If your 888 Sport account has just been restricted, you’re probably in shock. Why would they do that?
Many recreational bettors don’t realise this happens, but it’s way more common than the bookies would have you think. 888 Sport restricts betting accounts if they think you have a chance of beating them long-term. It’s a harsh reality that you only find out about after you succeed.
So in this article, I’m going to explain why 888 Sport restricts betting accounts, how limits and restrictions are triggered and the best possible outcome you could hope for, depending on the situation. Note – it might not be quite what you’d hope for, but the suggestions within should save you a bunch of stress and effort.
- Why 888 Sport Stake Limit Your Bets
- How 888 Sport Decide Who to Restrict
- Dealing With Refused Payouts and Disputes
- 888 Sport Account Closures
Why Does 888 Sport Stake Limit Bets?
888 Sport restricts betting accounts and limits stakes because it makes them more money, it’s that simple. If you’ve been arbitrage betting or using a logical strategy, they don’t like it. In their eyes, you should only be using your betting account for a bit of fun (whilst losing lost of money).
In most cases, they only restrict sports betting accounts because they want you to carry on using the casino or games. To close your account would be foolish, as you just can’t win using those types of products (excluding a few very high turnover, low-margin strategies). Sports betting is different and they know it. In the modern era, sports betting has become somewhat of a casino aquisition tool.
Take a look at the bet slip below:
Restricted to a £5.22 stake when you only wanted £10 in the first place!
When this happens, you soon realise you’re certainly not going to be making money anytime soon. Their whole proposition was a stitch-up. All that stuff about reading form and getting an advantage to become a professional gambler was marketing to them – they don’t tolerate consistent value takers.
How Does 888 Sport Decide Which Accounts to Restrict?
888 Sport appears to use a value factoring algorithm like many other big betting brands. Numerically your account has a score to keep…
The algorithms are designed to recognise when a customer is betting at value prices. This is very important to understand as it’s not necessarily about how much money you have won or lost in the short term. In fact, you could have lost lots of money on your account via a bad run of variance and still been restricted.
However, 888 Sport knows that you will eventually come out on top and beat them. This is why their algorithms focus on value instead of profits. By limiting stakes, they can limit the amount of value that you can take. Think of it as a cap on your success.
To the average bettor, this becomes confusing because some customers will undoubtedly be allowed to bet stakes of £1,000, £2,000, or even £10,000 at a time. The algorithm allows them to do this because their bets will be at poor value (losers long term).
In theory, this would also mean that if you suddenly change your betting activity to backing poor value selections, then 888 Sport could lift restriction limits. However, I haven’t seen anybody who has done this successfully. Their business appears to be set up like a huge one-way money valve. Modern technology has helped them in doing it!
What to Do if 888 Sport Refuse Paying Out:
In the modern world, bookmakers will do anything to refuse to pay out, 888 Sport included. Unfortunately, recent regulation for the UK Gambling Commission has helped them in doing this through the use of safety checks and deposit limits. They’re supposed to be used for protecting the vulnerable or stopping crime, although many winning accounts face these sort of checks when it comes to withdrawal or after a big win…
In most cases, 888 Sport and companies like 888 Sport are simply hoping that the general public will not pursue the case after facing friction. They know it takes so much time, resources, and money if you need to use the court system. It’s a dirty tactic to grind you down and avoid them being hit in the pocket, but until the regulator does their job there’s not much we can do.
If 888 Sport does refuse to pay out then I would advise following their customer complaints process as quickly as possible before submitting an IBAS case. This is the official process to follow. In recent months there does appear to be a problem with some IBAS decisions so it’s also important to submit a SAR to 888 Sport and complain to your local MP. This pressure can often ensure you miraculously get paid out earlier although it’s not a guaranteed solution.
888 Sport Account Closure
If you experience these problems the best advice that I can give you is to close your 888 Sport account. Ask them to remove your data from all of their systems before opening an account with a betting exchange where they won’t limit or restrict you from making a profit. By asking them to remove your data from their systems, you could be doing yourself a favour in the future.
Often, these large betting firms buy out smaller firms meaning they can cross-reference you as a successful customer at a later date. Potentially affecting your betting activity in the future.
This won’t get your betting account back, but it will give them a little extra work to do whilst preventing future problems. Unfortunately, there’s not much else you can do; account closures and restrictions are commonplace in the betting industry today. It shouldn’t happen but the powers in charge of regulation allow the companies to do it!
A Modern Problem
Unfortunately, the lawmakers that oversee 888 Sport checking procedures are consulting on how it’s done – and it’s not good.
They propose to put companies like 888 Sport in charge of affordability checks permanently. There’s not much a customer can do about it within the regulated market. Be sure to notify your MP and make a submission to the UK Gambling Commission if you have experienced problems like this. Limiting and restricting betting accounts is a murky business and they need to hear about it!
In the meantime, implement all the best practices shared throughout this article if your 888 Sport account is limited and get yourself on the exchanges – it’s far better.