Paddy Power Sports Betting Review (2020)
Famed for their memorable TV adverts, Paddy Power is one of the giants of sports betting. Having been around since 1988, this absolute juggernaut of a bookmaker has had plenty of time to perfect its product and cement its status as one of the most popular betting companies around. In this review, our aim is not to see whether Paddy Power is good or bad, but to determine just how good they are, and if they can well and truly be considered among the best in the business – or if they’re simply hiding behind their marketing department. Keep reading as we leave no stone unturned in this Paddy Power review!
Table of Content:
Registration Process (5/5)
- Simple registration
- Minimal information required
- Option to set deposit limit right away
Registering an account with Paddy Power is a very straight forward process. Simply enter your full name, date of birth, gender, home address, and mobile number, and set up an email and password. As one of the top bookmakers in the business, Paddy Power allows you to set up a security question and answer, as well as giving the opportunity to set a deposit limit. This emphasis on responsible gambling so early on is a great indication of the company’s desire to protect its players. At this point you can also enter a promo code (which comes already filled in by Paddy Power – more on that soon).
Deposits and Withdrawals Options (5/5)
- Wide range of payment options
- Low minimum deposits and withdrawals
- Quick processing times
Paddy Power offers its players a host of great options for making a deposit. You can choose from debit/credit card, bank transfer, Neteller, Paypal, PaySafeCard, Skrill, Cash Card, and Paddy Power Cash Card PPlus. The Paddy Power Cash Card PPlus is Paddy Power’s own unique pre-paid card that gives you instant access to your online funds. All payment methods have varying deposit and withdrawal minimum amounts and processing times as can be seen below.
With a debit or credit card, there is a minimum deposit amount of £5, there are no fees and the deposits are processed immediately. There is a minimum withdrawal amount of £0.01 and these range from being process instantly to taking 2-5 working days (depending on the type of visa you have).
Bank transfers also have a minimum deposit amount of £5 but take 1-5 working days to be processed. The minimum withdrawal amount with a bank transfer is £10 and also takes 1-5 working days to be processed.
If your preferred choice is to use Neteller, the minimum deposit amount £5 with a processing time of 1-4 hours. There is a £1 minimum withdrawal requirement with withdrawals taking around 4 hours to be processed (this can rise up to 24 hours during busy periods.
To deposit by Paypal, you will have to input at least £10 which will be processed immediately. Withdrawal require a minimum of £1 and like Neteller, take anywhere between 4 and 24 hours to process.
Using a PaySafeCard will require a minimum of £5 deposit and is processed immediately. It is important to note that PaySafeCard deposits are only available in Austria, Finland, Germany, Isle of Man, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the Channel Islands, and the United Kingdom. You cannot make a withdrawal via a PaySafeCard. Withdrawals will instead be sent to you via bank transfer.
Finally, to make a deposit via Skrill, there is a £5 minimum requirement and it will be processed immediately. The minimum withdrawal amount is at a measly £1 and will take between 4 and 24 hours to processed.
You can choose to make your deposits in GBP as well as in EUR.
Welcome Offer (4.5/5)
- Free bet worth £10
- No time constraints
- Deposit must be made via credit/debit card or bank transfer
At the time of writing, Paddy Power’s welcome bonus is a nice little risk free £10 bet for new customers. To redeem this offer, simply use the promo code YSKA00 when creating an account, deposit at least £10, and place a sportsbook bet. If your bet is unsuccessful, Paddy Power will refund you your wager in cash up to £10. It’s that simple! There is no minimum time stipulated by which the free bet needs to be used so you can make use of it whenever you like – as long as it’s your first bet! It is important to note that for the welcome offer to be claimed, your initial deposit must be made via credit/debit card or bank transfer only. Making a deposit using the other payment methods mentioned earlier in this Paddy Power review will result in you forfeiting the bonus.
Sportsbook Promotions (4.5/5)
- Football accumulator bonus
- Free bet refund up to £10
- Rewards scheme offered
In terms of other promotions, at the time of writing this Paddy Power review, the bookmaker offered a football accumulator (acca) special to its players whereby if just one selection in your acca lets you down, you will receive a free bet. This promotion applies to all football markets and leagues. Wagers must have a minimum of 4+ selections with odds of at least 1/5 per selection. The maximum free bet refund stands at £10 per day and this does not apply to in-play matches. The free bet will be available for 7 days from when it is credited.
Paddy Power is known for constantly putting out new and exciting sportsbook promotions, so we encourage you to keep their checking their page to keep up to date with all their latest offers.
