There is a reason if Paddy Power, is quickly become one of the choosen bookmakers for many punters: it is, indeed, one of the best, the most innovative, with high shares (often, not always, higher than William Hill Sports – see review, opens in new window).
Subscribing to Paddy Power
It is almost identical to all other bookmaker, this step is adjusted by a rigid legislation. Personal data and sending within 30 days of double-sided copy of an identity document (a scanned jpeg via email is fine, we are accredited in this way). Enabling the account is fast enough, but it also depends when someone is asking it (faster on weekdays slower on weekends, but this is also true if you buy a BMX on Ebay).
Bonus Paddy Power input
Planned and offered, with some limitation, a bonus of € 50.00 at the time of registration. But, as we shall see, is not the only bonus that Paddy Power offers to its members. Unlike other bookies, facilities, bonuses, discounts are also offered after enrollment, in the form of “Power Bonus”, which will be discussed later.
GUI, ease of use, speed of page download
We are not at the levels of Bwin (see review – for us remains the state of the graphical art user interfaces), but it is clear, professional and easy to understand. Then, of course, everything is very subjective and also linked to matters of habit. Whatever your current bookmaker of choice is, a minimum initial confusion is physiological when dealing with the design of a new website.
But, at least in our own experience, it is fast enough to take confidence and get some feelings for the interface of Paddy Power.
We are therefore far from the minimalism of Betclic and the amateur look of the site Eurobet, for instance.
Perhaps the box (which opens on the right side of the screen) contains details of the bet that is closing is too small and unsympathetic, making the bookmaker Paddy Power may not be ideal for those approaching for the first time in the world of sports betting.
Paddy Power allows the option to bet on sporting events while also taking place. The so-called “live”, in fact. But it is clear that at the time of writing, this feature is still immature and we are far from William Hill and, above all, Bwin.
Variety of bets offered
The best, actually. Even offers betting on politics (at the time of the U.S. you could bet on the winner )On sporting events, however, offers the possibility to bet that in the worst case scenario are aligned to the competition.
If the plays at par, often winning with William Hill. We believe the odds offered by Paddy Power the main reason to have an active account with this bookmaker.
Support mobile devices: Android, Iphone, Ipad …
The site is “responsive”, connecting via tablet or smartphone, you can access the mobile version of the site, which offers all the standard features of the site, including live.
It also offers the dedicated app (free, via Google or Apple Store Play) for those who want to always have on the desktop or tablet possibility to bet on Paddy Power.
Deposit and Withdrawal
Almost all of the options are offered at the time required by the bettors. In addition to Moneybookers / Skrill (which alone would be enough, and bettors know why!), You can charge your account and withdraw money via Paypal, Postepay, Neteller, bank transfer, credit card (Visa / Visa Electron / Master Card) , ucash etc..
The novelty of Paddy Power. A genius of marketing on one hand, helps to other punters. Many events are marked with the flag “Power Bonus”, ie specific conditions that allow you to re-enter the lost bet if certain conditions are met during the event.
For example, in a football event, a power bonus which we have already seen more than once is like: “We will refund losing bets on ‘Correct Score’ if a goal is scored in the last 5 minutes of the meeting.” Or: “We will refund losing bets on Half Time / Full if during the match is awarded a penalty.”
Power Bonus can be used by all members, limited to events that Paddy Power has given a particular Power Bonus.
Summary Paddy Power and our opinions
Odds: very high, no doubt about it!
GUI: professional and fast, but not really suitable for beginners.
Bonus: one bonus entry for new entrants and power bonus to all, there is really nothing to complain about.
Mobile Support: Native.
Method of payment and withdrawal methods: Paypal and Moneybookers offered to us is enough.