Paddy Power Bookmaker Review

PaddyPowerThe first thing that strikes you when visiting Paddy Power is their bold promotion offering £250 in Free Bets. This is not quite so enticing as it first appears as only the first bet up to £50 is matched initially. In order to redeem the full £250 you would need to average £50 per bet over your next twenty bets with the “free bets” credited after every five bets. That being said, it is still a fair offer for punters who bet in those amounts.

Bookmakers face a difficult task trying to please everyone with their online layout and the appearance of Paddy Power’s home page is a little cluttered. I was viewing the page on a night when Champions League football was scheduled so this was competing for space with the horse racing. There is a full A-Z menu down the left hand side which covers everything from beach volleyball to the lottery so you should not have too much difficulty navigating the site.

The upcoming races and the pick of the evening’s soccer action were readily available on the main page so a simple click on a price set you up for a wager. A simple pop-up box on the right of screen displays your selection and allows you to put in your stake, calculate potential returns and place the bet.

Horse Racing at PaddyPower

As my interest is primarily betting on horse racing, a click through to the direct link brought up the next three races plus some statistics for trainers, jockeys and horses for courses. Personally I do my “homework” before visiting the bookmakers pages to place a bet and I’d rather have seen more space devoted to the day’s actual runners/riders and prices. A quick click on the ante-post races link brought only limited success with the top four in the betting for three races plus more statistics.

The “Future Racing” link brought up the full range of ante-post races as well as quick links to the “Daily Racing Specials”. Results are frequently updated on site and the site offers “Live Help” should you have any problems finding your way around. The site boasts a response time of under a minute for the Live Help, 30 seconds for telephone calls and around three and a half hours for email. There is also a live feed of some sporting events, although this does carry the warning that it could be up to 10 seconds delayed.

You can expect to find decent odds for ALL major horse races at Paddy Power, both UK races and worldwide events.

PaddyPower.com Site

Other Areas of Gambling

If you’re looking for alternative forms of entertainment, the site offers Live Casino at the click of a button, although you will need your login details to hand if you wish to try this out. There are also quick links to the social media sites and even a job section! There is a blog which appears to be written in the same style as their TV advertising campaign, trying to find the middle-ground between Match Of The Day and Monty Python.

Making a deposit with Paddy Power is as easy as 1,2,3 and they take just about any form of transfer from Credit/Debit cards and Neteller to Paypal and Skrill. Most transfers are immediate but bank transfers can take up to 5 working days. There is a £10 minimum withdrawal and payment is available typically in 2-3 days from making your request.

All in all, the site shouldn’t prove too taxing for the regular user as I was starting to find my away around within 20 minutes or so. When it comes to promotions, Paddy Power is most likely the most exciting options out of all betting sites, well known for their dramatic and controversial marketing campaigns, something we think go hand in hand with gambling!

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