To put it in Paddy Power’s words, “Loyalty’s dead. Live for Rewards.” The bookmaker does not offer a loyalty programme but instead gives you the opportunity to earn rewards depending on how frequently you place bets. Paddy’s Rewards Club is open to anybody who has registered an account and at the time of writing, you can qualify for rewards in 1 of 3 ways, with each way having different bonuses.
By placing 1 bet of £5 or more between Monday and Sunday of the same week you will be credited with a Power Up; by placing 5 bets of £5 or more between Monday and Sunday of the same week, you will receive a free bet of £5 and a Power Up; and by placing 5 bets of £10 or more between Monday and Sunday of the same week you will earn a free bet of £10 as well as one Power Up.
Pre-Match Offer (5/5)
- Very extensive sportsbook offering
- Power Prices with enhanced odds
- Esports and other specials available
- Option to create your own bets
With no less than 28 different sports on offer at the time of writing, Paddy Power presents an incredible array of options for its players to choose from. Each sport is complemented by even greater selection of leagues to choose from ranging from the most popular, to some of the most miniscule. The top match of the day had 25 different markets to choose from with hundreds and hundreds of submarkets available. From half time/full time to double chance to draw no bet this bookmaker has got it all. Within their markets, Paddy Power also offers their ‘Power Prices’ which are a list of featured selections with enhanced odds – a nice little bonus to take advantage of if something interesting catches your eye. You can choose between fractional or decimal odds when placing a bet on Paddy Power.
Having a strong sportsbook offering means nothing however if a bookmaker does not offer competitive margins to its players. In order to measure the quality of Paddy Power’s margins we used the odds overround calculation. This is a percentage figure which is obtained when all the probabilities of an outcome of a bet are added together. Logically, this figure should come to 100% however this does not take into to consideration the profit made by the bookie. For this reason, it is commonly accepted that an odds overround of less than 110% indicates good odds. We looked at football games from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, and Spanish La Liga and found the odds overround to be 109%, 108.6% and 108.8%. This shows that Paddy Power offers its players quality and competitive odds.
If betting on esports is more up your street, Paddy Power has got you covered. You can choose to bet on dozens of markets related to CS:GO and League of Legends. If you are unfamiliar with the ever-growing world of esports, check out our beginners guide to betting on esports here. Alternatively, if you’re a seasoned esports bettor, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips and strategies for esports betting, which you can check out here.
In addition to the standard sports and esports options, at Paddy Power you can also bet on current affairs, politics, and a host of other specials. From predicting the winner of Dancing on Ice, to the year of the next general election, to the name of the next pope – there really is something for everyone at Paddy Power.
Paddy Power’s bet builder comes in the form of its aptly named #WhatOddsPaddy feature. A relatively new addition to the world of betting, bet builders allow you to essentially create your own bet based on markets which might not be offered by the bookmaker. In this way, we can therefore say that the number of different wagers you can make at Paddy Power are near infinite!
Live Offer (5/5)
- Seamless in-play match updates
- Live streaming available
- Option to cash out
Continuing from its top-notch sportsbook, Paddy Power’s live betting feature is of the same superior quality where you can watch thousands of sporting events each year. You can quickly toggle between different sports and the rate at which updates come in is seamless. Almost all in-play matches provide important match statistics as well as an animated graphic showing the live match updates. Once you have opened an account and deposited some money, you will also have access to Paddy Power Live Video – the bookmakers very own live streaming service. This service is offered free of charge for all sports accept UK, Irish and UAE horseracing and the sports that can be streamed vary from territory to territory.
Unsurprisingly for a betting site of this calibre, Paddy Power also runs a cash out feature. This very useful tool allows you to settle your bets early if you think that the outcome of a match is looking unfavourable. In this way you can avoid facing a total loss. Cashing out on Paddy Power is a quick and easy process and we encourage all bettors to take advantage of this feature.
- Licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission
- Extensive responsible gambling limits available
- All personal information is encrypted
Paddy Power is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. For its international operations, the bookmaker is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority. It is clear to see that Paddy Power (excellently) places a very strong emphasis on responsible gambling. In addition to the multiple links on the site leading to third part gambling assessment and support sites including Gambling Therapy, GamCare, WhenTheFunStopsStop, and GAMSTOP, the company also has a very extensive onsite responsible gambling section.
