’s betting program is further expanded through major events such as the Olympic Games – in their case, nothing goes under the radar. Our review awards 888sport an outstanding 19 out of a possible 20 points.
BETTING ODDS – 888sport performs well in our test thanks to fair odds
Our experience with 888sport showed that the bookmaker offers odds that put it in the upper mid-range, if not right at the front in comparison with tough competition. As is generally the case with sports betting, better odds are quoted for higher-profile sports, leagues, competitions and events than for those with less appeal to the general public. Here, our test showed that 888sport is no exception. Whenever this betting provider stands apart from the competition, it generally does so with top odds, and only rarely with outliers on the bottom end. For the most part, 888sport odds are above average. The payback percentage lies between 93.5 and 96%, comparing well with other betting providers. We certainly advise browsing the wide selection of betting opportunities through 888sport – especially in terms of odds, there are a number of jewels just waiting to be discovered. This bookie likes to offer excellent odds on long-term bets, especially for major events such as the World Cup. The tendency also suggests that top odds are frequently associated with bets on favorites. On the other hand, in our experience wagers on longshots are for the most part greeted with average odds. Bottom line: Our review shows that, in this particular evaluation category, 888sport is right up there with its best competitors. Our rating: 18 out of 20 points.In our 888sport test we had a good experience with their website
LIVE BETS – 888sport offers handsome, highly competitive live wagers
The 888sport test confirms that the new path this bookmaker has taken with respect to live bets has definitely paid off in the truest sense. Navigating the thoughtfully designed Live Center at 888sport couldn’t be easier. In the top menu bar, each sport has its own button with an appropriate symbol. Here, the bookie convinced us with its broad selection of live bets – sports that are generally less frequently focused on are not neglected in the slightest at 888sport either. With respect to the number of detail bets as well, this bookmaker is very competitive.
When looking at live wagers, the user can choose between live events and those which are about to begin. In fact, at 888sport you can even filter sporting events based on start time (e.g. today 2 – 3 PM). Equally positive: Live events are listed within a given category by competition and not by start time, which contributes, naturally, to the overall clarity. However, we do find fault with one small detail: The odds are displayed on a red background, while changes in the odds are indicated by means of small green or dark red arrows, frequently difficult to make out. In this regard, an improvement to the optics would be desirable. The Statistics Center, which delivers all of the most important information, is a real pearl. The optical layout of the 888sport Live Center for individually selected sporting events is also appealing: The separate areas – including visualization of the event, important statistics, a live ticker displaying all of the most important occurrences, as well as betting options – are presented distinctly and clearly.
The betting program at 888sport is also cleanly divided according to main categories (e.g. halftime) and sub-categories (e.g. double chance first-half). 888sport offers a Live Center which conveys a true live feeling and provides useful input as you consider your wagers. With respect to odds and betting selection, this bookmaker isn’t quite able to keep pace with absolute leaders in the industry. That said, we give this bookmaker 9/10 points in this particular category.
BETTING BONUS – 888sport has lots to offer potential new customers
As many other bookmakers, 888sport offers kind of a classic welcome bonus to his new customers. In order to receive the 888 sport bonus, you have to register a new account on the bookmaker´s website. Afterwards, it is necessary to deposit a minimum amount of £ 10. Be aware that there is also a bonus code to state if you want to be able to play the 888 sport welcome bonus. This bonus code is: 30f. After registration an first deposit, you must place a first bet with a minimum wager of £ 10 and at odds of 1.50 or higher. In our opinion, this is a very accommodating odd minimum to play, other bookmakers demand much higher minimum odd. If you fulfill these conditions, the 888 sport bonus grants you a total of £ 30 in free bets. However, this sum will not be made available to you at once but in 3 units of £ 10 each. These units can be used for further bets on the 888 sport website. You may not split your 3 free bets into various multiple bets. Mind, that you also have to place one of your bets which are part of the 888 sport welcome bonus by using a mobile device. All in all, speaking of the 888 sport bonus, we can announce a very fair, not to say generous offer, which seems perfect for new customers, who have never bet on sportsbook before. Therefore, we credit the 888 sport bonus with 8 of 10 points.
