888 have arguably become one of biggest all-round gambling success stories over the last decade. The company have seen fit to enter sports, bingo, casino and poker sections of the industry, but it’s been the company’s willingness to improve that has seen their reputation rise in this time.
The company are now highly respected in all areas of online gambling and with that a huge amount of credit needs to be given. Throughout this review we will be looking at how they’ve gone about turning themselves from a bit-part player, to a powerhouse within the gambling industry.
The success of their sports betting section has largely been down to their fantastic welcome offer. What you’re getting is treble the odds on your first bet from just about any bet that you see on the site.
The promotion starts by simply making your first deposit and placing your first bet between £5 and £10. If your bet is successful then 888Sport will credit your account with 3 times the original odds that you accepted upon placing the bet. All you need to do is place your bet and then 888Sport will credit your account with the additional winnings within 72 hours. The winnings that hit your account will be in the form of free bet tokens (cash for the outcome of the original stake). You must make your bet within 90 days of opening your account and the bet must be settled within 1 calendar year of placing the bet. The maximum amount you can claim from one bet is £5,000 and any tokens must be used in their entirety within 7 days of receiving them.
Bet £20, Get £10
As the title suggests, you’re also going to be eligible to claim a £10 free bet when you deposit and place a bet of just £20. You need to enter the bonus code ‘888TV’ when you make your deposit and all bets must be made at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater. You need to place a bet within 14 days of making your deposit and you get 7 days to use your free bet token once it has been issued.
88th Minute Special
At 888Sport, if a goal is scored after the 88th minute (football) that sinks your bet, then they will refund the bet up to £25. You need to have placed the bet on any Win-Draw-Win or Correct Score market in either the Premier League, La Liga or Champions League matches. The free bet will hit your account within 24 hours of the bet being settled and you get 72 hours to use your free bet token before it’s then expired.
Betting Odds and Markets
The pricing on 888Sport over the last couple of years has seen a massive improvement, and as a result it’s been one of the main reasons why it’s done so well in keeping hold of their players. Oddschecker.com has them as one of the top bookmakers for betting on football matches and from the testing we have done have often seen them well within the top 5 bookmakers. What’s been impressive is that on a couple of occasions they have been industry best priced for certain bets, which is no mean feat given how strong the competition is.
Markets has been an area in which they have improved, but it’s still safe to say they do lack a little when compared with some of their rivals. The main sports are all there such as football, horse racing, cricket, tennis, rugby and golf, but the depth of some of the lesser sports are what’s really holding the bookmaker back.
The sportsbook is fully accessible on mobile devices and can be downloaded if you are using an iOS device. Like most sportsbooks, Android users will have to settle for the mobile version through their smartphones browser, but it’s still essentially the same. You can either download the app by visiting the App Store, entering your email on the website before they send you a link, scan the QR code on the website or enter your SMS and they’ll text you details for how to download it.
Live betting is a strong card for 888Sport and you’re going to be getting a huge array of markets to bet on. The majority of their football, tennis, rugby, cricket, golf, American football and Basketball games will all hit the live betting section, with a number of games from other, less highlighted sports.
When you register a new account at the 888 Casino you will be able to take advantage of their £100 welcome bonus. The bonus is actually a 100% match on your opening deposit of £20 or more. Once you are registered and made your deposit, the money should hit your account instantly, although they do stress that if the money hasn’t hit your account, then you should contact them before playing at the casino as this could void future bonus offers.
You’ll basically get 90 days in which to clear the full amount of your bonus that needs to be played through 30 times before you can withdraw. Any bonus or winnings from bonus money that has not meet this clearing criteria within the time period will then be removed from your account.
If you are a high roller or looking to take on a larger bonus when you first register with 888 Casino then is an alternative. You can actually claim up to £1,500 within the first week of play, by making 5 separate deposits. The first deposit works exactly the same as your welcome in terms of a 100% match up to £100. You will need to type in the bonus code ‘Welcome1’ however when you deposit to signify you want the extended offer.
The next four deposits are all 30% matches worth up to £350 each. Again, they have exactly the same clearing requirements as the welcome bonus, but for each deposit you will need to use the code ‘Welcome2’, ‘Welcome3’, ‘Welcome4’ and ‘Welcome5’ respectively for each deposit. Over the 5 deposits, this will total £1,500.
£88 Free Play
The casino will also offer you the option of claiming £88 in free play money. This money will be credited to your account to use as you wish throughout the casino. To opt-in you must click the link that will be emailed to you within 48 hours of opening your account. The maximum win you can get from the £88 is £15, but this does not include jackpot wins, which will be paid out in full. You get 7 days to use your free play money before it will be removed from your account.
