Paddy Power Bookmaker Review
PaddyPower is an Irish betting provider which resulted from the merger of three smaller bookmakers in 1998. The company operates around 200 betting agencies in Ireland and Great Britain. As measured by turnover, PaddyPower belongs to the largest bookmakers in Europe. The company is listed on the stock exchange and practices a consistent expansion strategy in English-speaking countries.
In our PaddyPower Review, the solid Isle of Man license is not the only convincing argument. The quality offered adds up as well. The bonus for new customers is attractive, too. We also liked the first class options for Smartphone and Tablet users. Nevertheless, there are some small points of critique, which will be thoroughly discussed in the following review.
Interface And AppearanceThe Paddy Power platform is very quick to load, the home page isn’t too crowded and the quick links and A-Z sport menu on the left hand side make finding your sport fairly easy. The Paddy Power site is however not very easy on the eye with so many shades of green it can leave you feeling a little green yourself. Aesthetics aside the site is functional and works well.
In play and watch live features are easy to use, odds are clear to see and update rapidly. The mobile offering follows the same theme as the main site and with a recent overhaul it runs with all the functionality of the main site. Offers are prominent on all Paddy Power interfaces and you will never need to search to find them.
Live Betting And StreamingOur Paddy Power review wouldn’t be complete without a look at their live streaming service. Paddy Power offers a comprehensive live streaming service for all members. At any one time there could be tens of different events being shown, ranging from tennis to football through to horse racing. This means that you can monitor the event and make educated bets on the outcome. Accessing the live streaming is simple; just click on the “Watch Live” tab and then, if you are a member, you will be able to click what you want to watch and gain instant access for no fee.
There’s a big focus on football and horse racing in the live streaming section at Paddy Power and if you want to check out what’s on then it’s just a matter of opening the live console and viewing the upcoming events schedule.
Live streams used to only come in a pop out window at Paddy Power but recently they have altered that so you can watch in the sidebar and see the odds at the same time. There’s still a pop-out option to enlarge the screen if required.
OddsAs the third largest online bookmaker Paddy Power’s size means like other big players they should offer really competitive odds on major markets, although here they can be a bit of a let-down. Visit an odds comparison site and you will rarely see Paddy Power at the top of the list, although they are rather better when it comes to horse racing than general sports markers. If you want to place a large wagers or you simply want to get the best raw odds price on principle then Paddy Power is unlikely to be for you.
Enhanced odds promotions are VERY common with Paddy Power and this may be its saving grace from its poor odds on offer. With daily event promotions on offer and tons of money back offers if you bet daily and like offers then you may be at home here. Be a little careful here though as Paddy Power are known sometimes to have convoluted promotional terms so do read each promotions terms carefully before you place your bets. Check out the promotions section of the site before placing your bets to see if you can get better terms, especially around a big events.
Odds are available in fraction and decimal formats and are fairly easy to see, in green obviously. Paddy Power will offer odds for special events or lines not listed if you contact them, see the contact us section for more information.
Paddy Power have been known in the past as a bookmaker who will take big bets on long odds and so if you like your outside punts place them here. A slight word of caution, although uncommon, Paddy Power in the past have reneged to payout on high odds before. Back in 2009 Shane Lowry won the Irish Open at odds of 3000/1, Paddy Power refused to pay out at this rate but did come to “an arrangement” with the punters involved.
Payment options, deposit and withdrawal methodsYou can deposit and withdraw using the following methods: All major credit and debit cards, Entropay, Cash Card (UK and Ireland only), PayPal, Skrill (Moneybookers), Ukash, Neteller, paysafecard, PayByMobile (UK only), Bank transfer and cheque. All deposits are immediately processed and the minimum deposit amount is usually £/€5 or £/€10. Time to process bank transfers is 1-5 working days, and 5-10 working days for cheque. Credit and debit cards withdrawals take 2-3 working days to reach your account, Cash Card withdrawals are instant, while paypal, skrill, neteller and PayByMobile withdrawals take 1-4 hours to reach your account. Minimum amount per withdrawal is £/€10. Note that they do not charge for credit/debit card transactions. Paddy Power will absorb any fees.
You can change your payment method online once your balance and your outstanding bets total less than £/€50 (this refers to your total balance across Sportsbook, Casino, Games, Poker and Bingo). Simply click "My Account", then click 'Deposit' on our homepage and follow the instructions.
If your balance and outstanding bets total over £/€50, you must withdraw some of your balance or wait until your bets have settled until you can change your payment method. If you've used more than one channel before i.e, you've placed a few bets on sportsbook, and play Poker from time to time, you may have split your balance across the channels. Logging into the Sportsbook won't show your balance across all channels, but logging into other channels will. You'll find your global balance under the 'My Account' section. Either way, you will be prompted if your balance is greater than £/€50, and they will tell you where your balance is.
You can withdraw by cheque or by bank transfer without changing your payment method.