888 are one of the world leading online gambling companies. They’ve been around since 1997 and in that time have managed to establish themselves in all formats of the gambling industry. The company first started predominantly as an online poker room, but have from that evolved into a much more well-rounded gambling outlet.
888 are based out of Gibraltar and hold their licensing with the Licencing Authority of Gibraltar. They’ve been long time servants to a massive player database from over 50 countries around the world and continue to offer an almost unrivalled betting home for all of their players.
These days 888 are able to provide casino, sports, poker and bingo to their punters, with each section bringing in a wealth of success for the company.
Sports Betting at 888 Sport
The sports betting section of the company has arguably been their biggest success over the last decade or so. 888 have always been well known for both online casino and online poker, and it was sports that they struggled to really get to grips with for whatever reason.
These days however, their sportsbook is absolutely thriving and they boast tons of sports and markets for their players from a magnitude of countries around the globe. A part of the company’s success in expanding has been their integration with mobile betting. Their betting app was recently re-designed in 2015 and now will hold it’s own against any of the major players in the industry. In fact, it’s often said that the site is easier to manage on mobile than on their desktop format, which is a credit to their betting app more than a disservice to their desktop.
Sport Welcome Bonus
When you register a new account at the bookmaker then you will be eligible to claim their welcome offer, which is treble the odds on your first bet. This promotion is like no other in the industry at the minute and has been a monumental success for 888Sport with the promotions popularity.
You will need to first make a deposit of £10 or more then place your first bet at the bookmaker (£10 max bet for treble odds promo). If your bet is successful then 888Sport will treble the odds that you originally took and will alter the winning pay-outs accordingly after the market has been settled.
Any winnings that come from the promotion are now paid into your account as cash, not free bets. You need to make your treble odds bet within 90 days of opening your account, but it doesn’t need to be your first bet.
Odds and Markets
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the sports betting section has come a long way over the last couple of years or so for 888 and one of the main reason behind this is the fact that they are now much more competitive with their odds pricing structure. Due to the aggressive nature of the industry and the ability to easily cross check odds from a host of bookmakers, 888Sport had to act on what was a part of their business that struggled previously.
These days you can run their prices through any odds comparison website to see that they are pretty much always there or thereabouts. We did find that they were rarely top price for many markets, but then they were always within 5% or so at worst from the markets that we checked.
Their market coverage has always been excellent and they boast a really strong range of sports and then markets for each of those sports. We’d argue that it’s fair to say that football and horse racing take up the vast majority of their markets, but then this is fairly common practice given their player demographic. Outside of these the likes of tennis, cricket, darts, American Football, Basketball and golf are very well covered.
The live betting section is one that’s well in its ascendancy. We’d go as far as saying that 888Sport don’t have the largest range of live sports to sink your teeth in, but they do send the majority of their sports markets in-play, which always gives it a sense that it’s a hive of activity.
The site has recently been re-designed and the live section has probably benefited from this more than others. The have started using the column system and once you click on a game that you want to bet on, it opens up a new column which includes all the in-play markets along with a match centre that includes up the second live action shots of each game.
Whilst there is no dedicated live streaming channel as such, you are able to stream a host of horse races from across Britain and Ireland. You will need to have had a wager of least £1 to view the race and once it’s complete, the feed will close down, unless you continue to wager on the next race that is.
888Sport have added in a statistics section that will rival any bookmaker in the industry. These types of features are pretty common to be fair, but at 888Sport you’re getting a plethora of information on a host of sports, completely free of charge.
At 888 you’re also going to be able access certain ‘zones’ that they promote when there’s a major tournament on such as the Euro’s or The Masters for example. In there you will be able to see all the betting markets for that event along with a statistics section that is dedicated to it. It’s a great addition to the site and one that really comes in handy if you’re targeting a certain event to bet on.
You will be able to get access to the 88th minute special at 888Sport which means that they will refund all bets up to £25 should a goals in the 88th minute or later down your bet. The promotion will run on Win-Draw-Win and correct score markets only.
888Sport also runs a VIP section, which is dedicated for the high rollers among you. Basically, you need to contact them first to see if you think you will qualify – think £10,000+ wagered per week – and if they let you in then you will gain access to your won account manager, bonuses specifically tailored to your needs, entry to VIP events and whole host more.