As we touched on at the beginning of this Paddy Power review, if you are having concerns about the amount you are gambling, on Paddy Power you will be able to set a series of controls. Deposit Limits allows you to the limit the amount that you can input into your account; Loss Limits allow you to limit the amount you can lose for a period of your choice; with Take a Break you can suspend your account for up to 30 days; Reality Checks will alert you that you have been betting for an elongated period of time; and Self-Exclusions will block you from accessing Paddy Power for a minimum of 6 months. There is also a very handy Budget Calculator that can help you work out just how much money you spend and on what you are spending it each month.
In addition to all these useful tools, Paddy Power also lists numerous tips for spotting the signs of a gambling addictions as well as how to protect vulnerable minors. The betting site uses state-of-the-art encryption technology and firewalls to protect its users’ data from any unauthorised access. There is also a dedicated security team to ensure that your information is constantly protected. In terms, of security, Paddy Power is definitely leading the way!
Service and Customer Support (5/5)
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Can be contacted though various channels
- Huge help section
Paddy Power’s help section is one of the most extensive help sections we’ve seen on sports betting sites. The bookmaker has clearly invested a lot of time and effort into making sure that most of its customers queries can be found on site and accessed in a matter of seconds. For those other, more specific concerns which may not be covered in the help section, Paddy Power, unsurprisingly offers its players 24/7 customer service. You can reach customer service by phone (calls are free in the UK and ROI), through email, via social media, or by means of their live chat function – which Paddy Power recommends as it is the fastest option.
We sent a message to the customer service team with a fake complaint and were very impressed the service given to us. The reply was prompt and the customer service agent was polite and provided detailed responses and information. Paddy Power’s customer service is only available in English.
Design and Usability (5/5)
- Fantastic interface which is easy to use
- Detailed football statistics available
- Quality blog section that is constantly updated
Paddy Power’s website design is exactly what you’d expect from one of the top bookmakers in the country. Its interface is sleek, the dark green and white colour scheme is easy on the eyes, and it does not rely on any cheap gimmicks to get your attention. In terms of its usability, the website is incredibly user friendly with all information very easy to find – which is extremely impressive given just how much information they’ve packed into the site. The general process of placing a bet is also as quick and simple as it should be.
The site offers a detailed football stats section showing team news, head to head results, league position, and league form – all vital information for any punter to be able to make an informed betting decision. Paddy Power also runs a dedicated blog – PPNews – which provides quality content to keep you updated on all the latest sports and betting news, guides, tips and other generally humorous articles as you prepare to place your wagers. At the time of writing this Paddy Power review, the bookmaker’s services are only offered in English.
- Free mobile app available
- Easy to navigate around
- Same quality features as website
Situated at the forefront of the sports betting industry due to its constant drive for innovation, it hardly comes as a surprise that the Paddy Power mobile app provides one of the best mobile betting experiences out there. The app is available to download for free for both Apple and Android users. Just like its parent site, the Paddy Power mobile app has a sleek and stunning design, a highly user-friendly interface, and is extremely responsive – perfect for those rapid in-play bets! All of the many features that are found on the main site are also available on the mobile app, including live streaming, in-play betting, and the VIPP Club, just to name a few. If you would like to learn more, we’ve written a more detailed, separate review of the Paddy Power mobile app which you can check out here.
- Casino, Fantasy football, Virtual sports and more
- Generous free bet and free spins casino welcome offer
- Available to players in the UK and Ireland
Paddy Power is primarily a sports betting company, however over the years they have expanded heavily and now offer an extensive portfolio of different platforms to bet on, including the likes of casino, Vegas games, poker, bingo, fantasy football, and virtual sports. Its casino platform offers a lucrative welcome bonus in the form of a free bet and free spins when making you deposit £10. To redeem this offer, use the code PASREG when making your first deposit. You can get a maximum bonus of £40 + 20 free spins which can be used on Berry Berry Bonanza and your winnings will be capped at £500. You have 7 days to use the bonus and it must be wagered 35x to be valid. Any unused free spins will expire after 24 hours and this bonus is only available to customers registered in the UK or Ireland.
ThePuntersPage Final Say & Overall Rating
There really is no doubt that Paddy Power is an exceptional bookmaker. With a vast sportsbook, competitive odds, bet-builder, wide range of payment options, top-notch security, 24/7 customer service, and a fantastic mobile app – it isn’t hard to see why this bookmaker is such a fan favourite. Throughout this Paddy Power review we have tried very hard to find faults within this betting site but in all honesty, apart from maybe wanting to see a few more sportsbook promotions, there doesn’t seem to be much that even merits a mention. With all that said, if you are looking for a quality, reliable betting experience, then look no further because Paddy Power is leading the way!