Signing up with 888sport
They are known as a bookmaker who offers excellent value in terms of odds and a great selection of markets to go with it. 888sport are also very competitive when it comes to lining up ongoing promotions and these change on a regular basis.
Recently, they have amended their welcome offer to give you treble odds on your opening bet. Potentially that could be a generous deal if you happen to land a high price winner so it seemed like the time to test out the sign up process and see in our 888sport review page how easy it was to claim that bonus.
The Welcome Offer
The offer is easily located from the home page and it shows an example of what you could win if you make a successful opening bet. This picture also underlines the important point that the extra winnings are paid out in free bets while there is a further link that takes you to the rest of the terms and conditions.
There’s quite a lot of information here but in reality the offer is pretty straightforward. The other main points include the fact that you have to deposit a minimum of £5.00 and a maximum of £10.00 while you cannot use Skrill or Neteller to make your first deposit.
Take a while to check these before heading on to the registration page.
Registration is over three pages but they are all very brief and just require the very basic information.
Now choose a username, password and security question
Finish off with address, phone number and currency of your bank and you’re done! It’s a very fast process at the end of which you get a nice confirmation.
Click on the ‘Go to Sportsbook’ button and before you start playing, the process will take you to the cashier.
The cashier page is pretty straightforward but remember that you need to avoid Skrill at this point if you are to take advantage of the offer. Credit or debit cards are acceptable but as I always like to play with e-wallets if I possibly can, the choice for me was an easy one.
I completed the Paypal transaction and although I had to log back in to my 888sport account once this had been done, the money was there as soon as I returned.
Placing a Bet
Like all home pages, the list of markets can be found at the left hand side of the home page so if you’re looking for an event on that particular day, it should be at the very top. Scroll down and you will find the full list of sports which seem to be listed by popularity so if you want something a bit ‘niche’ then it could be tricky to track down.
The only way of truly testing the offer is to make a winning first bet so my choice was a difficult one. I wanted something that I thought was fairly certain but at the same time gave me some value so I chose Barcelona to lead Villarreal at half time at what seemed like a very generous 8/9.
Click on your choice and the bet slip is a very familiar one.
Fortunately my pick came in and my account was credited very quickly – within moments of the half time whistle.
888sport promise that your free bets will appear in your account within 72 hours of your opening punt being settled. I checked at regular intervals after landing that initial win and around 24 hours after settlement, it had appeared under my account balance.
Now you must make a selection and if you want to use the freebie, be sure to click on the ‘Free Bets Available’ button.
Remember, these must be used in their entirety as soon as they arrive and they cannot be split into multiple bets.
When making my initial deposit a chat window appeared and it seemed like a good time to test out the support. The good news is that the response time is very quick; this window appeared and an operator was with me within 30 seconds.
There is no mention in the terms and conditions of minimum odds on the opening bet so I thought it was reasonable to check if there was any requirement. Unfortunately it was soon clear that the operator didn’t know what I was talking about.
The initial reply said ‘10’, I said that sounds like a maximum stake, they then asked me to hold, checked if I had an e-mail on the treble the odds offer, told me I was eligible for it and closed the chat session before I had a chance to reply.
I can only think that I was unlucky to have such a basic question and to find someone without an elementary grasp of terms. Next time, I’ll e-mail.
Don’t let that support issue put you off – I’m certainly not going to and I intend to keep playing at 888sport in the long term. What I like is the value and range of markets while I will be sure to make use of the ongoing promotions of which there are many to enjoy.
The welcome offer does need an opening win so it’s not guaranteed in the way that many bookies’ deals are but if you land it, it can be generous. Signing up is also quick and easy and there’s lots to enjoy here at 888sport.