PaddyPower Sportsbook Review
PaddyPower have become synonymous with sports betting and they offer a significant online presence. Their offbeat style has earned them a reputation for quirkiness with many of their latest offers and promotions can be found regularly plastered across billboards and television screens.
Despite their humorous approach they are far from a gimmick with thousands of satisfied customers using Paddy Power to place sports bets on a daily basis and they more than hold their own in the crowded market.
PaddyPower have a very distinctive style and colouring with green and white lettering used boldly throughout their sportsbook and promotions and we will take a closer looks at their sportsbook offerings.
Signing Up at Paddy
PaddyPower heavily advertise their sign-up bonus across their home page and any potential new customers can either click the banners or press the ‘Open An Account’ button located at the very top of the page, both options will take you to the correct area.
Anyone over the age of 18 can register for a new account free of charge and it’s simple to set it up. The usual personal details such as name, date of birth and address will be required alongside a password for the account and a security question.
Whilst Paddy Power are very good at advertising their offers and enhancements, new users can opt out of receiving regular correspondence from the sportsbook or have the option to specify their preferred method of contact.
Finally, they will ask you to state your preferred method of payment although this can be altered at a later date.
Sign-Up Offer/Welcome Bonus
PaddyPower have three different bonuses available for new customers giving punters a real preference when they open an account. Users are only eligible for one of these bonuses.
The traditional ‘Bet 10, Get 30’ offer is arguably the most popular amongst new customers and requires punters to place an initial bet of £10/€10 in order to qualify for £30/€30 which will be paid in 3 x £10/€10 bets. Initial bets can be placed on singles/each way but multiples do not qualify. These free bets are usually credited instantly.
The £20/€20 risk free bet allows new customers to place an initial bet knowing that if they are unsuccessful, Paddy Power will return their stake. If you win your first bet, happy days! If you lose, you get your stake back (up to £20/€20) to try again.
Finally, there are many enhancements for new customers throughout the sporting calendar, these often relate to big events which are likely to prove extremely popular with punters. Manchester United to win enhanced from 2/7 to 7/1 is a typical example of the kind of promotion which is offered to new customers. Bets are usually restricted to £10/€10 and accounts will receive their winnings once the match has concluded.
These are peppered throughout the year however the first two sign-up bonuses are available all-year round.
Other Bonuses and Promotions
PaddyPower are one of the most generous sportsbooks on the market and they have numerous bonuses available to all existing customers. A few examples of these are:
Paddy’s Reward Club offers regular players a well-deserved bonus. Any punters who placed five or more bets across the week to the value of £10/€10 or greater will receive a free weekly bet. Customers must opt-in to this promotion and accounts will be credited on a Monday.
Acca Insurance is a hugely popular promotion which offers multiple-players their money back if their 5-fold accumulator (or more) misses out by one selection. There are a number of terms and conditions to consider including only UK and top European leagues on the WIN-DRAW-WIN market only.
It can be hugely frustrating if your player retires half-way through a tennis match and Paddy Power will offer a free bet to the value of their stake if this occurs. There is also a weekly tennis loyalty offer but this does require placing 50 or more bets on the sport.
There are also money back specials on Greyhounds, GAA and MLB throughout the year.
If you’re having a bet on the football and the side you have backed take a two-goal lead, Paddy Power will pay customers out regardless of the final result of the contest. This is part of their 2-up promotion which is a relatively new addition to their offerings.
Finally, PaddyPower regularly pay out an extra place across number golf tournaments and key horse races throughout the year. These include the US PGA and the St Leger.
Ease of Use
The PaddyPower website is very clearly laid out and makes it extremely easy to navigate. One of the best features is the ease with which multiple bets can be assembled. It is straightforward to add selections which all appear down the side of the screen and can be completed in just a few clicks.
The list of popular sports are listed down the left hand side alongside ‘quick links’ which makes it easy to find the correct markets especially if you’re in a rush. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, the addition of a search bar is extremely helpful. Occasionally, it can have a cluttered feel as many promotions are heavily advertised and consistently flash during navigation.
Overall, the set-up is very user-friendly and it’s an enjoyable experience placing a bet with Paddy Power.
PaddyPower is extremely strong in this area and users can generally find anything they are looking for. The wealth of sports available is extensive with the likes of GAA, Volleyball, Greyhounds, Sailing and even e-sports all listed on their site.
If you aren’t interested in sports, there are TV specials including Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity whilst US and UK political markets are also featured on the site.
Football is probably their primary product and there are hundreds of markets across a number of top leagues. These include 5 minute markets, corners, handicaps, last goalscorer and player to be carded.
In-Play Betting and Live Streaming
There are normally plenty of sports ongoing which can be found on PaddyPower’s dedicated In-Play page. The constantly fluctuating odds help add to the excitement and whilst markets do become suspended, they are generally priced back up quickly. Some times of the day appear a little sparse when it comes to in-play offerings but Paddy Power comes into its own at the weekend.
Unfortunately, there aren’t as many statistics available as many of their rival sportsbooks who now offer graphics displaying various pieces of information.
They have recently launched a live streaming service which allows punters to follow all of the action via their desktop or smartphone. Any existing users can follow action from the Russian Premier League, EuroLeague Basketball or for a £1 bet – any live UK or Irish race.
There is a ‘Watch Live’ button which can be found at the top of the page and this will also prompt a menu displaying upcoming streaming events which can be enjoyed on the site.
Mobile and App
The PaddyPower App is simply and easy to download and is available for iPhone, tablet, Android and iPad. It’s quick to install and features all of the same great markets which are synonymous with the sportsbook. You can also watch all UK race meetings for a £1 bet via your device and mobile customers do not miss out on any promotions as they are still available to players operating with a smaller screen.
It is relatively easy to scroll and navigate on the mobile device although assembling large accumulators can sometimes be a little fiddly to put together via the app.
Cash-out is a relatively new addition to the mobile app which allows users to claim some of their winnings even if the match/event hasn’t concluded yet.
Overall, the app is excellent although it’s not quite as slick as some of its peer’s offerings.
There are a range of payment methods available with PaddyPower including all of the major credit and debit cards including MasterCard and VISA. e-wallets have become increasingly popular and PaddyPower now offer PayPal, Skrill and Neteller to all of their customers.
Paysafecard is also available whilst bank transfers can still be completed by those who don’t wish to input their card details into the site.
Overall, it’s the vast array of payment methods you would come to expect from a top UK and Irish bookmaker.
PaddyPower offer a dedicated page called ‘Help Centre’ which can be found on the right hand side of the main page towards the top.
There are numerous pop-up menus which offer various FAQ and are generally helpful. If these don’t answer the complaint, a search bar is also available for customers to locate their solution.
There is a live chat function which has been added to the site and this allows users to liaise with dedicated customer service operators who will endeavour to find solutions as quickly as possible. There is also a phone line which is operated 24/7 whilst an email address offers solutions but it may take a couple of hours to receive a reply.
PaddyPower is a household name and its range of promotions and bonuses is extremely impressive. Regular customers will feel rewarded and can take advantage of some terrific incentives whilst there are plenty of markets to get stuck into. Although some of the in-play and mobile graphics are not quite as impressive as some of their rivals, Paddy Power is functional, speedy and easy to navigate.