Disclaimer: Sport Illustrated Sportsbook has soft-launched with a web-only offering. We will update this review after full launch. In the meantime, check out what Sport Illustrated Sportsbook could be offering.
The media company Sports Illustrated and online betting giant 888 recently announced they would be teaming up to create SI Sportsbook in the US. The project is set to launch later in 2021, starting with Colorado but with more states to follow.
In an SI news release, 888 CEO Itai Pazner promised sports fans a “cutting-edge, proprietary sportsbook platform” with a “first-class betting and gaming experience.” The site will aim to launch just in time for the 2021 NFL season.
Read on for a look at everything SI Sportsbook could potentially offer fans when it launches in the US, including its welcome bonus for new users and other promotions.
SI Sportsbook has yet to launch in the US, so its promos and bonuses are not final yet, but we can look at 888sport for a good idea about what it might do. For new customers it could offer a risk-free first bet up to $500. This would mean that if you lose your first bet on the site, SI will refund you in free bets up to $500.
Here are the main details of the SI Sportsbook welcome offer. You must be of legal betting age to register for an account.
|Online Sportsbook||SI Sportsbook|
|SI Promo Code||Click to Claim Promo|
|Risk Free Bet||Up to $500|
|Last Updated||September 2021|
The SI Sportsbook welcome bonus is a pretty simple one. Once you’ve created an account, make a deposit of at least $10 and place a real money wager on the site. The qualifying wager needs to be a straight bet. If you lose that bet, you’ll receive a refund in the form of free bet tokens. To use them, just log in to your account and click on the “Bonus offers” tab. Click the “Free bet” button then select “Place bet” to activate the bonus funds.
These tokens will arrive in your account no more than 72 hours after your bet settles, and expire after seven days. You must use the tokens entirely on a single bet — you won’t be able to place a number of smaller bets using them.
If your first qualifying wager wins, you won’t qualify for the refund, but you can go on to withdraw your funds or continue betting.
SI Sportsbook also has various other promotions after the welcome bonus. Here is some of what else you’ll find available throughout the course of the year:
When SI Sportsbook launches in the US, it will be fully legal. Sports Illustrated and 888 will need to apply for a license in each state they wish to launch in and follow that state’s requirements for online sportsbooks.
To register for an SI Sportsbook account and bet legally, you’ll need to be of legal betting age. That’s 21 in Colorado and most other states. When you sign up, you’ll need to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number to confirm this. You will also need to be within state lines of an area where the sportsbook is live.
The Sports Illustrated online sportsbook is set to launch first in Colorado. It’s unclear which casino the operator plans to partner with when it reaches Colorado, but 888 does already have market access through an agreement with the Colorado Grande Casino.
Head to the SI Sportsbook site, and the registration process will be pretty straightforward. Enter the following information to create your account:
The final step will be to read through the terms and conditions of the site and confirm your information is correct. From there, the operator will check your age using the details you provided. You will also need to allow Sports Illustrated to access your location in order to prove you’re within state lines.
The full process should take no more than a few minutes, and you will then be free to place your first deposit and begin checking out the site.
Once you’ve registered for an SI Sportsbook account, you may also want to try the sportsbook app. This lets you manage your account, place bets and keep track of them bet when you’re on the go.
The app is available for iOS and Android. To download it, head to the sportsbook site, scroll down and click either “Download on the App Store” or “Available for Android” to begin the process. From there, you’ll follow the prompts to complete the installation process.
Having Sports Illustrated on your mobile device allows you to deposit and withdraw, place bets, view live game updates, claim promotions are more — just like on a computer. It’s also easy to navigate and place bets quickly if you’re in a rush before the start of a game.
The app can handle thousands of betting lines at a time without crashing, meaning you’ll have access to NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL games at the press of a button. You can then place bets via the app’s pop-up bet slip.
888 is a big name in the gambling industry, so it’s no surprise that SI Sportsbook has a variety of solid features. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect for the various bets at SI Sportsbook. For more on specific bets for certain sports, check our specialized pages such as how to bet on the NFL.
Sports Illustrated’s online sportsbook has a range of leagues and competitions to bet on. The menu covers both professional and college events, including top options like the NFL and NBA alongside more niche choices like motorsports and cricket. Here are some of the most popular sports available to bet on at SI Sportsbook:
While these are many of the main options, there’s plenty more to choose from. You can also check out hockey, rugby, cycling, boxing, cricket, golf and the UFC.
Here are some of the wagers you’ll find when browsing the futures column at SI Sportsbook:
There are multiple payment options at SI to make funding your account and withdrawing your money a fast and simple process. Here’s how you can deposit at the sportsbook:
You can withdraw using bank transfer, PayPal or Play+ card. You will need to have deposited with the same payment option previously.
SI offers customer support via live chat and email — just log in to your account to get in touch with a representative about any queries you may have. Alternatively, head over to the site’s “Getting started” section via the main menu to browse information on bets, payment methods, responsible gambling and how sports betting works.
SI Sportsbook is a new online sports betting platform aiming to launch in the US in fall 2021. The sportsbook is a partnership between the media company Sports Illustrated and online betting giant 888. It follows in the footsteps of other media and betting partnerships, such as Fox and The Stars Group (to create FOX Bet), and Barstool and Penn National (to create Barstool Sportsbook).
SI Sportsbook is set to launch in Colorado first, but it has its sights set on other states across the country, so watch this space for future launch information.