The internet is flooded with hundreds of sports betting sites, but only a few dozen are reliable and have great offers. Then, several sportsbooks are at the very top of the industry, one of which is the subject of this review.
888sport (also known as Triple Eight Sport) is a name that almost every experienced sports punter knows about. This sports betting site has been operating since 2008, and since then, it has established a loyal base of players that keeps growing every year.
The reason 888sport is so successful is rather simple — it offers prime-time betting on a wide range of sports and has rewarding promotions for both new players and regulars alike.
In this review, I am going to dive into the details and tell you what you can expect if you decide to start playing on 888sport. Additionally, I will talk a little bit about 888sport’s sister websites, such as 888casino, 888poker and Wink Bingo.
888sport History and Details
888sport is owned by 888 Holdings, a public company that operates several gambling websites. After the success of 888casino and 888poker, 888 Holdings decided to open a sports betting platform called 888sport in 2008. 888 is one of the betting and gaming companies that is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Over the years, 888sport got involved in many sport sponsorships and entered many worldwide markets. 888sport is a principal partner of not one of two, but four very popular English football clubs – Birmingham City, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End. In 2013, the sportsbook got a licence to provide online gaming in Nevada, making it the first international betting company to operate in the US.
The headquarters of 888sport is located in Gibraltar. The company owns several gambling licenses, including the ones from the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner, Great Britain Gambling Commission and Malta Gaming Authority.
Although several countries are restricted from using 888sport, players from Canada are free to join the website and use all its promotions.
There is hardly an online sportsbook that has a more diverse offer in terms of number of sports. 888 Sport offers over 35 different sports, including a range of non-sporting events. You will see the most popular sports and competitions listed at the top, but as you scroll down you can view the rest of the offered sports. You’ll find the sports that are most popular among bettors like ice hockey, football, basketball and soccer, but also sports like netball, pesapallo and bandy.
The odds can be presented as decimal, fractional or money-line (American). So, for example, if you choose the NFL, all upcoming matches in the NFL will be presented, along with the win/draw/win odds for each of them. By clicking on the button on the right of the last odds, you will be able to see all selections that are available for that match. On the left, you can click to see the statistics of both teams. You can choose to see only the outright bets, like which team is going to be the winner for that season or winner of its respective conference. You can also choose to browse all baseball games and possible bets.
When it comes to betting options for each particular game, we should note that there are more than few. Let’s take again hockey as an example. In addition to being able to whether the game is going to end in a home win, an away win or a draw, you can also bet on the total number of goals, on the number of goals scored by each team, or which player is going to score a goal, or even the first goal in the game. Furthermore it is also possible bet on the final score, or whether one of the teams will be in the lead after the first quarter. The range of options for other sports is very similar.
In addition to sports, you can also bet on e-Sports, as well as politics and TV and other entertainment events. For example, you can bet on the outcomes of the elections in various countries, other international political events, as well as events such as the Golden Globe and the Oscars.
888sport Sports Betting Markets
One of the main reasons 888sport is so popular among Canadian sports punters is that it covers all the popular sports betting markets, but it also has a few unpopular markets that are rarely seen on other sportsbooks.
Of course, since the bookie primarily caters to UK players, the majority of covered markets are soccer and horse racing. Additionally, there is an extensive range of betting options for markets such as tennis, golf, and ice hockey.
People who enjoy soccer betting can place wagers on a wide range of leagues and competitions, the most notable being the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.
One promotion is exclusively designed for accumulator bets on all American sports, including the NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLB and NHL. Canadians can enjoy betting on their favourite NHL teams throughout the season, together with future bets on who wins the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Apart from sports betting, 888sports also includes markets on popular political elections, as well as TV and novelty betting.
Here is a list of all sports betting markets you can find on 888sport:
TV & Novelty
Winter Olympic Games
You will also be able to place bets on games and other sports events that are already happening, also known as live betting or in-play betting. After browsing the markets, I found that the odds on 888sport are solid but not as great as on some other popular sportsbooks. The majority of 50–50 markets feature odds of 1.90, while some even go as low as 1.87.
