Paddy Power Offers & Review - October 2021

Everybody's favourite cheeky Irish bookmaker


Introduction

Paddy Power have quickly established themselves as a Tour de Force in the gambling industry. Founded in 1988, the Irish bookmaker have been renowned for their often controversial advertisements and betting markets whilst trying to add a sense of humour to the gambling industry. 

Now, with over 30 years worth of experience in the game, PaddyPower are battling the likes of bet365 and William Hill to be named the UK’s favourite bookmaker. 

Welcome Offer 

When you sign up with Paddy Power you will have the chance to opt into their welcome offer which allows you be get a £10 risk free first bet. This welcome offer means that if you place a single £10 sportsbook bet and it loses, then you will be refunded that stake in cash. 

The minimum deposit for this offer is £10 and you will be refunded a maximum of this amount which only applies to bets made on the sportsbook. You will also need to use promotion code ‘YSKAEQ’ when you sign up.

This type of welcome offer is perfect for new customers as it allows them to simply sign up with the promo code and make a £10 bet. If it wins, you will reap the rewards of the winnings on the bet, while if it loses they will be refunded their stake. It’s that simple. 

Perhaps this style of promotion is not particularly well suited to more experienced players who will not be betting thinking they will lose and will want more value. Instead, it is better for novice players that are still getting to grips with betting and can be refunded their stake if they make a poor choice of bet. 

Sports & Markets

Paddy Power’s range of sports and markets is as impressive as you would expect from one of the most popular bookmakers around. The major sports like football, horse racing, tennis, cricket, rugby union and golf are all covered in great detail. A number of smaller niche sports are also on offer with Gaelic games, netball and table tennis all offered to customers on the sportsbook. 

As with most other bookmakers, football is the biggest sport for Paddy Power. The biggest leagues in the world including the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga and Bundeliga are all covered in great detail. Paddy Power also offer the ability to bet on a lot of smaller leagues too, with the Spanish Segunda Division and German Bundesliga 2 all available to bet on. 

Their impressive range of markets is not just confined to football though. Big sports like tennis, cricket and rugby union all have a lot of coverage markets-wise, with smaller events as well as Grand Slams covered in tennis, while county and Test cricket both feature prominently on site. 

The bookmaker also do a very good job of covering one-off and novelty events. Betting on the next Prime Minister of the UK is as accessible as betting on the winners of Love Island.

Paddy Power also offer a number of more controversial one-off markets that have drawn a lot of criticism. These have included which would be the first species driven to extinction by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico among a number of others. 

Included in Paddy Power’s sportsbook roster is an impressive array of E-sport offerings with games like NBA2K, CS:GO, STARCRAFT 2, and DOTA 2. While the world of E-sports is still a growing one in betting, Paddy Power provide a good range of games to bet on. 

Finding the sports themselves is always very simple to do on the site as the most popular options are all listed on the left-hand side of the homepage. Scrolling down reveals the ‘A-Z Betting’ which, once clicked on, shows all the available sports you can bet on in alphabetical order. 

Like most other big bookmakers, Paddy Power offer an immersive experience for customers when betting. Clicking on a football match will show the available markets along with an option to see match stats for that game. Clicking on that banner will show an impressive range of stats including records of the two teams overall, home and away, along with league positioning, head-to-head records and average stats per game. This type of stats pack can help turn a novice bettor in a certain sport or league into someone with more than enough information to make a well-informed bet. 

Live Streaming 

Paddy Power will offer you a number of different sports that you can watch In-Play with their live streaming service. 

While some bookmakers like William Hill only offer live streaming of horse racing and greyhound racing, Paddy Power gives you the opportunity to watch the horses, football, tennis, golf and more. In order to do this you will need to sign in to your account and find a sport that has a ‘Play’ button next to the start time. Once this event has started you will be taken to a stream provided by a third party. You should note that some events are subject to a 2-5 second delay, while others often have an even longer delay. 

The streaming of any live event makes In-Play betting even more enjoyable. Paddy Power’s range of In-Play markets and options and the ability to watch a stream of a football match can often be the difference between making the wrong call as you don’t have all of the information and winning big. Of course, you should be aware of the delay the stream is subjected to, but a live stream of a game or match is more preferable than following a live chat of the event.  

This can also be used alongside their Cash Out feature which makes In-Play betting and pulling your money out at the right time even more exciting. 

#WhatOddsPaddy 

Paddy Power’s own iteration of the Request A Bet comes in the form of their #WhatOddsPaddy. To use this feature you need to log into Paddy Power and Twitter, then tweet their official Twitter account @PaddyPower with your bet using #WhatOddsPaddy. You will then get a reply from the bookmaker once your bet has been added to the site which means you can then go and place your stake on-site. 

While this style of requesting a bet is not as intuitive as bet365’s bet builder, it is another decent version of it. Of course, you will have to wait for the bookie to add your bet to the site, but Paddy Power will invariably offer you good odds on your proposed bet.

Best Odds Guaranteed

Like many of the biggest bookmakers around, Paddy Power offer Best Odds Guaranteed on their horse racing. This means that if you take a price on a horse and the SP (Starting Price) is bigger then they will pay you out at the blogger odds. For example, if you take a price of 3/1 on a horse and the SP is 5/1, you will be paid out at the higher price of 5/1 if that horse wins.

Other Features 

Paddy Power offer an array of niche markets to choose from on many of their sports. This means that the more experienced bettors will be able to bet on markets like First Goalscorer and number of cards which will often offer more value than the likes of the standard Match Winner market, which is better suited for more novice punters. 

Paddy also offer a 20% boost on successful accumulator winnings if your bet is a 5-fold or bigger. The more selections you choose, the bigger the winnings as the 20% is applied to the final payout on your acca. 

In conjunction with their Acca Boost, Paddy Power offer Acca Insurance too. Their Acca Insurance is applied to all 4+ folds. This means that if one leg of your acca loses then you will be refunded your stake as a free bet within 24 hours. This means you can have another go at that big Acca with the free bet if you choose to do so. 

The site also allows you to tweak your preference of how the odds are displayed. The most popular of these are fractional, decimal and American, with all three available on-site.

Conclusion

While Paddy Power may have had to weather their fair share of controversies and criticisms over the years, the one thing that has stayed the same is their fantastic range of odds and markets along with great customer service.

Their In-Play markets and Cash Out feature works perfectly with their Live Streaming app. While this does not offer as many sports to stream as the likes of bet365, it does out-perform a number of other bookmakers in that respect. Along with this they continue to offer an impressive range of sports and markets, while their offers and television ads are the stuff of legend.

While their current welcome offer does not offer the big value of some other bookies, it is one perfectly catered to novice bettors, meaning now is as good a time as any to sign up for an account with the Irish bookmaking giant.