888sport is the online sportsbook arm of gambling powerhouse 888. Launched in 2008, 888sport quickly gained a reputation for being a well-managed sportsbook that offered competitive odds across a broad range of sports both in the US and abroad.
Although the brand initially focused on New Jersey, 888sport is expected to expand into many of the USA’s regulated sports betting markets and compete with the industry’s biggest operators.
With this in mind we’ve decided to see if 888sport is still as good today as it was when it first launched all those years ago.
What is 888sport?
888sport is a straightforward online sports betting platform that offers odds on a huge range of sports including:
- Aussie Rules
- Baseball (MLB, NCAA)
- Basketball (NBA, NCAAB, Int’l)
- Football (NFL, NCAAF, CFL, XFL)
- Hockey (NHL and international contests)
- MMA / UFC
- Motor Sports (NASCAR, F1, some rallying contests)
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Soccer (Most popular leagues and international tournaments)
- Table Tennis
- Track & Field
- Winter Sports
There’s even the option to bet on non-sporting events such as elections, the Oscars, or grand finals in your favorite TV shows. That said, the election option will likely depend on your location as not all states will allow wagers on political events.
Welcome bonus and promotions
As with many online sportsbooks, 888sport will occasionally change its welcome offer for new players. At the time of writing the platform’s current welcome offer is a straight money-back guarantee if you lose your first bet up to a maximum of $500.
That means that your first bet is pretty much a free hit. If you pick right, you win. If you pick wrong, you get your money back in free bets. That’s a win-win scenario if ever there was one.
Unfortunately, this offer doesn’t include parlay bets so make sure that the first bet is a single bet.
There’s also a nice free bet offer for your first bet once it’s $10 or more with minimum odds of -200. Place that bet and you’ll get a free $10 bet to place on any sport of your choosing.
Other regular promotions include:
- Tuesday Win Win — Place a bet of $5 or more, with odds of at least +300 on a Tuesday and get a $5 free bet if your bet wins.
- Wednesday Win Win — Place a bet of $10 or more, with odds of at least +400 on a Wednesday and get a $10 free bet if your bet wins
- Thursday Win Win — Place a bet of $15 or more, with odds of at least +500 on a Thursday and get a $15 free bet if your bet wins
Then there’s the Pick 8 Weekly Challenge that offers an $8,000 free bet prize to share between all players who pick 8 winning bets as part of the challenge. The best thing about this promotion is that it’s completely free to enter. Just make your picks and cross your fingers.
Sportsbook platform and software
You see, the desktop site is very good, and experienced bettors will appreciate the many features and options. However, it can be a little confusing for first-timers as there is just so much information on the screen. Of course, this isn’t really much of a drawback, but it does mean that there is a slight learning curve.
There are mobile apps available for both iOS and Android and both are quite slick and easy to navigate. One thing to note is that for players based in New Jersey, there is a dedicated app. There’s no news as of yet as to whether this will still be the case as the brand launches in other U.S. markets.
And now let’s talk about the most important thing on 888sport — the bets!
The following types of wagers can be placed on 888sport:
- Point Spreads
- Totals (Over/Under)
- Championship Futures
- Player Futures
- Win Totals
- Parlays & Round Robins
- Team Props, Player Props, Game Props
In some regions, 888sport may refer to parlays as accumulators (or accas).
There’s also a live betting feature that allows you to bet on any games or events that are currently taking place. This is a great way to find and bet on obscure sports like Greek basketball or volleyball in Holland. Believe it or not, some of these sports also feature live streaming, just look for the TV icon beside the event.
888sport will allow you to cash out early for modified odds. For example, if you have the Brooklyn Nets to win the NBA championship at the start of the season, you may be able to cash out if they make the playoffs.
In which states is 888sports available?
888sport is currently only available in the state of New Jersey with concrete plans to launch in Colorado, Indiana, and Iowa during 2021. Parent company 888 Holdings has also stated that it intends to launch 888sport in all US regulated sports betting markets.
That means that even if you can’t currently use 888sport in your state and sports betting is legal, then it will likely be available at some point in the not too distant future.
Withdrawals and deposits
Deposits and withdrawals are quite standard for the industry with the following options available.
- Bank Transfer (ACH)
- VISA credit card and Debit cards
- Online Banking Transfer
All deposits are instant with a minimum deposit amount of $10.
- Bank Transfer (ACH)
Withdrawals can take up to 11 days depending on your method. Bank transfers have a minimum withdrawal amount of $10 while PayPal is $20. There’s no minimum for Play+ withdrawals.
888sport has gone the extra mile with its help section so you can check this out before you contact the support team. A lot of the general queries are covered in there, as you would expect, and it’s easy enough to navigate.
Actual customer support is available through live chat on the site itself or by email or telephone. The live chat function is quite fast with waiting times minimal. We asked some simple questions and got the answers we were looking for pretty fast and all reps were polite and helpful.
Emails take a little longer, but most replies come within a few hours.
The final word on 888sport
Overall, 888sport delivers on all counts. No matter what wagers you want to place on any sport, the chances are you can do so at 888sport. Our only gripe (and it’s not a big one) is that all that data and those wagering options can be a little overwhelming for first-timers.
That said, it doesn’t take long to get used to it and the info and options are a dream come true for anyone who has spent a little time at online sportsbooks.
Would we recommend it? Without a doubt. It will also be interesting to see how the platform develops as the brand ventures into new US sports betting markets.