Bettors have no shortage of sportsbook options in the state of New Jersey – but when it comes to finding an established brand with a lengthy track record in the industry, few can compete with 888sport. Having been in the space in its current form for more than a decade, 888sport has been and remains one of the leaders in the global online sportsbook space. It boasts a truly dynamic interface, a wide variety of bet types/available sports and a seamless deposit and withdrawal process.
PROS: Terrific interface; wide range of betting options; quick payment processing
CONS: Players required to bet a lot to earn full deposit bonus
MOBILE INTERFACE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
DEPOSIT BONUS: ⭐⭐⭐
SAFETY AND SECURITY: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
CUSTOMER SERVICE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
USER EXPERIENCE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
888sport Sportsbook History
The original company was founded in 1997, and has been one of the world’s mobile gambling stalwarts since. While most of its revenue has been generated through casino games – poker chiefly among them – 888sport (pronounced “Triple Eight Sport” for those of you who were wondering) has seen its sports betting skyrocket in recent years thanks to the growth of the practice worldwide, and particularly in Europe, where 888sport was one of the first sportsbooks to offer sports sponsorship.
888sport, which is headquartered in Gibraltar, achieved a major milestone back in 2013 when it became one of the first non-U.S. online betting companies to function within the United States, setting up shop in Nevada. Having already established itself as a trusted name in sports betting, it came as no surprise to betting experts that 888sport also became one of the first sportsbooks to operate in New Jersey once the Garden State approved legal sports betting within its borders.
First Deposit Bonus
First, the good news: 888sport offers to match new players’ initial deposit up to $500. But don’t get too excited just yet: the matching amount is offered up as “bonus money”, and won’t be awarded to the player as actual funds (along with whatever winnings the player accrues) unless he or she wagers six times the amount of the bonus money awarded. For example, if you deposit $300, you won’t get the bonus cash (and winnings accrued) until you’ve made $1,800 in bets.
There are other conditions, as well: Only bets made on odds higher than -200 will be honored as part of the deposit bonus, so don’t think that you can wager $500 on a -400 favorite and expect that to count. And bettors must also accumulate the total amount of bets within 30 days of the bonus being awarded; if the condition isn’t met, the player will forfeit both the bonus money and any funds won on bets made with that amount. It will certainly feel a bit restrictive if you’re a casual player.
Signing up for an account is quite simple; the initial sign-up page asks new members for their full name, email address, home address and telephone number. Users are also required to provide their social security number and download geolocation software in order to prove that they are within the state of New Jersey in order to proceed with the sign-up process.
We recommend going over the Terms and Conditions before completing your sign-up, so you aren’t caught off-guard by anything. And if you want to check out 888sport before taking the plunge, you don’t need to make an initial deposit to peruse the site. Anyone can check out the odds, sports and promotions offered without having to either be a member, or be within the New Jersey borders.
888sport Sportsbook Interface
The interface is simple but effective, with the majority of the on-screen real estate belonging to whatever menu you’ve chosen to peruse. This will likely result in divergent opinions; some people might prefer that the left-hand nav menu were a bit larger, while others will appreciate the large odds boxes featured in the center-screen area. Whatever the case, the design is clean and easy to follow.
The other nice thing about this layout: it isn’t cluttered. If you’re the kind of bettor who prefers his or her special offers located in their own menu, that’s exactly what 888sport does – no rotating banners across the top or bottom here. Players can also easily access events ongoing in that moment, for the purpose of making whatever live bets might be available in those sports or events.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Bettors have a plethora of deposit options at their disposal:
Credit Card: While this might be one of the easiest ways to fund your account, 888sport only accepts Visa and MasterCard at the moment. You might also be charged a fee, with many credit card companies treating sportsbook deposits the same as cash advances. Check with your credit card provider.
Automated Clearing House or e-check: You can use an ACH or e-check by simply providing a bank routing number and account number. You can also try an online bank transfer using the same info.
