Paddy Power online
Paddy Power are well known for their comedic view to betting and sport in general, and have raised the profile of their brand with a number of outlandish marketing ploys. They provide betting via mobile, online and in shops.
There is plenty to do on the site, as in addition to the Sportsbook there are also sections for in-play, virtuals, casino, live casino, bingo and poker. They like to provide special offers for their users, and describe themselves as the ‘Kings of the Money Back Special’, offered on plenty of sports like football, rugby and horse racing.
Paddy Power new customer offer
As a new customer on the Paddy Power website, I was able to claim the Paddy Power new customer offer. By completing the registration and using a special Paddy Power promo code, I could then deposit £10 for a ‘risk-free’ bet.
Then, by placing a bet with my own money the bookmaker would give me a full refund in cash if my first bet was to lose. The fact that the refund was paid in cash was great, as it meant I could go for a higher odds bet if I wished to, knowing that I would get my stake back in full anyway.
It is essentially a free hit to try and win a big amount. If the first bet was to lose, the cash refund is paid back into the Paddy Power account within 1 hour of the bet settling as a loser.
The bet must be placed on the sportsbook and there are no sports that are off limits, and no minimum odds for the bet either. This means any sports selection on the site is eligible.
Paddy Power website
So far I have not had any problems whatsoever when betting on the Paddy Power website. The design of the site is good, making it functional and easy on the eye. The site had an overhaul in early 2018, which made it much better to use.
By following the tabs at the top of the page I was able to see exactly where I was at all times, which was mainly the sportsbook. The sportsbook actually has betting markets available on over 40 sports, which covers pretty much everything you would hope. These sports range from the higher interest sports like football and tennis right through to lower interest sports like Lacrosse and beach volleyball.
Of course, how many markets there are for each event depends on the popularity of the sport. Top football matches often have up to 150 markets, while events from lower interest sports often have less than 20 markets.
Football betting is extensive, and there are betting opportunities available across hundreds of leagues and competitions from all around the globe. Some of the popular markets include Match Odds, Both Teams To Score, Win and Both Teams To Score and Over/Under 2.5 Goals.
Horse racing is another big attraction, with coverage of every flat, National Hunt and All-Weather meeting from the UK and Ireland. As well as Fixed-Price betting, Faller Insurance, Insurebet 2 Places, Insurebet 3 Places, Place Only, Betting Without, Forecast, Tricast, Match Betting and Racing Specials are also offered.
Tennis betting is decent too, with an increased number of markets available for the Grand Slam tournaments.
I was able to benefit from the cash out feature, ending my bet for a profit before the event had even finished. This will be particularly useful for accumulator betting in the future when a few selections have won.
Paddy Power acca insurance and odds
Where the best odds can be found on the Paddy Power site varies due to a number of factors. The best value is often found on some high profile events, for example Premier League football matches. From what I saw from my time on the site, Paddy Power provide better football odds than some of their competitors.
For example, when placing a bet on Lokomotiv Moscow to beat Atletico Madrid in a Europa League match, Paddy Power gave me odds of 3/1 (4.00) while Dafabet listed odds of 11/4 (3.75). Per £10 stake, that’s an extra £2.50 profit if the bet wins, just by choosing Paddy Power to bet with. Using a ‘Risk free’ bet from the Paddy Power sign up offer on a bet like this is worth a look. The good value selections can be combined for the Paddy Power acca insurance offer too.
Paddy Power In-play betting
There is a distinct skill to in-play betting, and it has a good place on the Paddy Power website. I was able to click onto the In-Play tab at the top of the page and was presented with all of the ongoing sporting events that were available to place bets on.
The sports included football, golf, tennis, cricket, basketball, ice hockey and badminton, among others. The amount of in-play markets depends on the popularity of the sport. It is often the case that football matches have more markets, when compared to the average Badminton match, for example.
In-play betting on football has all the top markets, such as Match Odds, Correct Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Anytime Goalscorer and more.
Cash out is often available on in-play markets too, with the cash out logo depicting exactly if they are or not.
Paddy Power live streaming sports
There is a live streaming service on the Paddy Power website that I was able to take advantage of. It is available across a range of sports, and is relevant for anyone that is logged in and has a funded Paddy Power account.
The service did not require me to place a bet to watch most sports, so essentially they are free to view. This is apart from horse racing from the UK, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates among others. For these, a minimum stake of £0.50 win or £0.25 each way bet is needed in order to watch the action.
There is a slight delay to any streamed events, but this is only by a few seconds. The streams are available both on a desktop and a mobile device.
The live streaming feature was really helpful for me when placing in play bets too, as when I was able to see the action, I had a better idea of what would be a wise selection to bet on.
I could easily locate which events were available to watch on live streaming, as they had a play button next to them. Live streams start a minute or two before the event is due to start.
Paddy Power deposit by phone, web and mobile
Before I was able to place my first Paddy sports bet, I had to deposit some funds of my own. I will talk through the deposit options I was given, and bare in mind that these may only be relevant to those in the United Kingdom. Other countries may have different deposit methods available.
There are plenty of deposit methods for UK users, including debit and credit cards, Bank Transfer, Neteller, PayPal, Paysafecard and Skrill/Moneybookers. All of the methods apart from Bank Transfer are processed immediately, meaning the funds are available to bet with straight away. Bank Transfers take 1-5 working days to appear in the Paddy Power account.
The minimum deposit amount for all of these is £5 and the method I decided to use was a Visa debit card. The reason for this is because it was the easiest for me, as well as the fact that the welcome offer states that deposits made with e-wallets including Skrill, Paysafe and Neteller will not count towards the promotion. Only Debit/Credit Cards and Paypal are eligible.
Withdrawing funds can be done with the same methods. The minimum withdrawal for debit and credit cards is £10 and it will be processed within 2-3 working days. If I wanted to cancel my withdrawal after I had requested it I could, as long as it is done before 11:30pm on the day of the request.
What to do if you need help with Paddy Power new customer offer
When testing the customer service options on the Paddy Power site, I found that there were plenty of support options available. The live chat feature is the quickest and easiest way of getting a query answered. Any questions about the Paddy Power new customer offer can be asked of the live chat representative. When logged in, I was able to click on ‘Help’ which took me to the help centre.
There is also telephone and email support. A Frequently Asked Questions page is available too, which has a lot of information. If you have a complaint that has not been answered properly by Paddy Power, you can contact the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) which will escalate the complaint.