There is more good news for those looking to bet on sports— 888sport, using its affiliation with Caesars, has now entered the NJ online sports betting space, bringing the total number of operators to seven. With 888sport’s early September launch, New Jersey now has seven sports betting operators from which to choose.
Why is this a positive development, you ask? Because more options means more signup bonuses, promotions, and incentives for players. The 888 brand, which is one of the forerunners of internet gambling, may be familiar to New Jersey residents as the company has long offered online casino and poker games to current residents.
888sport has teamed up with gaming tech company Kambi to generate its betting odds and prices, joining DraftKings Sportsbook and SugarHouse’s sports betting offering as the third NJ betting app to do so. 888sport offers its users the ability to bet on all of the sports and leagues one would expect and then some. Want to get in on women’s college basketball or lacrosse? You can. They plan to offer eSports betting, too (it is listed on the main menu, but not yet available). As for betting, like all other sportsbooks, standard pre-game wagers with a variety of alternate odds and totals are available, as are parlays and futures bets. 888sport also offers a wide-ranging set of options for in-play live betting. Be sure to check out “Instant Betting,” which offers a live prop that has a near immediate outcome. For example, the site offers odds on whether a specified upcoming batter will reach base via a hit or walk.
Kambi powers 888sport
888sport’s betting app will be powered by Kambi, which underpins the sportsbook for both DraftKings and SugarHouse, meaning the lines and odds presented in these three apps, with a few exceptions, will be identical. Each provider does have the ability to request custom action – such as how DraftKings offers betting on daily fantasy totals – but they may have to pay extra for that privilege. For the average bettor, this means they can’t get any different odds across the three sites and that it will ultimately come down to preference on interface and bonus offers.
888sport sign up process
The sign up process for 888sport is quick and easy. Simply enter your full name, home address, telephone number, and a valid e-mail address to get started. Here’s the sign up page:
888sport does require your social security number and will require users to install Geolocation software on your computer before using the sportsbook, but it only takes a few minutes to get set up. One cool feature is that 888sport gives users a free $10 bonus without even making a deposit. Also of note, you can browse the site’s lines, offerings, promos, and features before making a deposit.
Depositing money into 888sport
888sport makes it easy to get your money into an account, as they should. Users can fund their accounts through one of several different methods. A $10 minimum deposit can be made via standard checking account, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, eCheck, online bank transfers, or the PayNearMe, which is available at any 7-Eleven store.
888sport promo code and bonus
In addition to the $10 sign up bonus, 888 also offers a rather aggressive initial deposit bonus without needing a promo code. They will provide a 100% match of a new user’s initial deposit up to $500. There are, however, some pretty rough stipulations that will make it difficult to successfully wager and keep that money. From the site’s terms and conditions:
The Welcome Bonus and winnings generated from the Welcome Bonus will be granted to the player in bonus funds and must be wagered such at least 6 times within 30 days from the date it was credited to such players account before being withdrawn. Wagers must be placed on sports bets which have odds of -200 or higher. Parlay bets (a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together) with combined odds -200 or higher will also count towards the wagering requirements. If wagering requirements are not met within 30 days, the Welcome Bonus and such winnings generated from the bonus will be forfeited by the player.
Must be wagered at least six times within 30 days of initial deposit on wagers with odds of -200 or higher? Good luck with that.
888sport NJ competitors
Right now, 888sport is available in New Jersey only on Android and through its web-based interface, but an iOS app is coming soon. As such, this review is based on the desktop version of the 888 sportsbook.
It’s clear early on that the sportsbooks that feature a mobile-friendly interface will lead in legal US sports betting. Apps from PlayMGM and Caesars look awful compared to DraftKings, FanDuel, and even SugarHouse. 888sports offer a clean, mobile-focused interface that will instantly be familiar to younger players.
Withdrawing money from 888sport
You’ll need a checking account if you want to get your money out efficiently (2-4 days). Here are the turnaround stipulations:
Betting with 888sport
One thing I really like about the main page is the convenient optionality it provides users:
Popular events, upcoming events, live betting options, and easily accessible menus provide for easy navigation into a variety of sports and wager types. Once a particular game is selected, users in have the ability to wager on point spreads, alternate point spreads, totals, alternate totals, and a robust offering of game props. What about betting odds? While each individual operator can made modifications to its odds and bet offerings, Kambi, which also works with DraftKings and PlaySugarHouse, handles 888 sport’s betting board, so the lines all three with often align with one another. As always, before placing any wager, it’s always best to check other books to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.
888sport offers betting on an impressive amount of sports. Have a look for yourself.
NCAA Men’s Basketball
NCAA Men’s Football
NCAA Women’s Basketball
Can’t wait to get in on some eSports action.
Most of the prop options that are available prior to the start of a game remain once the game begins. For instance, baseball offerings include team to score first/last, correct score, winning margin, first scoring play, odd/even total runs, among several other options that remain throughout the contest. As I mentioned earlier, the “Instant Betting” option makes it quick and easy to lock in a wager that has a near immediate result. That’s fun and a feature that players who want repeated and sustained action will love.
Player limits and responsible gambling
The New Jersey DGE is requiring all online sportsbooks to inform its users of potential gambling pitfalls and provide resources and tools available to those who need them. In what appears to be a standard feature of all legal sports betting apps, 888sport allows bettors to set daily, weekly, and monthly deposit and spending limits. This ensures that a person won’t wildly throw money into the account or chase high loss totals once it is there. Moreover, bettors can set daily time limits that restricts overall usage, and they can also impose self-suspensions for “cool down” periods as well as a self-exclusion to prohibit future use altogether.
Moreover, 888 Sport provides a list of gambling myths and risks associated with gambling, along with information about gambling addictions. There’s a green responsible gaming icon that appears at the top right-hand corner of the screen that allows users to easily access these features and tutorials.
888sport is actually based out of Gibralter and was founded in 2008. They’ve focused heavily on social media to promote their brand. They became one of the first non-US companies to be approved for online betting in 2013, when Nevada granted them a license to operate.
The company itself launched in 1997 and has become popular largely through its poker properties. But over the last few years their revenues began to soar as mobile betting took off. They have won three major gaming awards including Online Bingo Operator of the Year at the IGA Gaming Awards, Best Bingo Marketing Campaign from EGR, and Best Digital Operator at the Global Gaming Awards in Las Vegas.
There’s really nothing wrong with 888sport. It looks good, it works well, and it’s easy to navigate. A full list of sports selections and betting options are offered, which is great, and the aggressive initial deposit match is intriguing. However, the fine print on the deposit bonus makes it extremely difficult for users to withdraw that money. They have an uphill climb to compete with the big names in the space like DraftKings and FanDuel, but they’ll have to establish trust with US bettors to do so.
We’ll update this page with some additional thoughts once the app becomes available.
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