This is probably the only thing that’s somewhat disappointing about 888sport, considering that most of its main competitors are a bit more generous in this regard.
On the other hand, live betting is one of the things where 888sport excels the most. By clicking on the LIVE Now button on the left side of your screen, you will see all the matches that are taking place at the moment. Even the least popular events are full of exciting live markets.
For example, a hockey game between the Canucks and the Flames is under way, and even though the Flames are in the lead, you believe that the Canucks will come on top in the end. You will get very good odds if you bet on that. Or for soccer, you can bet on how many goals will be scored in the next 30 minutes of the match or whether more goals will be scored until the final whistle. There are also markets for handicap betting, three-way handicap, correct score, exact winning margin, and more. 888sport also has a very convenient shortcut for events that are starting soon (within the next few minutes or hours).
And if you have a positive account balance, or have wagered at least $1 in the last 24, you will also be able to watch a vast range of sporting events via live stream, directly through the website. Some of the most popular events can be streamed live. If the event of your interest has a TV icon next to it, this means that you will be able to watch it live as long as you place a minimum bet on that event.
The streams are played in HD (the quality will decrease if you have a slower internet connection) and can be viewed in full-screen mode. Of course, while you’re watching the streams, all betting options will be displayed next to the video.
888sport Website Design and User Experience
The 888sport website is designed very well and allows for seamless navigation. The site has a dark grey and orange colour palette with occasional green buttons that highlight essential information.
In the top left corner of the screen is a login button, together with shortcuts to your lounge and rewards. The top bar contains shortcuts to 888sport’s sister sites — 888casino and 888poker.
Scrolling down the left side of the homepage, you will see all the available sports markets, as well as buttons that will lead you to the promotions page, live events, and events that are about to begin.
The homepage also has banners containing information about promotions and some recommended bets. Scrolling down, you will see some live matches with highlighted in-play betting options, upcoming horse races, and important information about the sportsbook.
Overall, I can honestly say that 888sport is one of the most cleanly designed sportsbooks on the web. The entire site is easy for navigation, and everything is just a few clicks away, allowing you to place bets quickly and without confusion.
888sport puts great emphasis on its mobile site and app. You can log into your account from any mobile browser and play just like on desktop. However, if you primarily wish to bet via your mobile device, I suggest that you download the 888sport app.
888sport has apps for both iOS and Android users. Head over to the iOS and Android official app stores or get download links from the 888sport website itself. Both apps are elegantly designed and are compatible with a wide range of smartphones and tablets.
Of course, all the features available on the desktop site will be available on mobile as well, including in-play betting and live streaming.
The biggest advantage of the mobile site and the apps is that they help you unlock the welcome offer. The C$30 in free bets is released in three increments of C$10, but one of those C$10 free bets can be claimed only on mobile.
Bonuses and Promotions
All new Canadian players who open a betting account at 888, can benefit from the special Welcome Offer, which allows them to triple their winnings, provided that they manage to win with their first bet. You need to wager at least $5 and up to $10 and if you manage to win, your winnings will be trebled and the bonus amount will be paid out as Free Bet tokens in the value of maximum $20 per token.
Canadians can also benefit from the special American acca bonus. Namely, if you place an accumulator or parlay bet on Northern American sports, which includes at least 5 selections and all but one of them win, you will get your stake back in the form of Free Bet. The minimum amount is $5 and the maximum $25.
A similar bonus is offered on all accumulator bets that include at least four selections. Multiple bets are available for bettors who like to bet on soccer. For example, if a goal is scored later than the 88th minute of the game and the change of result isn’t in your favor, you will get your money back. A number of other promotions, active for a shorter or a longer period of time are also available at 888.
