India Update: We no longer recommend betting at M88. This sports book has had payment issues with players and is no longer considered to be a trusted site. We recommend the long standing site Bet365.com, they have been around for over a decade and have earned a well respected reputation. Bet365 accepts Indian players as well as INR for deposit.
M88 Sports Betting
At the time of writing my review of M88, T20 was running. I made a few bets and won but that’s besides the point. 🙂 They offered lots of different options to bet on including most runs, most sixes and over/unders. M88 also had mix parlays and ‘outrights’. There were plenty of options to bet on cricket that I found. All cricket games were also being offered live so you could bet during the game with changing odds.
Football, or as M88 calls it “Soccer” is available to bet on with various leagues running. Actually Soccer had the most available bets with almost 400 different games and types of bets. Anything from I-League to just about every other soccer/football league across the world. You could place wagers on who would bet the first goal, last goal, outright wins, actual scores, and a bunch of other bet types. It was pretty cool to have so many options rather than my local bookie who only has a couple. Live bets were available as well.
This was the only disappointment with m88India. I really thought they would have horse racing that was focuses on horses that ran in India. Instead they had the usual United Kingdom horses and other parts of the world, no Indian horses. Maybe down the road.
All Other Sports + Mobile
I counted 16 sports to bet on, with Rugbyy, Badmiton and even Billiards. There were no shortage of sport games to bet on. I was very pleased with the bookmaker. If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone or smart phone you can place bets or gamble on your phone.
Live: The casino was one of the best ones I played because they had “Live Dealers” at all the tables. When you sit down a pretty Asian girl is on the screen to roll the dice, deal the cards, or spin the ball…whatever game you were playing she was the live and actually making the action happen. The quality of the live dealer was a little grainy but it wasn’t too bad. With high-bandwidth you can play 3d games. Also available was 2D, Multi-person, and 7-Seat 3D games.
The games at m88 Live casino included Baccarat, Dragon Tiger, Roulette, 3 Pictures, Blackjack, Sic Bo, 7 Up Baccarat and Texas Holde’em Bonus. All the casino games were powered by Opus Gaming and had a live pit boss to oversee proper games.
Regular: I’m not going to list all the casino games because they had so many it would take forever. M88 offered every game you could imagine on their casino platform, well, almost. They did not offer Passa, Teen Patti, Rummy, or other more traditional Indian games.
M88 does not have live games of Texas Holdem live you’d find at many online poker sites but instead had an original game called Poker Mahjong in which you play against other people and raise, bet, bluff like in Texas Holdem. Another poker game they had was Texas Holdem but it was against the computer and everything was already set in place. If you want real money, live Texas Holdem you will have to check out Bet365.com instead, they are Indian friendly.
Rewards / Bonuses
Those from India will receive a first time bonus of 20% when depositing 1000 INR. Instead you can choose to get free bets for the sportsbook. All this can be discussed with your personal customer support mentioned below. In addition to the first monetary bonus you will accumulate loyalty points every time you make a wager. This was really exciting because you can save up to earn all sorts of gadgets from a Rolex watch to free vacations and even Blackberries and Iphones. All sorts of gifts are available if you generate enough points through the loyalty system.
Hindi Support / Deposit and Withdraw
I have been asked only to discuss the deposit options available in the cashier once you sign up. Once you do sign up, a customer support person will contact you on the phone and help you deposit with your bank if you have any troubles. 🙂 They told me not to discuss that online…In the cashier system you will find Moneybookers, Neteller and Western Union. You can deposit funds in Indian Rupees. When you sign up you can choose what currency you prefer. Once you do so all amounts on the site will be displayed to your set currency. Most people like to use INR but I actually use USD because if done right you can make money on foreign exchange rates.
Overall, this is the a great option for anyone who lives in India or in Asia. M88.com actually know what they are doing and their customer support is better than any other site I have bet at.