Paddy Power Review
Paddy Power is one of the biggest brands in the gambling industry. The company have been offering their services around the world to their ever-increasing player database since 1988.
The bookmaker is very Irish, in fact, their offices are still in Dublin, Ireland, which is commendable with so many other companies upping sticks and moving to pastures with slightly more relaxed tax laws.
Paddy Power are regulated by the Isle of Man Gambling Commission which over see’s that the company adhere to the strict regulations put in place to ensure player safety.
Whilst sports betting is Paddy Power’s bread and butter, they also offer casino, poker and bingo alternatives, of which we will discuss throughout this article.
Sports Betting at Paddy Power
The bookmaker side of Paddy Power is their most important asset and is where the majority of their player database is built. They have been leading the line as one of the biggest bookmakers in the world for a number of years now and this has allowed them to offer a staggeringly excellent sportsbook as a result.
It’s worth noting that the bookmaker can also be accessed on mobile devices simply by downloading the app to your smartphone device. Alternatively, if you simply visit the bookmaker in your smartphones browser you will be redirected to where you need to be to view the mobile friendly bookmaker. In fact, we like the app so much that we find it’s easier to use than their desktop site!
Sport Welcome Bonus
When you register a new account with Paddy Power you will be able to get your hands on a £30 free bet when you deposit and make your first bet of just £10. The initial bet must be placed at odds of 1.5 or greater, but can be used on any sport or market that they offer up. The free bet will actually be awarded in 3 £10 bets, of which you can then again use on any market, but it has to be within 30 days of receiving the promotion.
This promotion is only available to residents of the UK and Ireland, and any deposits made using Skrill or Neteller will not be able to access this offer.
Odds and Markets
The overall pricing structure on Paddy Power is excellent, but then you wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the biggest bookmakers in the world. The ease in which you can compare prices with so many bookmakers in just a few seconds means that punters have the edge in finding the best prices they can. But, when you register with a bookmaker like Paddy Power you’re going to be able to wager on pretty much any sport or market and know that the price you are getting is going to be at the very worst, competitive.
The excellent pricing structure that you’re going to get across the board with Paddy Power makes them one of those bookmakers perfect for somebody who either doesn’t have the time to find out alternative prices or people who aren’t all that fussed with jumping from bookmaker to bookmaker in the search for a few extra percent from your bets.
Again, market coverage on site is great, especially if you are looking to bet on either football or horse racing. In fact, their horse racing section might well be the best in the business and they cover as many races as any of their competitors. We were also pleased to see that Paddy Power invested a huge amount of resources to bring you Irish sports such as GAA, which is nice homage to their Irish roots.
Live Betting and Streaming
The live streaming section on site is a fairly new addition and with it you’re going to get access to some top quality sporting events. What we will say is that when you compare it the streaming service on the likes of bet365 and Betfair, they are lacking somewhat in terms of the sports that they offer, but Paddy Power’s service is completely free to use with just a logged account needed. Whilst the other two are also free, you either need to have a funded account or to have placed a bet on that event before viewing.
What’s great about the live streaming service is that it links in nicely with the live betting section. This means that whilst watching a stream for a match, you can keep it alongside the live betting market for that match and place your bets accordingly. Again, not a new feature for companies that already offer live streaming, but as there are still so few bookmakers that do, it’s massive tick for Paddy Power.
One of the best reasons to use Paddy Power as your home of betting is the fact that they offer up the Paddy Power Cash Card. This cash card is essentially a MasterCard that will allow you to get instant access to any money in your Paddy Power account. You can use it just as you would a normal debit card and at any pay point or cash machine that accepts MasterCard. There are a few limitations with the card in that you cant withdraw more than £400 from an ATM in any given day and the maximum use per sale is just £500, but it’s the fastest way that you can get hold of your betting cash without waiting several days for a withdrawal process.
We mentioned earlier that Paddy Power were one of the best for horse racing punters and one of the main reasons to this is the inclusion of the ‘Paddy Power inFormer’. The inFormer is a section on site where you can get bucket loads of information on each race, to make a more calculated decision as to which horse you’re planning to back. It’s linked into the Racing Post for analysis of which horses to look out for and even has a virtual reality predictor, which is essentially an algorithm that takes in to account dozens of different factors for each race.
