Known as M88 this multi-platform gambling site covers casino, live casino, poker room, keno and lottery and a sports book. Operating as the Asia facing arm of Mansion Group they are well respected and have a good reputation. Long term sports sponsors they have been involved with major English Premier League clubs as well as Australian football clubs.
At the moment M88 are sponsoring AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace FC. Operating online from 2004 this branch of the Gibraltar based company is doing very well indeed. Licensed in the Philippines by the First Cagayan, M88 has a large client base across the continent. Mostly from countries where gambling online is not strictly legal. They accept customers from just about anywhere in Asia and accounts in IDR, MYR, RMB, THB, USD, VND are readily opened.
So they have no qualms about taking clients from questionable sources. Yet they block UK and USA residents so go figure.
As this is a M88 sport book review we will be concentrating on that aspect mainly, but a quick word on the site as a whole, its good and it’s popular. M88 is one of Asia’s biggest gambling sites online and they like to gamble as we all know. Strangely enough the site is in a calming blue as opposed to the traditional red of wealth. It’s nice the blue soothes the eyes and it’s necessary because there is a lot going on. The board is like the stock exchange values flashing and changing and the actual functionality takes a bit of getting used too. But then you realise that you can change the board to the Europe view and all makes sense again.
The Asia view is a little complex but it is entertaining. So you sign up with M88 and what do you get? Well the M88 sports book bonus is a 100% match deposit bonus so not much new there then. The turnover is a whopping 15 times the deposit and bonus so it isn’t much worth it. There is a rebate system in place for regular customers without a play through which is wait for it, 0.8%.
There are not too many sports available to gamble on but the major one have all the events you would want to bet on. As football is so popular in Asia it’s understandable that it gets center stage. The available markets for premium games is around the 70 mark. When you look at top European bookies that’s not so good. But for a site that will happily take customers that would struggle to find a book anywhere else it’s pretty good in the scheme of things.
The odds are not earth shattering either way. The favorites are usually on a par with most others the underdogs seem to suffer a bit. It takes a dedicated odds hunter to find a price at M88 that will make you sit up and take notice. The M88 mobile app is available for Android and iOS. The mobile browser version of the site can only be accessed if you are a member already. You can sign up from your mobile device however so no foul there then. The mobile version is a very basic version so it is advised to download the app.
The Asians love nothing better than the flowing nature of a sporting event. They love to make bets as the action unfolds. M88 live in-play in gets plenty of action and it is one of the big pluses take about in forums. The prices are update regularly and the software works very well. There has been a lot of effort put into this area and it shows. The live play is where the Asian style board comes alive if you can understand how it is all set up its much more entertaining the European version. M88 pride themselves with being one of the first online bookies to have 1st half markets running up to the 44th minute and full time markets right up to the full 90 minute mark.
When it comes to banking methods these are strictly limited to your locality and currency. They are very limited indeed in fact only one way per option. This would never swing in Europe but there are no alternatives for residents of most Asian countries. It is very strange that a company as well respected as Mansion takes so many customers from areas that have strict rules against online gambling.
You can argue the point about it with some countries but China? No you get into deep trouble if caught. The Chinese love to gamble it doesn’t mean the authorities allow it to go unpunished. In Vietnam is also a no no. In Indonesia it is also against the national religion of Islam. All these things go toward a kind of shaking looking future. Asia is not relaxing its outlook on online gambling. Certainly not in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China or Malaysia. Add to that the latest hiccup which is the new Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte and things could all go south very quickly.
The irony is the Philippines was rapidly gain worldwide respect in the gaming industry for its regulatory jurisdiction. The Cagayan First has strong powers and they use them they legitimized the Asian market and was influential in its rapid growth online. The problem is the rather colourful and explosive natured new president. Snr. Duterte has a lot of power and when he came into it he avowed he would shut down the industry out of the Philippines. He likes to take decisive action and believes he has the moral high ground and he has proved that he will use any means to the end he seeks.
So it is all looking like a decidedly rocky future.