888sport Welcome Offer — Bet C$10, Get C$30 in Free Bets
888sport has a very rewarding welcome bonus for its new customers. After completing your first deposit and making a qualifying bet of at least C$10, you will get C$30 in free bets. The free bet credits will be issued upon the settlement of your qualifying bet. While depositing, you will need to use the bonus code 30FB to unlock the offer. Be careful when selecting the deposit method, as PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard and MuchBetter are not compatible with the offer.
The minimum odds for the qualifying bet are 1/2 (1.50). Free bet credits expire seven days after the qualifying bet is settled, while the qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days after registration.
Free bet credits are issued in increments of C$10. The first two C$10 free bets can be used on all devices, while the third C$10 free bet can be used only on the 888sport mobile site or an app.
There are plenty of other promotions you can take advantage of on 888sport. The most notable of these is the C$5 free bet that you can win every day if your qualifying bet on odds of 4/1 (5.00) or greater is successful. The minimum qualifying bet is C$10, and you can get only one C$5 free bet per day.
There’s also the weekly prediction game that is free to play. All you need to do is predict the outcome of eight selected soccer matches, and you will get 8,000 euros (around 12,500 CAD). If there is more than one winner, the €8,000 prize is shared equally. Even if you miss, you will get a €1 free bet for every correct guess.
Other promotions include 888 Specials, match multiples, match combos, and American acca free bets.
888sport has made sure that its players can use all the popular payment methods for completing transactions on the website. There are over 30 deposit methods that the bookie accepts, some of which include Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, PayPal, Paysafecard, Apple Pay and Bitcoin.
There are also several deposit options that are specific to certain countries, like Todito Cash (Mexico), Boleto Bancario (Brazil), and Op-Pohjola (Finland). As far as Canadian-based payment methods go, 888sport accepts Interac, InstaDebit and iDebit.
You just need to visit the ‘Cashier’ and select your preferred payment method and the amount you want to deposit, in order to complete your first transaction.
Using most payment methods comes with a minimum deposit limit of C$10, with the exception of PurplePay (C$12), online bank transfer (C$15), InstaDebit (C$20), iDebit (C$20), and wire transfer (C$100). While conducting the review, I couldn’t find any information about maximum deposit limits. The majority of deposit transactions are completed within ten minutes.
When it comes to withdrawals, 888sport is a little shy about sharing information on the minimum and maximum limits. After digging a little deeper, I found that the minimum withdrawal limits are C$6 for credit cards and e-wallets and C$20 for wire transfers.
Depending on the payment method you select, withdrawals can take anywhere between two and ten business days, while the Gold VIP members (casino only) can get their money in a shorter time frame.
Also, winnings that are larger than C$30,000 will be paid in monthly increments.
888sport Security and Fairness
888sport is one of the most secure sports betting sites that I had the pleasure of reviewing. The sportsbook is regulated by three reputable online gambling jurisdictions — the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority, and the Government of Gibraltar.
All payment transactions are protected by Virtual Global Digital Service Limited, one of the leading online transaction providers that processes millions of transactions every year.
For additional security, the 888sport website uses SSL encryption technology that protects its customers’ information from hackers. The website also has an eCORGA seal of approval, achieving compliance with its eGAP requirements regarding safety and fairness.
888sport’s customer support can be reached in three different ways usually available from 9am until 10pm GMT. The quickest way is to use the 24/7 live online chat service, although this option won’t be available if you are logged out of your account.
If you prefer directing your questions via email, feel free to send them to [email protected]. An email will also reach 888sport’s support team if you fill out the contact form on the website. Canadian bettors who have any outstanding issues or questions, can address them to the 888 customer support team via the Canadian toll free number – 1 855 765 2356.
Alternatively, you can provide your email address via an online form and wait for a response.
Customer service agents can communicate in several languages, English and French included.
While you’re waiting for an answer, you can browse the resourceful FAQ page that contains detailed answers on anything from how to create an account to how to use the payment methods and overcome various technical issues.
