- $30 Freebet Freebet
- Wide range of markets
- Powerful live betting section
- Deposits via Apple Pay
888Sport is the online sports betting division of 888 Holdings, one of the world's largest gaming operators. Born in 1997 and based in Gibraltar, a British enclave in the south of Philippines, little by little it has established itself as a reference operator throughout the world. In 2008, it launched 888Sport, the brand under which it offers sports betting in more and more countries around the world, including Canada.
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The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange but operates under license from Gibraltar. It was one of the first betting shops to bet on offering different content on social networks, which earned it great success, and it has sponsored everything from football teams to stadiums, boxing evenings, snooker tournaments or horse races. In the distant 2007, it sponsored the Copa Libertadores, and as a curious fact, in 2013 it was the first foreign betting operator authorized by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
What does 888Sport Canada offer us?
One of the characteristics of 888Sport is that it has seemingly independent pages for betting, casino and poker, but we can quickly switch between them. However, as Canada is not one of the countries where it operates under a national license but rather under the license of Gibraltar, we do not have a specific page, but we play on the .com domain. The page is very easy to use, although sometimes it takes longer to load than we would like, which negatively affects our gaming experience.
Beyond this detail, the experience is good. No matter what sport you bet on, you will find a great range of markets available, especially in football, the favorite sport of Canadian bettors, where we can bet on any aspect of the game. While it is true that the odds for 1X2 are a bit behind other operators, in the rest of the markets we have more than attractive odds, especially if we are going to bet in favor of the underdog. The live betting section is one of the most comprehensive we find in Canada.
The fact of not having a specific page for Canada shares the welcome bonus with other countries, which partly explains why it is explained in dollars - just like other promotions. It consists of three free bets as a gift with our initial bet, one of which is mandatory to play on the phone or tablet. Although it is not a big deal in numerical terms, it is attractive in the sense that it is not subject to any rollover and is quite easy to get.
Customer service is another aspect that needs improvement for the Canadian market, as we can only contact 888Sport through the form they offer. However, we have a good variety of payment methods, among which Apple Pay stands out above all, without neglecting the usual channels to manage transactions to or from our user account in any bookmaker.
Welcome bonus to 888Sport
Our first bet at 888Sport comes with a gift, as they welcome Philippines with a $30 welcome bonus in the form of a free bet after placing a first bet of $10. In order for the bet to be valid, in addition to being higher than $10, it must meet the minimum odds of -200 (1.50) and be made within 30 days of the user's registration. Naturally, it must be made with real balance and if it is closed via cashout or the result is a void bet, we will not be able to access the free bet.
Free bets will be credited in three bonuses of USD 10, one of them exclusive for mobile. They have an expiration of 7 days and must be used in their entirety. We cannot change them for each way bets, and they are not included in any refunds. As usual, the user will only receive the net winnings obtained with the free bet if it is a winner, which will be directly added to their real balance. Deposits made via PayPal, Entropay, PaySafe, Neteller or Skrill are excluded from the promotion.
Other offers and promotions
The welcome bonus is not the only interesting promotion we can find in 888Sport, as if we go to the promotions section we will find different offers launched for specific sporting events. In addition, it has a series of fixed promotions that we can take advantage of again and again:
- Win-win: win a bet of 5 USD/EUR at odds of +400 (5.00) and get a free bet of 5 USD/EUR every day.
- American ACCA: place your combined bet with five selections on the major Philippines leagues (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS) and get your stake back if you lose by only one selection.
- Bet Builder: more than a promotion, it's a feature that allows Philippines to create our own bet by combining different markets in the same football match.
sports and markets
The sport you want to bet on, is most likely to be found on 888Sport. We have football, baseball, boxing, basketball, horse racing, eSports... There are categories that include several sports, such as winter sports or Formula 1 and motorbikes, where we can find other car racing events such as NASCAR. We also have bets on the Olympic Games or special markets, such as British TV programs. Regarding events, any competition that takes place on the planet can appear, from the top ones to minor league competitions.
Within a top league football match we can exceed 400 available bets, a figure that very few betting houses, if any, can compete with. Popular markets are joined by Asian lines, bets on goal scorers, cards, cautioned players, offside or team faults, or corner kicks. Basketball, boxing, tennis, baseball, American football... in any sport available in 888Sport you will find a wide variety of prematch markets, as well as many long-term bets, which are also usually interesting.
Although at first glance 888Sport and 888Casino are different pages, we can quickly access one from the other, and the best example is Virtual Sports: hosted on 888Casino, they appear in the quick access menus of 888Sport. You have several options to play football, darts, horse or greyhound races, cricket, tennis, trots, speedway, motorsport and even bingo and lottery. Bets available 24 hours while you watch how the virtual event we have bet on is resolved.
