You don’t need to be a big online gambler to have heard of 888. This online gambling giant can be found in virtually every gambling market around the world, offering a number of betting products including an online casino, sports betting, poker gaming, and bingo.
The sports book element of their website has always been the most prominent, and it is this side of things we will be looking at today.
With such a huge range of markets covering everything from Football and Tennis to MMA and Handball, 888 truly offer something for everyone; but as you’ll soon see, it’s not the wide range of markets alone that keeps players coming back time and time again.
The sign-up bonus is one of the biggest we’ve come across, and the website also offers a number of unique features that you simply don’t see at other sites.
Sign Up Bonus
New Customer Enhanced Odds Offers
Premier Player Rewards
Premier Player Rewards is the name of 888’s loyalty program, and in the site’s own words this program allows you to “turn your loyalty into cash”.
Each week, you’ll be rewarded with real money based on the amount you’ve wagered at the site. Here’s how it all works:
Now those figures may not seem like the biggest in the world, but it’s worth remembering that they are paid to your account win or lose and will be credited every month in cash, leaving you free to bet or withdraw them as you wish.
There are no specific requirements in order to join the Premier Player Rewards Club, but you will need to bet at least £50 per month in order to qualify.
The 888Sport Website
888’s website is one of the most professional, well designed sites around; and their distinctive orange and black colour scheme creates a brand that players instantly recognise. This is strengthened by 888’s TV advertising. The site oozes class and integrity.
Below, we’re going to look at some of the stand out features:
Sports by Country
While it’s pretty common to be able to categorise sports by their country (i.e. American Sports, English Sports etc) 888 go one step further, providing dedicated sections of the site to European sports, American sports, and Asian sports. These quick links are all available from the homepage, and allow you to easily access certain markets.
Once selected, you’ll be taken to a new page which displays the day’s betting highlights from that specific market, and of course, you’ll also be able to search for individual events and view the betting options available to you.
One of the biggest problems many punters face, is how to place bets on mobile devices in a way that’s easy and snappy. So many bookies seem to have taken shortcuts when it comes to their mobile betting, but thankfully 888 isn’t one of them.
In fact, they offer a mobile app to all iOS and Android players which is completely free to download:
Unfortunately, GooglePlay no longer allow gambling apps for real money to be hosted in their store – although you’re free to download the app directly from 888’s website. In order to do so, you’ll need to enter your phone’s settings, and head to ‘Developer Options’, where you can enable a checkbox saying ‘Allow Apps from Unknown Sources’. Once you’ve done that, just head to the 888 website and find the mobile page, which will give you a direct link to download the app safely and securely.
Downloading 888’s mobile app on iPhone’s and iPad’s is a little easier, as you can find this in the Apple AppStore. Simply search for ‘888 Sports’ and download the app.
Once downloaded, you can either log in or create an account and start betting as normal.
The app is extremely well built, and isn’t simply a shell of their main sports book. Instead, it’s a reliable, secure, and best of all fast app, that gives you access to almost all the markets you’d find on the main site.
Huge Range of Bets
One of the key reasons players bet at 888 is the huge range of markets available, so if you’ve not placed bets with them before then you’ll want to check it out, because you’re going to find sports events you didn’t even know you could bet on.
You’ll find everything from the common markets like Football, Tennis, Rugby Union and Rugby League; all the way through to rarer markets like UFC, Political markets, and even specials such as who the next Pope will be and if/when Donald Trump will be impeached.
You can view all of the markets through the left-hand side navigation menu, which allows you to view ‘Top Events’ as well as ‘All Markets’. With thousands of events offered every hour, there truly is an abundance of choice.
We talk about the navigation functions of a sports book a lot, and while it may sound like we’re overstating its importance, until you’re in a situation where you can’t find the market that you want, you won’t appreciate how frustrating poor navigation can be. Thankfully, 888 have designed their website to be as easy to use as possible, so you won’t face that issue here.
Where things get even better is the search function found on most pages inside the sports book. You can search directly for an event, but you can also search for a specific league as well as individual teams and even players.
This means that should you want to place a bet on Rooney to score first, rather than having to trawl through all of the football coupons trying to find the match, you could simply search ‘Everton’ or ‘Rooney’ and you would be presented with a list of associated bets matching your keyword.
It sounds basic, but don’t underestimate its importance – it’s proved incredibly useful, and is definitely one of the best designed search functions we’ve come across.
You have possibly the largest selection of payment methods ever with 888, far too many to list here, but some of the highlights include: Visa and Mastercard Debit/Credit cards, ApplePay (UK players only), PayPal, Skrill, WebMoney, Bank Transfer, Nordca, VISA, QIWI Wallet, AstroPay Card, and Yandex Money.
The minimum deposits are a little higher than we’d like to see, with all methods commanding a minimum of £20 (Neteller is the only exception at just £10) and while this may be a bit much for some players, the withdrawals are oddly lower, with all payment methods aside from cheques and bank transfers allowing withdrawals from just £15.
They don’t clearly state the maximum withdrawal limits, but one thing that is worth drawing your attention to is the processing time – 888 promises to act on all withdrawal requests within 24 hours, although usually it’s even quicker, with some punters reporting withdrawals processed in as little as an hour. That is quick by anyone’s standards.
888 has been one of the fastest growing bookmakers over the last 10 years or so. The company has transformed into a real gambling powerhouse with the inclusion of casino, poker and bingo games for its users. But, it’s there sportsbook that we are interested in. In all honesty, first impressions of the 888 aren’t great. We are lucky that recently bookmakers have spent a lot of money on developing high quality betting sties – in looks as much as functionality. Unfortunately 888 seem to have missed the boat somewhat.
All that’s really needed are a few tweaks with the colours, as the grey background and white font are tough to read at best. That being said, we actually like the black and orange twist that the site has, making it look vibrant and interesting. But we can’t overlook a few basic errors that lead to the downfall of the aesthetics of the site.
Away from that, the 888 site has all the credentials to be one of the biggest bookmakers in the UK. Their market coverage is excellent and the sports on offer are diverse and comprehensive. We really like the inclusion of some of the smaller sports such as UFC, Motor Sports and the inclusion of the American sports. This adds real depth to the site and something that we rate highly amongst the top bookmakers.
If you are a racing fan you will probably be aware of 888’s ‘I-Card’ – if not, where have you been? This is arguably one of the most comprehensive racing widgets online and includes so much information we could spend all day writing about it. But for now we will just give you a few highlights. Once you have selected your race you are taken to the interactive section which includes all your usual information such as jockey, trainer, form etc. But on top of that they give you information on which horses will gain an advantage from the draw, latest live odds and even a predictor section of how each horse should perform given all the available information. It’s a fantastic piece of kit and something all racing fans should definitely check out.
With a few minor tweaks – mainly on the aesthetics of the site- 888 could be on to a winner here. We can totally understand why people would bet here and be pretty much set without having to hop about to other bookmakers. For us, these changes would need to made before we could see any longevity with the site, but others may see this totally differently.