Casino Games at 888 Casino
The casino section at 888 is one that’s been the backbone of the company for a number of years now. They are generally the brand that a lot of people seem to congregate towards and that’s for good reason. They offer up some of the most exciting games in the industry and are able to offer a safe and secure platform, with over 2 decades of knowledge behind them.
What’s been great to see about their casino section is the company’s ability to keep improving, keep adding new games and also not being afraid to shake things up when things seem to be getting a little stale; their recent re-design being a massive part of that.
Casino Welcome Bonus
When you register a new account with casino at 888 then you will be eligible to get a 100% match on your opening deposit worth up to £100. The bonus will be triggered from your first deposit of £10 or more and then only matched up to £100. You can of course deposit more if you wish, but only the first £100 will count towards any bonus. You need to wager through your bonus 30 times before being able to withdraw.
It’s worth noting that not all games will count the same towards your clearing requirements. For example, slots, video slots, scratch cards, keno, arcade and dice will all count 100%, but roulette will only 20% and blackjack even lower at 10%. This is all pretty standard for a deposit bonus of this type, but you need to be aware before betting.
Software and Games
888 use a multitude of casino software providers including WagerLogic, IGT, Dragonfish and Random Logic. But, they also use their own in-house software as well, which is actually very unique to the industry. The number of games that they individually produce is actually quite low, but it has allowed them to plug gaps in the markets fro games that they thought their punters might like, which is pretty cool!
The wide number of developers means that the 888 casino can only be accessed on an instant play basis, but it does allow you to play from both Mac and Windows based machines. They include a really healthy catalogue of games, with over 200 slots and over 70 table games ranging from blackjack, roulette, Sic Bo, punto banco and everything in between.
Mobile Casino Games
The mobile casino can be accessed via any smartphone device simply by scanning the QR Code on their website. Alternatively, and possibly more easily, you can visit the casino’s page in your smartphones browser and then you will be immediately re-directed to where you need to be.
The mobile version of the casino doesn’t include all the games that you can play on the desktop as some of the developers that they use have made their games mobile compatible. But, we would guess that around 70% of them are on, including all the major titles such as Gonzo’s Quest Starburst and all the table games.
Jus like the sports betting side, if you are a high roller a t the 888 Casino then you will eligible to receive a much larger bonus than the original one offer. In fact, it’s a match on your 2nd to 5th deposit that you make in the first week of being on the site. You will be able to receive over £1,500 in total from the 4 deposits and each will carry a 30x wager requirement with same weight on games clearing as mentioned above.
You can also claim a no deposit bonus when you register a new account and verify your account worth up to £88. The money will hit your account immediately after verification and then you will need tow ager through the full bonus and any winnings 30 times before being able to withdraw. In terms of no deposit bonuses, this is the largest one in the industry at the minute, so it’s well worth giving a go.
As we briefly mentioned earlier in the article, 888 actually run an extremely popular poker room. In fact, for a lot of years it’s what the company were best known for. The company are unique in that they still run off their own independent poker network and it’s one of the few smaller networks that are still thriving even to this day.
Being on there own, if you will, allows 888 to run dozens of different tournaments all targeted towards their player demographic and whilst it may lack a little in numbers, it makes up for in features and added multi table tournaments.
The bingo section is the company’s newest addition after its insertion in 2009. They offer up a really nice range of games including 90 ball and 75 ball variants, but they target the jackpot games heavily, making it a hot bed for players looking for those big prizes from a small outlay. It’s worth noting that in 2012 they won Online Bingo Operator of the Year from the IGA Gaming Awards and in 2014 they won Best Bingo Marketing Campaign at the EGR Operator Marketing and Innovation Awards.
As you would expect, 888 offer up a load of payment options ranging from credit cards to e-wallets. Some of the more popular include Visa Credit/Debit Card, Entropay, AstroPay, Maestro, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill, Web Money and Bank Transfer. No payment method will be charged for making a deposit, and the majority wont be charged for withdrawals either. You can expect withdrawal times to range from just a couple hours to a week.
At 888 you will be able to contact them via either email or by telephone, of which you can see below:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0808 096 4780