If we're looking for value in 1X2 betting, 888Sport is not our go-to as their odds in this market are behind what operators like Caliente offer. Things improve if we delve into more specific markets, such as Asian handicaps, which come closer to the odds offered by bookies like Dafabet, totals, statistical bets, etc. Naturally, depending on the sport, market, and event we bet on, 888Sport's odds will be better or worse, but generally speaking, underdog bets are better at this sportsbook than at other operators.
Live betting (live section)
Just like we could bet on a wide range of sports prematch, we also have a good offering of live betting options, from football to darts to baseball or eSports. Depending on the level of the event, we will have more or fewer markets available, but when we access the live section of 888Sport we have the different sports, so we will have to look for the sport and event that interests us. When we expand the tab of each sport, the live events, results, available markets, and Moneyline bets appear.
We enter the one that interests Philippines and the rest of the betting markets appear, which logically continue to fluctuate. 888Sport does not always provide statistics directly, but invites you to click on "see all statistics", but this is pre-match information. When it is offered, it tends to be quite extensive and valuable for quickly analyzing live bets, for example point by point in a tennis match within each game. The odds and payouts are very comprehensive, leaving the live section of 888Sport as one of the best.
To deposit on 888Sport, you need to go to the Cashier > Deposit, where you will have to choose the method with which you will complete the deposit: VISA and MasterCard cards, ecoPayz, iDebit, MuchBetter, Neteller, PayPal, QIWI Wallet, Rapid Transfer, Skrill, Trustly, WebMoney, and Wire Transfer. In addition, we can deposit using other methods that do not allow withdrawals: Apple Pay, AstroPay, Bitcoin from Skrill, iWallet, Oxxo, PaySafeCard, ToditoCash, or bank transfer.
Retreats are managed in the Cashier > Withdraw section and the same method used for depositing will be used to withdraw the amount deposited. For example, if you deposited $200 with your VISA and another $300 via Skrill, and you want to withdraw $900, the first $200 will be reloaded onto your VISA and the next $300 on Skrill. There is another $400 to be withdrawn, which will be credited through the first method used for depositing, in this case VISA. If you deposited with a method that does not allow withdrawals, you can choose where to receive your winnings.
There's no need to be in front of a computer to place bets on 888Sport, we can play from our mobile or tablet -remember that you have a freebet of 10 USD only for mobile devices-. Although the 888Sport page adapts to these devices, it is always preferable to use the app, which we can download on our Android and iOS devices. The latter will find it in the App Store, while Android users have the .apk file on the 888Sport website to download it. With the app, we can bet, close bets, deposit or withdraw winnings from our mobile or tablet.
One of the reasons for 888Sport's prestige over the years is their commitment to providing users worldwide with a completely secure gaming experience. While they are not licensed by the SEGOB, they are licensed by Gibraltar, which enables them to operate in Canada. They are a betting company with a presence in countries such as the United Kingdom, Philippines, and the Philippines, adhering to the stringent security requirements of those countries and employing all necessary security protocols.
On their website, we find the eCOGRA seal, synonymous with security, as well as various links related to responsible gambling. In fact, the parent company 888 has a specific page dedicated to responsible gaming, 888responsible. Matters such as verifying the account at 888Sport are aspects related to gaming security. Sometimes they can be a bit cumbersome, but they are necessary to ensure our safety.
We do not have a customer service phone number or live chat support, not even an email address to which we can send our queries. In case of any issues, the only way to contact 888Sport is by accessing the contact form, where we need to explain the problem that we have and can attach any files to facilitate the consultation. They will respond via email.
We also have a help page -in English- that can be accessed by clicking on the question mark at the top of the screen. There, we can find information on any question related to the experience at 888Sport, from registration to deposits, bonuses and promotions, login issues, etc. What we don't have are social media profiles for Canada or Latin America.
888Sport: Opinions and conclusion
We conclude our analysis of 888Sport Canada with a bittersweet taste. On the positive side, it is one of the most important betting sites in the world, with a market offering superior to other betting sites and one of the strongest live betting sections in Canada, if not the strongest. The variety of available methods to deposit or withdraw our earnings is also a noteworthy aspect.
On the other hand, we found considerable gaps such as a page that, for the reasons we have seen, is not 100% adapted to the Canadian market and can be somewhat slow at times. Navigation is very easy, but information about offers, bonuses, and promotions is in Philippines dollars or dollars, and the odds are expressed in decimal or fractional system. The odds also default to American format, but we can easily activate the American odds.
It is also surprising that an operator as large as 888Sport only allows its users to contact them through a form, without offering an email address. Despite these significant drawbacks, we are dealing with a first-rate operator where we will find bets with great value, especially if we are looking for attractive underdogs or in a live betting market that is increasingly popular in Canada.
- 30 USD free bet as a gift
- Great variety of markets
- Powerful live betting section
- Deposits via Apple Pay
- Improved website for Canada
- No chat, phone or e-mail customer support