888sport Review [2021]

888sport Summary Review

888sport has upped its game for UK and Irish customers in 2021.

They now have an outstanding product for UK and Irish horse racing (which includes FREE live streams) along with well priced football markets in all major countries. 

They also have a strong welcome offer (Bet 10, Get 30 in free bets, 10 in casino bonus, see T & Cs below), and provide a great online poker room and casino experience. 

Therefore, we rate this as the best combined sportsbook, casino and poker site for people who predominantly bet on UK and Irish betting events but also like to tackle the online poker tables and casino games every now and again.

  • Pros

  • Cons

  • Free UK/IRE Horse Racing Live Streams
  • Great daily football & racing promotions
  • Simple registration process
  • Easy poker games and tournaments in the poker room
  • Lots of great online casino promotions
  • Easy to use on mobile, tablet or laptop

Terms & Conditions: New customers only – Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries & full T&Cs apply

 1. Welcome Bonus 

The Sign Up Process

How easy was it to claim the bonus?

  • The sign up process was quite easy
  • All terms and conditions are clearly listed
  • If you are NOT in the UK or Ireland, you must enter promo code  30FB to claim the offer. 

Terms & Conditions: Min deposit £10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.5) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expires after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Casino bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply

Opening an account with 888sport was relatively easy. All that is required is the usual personal information- name, address, phone number, a username and a password.

I deposited £10 but please be aware, that when you click to add funds, it generates a pop up screen.

If you use an adblocker, then it will just show a blank screen for the cashier. Therefore please disable your adblocker for 888sport website, and the problem is fixed.

Last time we checked 888sport, you had to enter a promotion code get the free bets. This has now changed for UK and Irish new customers.

No promo code is needed when making your first deposit. However, you must use a debit card, as deposits via paypal, skrill or other ewallets are not counted as qualifying deposits for the welcome offer (this is now standard at all major betting sites to cut down on fraud accounts).

However it still stands true for new customers based outside of UK and Ireland. If that is you, you must use promo code FB30 when making your first real money deposit via debit card.

The welcome bonus is awarded by placing a qualifying bet (a minimum of £10 and odds above 1.5). 

Last time we checked (2 years ago), it was hard to navigate the site. Fortunately, since then, the site is now simple to use and navigate. It has the two biggest markets (football and horse racing) displayed prominently on both desktop and mobile sites.

All the meetings are clearly listed along with the race times. I found this really easy to follow, but what I particularly liked was when clicking on the Timeform button for each race, I got a wealth of information. This was excellent. It showed the last four races and a Timeform run-down on each horse.

 2. Trustworthy Rating  

Licensing & Regulation

Can you trust 888sport?

  • Licensed by the UK Gambling Commission
  • Licensed by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission
  • Publicly traded on UK stock exchange since Oct 2005
  • First established in 1997 - one of the original online betting brands

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

888sport was established in 1997 and are listed on the UK Stock Exchange. They are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and their services are operated by a company incorporated in Gibraltar. They state their gaming license was provided under the laws of Malta. 

 3. Customer Service  

Options Available

Are they contactable?

  • Reachable through telephone, email and live chat
  • Frequently asked questions page
  • Live chat not reachable 24/7

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

888's contact details can be fonud by clicking on the "?" symbol on the top right of the desktop site or in the menu of the mobile version. By clicking on this, you are first offered a set of boxes to send an e-mail along with a page of frequently asked questions. If you wish to ring them, you need to click on your country to obtain the relevant number. The Chat facility is only open between 16.00 and 24.00 GMT. As my question arose before this, I had to send an email. Response time to the email was average for a betting site was less than 24 hours. However the answer to my email was professional and polite.

A lot of sportsbooks tend to have live chat available during peak betting hours which starts from early afternoon (UK and Irish horse racing) and into the late evening (covering football matches and evening horse racing meetings).

 4. Markets  

Variety On Offer

What is their product offering like?

  • Wide market for all kinds of sports 
  • Easy to find your favorite markets
  • UK & Irish horse racing and football offering is very impressive - definitely a key focus for the brand
  • Innovative horse racing "betfinder" feature, where you can filter all horses running today based on key statistics. I personally love this.
  • No fixed odds on South African, Mauritius or Indian horse racing

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

The 888 website has been redesigned since I last used it. The ease of use is much better, and the sports you are interested in are easy to find.

As to the markets on offer, practically every sport under the sun seems to be covered. They have lots of extras on offer, but most of them were only available for larger bets such as Bet £20 Acca get £5 free bet or Back a 4/1 winner at £10, get £5 free bet. 