USER-FRIENDLINESS – Our test drive of the 888sport website: straightforward, modern and fully functional
In our test, 888sport convinced us with its straightforward and modern design. The bookmaker went with dark orange on a black background, which at first sight takes a while to get used to. Overall, the optical appearance made a very competent impression. The menus are not outlandish, but rather quite classic: A navigation bar is installed at the top with the main categories, while a margin on the left-hand side lists the sub-categories. Aside from categories Sports Bets and Live Bets, the navigation bar also provides links to interesting special offers as well as the extensive FAQ area. Furthermore, under “Blog” you will be able to browse sports-betting news, so that you are thoroughly informed before making your bets. We had excellent experiences with this particular feature at 888sport. Finding the desired bet as well as placing the bet functioned flawlessly. We also liked the design of the betting slip a lot – upon successfully placing a bet, it appears in a pop-up window in the lower section of the page. Users of 888sport then have the opportunity either to minimize this window or pin it on the right-hand side. Account administration as well as operability in general leave nothing to be desired, with everything designed very intuitively. The section “Favorites” on the top left of this webpage is country-specific. Aside from a German and English version, the 888sport website is also available in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. We also like the feature that displays the categories “Live” and “Long-Term Bets” at the top of each of the respective sports. In our test of 888sport, the search function worked flawlessly. In addition, the loading times for pages are acceptable. The optimized mobile version mirrors the desktop design. All important features, including deposits to and payouts from accounts, are now also possible by smart phone and tablet. With respect to the loading time of the mobile version, we do feel that 888sport has room for improvement. In this category, our review awards 888sport 9 out of 10 points.
PAYMENT OPTIONS – Our 888sport experiences with deposits and payouts
With respect to payment options, our experiences with 888sport were very positive. The bookmaker makes a wide selection of payment methods available to its customers, accepting all current E-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller. Naturally, customers can also make payments using PayPal as well as paysafecard. Classic transfers, such as bank transfers, Sofort and credit card are a matter of course. All options and precise conditions are listed for you in the 888sport Support Center, which you can open with one click on the “Help” button. We find it especially considerate that the bookmaker does not charge a fee for deposits or payouts. The processing of payouts, depending on the payment method you select, may occasionally take longer than suggested on the 888sport site. However, the most important thing is that the transactions are reliable and accurate. In our evaluation of this category, we give 9 out of 10 points.
CUSTOMER SERVICE – 888sport offers competent, though limited support
The contact opportunities with bookmaker 888sport are rather sparse. On its website, this betting provider only provides customers with a contact form. Here, you must first select a category and then complete the fields “email address” and “title”. The description of your concern/questions should ideally be as precise as possible in order to avoid lengthy correspondence back and forth. You will search for an email contact or a hotline for this bookmaker in vain. A live-chat function would certainly be desirable, shortening the amount of time involved and making it far easier to resolve issues. However, for them to keep pace with their toughest competitors, this is probably only a matter of time. Now, we wish to draw your attention to two very positive points – since, in the course of the 888sport review, we did indeed receive very competent customer support. Even though the contact options are limited, this betting provider dealt with all of our questions in a friendly and competent fashion. Furthermore, 888sport offers an impressive and extremely helpful Support Center. Virtually all common questions with respect to betting and payment options are answered there. Through their extensive Support Center, including numerous FAQs, 888sport is clearly attempting to compensate for the lack of the aforementioned contact opportunities. However, since, in our opinion, direct contact is indispensable for urgent matters, we make minor deductions for 888sport’s customer service: 7/10 points.
PROFESSIONALISM – licenses and user experiences confirm the trustworthiness of this bookmaker
As is the case with all of the bookmakers in our comparison of betting providers, 888sport is also a highly trustworthy business. In our research for this test, we established that data privacy as well as confidential processing of customer profiles stand high on the agenda of this bookmaker. The betting rules are clearly defined and meet very high standards. 888sport has been granted a valid EU license from Gibraltar, one which is subject to tough criteria. Furthermore, this multinational company is listed on the London stock exchange and subject to the same obligations as any respectable company. In 2013, 888sport received an online gaming license from the State of Nevada, making it one of the first non-US bookmakers to receive such a permit. In the field of sponsoring, up to now this company has mainly gained attention through its involvement in poker events and football. 888sport has sponsored the jerseys of several football clubs, the most famous of which is, beyond a doubt, FC Sevilla. The digits “888” adorned the kit of the Andalusians from 2006 to 2009. 888sport is especially proud of its current premium partnership with English Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City. 888 Holding is a big player in the gambling industry and enjoys an outstanding reputation with sports-betting fans. In our review, we give 888sport all 10 points in this category.
Whenever customers from Germany win, 888sport also levies a 5% betting tax. You can learn everything there is to know about betting taxes here.
IN SUMMARY – Betting provider 888sport delivers excellent results across the board
In our 888sport review, this betting provider was able to convince us above all in the two important 20-point categories: Betting Products and Betting Odds. In both instances, their selection is wide and the quality high. The bookie has an appealing welcome bonus in store for new customers, awarding a wagering credit of up to €150. Like no other bookmaker, 888sport unites a classic product with modern design, while offering a technically flawless website. With respect to live bets and payment opportunities, too, this sports-betting provider manages to stay right at the head of the pack – in these areas, we pinpointed only minimal need for improvement. With respect to customer service, we would like to see installation of a live-chat function as well as more contact opportunities in general. In our experience, 888sport has demonstrated constant improvement in all areas in recent years. For this reason, we are confident that this bookmaker will continue to keep its competition in line and expand its own customer base. With a total score of 89 out of a possible 100 points, 888sport is undoubtedly right in the mix at the head of the pack.