Neteller: This third-party online e-wallet service allows you to transfer money to your 888sport account from your bank account or credit card.
Online Transfer: Some banks will allow you to fund your 888sport account as if you were paying a bill; check with your bank to see if it will permit this.
PayPal: This is one of the safer and most reliable ways of funding your account.
PayNearMe: This service is offered through participating 7-Eleven stores; go into your 888sport account, select “Cash at 7-eleven”, and bring the barcode sent to your phone to your local store along with cash to fund your account.
There’s also the option of funding your account directly at the casino cashier’s cage; 888sport operates out of Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey.
As for withdrawals, you can pull your money out the same way you put it in – but if you want the process to be as quick as possible, these are your best bets (pardon the pun):
A detailed description of the withdrawal process can be found on the 888sport website.
In addition to the most popular North American professional and college sports and leagues, bettors have no shortage of options in terms of sports they can wager on with 888sport. The list includes, but is certainly not limited to:
- Aussie Rules Football
- Motor Racing
As with most sportsbooks, 888sport rotates through a variety of different promotions depending on what sports are hot. For example, the sportsbook will offer a 100% refund in bet credits to any bettor who loses a wager on a soccer cup final if the game goes to penalties. 888sport also offers bettors the opportunity to join betting “leagues” in which they’re awarded points for each correct bet in a given week; a leaderboard is kept, and the most successful bettors win swag, bet credits and other assorted freebies.
888sport also offers the ever-popular “enhanced odds” promotion, in which players are given much better odds on a particular pre-selected outcome. But the enhanced odds option is only available to new players, and it only applies to those players’ first bet.
888sport features every notable bet type available: Moneyline, total, (Over/Under), spread, prop, teaser, parlay (up to 10 games included) and futures wagers. It also offers a wide array of live betting options across the majority of the sports it features.
One of the more intriguing options – at least for those who prefer immediate gratification – is the “Instant Betting” feature, in which participants can wager on an outcome that could be decided in a matter of seconds, like whether an NFL team will run or pass on a particular down, or whether or not a batter will get a hit in his next at-bat. It’s a neat option that’s sure to catch on with other sportsbooks that aren’t offering a similar insta-betting experience.
Customer service representatives are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and can be reached either via telephone, email or online chat. But prior to reaching out, 888sport encourages patrons to check out its detailed Frequently Asked Questions section, which provides answers to a wide range of potential queries that bettors might have.
Frequently Asked Questions
In which states does 888sport Sportsbook operate?
888 has been operating in both Nevada and Delaware for the past six years (offering casino, poker and slots games in Delaware with sports betting not legal there), and 888sport was also one of the first non-U.S. sportsbooks to take up residence in New Jersey. It will be a fixture of the online sportsbook landscape in Delaware once online sports betting gets going there, and is also expected to be present in every other other state that has either introduced sports betting legislation, or will do so in the future.
Is 888sport Sportsbook secure?
888sport uses the same SSL protocol to protect users’ information as the majority of online casinos and sportsbooks around the globe.
What is my minimum/maximum bet amount?
Each sport – and individual bet opportunity within each sport – comes with its own maximum payout; any winnings accrued within that sport over and above the limit will be disregarded, according to 888sport’s official website.
What measures does 888sport Sportsbook put in place to help me manage my gambling?
888sport is diligent at ensuring that bettors have access to a wealth of resources to deal with problem gambling. Its employees go through a stringent training program that helps them identify and address problem or underage gambling, and players themselves are given the option of capping their betting limits, or even excluding themselves from the site for a set period of time (up to an indefinite exclusion).
888sport provides a helpful guide in the Responsible Gaming section of its website.
What help does 888sport Sportsbook provide for novice bettors?
888sport has everything beginner players need to begin their quest for betting glory, with a number of handy sections that can be found within the main “Help” menu. From getting signed up to understanding the various bet types to finally taking the plunge on an actual wager, the sportsbook provides detailed assistance in all areas of the preparation process.
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