Software and Games
888 Casino is powered by Random Logic software, who are admittedly not the biggest name in the industry. That being said, they do make some of the most eye-catching and entertaining slots in the industry, which is exactly what you want as a casino player. The software can either be accessed via their instant play browser games or by a download version for both Mac and Windows compatible computers.
The software can also be accessed on your mobile device. You can either download this from the App Store or simply visit the casino via your mobile browser to be instantly directed where to go.
The table games on offer are actually pretty poor when you compare with others in the same sector. You have about 6 variations of blackjack and about 9 variations of roulette to play, but aside from that, it’s all you’re going to get.
Unfortunately, slots follow a similar theme to the table games in that there aren’t all that many to choose from. You’ve got about 30 titles in total and whilst in all honesty this is more than enough for the majority of casino players out there, comparing it with other companies such as software providers NetEnt, this is merely a fraction of what the competition are providing.
That being said, the games that are on offer are of a really high quality. For example, A Nightmare on Elm Street is a masterpiece, Superman is stunningly designed and Gonzo’s Quest is one of the all-time classic slots.
At the bingo room of 888 you’re getting a massive 500% match on your opening deposit worth up to £50. The minimum deposit to qualify for the bonus is just £5, with the maximum needed to claim the full amount being that of just £10.
You will need tow ager through your bonus 4 times before being able to withdraw your bonus. You will get 7 days in which to claim your bonus then a further 30 days in which to clear the full amount. Any remaining bonus after this timeframe will be removed from your account along with any winnings.
One thing we will point out straight away is that 888 Bingo run a boatload of promotions throughout the year. These are often seasonal so it’s worth checking back on their website to see what is running and when. Whilst we could list a whole host of promotions from the bingo room, the majority at the minute are short term, so likely when you read this they will have expired.
But, as an example you can expect to see things such as weekend giveaways, late night increased prize pools, guaranteed giveaways, Grab a Grand (monthly) and loads more.
Software and Games
888Bingo is on the Dragonfish network, which like their casino software, isn’t the biggest in the industry by any means. But, you can still pick up 90 and 75 ball bingo, coverall jackpots, progressive jackpots and featured slots. In terms of side games you’re really looking at just slots for the most part, with some of the higher profile titles including Wizard of Oz, Bruce Lee 2, Party Pigs and Elements.
The rooms are played via your browser, with no download version available for desktop players. There is a mobile optimised version available as well, although again it’s not downloadable.
When you register a new account with 888Poker you’ll be eligible to take advantage of their poker welcome package. The first part of the package is a bonus that is a 100% match of your opening deposit up to $200. The bonus will hit your account in increments, so for every 100 status points you earn whilst playing at the poker room, you’ll receive $10 of your total bonus.
You essentially get 90 days in which to clear your full bonus. If any bonus remains after this period of time then it will be removed from your account. You may make deposits after your initial deposit and whilst you are still clearing that deposit, but only the initial deposit will count towards the bonus and clearing.
On top of the welcome bonus you’ll also receive two tickets to the weekly $1,000 Depositors Freeroll that is ran every day at 888Poker. And, for every week that you make a deposit you will be given the same 2 free tickets for each of those weeks as well.
Road to Rewards
As part of signing up to 888Poker you’ll be able to gain access to some exclusive tournaments, completely free of charge. There are 4 free tickets in total, two being for the $3,000 Go For Gold and 2 for the $6,000 Road to Gold.
Software and Games
One of the more unique things about the 888 Poker Room is that they are run on their own independent network. This means that they essentially get to pick and choose what they do and how they go about design their software. Whilst this adds a unique concept to the game, it does limit it in terms of traffic somewhat. What we will say is that at peak times the games are actually good, but off-peak they do tend to drop off quite considerably, even to the point of struggling to find a decent game.
That being said, you can both download the poker client to your desktop or you can play via your browser in their instant play format. On top of that, mobile players can simply download to the app to their smartphone or their tablet to get started immediately. The games and player pool for both the desktop version and mobile version are exactly the same.
There’s a good range of games available which include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo, 7 Card Stud and even 888’s innovative webcam game, where you can see your opponents!
888 were set up back in 1997, primarily as a casino outlet. They were originally established in Antigua, but now reside in Gibraltar. It was Israeli entrepreneurs Avi and Aaron Shaked who founded the company, but these days Chairman Richard Kilsby and CEO Brian Mattingley are the figureheads behind the brand.
888 held a number of holdings throughout the years, such as Pacific Poker and Casino-On-Net, but it wasn’t until 2006 where they decided to sue their brand name for one of their products. Some claim that the omission of the US market from the online poker industry forced their hand somewhat, and whilst this may be true, they were far less reliant on US custom from Pacific Poker than many of their rivals. The brand change came as a fresh start for 888 and as it turned out, were the starting blocks for one of the biggest brand names in the gambling industry.