Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on 888sport:
- The variety of bets at 888sport is totally respectable. But it still can’t rival what’s on tap at other New Jersey sportsbooks, DraftKings and PointsBet.
- Education gets prominent — and much deserved — billing at 888sport. Users will find guides and videos on everything from how to make a deposit to different bet types, and much more.
- Odds and customer services are two sore spots at 888sport, which is one of the only sports betting apps that doesn’t offer live chat or phone support.
Supported states: New Jersey
Casino: 888sport offers casino games in New Jersey through the 888casino app. 888sport's selection of casino games features over 100 slots, virtual table games (such as roulette, blackjack) and virtual poker. (Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not online casino games.)
Poker: 888sport offers online poker in New Jersey through the 888poker app. (Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not online poker.)
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Sports and Bets Offered
888sport offers hundreds of bets for popular games, all the standard wagers (moneyline, spread, total), and a vast selection of team and player props, pre-built parlays, and alternative lines. Here’s what it’s missing: Custom bet types and daily odds boosts. While the offerings make it an above-average sportsbook, 888sport still isn’t on the same elite level as DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet.
Prop bets: Dozens of player and team props are available for most games at 888sport. Quick refresher: A prop bet is a bet that focuses on something other than the outcome of the game, typically team or player stats (e.g., “Will Mike Trout record over or under 1.5 hits?”).
Cash out feature: Like most sportsbooks, 888sport has a cash out feature that allows bettors to amend their original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling the bet (or a portion of the bet) before the event has concluded.
Daily odds boosts: 888sport is one of the lone betting apps that does not offer any daily odds boosts. (Refresher: Odds boosts are like getting a free gift with purchase (or bet, in this case), giving you more bang for your buck - on specific bets.)
As noted in the table below, 888sport offers good odds on soccer moneyline bets. For comparison, if average moneyline odds on a team are +125 at other sports betting sites, 888sport might offer odds at +130. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.30 at 888sport versus $1.25 at other sites.
Meanwhile, we found the odds on almost every sport and bet type to be below average. For example, spread bets typically have 10 cent lines, meaning each team is listed at -110 odds. On average, 888sport offers worse odds for spread bets (e.g., -111, -112, -113, and so on).
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
Live betting — as in betting on games that have already started — is an area where 888sport holds its own. Like BetRiversand FanDuel, which also have good live betting ratings, 888sport offers prop bets, instant bets, a live match tracker, and live scores. Features include:
Instant bets: 888sport offers instant bets for the most popular sports — e.g., “What team will be awarded the next throw-in in a soccer match?” or, “What will the result of the next drive be?” in an NFL game.
Live match tracker: For live sports such as hockey, basketball, and soccer, 888sport’s match tracker offers all the features you’d expect — a live clock, quarterly game score, and a graphic that indicates which team is attacking in real-time. Surprisingly, 888sport did not have a live match tracker for NFL games during the 2020-2021 season when we were conducting research for this review.
Live Streaming: 888sport does not stream live sporting events through its app. If that’s a must-have, check out FanDuel and Unibet. Due to the high costs of broadcasting games, live streaming is currently limited to international sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, and table tennis matches.
888sport Mobile App
I had no issues testing the 888sport app on my iPhone 7. The app was responsive, it was easy to navigate to games and bets, and games loaded promptly. That said, customers in New Jersey have left negative reviews about 888sport’s login menu and loading times. I was testing from Michigan and did not experience those issues, so I’m not able to replicate or verify those issues.
888sport is one of the few companies to offer casino games, sports betting, and online poker. However, users must download the 888casino and/or 888poker app to play, whereas other sportsbooks typically combine casino games and sports betting into one single app.
888sport is second to none when it comes to educating first-time bettors. The only thing 888sport doesn’t teach you how to do is consistently bet on winning teams. The sportsbook’s expansive library includes explainers on the most popular bet types, account setup, placing your first bet, and even how to deposit and withdraw money. Everything is stored under a “Getting Started” tab that’s impossible to miss.
888sport blog: In addition to traditional how-to articles, 888sport has a blog with entertaining posts like “Who is the #1 paid NFL kicker?” or “Richest NBA players of all time". The blog also has a section dedicated to betting previews and tips, although there haven’t been any new posts since 2019. (We get it, 2020 was a rough year for everyone.)
Bonuses & Promotions
Promotions for newcomers at 888sport aren’t one of the sportsbook’s high points, and ongoing promotions aren’t as plentiful or as easy to take advantage of as what you’ll find at DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet.
New customers: For first-time customers, 888sport offers a risk-free bet up to $500, which is in line with the industry average. Keep in mind, risk-free bets can only be used on your first bet. If your first bet is only $10 and you lose, you will only be refunded $10. 888sport loses points in this category by giving customers only seven days to use their free bets. For comparison, FanDuel and PointsBet give customers a few months.
Existing customers: 888sport has a few unique ongoing promotions but still doesn’t compare to top-tier sportsbooks that roll out new promotions daily. The three ongoing promotions available when I was testing were centered around users making bets of +300, +400, and +500 odds. Refresher: If odds are rising from +200 to +300 it means payouts are increasing while the likelihood of the user winning the bet is decreasing.
Thanks to its best-in-class educational content, 888sport is an excellent option for first-time bettors who need help getting acclimated to the world of sports betting. The sportsbook also can serve as a secondary betting app for more experienced bettors, keeping in mind that other apps provide better promotions, variety of bets, and odds.
888sport, a subsidiary of 888 Holdings (OTCMKTS: EIHDF), was launched in Europe in 2008. 888 Holdings owns several gambling brands and websites, most of which operate internationally. 888sport has partnered with Caesars Atlantic City Casino in New Jersey to offer online sports betting and is powered by Kambi, a leading sports betting software provider.
What states is 888sport legal in?
888sport is legal in New Jersey.
What deposit methods does 888sport offer?
Bettors can currently deposit at 888sport via online bank transfer (ACH), PayPal, Play+ prepaid cards, credit/debit cards, and PayNearMe.
|Total Deposit Methods||6|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/Varies|
What withdrawal methods does 888sport offer?
888sport currently processes withdrawals via online bank transfer (ACH), PayPal, and Play+ prepaid cards. Minimum deposits and withdrawals are $10.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||4|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||Yes|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||$10/Varies|
What is the minimum deposit at 888sport?
The minimum amount required to open an account at 888sport is $10.
What kind of customer support does 888sport offer?
888sport currently only offers email support. They do not have live chat support or phone support for U.S. operations, which is a big surprise considering how large they are in Europe.
What sports can you bet on at 888sport?
888sport offers betting on 17 sports throughout the year.
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|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.