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Paddy Power Review

Review of Paddy Power

Editors Note:
Welcome to our Paddy Power review page. We’re going to be taking a look at what the self proclaimed money back special kings have to offer online punters and we’ll show you how to cash in on their welcome bonus as well.

I’m sure you already associate Paddy Power with their ‘banter’. It doesn’t take a genius to work out they’ve marketed themselves extremely well but can they back it up?

Well for the most part you’re going to find the answer to that is yes. I’ve got an account with them, it’s an active account meaning I still use it, and there’s no arguing they offer good long term value via offers and promo’s.

You can bag yourself a welcome bonus when you join and take part in multiple promotions and money back specials that run daily on the site.

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

Review Ratings

Use the links to navigate our review.

Licensing & Safety

Low risk classification
How safe is Paddy Power?
  • UKGC license
  • Malta gaming license
  • Alderney GCC license
  • Safest possible rating
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Paddy Power have gambling licenses coming out of their ears. They have a UK Gambling Commission license meaning they can serve UK customers, they’ve got a Maltese Gaming Authority License and to top it off they’ve also got an Alderney Gambling Control Commission license as well.

Bottom line… they are heavily licensed, regulated and safe for punters to use.

The stipulations set down in their various licensing agreements mean that, among other things, Paddy Power must:

  • Ensure that all of the actions of the site are completely fair and unbiased.
  • Make sure that those under the legal gambling age are unable to bet on the site until they are of an age whereby they understand the associated risks.
  • Provide anyone with problems related to gambling with assistance and advice regarding how to sort out their issue.

The company was founded in Ireland back in 1988 and has since operated first in the high-street and now primarily online. They are listed on the London Stock Exchange as a public limited company and punters should have full faith they’ll payout and operate a fair bookmaking service.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Varied options & limits
Will I get paid?
  • Deposit instantly with cards
  • Quick payouts
  • PayPal, Skrill & Neteller
  • No fees to pay
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Visa/Visa Debit £0 Instant £5 – ?
Mastercard £0 Instant £5 – ?
Maestro £0 Instant £5 – ?
PayPal £0 Instant £5 – ?
Skrill £0 1-4 hours £5 – ?
Neteller £0 1-4 hours £5 – ?
Paysafecard £0 Instant £5 – ?
Bank Transfer £0 1-5 days £5 – ?

Markets & Odds

Popular sports covered
What sports are offered?
  • Wide selection
  • Multiple markets per event
  • Loads of money back specials
  • Thousands of in-play markets
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

As one of the premiere online gambling sites in the United Kingdom, it should come as no surprise that Paddy Power offers a huge amount of different options for betting.

From international cricket matches through to the most obscure games of football from far flung corners of the earth, you will nearly always be able to find the market you are interested in on this site. The markets currently available on the Paddy Power website are:

  • Athletics
  • Aussie Rules
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Current Affairs
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • E-sports
  • Football
  • Gaelic Games
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lottery
  • MMA
  • Motor Sport
  • Netball
  • NFL
  • Politics
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Specials
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Virtuals
  • Volleyball

As can clearly be seen, this selection represents nearly every niche within the sporting world and therefore it is a great place to go for all of your gambling needs. If you are someone that only likes to stick to one site for betting, then Paddy Power could well be the place for you. In-Play betting is also offered as is live streaming which you can find out more about below.

In-Play Betting

Great for backing & laying
Is live betting offered?
  • Exchanged based in-play
  • Good range of events
  • Live price movement charts
  • Quick cashout
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Paddy Power InplayPaddy Power’s in-play suite used to fall beind the likes of Bet365 and Betvictor but has recently been re-designed.

The in-play section, accessed by hitting the in-play link in your menu, is now much easier to navigate and you can drill down by sport using the menu. You can then use the stats icons, under the live score, to get game info and a graphical representation on the current phase of play.

Live streaming is also offered and there’s a depth of markets to each event. They’ve done a great job with the revamp and can now really compete with the industry’s best. However… live betting is almost over simplified at Paddy Power and no option to pin events or make a favourites list lets them down.

Welcome Bonus

£20 risk free bet offer
New Customer Offer
  • £20 risk free bet
  • Refunded in cash
  • Cards & PayPal qualify
  • No wagering requirements
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Paddy Power are currently offering anyone who decides to open a new account with them today a risk-free bet bonus worth up to a maximum of £20.

