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Is 888sport safe?

3 May 2021

888sport has won many a plaudit since it went live in New Jersey. We look at how safe the burgeoning online sportsbook is and where you can legally place a wager.

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Jacob Ljunggren

BettingScanner's resident safety expert highlights four factors that make 888sport arguably the safest online sportsbook to bet within New Jersey.

New Jersey license 888sport has been legal in NJ since 2018.

Safe deposits and withdrawals You can choose from a number of secure payment providers.

Trustworthy welcome offer It may not be the largest, but it's an honest welcome offer.

High-value odds It's what sports betting ultimately comes down to, and 888sport offer some of the best odds in NJ.

888Sport: Licensed and legal in New Jersey

The European sportsbook chose New Jersey as its first port of call in the US, and it has not disappointed. The company's NJ product is one of the best in the market and 100% legal for use in the state. It has also picked up multiple awards for its NJ product including three consecutive eGR Operator Awards.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is the body that awarded the license to 888sport back in 2018. This license means that 888sport is an approved operator, has paid its license fee and state tax. Since it is fully regulated by a state body, the company is liable and therefore much more trustworthy than an offshore operator.

888sport also has an online sports betting license in Nevada. However, due to the in-person requirement placed on customers by the state, you cannot sign-up, deposit or withdraw with 888Sport online.

Outside of the US, the online sportsbook is one of the most trusted operators in the world. 888sport is operational in almost every major European and Asian markets.

    888Sport welcome offer

    Risk-free bet up to $500

    1. New customers only
    2. Valid until December 31, 2021
    3. Single bets only
    4. Free bets expire after 7 days
    5. Free bet stakes not included in returns
    6. NJ players only

    Is it safe to use 888sport in New York?
    Nils Edmondson

    Nils Edmondson

    In short - yes. It is perfectly legal to download, sign-up and use your 888sport NJ app in New York or any state in the US. However, you will be unable to place a wager until you are in New Jersey.

    Many New Yorkers make the short journey to New Jersey to place a wager.

    You can take the following modes of transport to do so:

    NJ Transit Trains: These take between 20-30 minutes assuming you get off at Hoboken or Newport. This is one of the most expensive options with tickets costing between $6-12.

    PATH subway: Your journey should take around 20 minutes. A ticket costs around $2.75.

    Ferry: A scenic but expensive route with a fare of around $9. You can take the ferry from Pier 79 on West 39th Street.

    It is common for New Yorkers to sign-up in their state, collect their new customer bonus, then head over to NJ for the weekend. The most popular bars to watch sports and mobile wager are in Hoboken and Newport.

    HOBOKEN

    Wicked Wolf Tavern - 112 Sinatra Drive - Riverside sports bar with bar food $$

    Mad Hatter - 221 Washington Street - Sports bar and restaurant $$

    The Shepard and the Knuckhead Hoboken - 1313 Willow Avenue - Sports bar - $

    NEWPORT

    Skiff Bar - 25 America's Cup Avenue - a sports bar with bar games - $$$

    The Fastnet Pub - 1 Broadway - Irish Sports Bar with live music - $$

    Tickets Bar & Grille - 15 Aquidneck Avenue - an American sports bar with a great atmosphere - $$

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    Safe deposits and withdrawals with 888Sport

    Sports betting with regulated and licensed online sportsbooks in states like New Jersey is 100% legal. Despite this many banks routinely block transfers via Visa or Mastercard. It's still a hangover from the pre-2018 days where these transfers were often to unregulated offshore sportsbooks. It's frustrating and a situation that is likely to remain until every state has legalized online sports betting.

    PayPal is the best payment platform to use with 888sport.

    888sport does, in fact, allow Visa and Mastercard deposits and because it is a reputable company you will find many banks will actually allow a payment. However, you will not be able to withdraw any winnings via the same method. For this reason, we recommend you avoid this method altogether and use PayPal, the most used and trusted payment service in the industry.

    Of course, if you are an old school bettor then you can actually head down to Atlantic City and deposit your funds in person. The advantage of this is that there are no fees charged and it is instant.

    PointsBet and PayPal
    Nils Edmondson

    Nils Edmondson

    PayPal is a godsend for the sports betting industry in the US.

    It is trusted by banks, sportsbooks and customers in equal measure. There are a number of advantages with using PayPal for deposits and withdrawals

    Pros

    • An added layer of encrypted security.
    • Acting as the middleman, PayPal allows you to circumvent any blocks placed by banks on transactions to your sportsbook account.
    • You can withdraw cash from your sportsbook account with ease and with no charges.

    Cons

    • You will be charged 2.9% of your initial deposit along with a $0.30 fee.

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    888Sport: A trustworthy welcome offer

    When it comes to 888sport's welcome offer, there is good news and bad news.

    The good news is that it is an honest offer - a risk-free bet for your first wager (up to $500). This means that if you do not win your first wager then you will get your money back in the form of a free bet. This bet then needs to be turned over once (i.e. you win-win that free bet) and the money is then yours to use how you want.

    What is so trustworthy about this type of welcome offer is that it does not include any small print that makes its initial claim misleading.

    If we take DraftKings offer, for example, they require a 25x turnover - which not only makes it incredibly unlikely that you will ever see that money, but it also encourages you to wager again and again.

    The bad news is that this welcome offer is not the most generous out there. Many online sportsbooks are on a massive marketing drive as they look to pick up new customers and are therefore offering some ridiculous numbers. We have listed the top 3 most generous welcome offers in New Jersey below.

    Best welcome offers in New Jersey

    1. $500 risk-free bet & 4x$10 no deposit bonus *NJ ONLY

    2. 2x risk free bets worth $2,000

    3. Risk-free bet up to $500

    4. up to $500 in bet credits

    888Sport: High value odds

    In order to fully trust an online sportsbook, you have to feel secure in the fact that they are offering you reliable odds.

    With 888sport you can relax in the knowledge that almost all their odds are around or above the market average in terms of consumer value.

    The sportsbook's odds can vary between sports and events. You can find the best odds for NFL and MLB games. This is largely down to its sponsorship of the football team the NY Jets and their partnership with the MLB.

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