888 Casino, Poker & Sportsbook Review

A gaming powerhouse in New Jersey, 888Casino prides itself on game variety, safety and an excellent user experience.

888Sport launched in New Jersey in 2018. 888 has been affiliated with Caesars in New Jersey since 2013, when 888 became one of the first operators to launch regulated online poker and casino sites in the state and now with their new sportsbook, you can access all three features from a single online wallet.

888 Poker has put in the time and effort to improve their poker room to match the high standard set by their other gaming offerings.

888 is fully licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to offer real money sports betting to legal age players in the state.

Payment Options

  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • NETELLER
  • MasterCard
  • Maestro
  • VISA
  • Trustly

888Sport Welcome Bonus - How To Claim

888 are entering the New Jersey market with one of the most generous welcome bonuses out of any operator. Upon signing up, you are eligible for a $10 Free No Deposit Needed Bonus offer. This allows new customers to try out the website and possibly win some real money, without any deposit required.

The registration bonus and winnings generated from it will be granted to the player in bonus funds and must be watered at least 6 times within 5 calendar days from the date the offer was credited to your account before it can be withdrawn. These qualifying wagers must be placed on sports bets which have odds of -200 or higher.

Casino Bonus and Promotions

New players will get $20 free casino bonus once they've signed up, which is a good way to get yourself acquainted with some of the games on the site. There's no deposit needed at all which is good.

You can also access the $500 welcome bonus after you've made your first deposit, but again do make sure to check the terms and conditions. Members can enjoy deals of the day, and the longer you stay as a member, the more status points you'll get. This is the casino's way of rewarding your loyalty.

Poker Promotions and Bonuses

The 888 Poker welcome offering consists of two bonuses:

  • $20 free on sign up, no deposit required
  • 100% first deposit bonus up to $1500

For the welcome offers, the first is just for signing up for an account. Players will get $20 up front. That’s it. For the second part, 888 Poker will match your initial deposit up to $1,500. That is quite a generous deposit match and one of the better ones we’ve seen.

Registration

To start placing bets at 888Sport, you will first have to create an account. This is a straightforward process and can be completed within a few minutes. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number upon registration for verification purposes which would be an industry standard in New Jersey.

The registration process with 888 Poker is broken into three parts:

  • Name, date of birth and gender
  • Create a username and password, email, created security question, mobile phone number
  • Full address and last four digits of your social security number

Breaking this up into three parts is nice as it doesn’t feel too congested and it’s broken up appropriately.

Mobile Casino Site and App

The mobile NJ site follows the same design as the main site itself, and is clear and easy to use. The interface is nice and clear and nothing is crammed on or missing from the page. You can sign up and play straight from the mobile site as well, which is a nice option. The app is quick to download, and features all the same services and games as the other two sites. You can download it from either the mobile or the main site as well.

Game Options

You'll find four kinds of casino games at 888Casino, and they're all the staples you’d expect: blackjack, roulette, slots and video poker. We've already looked at the slots in a bit of detail, (although it's worth noting there are a lot of progressive jackpot slots, which is great) so let's move on to the casino staples.

There are two versions of roulette available, both single and double, and the table is laid out nicely so you can see your bets and the action clearly. There's only one version of blackjack, but you can customize various elements of the game to your liking, which is something only available at 888. The video poker is another solid choice, and has its own app so you can play on the go as well.

888 Poker offers a healthy variety of games, including the following:

  • No Limit Hold ‘Em: Minimum stakes between $0.01-$0.10
  • Pot Limit Omaha
  • Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
  • Sit & Go: Minimum stakes between $1-$5
  • Tournaments: Minimum stakes between $1-$5
  • Multi-Table Tournaments
  • Stud
  • Stud Hi/Lo
  • BLAST Tournaments: These are modified versions of Spin and Go’s that makes all of the players go all in after about 4 minutes

Competition Level

Fortunately, 888 Poker has games for players of all levels. In fact, on its software, 888 Poker have an entire section of games (Hold ‘Em, Sit & Go and Tournaments) dedicated to beginners. How do we know these are dedicated for beginners? Well, it is literally marked as “Beginners”. Beyond that, of course, there are more advanced versions of the games available.

User Experience

Glitz and glamour are the names of the game on the 888 site. You're greeted with a slick homepage which gets you straight into the action via a featured games list, and the promotions for new players and members are obvious right away.

The bold green and black color scheme works well, and nothing is difficult to locate or interact with. The top menu contains all the detailed information you'll need, but doesn't clutter the screen thanks to being highlightable.

You can also quickly access all the casino's regulatory information and awards with a quick scroll down. The app is clearly promoted and easy to access via the main site too. There are some well-known and good quality slots to enjoy, from Judge Dredd to Elvis The King. There's also the first Zeus slot. Overall though, many of the games are a little old given what's available elsewhere.

When it comes to aesthetic, 888 Poker has it down. With a blue and black color scheme, you’re instantly greeted with a massive graphic advertisement for the welcome offer. At the top of the page, there is a “Play Now” button. From here, you must download 888 Poker, which is a 63.4 MB file. Before we delve into that, let’s look at the rest of the site.Along the same pane as the Play Now button, there are links to the promotions, getting started, tournaments, banking, help page and a blog. Back to the games, once you open the file for 888 Poker, you’re brought to a lobby that is arranged for beginners, quick seating, your favorites, and just all games in general. Each game displayed the the minimum stakes, too. It’s a fairly minimal software, but it gets the job done, which is all that matters.

Software

888 has really grown its stable of providers recently, and that's a good thing. That said, there's not that many slots to choose from compared to some other online slot casinos, and having a few more developers getting involved would certainly be a benefit.

Along with DraftKings and Sugarhouse, 888Sport runs on the Kambi sports betting platform which allows it to enter the New Jersey market with an established provider. The result is a fluid and engaging interface that is extremely easy to navigate through.

888Sport is also available on both mobile web and also via two native apps. The iOS version can be found on the App Store, with the download for the Android App available directly from the 888 website. These versions contain all the features available on desktop and once familiar, prove much easier to navigate compared to the standard website.

Getting Started

For new sports bettors, 888 comes with a Getting Started section which is filled with helpful walkthrough articles guiding the novice bettor on the beginning of their sports betting journey. These include a Sport Betting 101 piece which explains some of the gambling terms you may have hear before but have always been unsure of, alongside separate articles explaining how odds work along with different bet and market types you would expect to find at the majority of sportsbooks.

Sports and Markets Available at 888Sport

888Sport offers betting an impressively large variety of sports, with all the expected favourites present along with some more niche events such as Darts, Rugby & Australian Rules. Some of these can be seen below:

  • Baseball
  • Football (NFL, NCAA etc.)
  • Basketball (NBA,NCAA,WNBA etc.)
  • Soccer
  • Ice Hockey
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Motorsport (NASCAR, INDY etc.)
  • UFC/MMA

Alongside their large offering of different sports, 888 also supports a wide range of markets per contest. Choices for the bettor include the usual money-line, point spreads and a large variety of prop bets. For those out their who prefer to increase their odds, parlays can be made with up to 12 selections allowing for some big wins if successful. Teasers are also available in the form of alternative lines in the Spread and Total Points markets for most games.

Futures betting is also available on most major sports with 888. This is where you are betting on the outcome of a competition well in advance of the end date. Not only can you bet on the outright winner of the competition like the winner of the Super Bowl, but 888 has a wealth of options such as betting on each divisional winner in the NFL or betting on the 6th Man of the Year or the MVP in the NBA.

Betting Lines at 888Sport

One criticism of 888Sport would be the betting lines offered, in particular money line betting. Whilst the point spreads for NFL and NBA games are par for the course, some money lines offered appear to be slightly the greedy side on 888’s part but not flagrant enough that it would put you off using the site completely.

If you are a higher staking customer or are lucky enough to have a large win, you may be interested in the Maximum payouts offered by 888Sport. These are noted on site in the Betting rules section and the amount can vary from sport to sport and from market to market. For example, up to $100,000 can be won on NBA markets with $50,000 being the maximum payout for NFL and MLB bets.

Betting Features at 888Sport

In-Play betting is one of the first things you will see on the homepage on 888Sport. For customers who have not encountered this before, this is an exciting feature which allows you to place a wager whilst the game is ongoing. This opens up a whole new range of markets across the different sports offered with the option to bet on immediate outcomes whilst the action takes place. This opens up a whole other aspect of betting whereby you can watch the first portion of a game and decide on your wager based on how the performance is going so far.

Cash out is a feature which bettors across the water have been availing of for a few years and is sure to revolutionise betting in the United States as it has further afield. This feature essentially allows you to take your profit and run if you can feel the tide turning in your bet.

For example, imagine you have placed a bet on your team to beat New England on the money-line market and now at the beginning of the 4th quarter, Brady is beginning to chip away at your once comfortable lead. You have seen this before and can sense the worst is about to happen. With Cash out, you can now have your bet settled and make off with some winnings before the game has finished. This facility runs off the odds from the In-Play betting for the game and allows you to profit on your wager even if your selection goes on to lose.

Current Promotions Offered at 888Sport

Promotions and bonuses are not just for the new customer at 888Sport with a number of ongoing offers available at all times. Currently they have a daily rewards promotion, which sets out daily and weekly challenges for the customer and upon completion, they will be awarded with free bonus funds.

Also, there is a generous NFL Parlay offer available where If you place an NFL Parlay bet of $20 or more with at least 3 selections in it you will be awarded a $5 bonus instantly the following day. Customers can avail of this promotion once a week (Thursday - Sunday).

Customer Support

If problems do arise when using 888Sport they do provide several ways to help. If your question does not specifically relate to your account you can likely find your answer in the online help section found at the bottom of each page, which takes you to an FAQ page. If this does not answer your query, there is a ‘Contact Us’ form available from which one of the support team will email you a response, advertises as within 24 hours. For a more immediate resolution, there is also a toll-free customer support telephone number available along with a Live Chat facility which can be found in the Cashier section of your account.

Trust & Safety

When choosing a sportsbook, it is important that you can trust the company you are dealing with and this is never in question with 888Sport. As part of the award winning 888 group which is in operation since 2008, over the years they have won critical acclaim from multiple industry bodies for excellence in their online operations and also their socially responsible practices.

888Sport NJ is fully licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. As a state-approved operator you can rest assured that all betting activity online is full secure and deposits, withdrawals and bets are guaranteed safe.

Payments and Banking with 888Sport

There are a wide variety of banking options available to you at 888Sport including the standard debit/credit card options, alongside the more popular e-wallets such as Paypal and Neteller. There is also an option to deposit and withdraw in person using the Cash at Cage facility in the Caesars Atlantic City Casino which can be useful if in the area as this would be the quickest way to receive your winnings. For depositing, another option is the PayNearMe facility, which allows you to make a deposit into your online account at any 7-11 store.

Not all deposit methods also accept withdrawals including debit/credit cards, as is the case with other sportsbooks in the state, but we would expect this to change as the gambling market in New Jersey grows.

Mobile Usability at 888poker

888 Poker is available for both iOS and Android devices. Luckily, for mobile users, you can expect a similar experience to the software on the desktop application. You will turn your phone sideways to play the games, though the selection is a bit more limited on mobile. In the early stages of the app, it was a bit dysfunctional, but it’s clear that 888 Poker invested more time and resources into because everything runs incredibly smooth.

Software

888 Poker uses the software from its parent company, 888 Holdings. With them, it uses 888’s Dragonfish Software to bring the online poker to life.

FAQ

How do I deposit/withdraw via Cash at Cage?

To deposit at the Caesars Atlantic City Cage, simply bring a valid Photo ID with you and the cage representative will assist you.

To Withdraw, firstly initiate the withdrawal from your online account selecting ‘Cash’ as your payment method. Once your withdrawal has been approved you will receive email confirmation to let you know your withdrawal can be collected. Again, valid photo ID will be required at the Casino to complete your withdrawal.

How does 888Sport verify I’m in the state of New Jersey?

When using 888sport, they periodically use a geolocation service (in the background) to ensure you’re physically located within the state of New Jersey. For this reason it is important to ensure your Wifi is always switched on when playing at 888Sport.

Do I register an account and make deposits with 888Sport if outside New Jersey?

Yes, you can register an account and make deposits from anywhere in the US; however you must be located in New Jersey to play for real money.

Where do I find the 888Sport Apps?

For iOS, simply visit the Apple Store and search for 888Sort, then Download the app.

For Android, visit the 888 website from your Android device and initiate the download from there. Note: You will need to allow installation of non-market apps. You can do this by clicking Settings > Applications or Security and checking the box ‘Unknown Sources’.

Further Information

Website Address:

http://www.888casino.com/

Support and Contact Information:

support@888sport.com

Address:

601-701 Europort, Gibraltar

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Lou Monaco

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