If you’ve claimed a free bet bonus before then you’ll find that this one works similar to other offers but does have a bit of a twist. To claim your £20 risk free bet with Paddy Power just follow the step by step guide we’ve put together below:

Here’s how to claim:

  1. Visit PaddyPower.com by clicking here! (The link will open in a new browser window)
  2. In the middle of the screen at the top find and click the blue ‘New User – Register Here’ link under the blue button.
  3. You must now fill out your personal details and pick a unique username and password – make sure you write these down of choose something you can easily remember.
  4. Once you’re account it open log into it and deposit £20.
  5. Place a £20 single bet on any market at Paddy Power and if your bet loses you’ll get your £20 stake refunded in cash to bet again with or withdraw (win and be paid out as normal).

Claim your £20 risk free bet at Paddy Power!

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Paddy Power
Great crack, good bookmakers
Our Rating for:
Paddy Power

At the top of this Paddy Power review you’ll see that we’ve awarded them with 4.5/5 stars. We come up with our bookmaker ratings based on the quality of the service offered and the safety & security the online bookmaker in question provides for it’s punters.

Paddy’s grade is the second highest grade a bookmaker can possibly get so it’s pretty clear already that Paddy Power are a good choice.

They’ve got everything you would expect an online bookie to have including both live betting and live streaming. They run a multitude of money back specials and give all new customers a £20 risk free bet not to mention the fact that they are fully licensed and have a good rep among the online sports gambling community. A lot of the boxes we look out for our ticked.

There are two reasons they don’t quite make the 5 star grade: the first being the simplification of their live betting section and the second being they have a pretty universal reputation for limiting the accounts of winning punters very quickly.

They still pay out on all bets and account balances but if you win too much too soon at Paddy Power don’t be surprised to see your maximum bet amount limited – if that happens it’s time to move on.

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • Jono A.
    August 21, 2018

    Am I alone in thinking that Paddy Power is seriously overrated? Their TV adverts, which you’ll see hundreds of times if you watch any sporting event, aren’t funny and are often borderline offensive, and the offers they advertise aren’t even that good. I had a little go betting on the footy with Paddy Power to see what all the fuss was about but still remain unimpressed. Their site and app is easy to use but other bookies like Bet 365 and Betvictor have more football markets and much better odds. I won’t be betting with Paddy Power again, that’s for sure.

  • Jacobs89
    August 28, 2018

    Disagree with the review from Jono A. I’m a happy Paddy Power customer and only had good experiences with them. Have used support a few times and they’ve been great. Still got the best offers / money back specials going. Only let down is size of opening offer could be bigger.

  • Robert Lafferty
    September 11, 2018

    Love the crack at Paddy Power. If you’re not already following them on Twitter and Facebook etc. then give them a follow, you won’t regret it. Can’t fault the amount of promotions they run and I’ve been quids in thanks to their money back specials a couple of times.

    I guess their type of approach, funny and sometimes close to the line, won’t be for everyone but meh lighten up and get involved.

  • Berth
    September 12, 2018

    Locked my account with 400 pound on it and because I can’t drive I don’t have photo Id or a passport most other sites accept other forms but not Paddy Power.

    Cheeky Punter’s reply: I know this is really frustrating but they are just following new know your customer laws (they stop underage gambling and people stealing your card details). All bookies try to verify you electronically first but if they can’t they have to request ID. I spoke to live chat support and they said ‘The last option would be to provide a birth certificate together with any form of photo ID (such as a Student Card)’. Otherwise just get yourself a passport and get your money off and use it to go on holiday!

  • Deano
    November 6, 2018

    Been using Paddy Power for years now and don’t care what anyone else says they are the best bookie out there. They always have the most offers running and I’ve always found their horse racing odds and football odds to be as good, if not better, than most of the other big guns (I include bet365 in that lot as well).

  • Mac Jacobs
    August 22, 2019

    Surprised this review doesn’t mention the Paddy Power rewards club like. Means regular customers can get rewards for stopping with them. Free bets up for grabs and all sorts.

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Paddy Power FAQ

Is Paddy Power legit?

Paddy Power are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission so you can most definitely consider them a legit outfit. As one of the biggest bookmakers in Europe they uphold high standards in customer service, bet settlement and paying out winnings.

Are Paddy Power and Betfair now the same?

Whilst Paddy Power and Betfair are now owned by the same company, Flutter, they are still very much two separate brands with different websites, odds, markets, services and welcome offers.

Do Paddy Power do free bets?

We’re yet to find an occasion when Paddy Power aren’t offering some kind of free bet offer to new customers – you can check the latest deal by going to our Paddy Power free bet page.

Can you cash out your bets with Paddy Power?

You’ll be pleased to hear that Paddy Power offer cash out on the majority of markets they take bets on giving you the chance to lock in a profitable situation before the actual outcome of the bet is confirmed.

How long do withdrawals take?

Withdrawals at Paddy Power can take anything from 24 hours to 5 working days depending on what banking method you use. The quickest is always PayPal (usually within 24 hours) or a debit card (usually within 48 hours).

Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter