Having been alive and kicking online since 1997, it is little surprise that 888.com managed to nab themselves such a little beauty of a web address. But what have 888 gone and done with it is the question. Perhaps better known for their poker and casino (indeed, thumping in the URL 888.com will lead solely to their offerings on those fronts – to access betting requires punters to type in 888sport.com), they do offer a lively enough sportsbook too.
It is a perfectly adequate betting offering from the triple eight chaps and chapettes; a huge range of markets (often up to 100 on big football matches), on an enormous range of sports, including trotting which if it is what I think, is not the sort of thing anyone should be betting on.
They also arguably have the most in-depth in-play schedule of any bookmaker in the world. They will take your punt in running on just about anything at all, going on at any time, anywhere.
Another area where you may not expect 888 to be as strong as they are is with their statistical content, available from any individual matchup page. Click on the little graph icon below the names of the two sides, and a pop-up will appear with information about last few matches, past contests, individual players of note and a variety of other stats.
Yes Ray I’m coming to it – relax my old duck. And of course, how could we omit the in-play, with over 90% of markets offered in-running, unsurprisingly accounting for around 50% of Bet365’s profits.
New customers who have a first bet between £5-£10, will receive treble their odds from 888, with the extra winnings being dished out in free bets. It isn’t harsh to say that there are better introductory offers around.
888 accept an impressive variety of deposit methods so you won’t have any trouble funding your account wherever you live. Some deposit methods have variable maximum deposit limits based on your location and history
As we have mentioned, many people overlook 888 for their sports betting, but there really is no need to. Its basics are absolutely a match for their illustrious gaming rivals. Perhaps the welcome bonus for sportsbook players could be more generous however (its casino offers up to £888 free as to new gamers, whilst even poker lobs £20 at you, ultimately reflecting where the company see their acquisition strengths.)
In a line:
Not as useful to have stored on your phone as 999, but well worth downloading the app anyway
|Annual Revenue:||£300 million|
|License:||UK Gambling Commission|
|Football Betting Margin:||3.9%|