Boylesports was first established with one shop in 1989 by John Boyle and is now regarded as the biggest and most successful independent bookmaker in Ireland. Registered in the Isle of Man and licensed by the Gambling Supervision Commission, it has opened up its offering to a wider audience after several years of serving a predominantly Irish and UK market with mostly football (soccer) and horse racing events.
They now offer a greater variety of sports from around the world and support Spanish, Swedish and German languages. These guys are known for offering good prices on football and horse racing markets, as well as money back specials on other sporting events.
Website ease of use
The old Boylesports website design received a bit of stick for being unimpressive, boring and even tacky but the bookmaker now sports a much nicer, cleaner and more attractive design, with a simple layout that avoids over-complicating the presentation of what is a lot of information on one page.
The top centre section features several rotating banners advertising the latest sporting events and details of a few available markets for each, as well as a plug for one of the other products such as poker and casino.
Below that you’ll find a section listing the day’s horse races, with the blue title bar also featuring quick links to results and radio centre, where you can listen to live commentary on certain events. Below the blue title bar of this section you’ll also find red quick links to change to view between UK & Ireland and USA horse racing, see greyhounds events and check out virtual racing opportunities. You can also see, at a glance, the channel the races will be televised on by hovering over the TV icon at the end of each track.
Below the races section you’ll find the football and sports sections, which have a similar layout, featuring some prices, indicating if the event is running live at that moment, and linking to other bets available on the event.
The right side of the sports page is where you’ll find your bet slip, which now functions as it should following rumours of having to double confirm bets in the past. Directly underneath that is the live betting section, which shows currently running events, their prices, which update in real time, and a tab for upcoming live events for the day along with their start times. Don’t miss the Live Betting Diary link at the end of this section that’ll take you to details of upcoming live events for up to the next several months – perfect for ensuring you don’t miss an in-play betting opportunity.
Under the live betting section is where you’ll find three images promoting casino games and such, which is a shame really, since the sections below that are arguably far more important and relevant. These are a betting news section, followed by a hot events section, which lists top events of the day along with some prices.
The left side of the page is a common place to find your menu of sports from A-Z and Boylesports doesn’t break this trend. They have also gone with the common layout of folded headers for promotions, live betting and the most popular sports. Finishing the left side section is your option to change the price format between fractions, decimals and American.
And for those always on the go, there are android and other mobile device supported apps so you can bet on the move.
Like many sportsbook sites, this one has a lot happening on the home page, but they manage to keep it clean and easily accessible without over-complicating things.
One drawback is the sometimes sloppy text on the site, with a number of errors sadly detracting from the clean layout. Promotional texts are also a little low in quality and leave a lot to be desired when it comes to encouraging a sense of excitement over the offers.
The range of sports available at Boylesports is perhaps not quite as wide as other sites, especially since their main focus is still mostly UK and Ireland facing, with a lot of emphasis on football and horse racing. There are still plenty of sports events to stake your money on, including golf, darts, cycling, cricket, boxing, basketball, Aussie rules, baseball, ice hockey, snooker, tennis and many others. Being an Irish sportsbook, you’ll also find Gaelic Games events such as Gaelic Football and Hurling at the site.
There are also a number of other non-sport opportunities to bet on, which include political outcomes, such as the US Presidential Elections and Novelty and TV specials, such as Sports Personality of the Year and Rose of Tralee 2012 (Irish Festival Pageant) winner.
A wide range of other bets and specials are available, which you can see by selecting the individual sports.
Some other features worth checking out at Boylesports include Horse Form, Soccer Stats and Radio, Bet Calculator and Bet Tutorials to help you make the most of your online sports betting experience at the site.
In terms of payment methods, the site accepts Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Switch, Laser, Paypal, Moneybookers (Skrill), Neteller and Paysafe card. You can also place bets via Fon-a-bet and top up your account at any one of the 160 or so offline shops. There is a minimum deposit amount of £10.
In addition to a searchable FAQ section on-site, support is also available via phone, email and live chat on a 24/7 basis.
Opinion and conclusion
One major problem is that this firm is very fast to restrict what they think are winning sports punters or those who bet in hundreds rather than tenners. They did precisely that to the writer of this review and they did not even tell him why – and he did ring them up to ask but got no reason other than being palmed off with the unhelpful retort that it was “probably a trading decision.” They promised to telephone with more details – he is still waiting.
Other firms are slower to run scared and also handle this situation more transparently. That is why we have given them a mediocre three star rating rather than a good four star rating. So if you think you are a slightly bigger gambler then you might be better off with a firm that is not so quick to limit or ban its sports clients, such as the excellent Bet365 or Betfred.
Apart from that quite major fault Boylesports is well run. The betting options are plentiful and the site is fast. The general consensus is that this is a fair and well managed firm that offers punters a good product.