Using your 188.Bet.com Welcome Offer
When signing up with 888.com you can look forward to a 20 GBP/Euro free bet when you first open an account and have placed your first sports or racing bet.
The first bet is called a qualifying bet and it needs to fulfill the following requirements:
- It must be for 10 Euros/GBP or more and must be with money you deposited.
- It must be on a sports or racing event and can be a single, each-way bet or acca.
- It must be placed at odds of at least 2.0.
Once you’ve done that, whether it wins or loses, you’re ready to claim your free bet.
- The free bet must be placed as a single at odds of 2.0 or bigger, or as an acca. If it’s an acca, each leg of it must be at odds of at least 1.4. In-play bets are included as long as they also meet the above requirements.
- It can be placed on any sports or racing event of your choice.
- The stake isn’t considered part of your winnings. So whatever the profit from your winnings is, the original 20 GBP/Euro stake will be deducted from it.
- Check the terms and conditions for information on wagering requirements and further important details.
Registering your account
As soon as you land on the main site, you can’t miss the big yellow ‘Sign Up’ button staring straight at you. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
You’ll need to enter some basic details like address, phone number and e-mail and choose a suitable username and password. Remember to choose a password that’s both safe in terms of being one that someone wouldn’t be able to guess but also one that’s easily memorable to you.
Regular 888.com offers
Every day 188Bet.com offer enhanced prices on a few selected markets, especially on football. It means certain outcomes will have their odds boosted to offer you better returns.
Special promo for new App users
188Bet.com regularly offers promos to customers using the App for the first time. One they regularly offer is a free bet for 10 or 20 GBP/EUR the first time you use it. But keep an eye on their promo page to see what they’re currently offering.
They’ve gone down the route of focusing on the main sports rather than trying to cover everything. So no issue if you enjoy the likes of racing, football, cricket and tennis but if you prefer less high-profile sports such as gaelic games, cycling or squash, you won’t find them here.
Interestingly they have a decent offering of -ESports betting markets, though.
Going back to the more mainstream sports – football for example – there’s nothing wrong with their offering. They cover all the major markets that you’d expect them to. That said, there’s nothing massively inspiring about what they offer and it isn’t the easiest Sportsbook to navigate in terms of where to find markets or even the colour scheme.
But if it’s Asian Handicap betting on football that you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. As an Asian bookie, they’re big on it and so you can not only get plenty of different lines available to you but you can also place some chunky bets on them, whereas other bookies may somewhat limit you to avoid having liabilities that are too big. All in all, their football product is very competitive compared to what else is available on the market.
They also have a strong in-play offering, laying odds on over 3,000 football games a month.
Mostly a case of ‘par for the course’ here. Some firms go a fair bit bigger on some bets and a fair bit lower on others but they really seem to be bang on the middle as regards most bets. It’s like they don’t really want to take the risk of going ‘best price’ on any outcomes but then again, don’t want to be stingy on their odds in other areas.
Options available to you include:
- Master Card.
Once you’ve requested a withdrawal it should take 1-3 working days for it to be verified plus an extra 12 hours for the actual money to leave your betting account and enter your bank account. If it takes longer than that, you should contact Customer Service and chase it up because it’s taking longer than what they’ve promised.
You should also be aware that you must withdraw using the same payment method with which you deposited and in the currency you deposited in.
As an Asian bookie trying to break into the UK gaming market, you won’t be too surprised to find that they only have a site available in English and Chinese. And the same goes for Customer Service.
As is often the case with bookmakers, the issue isn’t so much the quality of the Customer Service- how competent they are, how long they take to respond, how efficiently they deal with your problem- but rather the fuss surrounding your withdrawals.
The reasons are always the same. They’re just sticking to orders from Management, they’re just following protocol from the relevant Gambing Authority, they’re just trying to keep you and your money safe from fraudsters. But ultimately, you’re the one who suffers. You need to spend a lot of time (and sometimes money) providing documents and other evidence of who you are and it’s frustrating, especially if you actually need the cash that is rightfully yours.
In this regard 188.Bet are no better or worse than anyone else. Regarding the Customer Service itself, it’s decent. You can contact them in a number of ways, including free-of-charge Skype and they deal with most problems in a competent way.
If you haven’t really heard of 188Bet too much, don’t be too surprised. Despite sponsoring both Bolton and Wigan in the Premier League, they’re not really a big player in Europe yet.
Staying true to their Asian roots, they’re excellent when it comes to Asian Handicap betting and that also includes the odds on the lines you want to bet on, sometimes going as big as 1.98 on the money line, whereas others go closer to just 1.88 or 1.9. As mentioned already, you can also post some chunky bets with them, as much as 35,000 Euros/30,000 GBP which a lot of other bookies would turn their nose up at.
They’re good on in-play too if you’re in that way inclined but you’ll have to go elsewhere if it’s live streaming you’re after.