The first thing we want to highlight about Paddy Power is that they are the daddy of promotions! They run daily enhanced priced bets and money back specials from dozens of sports and markets from around the world. A lot of these promotions are very much time sensitive, so there is no point in listing them here, but we’d urge you to check the website on a daily basis for offers that are available to both new and even exiting players as well.
One of their more staple offers is that of their horse racing guaranteed odds offer. This works on all races in the UK and Ireland, and basically if you back a horse before the race and the starting the price is higher than the price you took, then the horse goes on to win that race, Paddy Power will pay out at the higher odds, rather than the odds you originally took!
Casino Games at Paddy Power
There is little doubt that the casino lives in the shadow of the sportsbook at Paddy Power. But, the casino is as good an online casino as you are going to find and you will be hard pushed to find a one with a more generous welcome offer, as you will see below.
It’s an obvious progression for a company such as Paddy Power to move their attention to online casino, given the success the sportsbook has had. Whilst their have been a few trials and tribulations along the way, they have managed to work their way near the top and have won several industry awards for their efforts over the last couple of years, underlining how far they have come.
Casino Welcome Bonus
You’re going to be able to claim up to £500 worth of bonus money at the Paddy Power casino, which is broken down and based off your opening 3 deposits. Your first deposit will be a 100% match worth up to £200. The second will be a 50% match worth up to £100 and the final one will be another 100% match worth up to £200. It’s worth noting that any deposit made using Neteller or Skrill will not be eligible to claim these bonuses.
You will need to play through each bonus and deposit 20 times before being able tow withdraw, which is actually one of the lowest clearing rates in the industry. You will get 30 days to clear the first bonus and then 14 days for the second and third bonus to clear the full amount. Any remaining bonus left after this period will be removed from your account.
Software and Games
Like so many online casinos these days, Paddy Power use a multitude of software provider to offer the best range of games they can, these include Amaya, Barcrest, Blueprint Gaming, CryptoLogic, Electrade, Evolution Gaming, GamesOS, IGT / Wagerworks, OpenBet and Playtech.
The range of games on offer is of a decent amount without ever really troubling some of the bigger online casinos. To give you an idea, they have got around 180 slots to choose from, whereas some of their competitors will have in excess of 500. But, the slots that are available are really high quality and we know that they have made a deliberate choice to not include all possible slots to their portfolio from the named software providers as their portfolios provide so many more than Paddy Power have posted up. This, however, is not a bad thing, especially when they have plenty of branded titles such as Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade and Rocky, to name but a few.
The casino can be accessed straight from your desktop on either Mac or Windows devices. The casino can also be downloaded to your desktop, but this is only available for Windows.
Mobile Casino Games
There is no dedicated download for the mobile casino app, and all you need to do access it is simply head on over the Paddy Power casino in your browser and you will be directed to the mobile version of the site. Now, not all the games can be accessed from the app, but you still get quite a few to keep you going. The only noticeable lack of games comes from the slots section, but we would guess that there are still around 70% or so of the desktop games on the app, with all the branded titles included.
You’re going to be able to get a £10 completely free bonus when you simply sign up a new account at the casino. The offer will not require a download and the bonus will be applied to your account as soon as it’s been verified. You will need to wager through the bonus 40 times before you are able to withdraw.
The poker room at Paddy Power is powered by the iPoker network, which means you’re going to be getting access to one of the biggest poker networks in the industry. You’re also going to be able to revive a welcome bonus with up to £200 as a 100% match of your opening deposit along with buy ins to £20 worth of tournaments.
The bingo hall is powered by Virtue Fusion, who themselves are renowned as one of the biggest providers of online bingo games in the industry. You will get access to 75, 80 and 90 ball bingo games, along with slots, scratchcards and a plethora of side games.
At Paddy Power you are going to be able to make a deposit with any of the following payment methods: Debit/Credit Card, Bank Transfer, Neteller, PayPal, Paysafecard, Skrill or Cash Card. All deposit will be made instantly, and will incur no fee. Withdrawal times will vary and will start from £10 and upwards. E-wallets will take a matter of hours with other methods taking between 1 and 5 working days.
There are several contact options at Paddy Power, including:
- Phone: 08000 565 275
- Email: Use contact form via website
- Live Chat: Access chat via website
- Address: Paddy Power plc, Power Tower, Blocks 1-3 Belfield Office Park, Beech Hill Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland