Boylesports was established back in 1989 by John Boyle and they claim to be Ireland’s most successful independent bookmaker. The company run over 200 betting shops in Ireland and they also offer sports betting on an online platform, through the online sportsbook.
The site is more than just a sportsbook though, as they also offer Virtual betting, plus Vegas, Games, Casino, Lotto, Bingo and Poker sections.
The website is fairly well designed, though it may not be as sleek looking as some other top bookmaker websites. The mobile version of the site is fully optimised for most smartphones and tablets.
Boylesports register for new customer offer
I was able to qualify for the Boylesports sign up offer, as I had never held a Boylesports online betting account before. The process was to head to the Boylesports register page, sign up for an account, deposit and bet my first £10.
After placing a £10 bet with my own money, I was given a £5 free bet. I then had the opportunity to place more bets for more free bets. For every three subsequent bets I placed, I got a free bet to 50% of my average stake up to £5 until a total of £25 in free bets had been claimed.
The terms of the offer stated that these qualifying bets had to be placed within 30 days of opening my account, which I found was more than enough time.
Each bet also had to be placed at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater, so I decided to find selections at as close to the minimum odds as possible, to give myself the best possible chance of finding winning bets. Each free bet was credited within one hour, and each free bet would expire after 7 days if unused.
Boylesports website review
The design of the Boylesports website is reasonably good, though I would not describe it as one of the better looking bookmaker sites on the eye. That being said, this does not affect how easy the site is to use, as finding the markets I was looking for was really quick and easy.
On the sportsbook, there were over 30 sports listed which gave me loads of markets to choose from. The full range of sports included American Football, Athletics, Australian Rules, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Futsal, Golf, GAA – Football, GAA – Hurling, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Entertainment / TV, Politics, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Speedway, Table Tennis, Tennis, UFC / MMA, Volleyball, Winter Sports.
Some sports had a lot more markets available than others, with Football often having the most. For example an international friendly match between Germany and Spain had 70 markets listed. Compare this to an international Cricket test match between New Zealand and England, which had 10 markets listed.
Football betting is pretty extensive on the site, and there are thousands of markets listed from leagues and competitions all around the world. This ranges from the Premier League to the Liga Nacional in Guatemala.
Horse racing coverage is good on the site too. There are markets for all UK and Irish race meetings, which covers the flat, jumps and all weather tracks. I was also able to find markets for international race meetings, from countries such as South Africa, USA and Australia. Ante post markets are listed for big upcoming races too.
Tennis betting is pretty good all year around, though there are increased markets for the Grand Slam tournaments; Wimbledon, French Open, US Open and French Open.
Cash out is available on selected events, for both pre-match and in-play events. I used this feature on an ongoing football match when my selection was in a winning position.
Boylesports offers and odds
The odds on the Boylesports website are among the best around, when compared to some other top bookmakers. Where the best odds can be found on the site varies due to a number of factors. The best value is often found on high profile events, such as Premier League football matches.
In my own experience, Boylesports provide better tennis odds than some of their competitors. The general odds for Baseball also provide a lot of good value, so there is something for everyone.
Boylesports offers in-play betting
The in-play betting on the Boylesports website obviously has an importance to it, as it has its own tab at the top of the page. When clicked into, there are a range of sports listed that have in-play markets available. These include; football, tennis, basketball, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, aussie rules, ice hockey, table tennis and volleyball.
The amount of in-play events varies depending on the sport. When I was on the site, there were 9 ongoing football events, 21 ongoing tennis events but only 1 event each for the likes of aussie rules and ice hockey.
There are usually a decent number of markets listed for in-play football events. For example, an international friendly between Slovakia and UAE had 19 markets listed.
Tennis often has less, simply due to the nature of the game when compared with all the possibilities in football. A tennis match from the Lille Challenger had 5 markets to choose from, for example.
There are some really useful accompanying stats listed for certain in-play events, such as a 3D pitch view for football matches. It shows where the ball is at all times, plus which team are on the attack. This is useful information when looking to place an in-play bet.
Boylesports live streaming sport
Live streaming is available on the Boylesports website, and I found that it was a useful little addition. At the time of writing, the streaming was limited to horse racing and greyhound racing. That being said, other sports may be added in the future.
In order to watch a race, I had to place a bet on that particular race. This had to be an amount of at least £1. I found that the broadcast of the race started a few seconds before the scheduled start time and lasted for the duration of the race.
It was easy to see what I needed to do to access the bet and watch feature, as after I had placed the bet all I had to do was click the ‘Watch Race’ button found at the top of the racecard.
The greyhound streams were available on both a desktop and a mobile device, which was useful for when I was on the move. Though I did not place any in-play greyhound or horse racing bets myself, I could see that having the live stream available would be really useful with the ever changing in-play odds.
A lack of other sports for live streaming does hurt the site, but if you are big on racing betting then Boylesports will offer everything that you need. Boylesports offers may be listed for racing too which could be useful.
Boylesports log in and deposit methods
When I had finished with the Boylesports register page and was ready to deposit some money into my betting account, I was given a number of options on how to do so. You will need to be aware that all of the deposit methods I’m going to list may only be relevant for those of you that are residents of the United Kingdom.
What I would consider to be the easiest way of depositing is via a debit or credit card. The options included Visa, Maestro and Switch. Deposits via a card are processed immediately, so the funds will be available to bet with straight away. Be aware that the funds may not show on bank statements until a couple of days later though.
Other payment methods include PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard and Bank Transfer. There is a minimum deposit amount of £5 for all of these payment methods, which is lower than the £10 minimum that a lot of other bookmakers have.
When qualifying for the Boylesports new customer offer, I decided to deposit using a debit card. This was due to the fact that the terms of the welcome offer state any customers that deposit with Moneybookers, Skrill, Neteller or prepaid cards will not qualify for this offer.
Withdrawing funds had to be done with the same payment method as I deposited with. Withdrawing funds was an easy process and the funds were in my account within 2-3 working days.
Getting help from Boylesports live chat
As part of a Boylesports review of the customer service options on the site, I noticed that there were plenty of support options available if I ever had a problem on the site. The live chat feature is definitely the quickest and easiest way of getting assistance on the site. Any questions about the Boylesports new customer offer can be asked of a live chat representative and they will do their best to help.
Click on Help Centre to see a Frequently Asked Questions page, which has a lot of information. There is also telephone and email support that can be found. If you have a complaint that has not been answered sufficiently by Boylesports, you can contact the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) which will escalate the complaint.