If you want to take a break from sports betting and enjoy some quality casino games, 888 has got you covered. While 888casino is an entirely different website, it does belong to the 888 family, and you will be able to use your 888sport account to play on the casino site.
888casino offers a wide range of casino games, together with dozens of popular live dealer games. The casino site also has separate promotions from those found on the sports betting platform.
A massive collection of casino games includes hundreds of video slots and a couple of dozen table and card games. The video slot library is very versatile, as the games differ in the number of reels, paylines, bonus games, and betting limits. Wagers per single spin go anywhere between C$0.05 and C$500.
Video slots on 888casino are powered by some of the best software providers in the business, including NetEnt, Play’n Go and Red Tiger Gaming. Several video slots also come with progressive jackpots.
When it comes to table games, you can choose from various types of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker. Additionally, the casino has seven video poker games and over 30 virtual scratchcards.
The live casino section of 888casino features some of the most popular live table games from NetEnt. Players can choose from several roulette, blackjack, baccarat, poker, and live show games. All the games are streamed in HD and are run by attractive and professional dealers.
The minimum betting limits range from C$0.10 on Rapid Auto Roulette to C$100 on Live Blackjack Diamond.
Bonuses and Promotions
As I mentioned before, 888casino has its own set of bonuses that differ from those you can find on the sportsbook platform.
All new casino players from Canada will receive a C$88 no deposit bonus for free play. If you’re lucky enough to hit a progressive jackpot, you will get to keep all your winnings. Otherwise, no deposit limits are capped at C$15.
On top of that, 888casino offers a deposit bonus of up to C$1,500 that covers the first five deposits made on the website. The first deposit bonus alone is worth 100% up to C$200.
Many other promotions are available as well.
888poker is one of the biggest online poker platforms in the world. It was launched in 2002, and it has been growing in player traffic ever since. Today, it has over ten million registered members. 888poker even got the EGR Best Poker Operator award three years in a row.
What makes players so attracted to 888poker is the website’s wide range of games that include classics like Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Lo, but also some rare poker games such as 7-Card Stud, Snap and Blast.
Cash Games and Tournaments
888poker offers an abundance of cash games and tournaments. Ring games of Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Lo, and 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo run every day for 24 hours. The tournament selection is also very versatile, including formats like SNG, MTT, PKO and Multi-Fight, together with free tournaments and satellites.
Betting Limits and Rake
888poker wants to cater to every type of poker player, offering a wide variety of tables where the limits range from one cent to C$500.
Like every poker host, 888poker charges a rake for each of their games. The height of the rake depends on the game you’re playing and how high the limits are. For most games, the rake is usually one cent for every 20 cents in the pot.
Bonuses and Promotions
The most popular promotion on the site is the symbolic C$88 no deposit bonus that awaits all new players. The bonus will be released in the form of bonus cash and tournament tickets.
888poker has many daily promotions like Table Tuesday, Winning Wednesday, Freaky Friday, and Hand of the Day. Players are also rewarded for getting other people to play on the website through the Invite-a-Friend promotion.
888sport is as legit as they come. The sportsbook is licensed by three different gambling authorities and is one of the safest gambling platforms on the web. In summary, 888 Sport has a truly all-encompassing betting offer. There are dozens of sports and a range of different selections that you can choose from players can bet on anything from football to floorball, and use plenty of rewarding promotions while doing so.
Moreover, there is a number of bonuses available to Canadian bettors, which is not the case with many other operators. Speaking of promotions, the C$30 free bet welcome offer is a nice way to start things off. However, a portion of those free bet credits will be available only on mobile, so make sure to check 888sport’s mobile site and app.
The payments are safe and reliable and 888 Sport is quite flexible in terms of withdrawal and deposit limits.
If you love online sports betting and like playing poker and casino games from time to time, 888sport is a place that I highly recommend.
888sport has a live streaming service, but not all games are available for watching. Only those events that have a TV icon displayed next to them can be watched over the stream. Of course, you will first need to place a wager on the game in question if you want to watch it.