The betfinder feature in the horse racing section is very innovative. It analyses all of todays runners in UK and Ireland, allowing you to filter down to strong contenders. You can then check out the timeform horse analysis and the price to make an informed decision. In this example, I started with 417 runners, and ended up with one selection.

betfinder result

It would be remiss not to mention the online poker room and casino at 888. This is where they orginally made their name in the betting world. They were the first to introduce live cam poker (its optional tables, not compulsory for you introverts!) and the games are very soft with some reliable software on mobile, tablet and desktop. There are also lots of promotions and rewards schemes for regular poker and casino players, and you can convert these rewards points into cash.

 5. Odds  

Value On Offer

What are the odds like at 888sport?

  • Best Odds Guaranteed
  • Horse racing odds are better than when we last checked 2 years ago
  • Football odds for big games are competitive with all the main betting brands
  • Lots of horse racing and football daily promotions for existing customers which can add considerable value to the odds on offer

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

888sport offer best odds guaranteed which is a must for horse racing fans these days. I checked the odds off all the main races on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised to see 888sport being competitive at the top of the market in the hours leading up to the off time.

I also checked the odds of all the premiership matches versus their competitors on Oddschecker and again, the odds were not as good as Bet365 (our best odds bookie award winner) but they did match them or better them on some occasions. 

Also you must consider the fact that 888sport offers lots of daily horse racing and football promotions that can boost your winnings, adding more value to a bet even if you do not get top odds on the bet. Sometimes punters tend to overlook this aspect.

Editors Note: Alternative betting site with better rated odds

 6. In-Play Offering  

Bet on Live Events

Do they offer in-play betting?

  • Comprehensive In-Play market offering 
  • Soccer, snooker, darts, rugby and more
  • Clear statistics and live segment for on-going matches

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

I checked their in play betting while the soccer was on TV on Sunday afternoon and 888 were well up to the mark on this with the odds changing while I watched. They also offer this service on several other sports including rugby, snooker, darts, etc. However, it is difficult to compare prices with other bookmakers as they change so quickly, but all in all 888 seems on a par with them.

 7. Regular Promotions  

Loyalty & VIP programs

Are there offers available for existing customers?

  • Regular sports promotions
  • Regular casino free spins
  • Some promotions only available when you wager £10 or £20

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

I have mentioned some of these promotions earlier which are only available if you are betting £10 or £20 in single or accumulator bets but there are some others available. One is a prediction of soccer results win- lose-draw with a big prize of £8000 for 8 correct, you get £1 for each correct result as a bonus. There are several other promotions on the site for additional odds added to your bets for football and horses and they offer Best Odds Guaranteed.

They are heavily focused on promotions for football, horse racing and casino. If you like to these three activities then 888 is right up your street!

 8. Deposit & Withdrawals  

Banking Options

Is There Fast Withdrawals?

  • Good number of deposit and withdrawal methods
  • Debit cards- Visa and Mastercard
  • E-wallets such as Skrill and PayPal
  • No instant or same day withdrawal available 

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

888 will accept deposits from different types of payment methods and have a full page about these on their site. For the withdrawals, they offer many withdrawal gateways as well. However, our only concern is that there is no instant or same day withdrawals available. Depending on the method it can take between 2 and 8 days. However you can see clearly the status of your withdrawal in the "cashier" -> "History" section.

 9. Mobile Friendly  

Navigation on Smartphone

Is it easy to navigate on your mobile phone?

  • Mobile friendly
  • Easy to navigate through the site
  • Bets placed on a tablet during the review

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

I used my laptop and mobile phone for all my transactions and had no problems. The layout of the site is fine, especially the horse racing cards that have all the form you could wish for. Odds are offered in decimal, fractional and American styles.

 10. Live Streams  

Watch Online

Do they offer live streaming?

  • Livestreaming option available
  • Soccer, horse racing, rugby and snooker featured
  • UK & Irish horse racing streaming can be watched for FREE

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org

Live Streams are available on nearly all the sports on offer, including horse racing, soccer, rugby and snooker which were the main sports I was interested in.

 Final Verdict

Overall Rating

Why we like 888sport in 2021

  • Free UK/IRE Horse Racing Live Streams
  • Great daily football & racing promotions
  • Simple registration process
  • Easy poker games and tournaments in the poker room
  • Lots of great online casino promotions
  • Easy to use on mobile, tablet or laptop
  • New design & easier process to claim welcome bonus (i.e. no need to enter promo code if you are from UK & Irish customer)

Full T&C's apply, 18+, Begambleaware.org