If you haven’t got an account with Paddy Power then they need to be added to your shortlist. The firm has been around since 1988, establishing an online presence in 2005, and is one of the UK and Ireland’s most well-known online sports betting sites. They are regarded as the comedians of the industry, with their humorous approach to player communications. They are perhaps a little too fond of what you might call ‘publicity stunts’ sometimes, but it gives them a unique and somewhat fun personality, making this Irish firm a popular choice for many punters worldwide.
This bookmaker offers competitive odds and a selection of unique specials that tend to generate quite a following. Let’s take a more detailed look at the Irish bookmaker.
When you first hit the Paddy Power online bookies site, you’re greeted by the colours of the Irish flag in a clean, crisp and inoffensive design. Top centre is where you’ll find current special offers, with 3 of them rotating and changing quite regularly.
Under that you’ll find details of upcoming live betting events, the next 5 races and top 5 bets, laid out as 3 separate green tabs for quick and easy access. Then you’ll see various markets of select sporting events depending on what’s going on in the sports calendar at the time.
The left hand side of the site consists of a quick search box, followed by a selection of quick links, both of which are a great idea for getting straight to the sport or opportunity you want without having to spend too much time on it. An A-Z list of sports and the option to change the odds format between fraction and decimal finishes off the left side of the page.
On the right side, under the bet slip, there are various images and links to other areas of the website, including their casino and poker offerings. You’ll then see your live betting options for the day listed by sport, followed by a neat little feature called Pimp That Bet, which lists several popular bets that have already been placed that day that you might be interested in.
The site updates fairly regularly and price changes are highlighted in red so you can avoid having to constantly refresh the page.
The orange menu at the very top of the page is where you’ll find the live betting options in full. The first thing you’re most likely to see is the bright green bar at the top of the page telling you how many events are ‘live right now’, which is handy to know. The time of each in-running event ticks over in real time, which is also good, since we all know how rare it is for sporting events to kick off at the exact start times advertised.
There’s a green button at the top of the live betting page that will open a sporting event calendar when clicked, showing you details of the sporting events that will have live betting offered over the next 7 day period, including where you can watch it live. That’s definitely a useful little feature to keep your eye on if you’re a fan of in-running betting.
Also featured on the page are a How-To guide, and options to personalise your experience at the site by choosing your preferred layout and favourites.
It’s actually a good site to explore. The text is nice and clear, avoiding the cramped feel you get with many other sportsbook sites and the colour scheme doesn’t end up giving you a headache!
You’ll also enjoy being able to bet on the go with Paddy Power Mobile, with site access viewable your mobile device and the option of downloading a special app too.
Paddy Power used to have a bit of a reputation for being biased towards UK and Irish sporting events and didn’t cover as many sports outside of the area that many would have liked. This now appears to be a thing of the past with a surprising array of global sporting events available for your betting pleasure.
These range through Horse Racing, Football (soccer), Tennis, Golf, Rugby and many other popular favourites, to others such as Handball, Volleyball, the Olympics, Ice Hockey, Aussie Rules and much more. In fact, steady yourself before clicking on Other Sports, which instantly reveals another huge list of even more sports you can bet on, such as Netball, Fishing, Beach Soccer, Chess, Poker, Squash, Ten Pin Bowling and plenty more.
On the non-sport side, this firm is renowned for their good selection of novelty betting opportunities, such as the state of the Eurozone, Irish and worldwide politics, markets on TV shows like Big Brother, and even specials on world lotteries, betting on the existence of aliens and Uk weather records!
If it’s variety you want, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice with Paddy Power Bookmaker’s line-up, in sheer numbers as well as for the ‘unusual’ factor.
Other notable features at Paddy Power Bookmaker that you should check out include the Video section, where you can view some pretty hilarious past TV adverts for the sportsbook; the Blog, for an equally amusing take on sports related news; the commentary, results, form and calculator sections that will all help in judging where your next winner could be. There is also a handy little Suggestion Box for giving your feedback.
Deposit options include debit/credit cards, PayPal, NETeller, Moneybookers (Skrill), PaySafeCard, UKash, Entropay, O2 Money Card, PayByMobile, bank transfers and cheques. GBP and EUR are surprisingly the only available currencies and residents of US, Canada and Turkey are not allowed to bet at Paddy Power.
In addition to a very good Help section on the Paddy Power site, support is available via live chat, telephone, email and Twitter on a 24/7 basis. It’s also comforting to get a rough idea of how long you should expect to wait before receiving a response to your query with average response times to calls, live chats and emails on display.
Our Paddy Power Review Verdict
We are very happy to recommend this firm to you. In addition there is that nice welcome offer available. There are so many sports and options to choose. The website is fast and navigation is very intuitive. All in all, you will have great fun and hopefully back a winner or two with this lighthearted online bookmaker.