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Back in the dark ages before the internet gambling used to be such an ordeal. You would trudge through the mud to Ye Olde Gambling Shoppe past plague addled wenches and the odd dragon before placing your bet on whether Sir Richard would joust the head off Sir Valius. Now though, we live in a beautiful age where you can have a flutter from the comfort of your own home as long as you have the internet and a few quid to spare. We're having a look at PaddyPower Bookmakers today.
Special offers: Promo codes, Deposit Bonus + Free Bets
Paddy Power claim to be the money back special promo kings and they have a fairly extensive range of offers for new and existing customers. These vary by the day and by the event so to keep up to date with the latest offers you'll have to check the website.
They offer a free bet bonus of £30 for anyone opening a new account, all you have to do is make an account and when you make your first £10 bet you will receive £30 to bet as you please. A fairly generous incentive I think you'll agree.
At the minute they're offerring a 20% football accumulator bonus on every 5 team or more win/draw accumulator across any of the English leagues and a similar offer for NFL and NBA accumulators. They have a constant stream of offers so if you've somehow managed to miss their social media or T.V. ad campaigns then pop on to the website and have a look, there's usually something to entice you to wager a few quid.
Mobile App: Android + IOS Review
For the gambler on the go the mobile app is a vital piece of software. Paddypower's is available for free download and they claim that it's “the best thing on tablet since Viagra.”
Live streaming of U.K. and Irish horse races if you make at least a £1 bet on them, handy to help you keep up to date.
Sign-up bonus available on mobile app too, £30 quid bet for £10 investment.
Instant access to all of PaddyPower's money back specials. We really like this one because PaddyPower do offer a good variety of specials and the app allows you to find out about offers you otherwise would have missed.
Separate app for iPhone and iPad, tailored to each device's individual specifications, a nice touch that lets the app run smoothly regardless of which device you are using.
Quick links make navigation easy.
Not available for Android. This isn't a big issue, accessing PaddyPower's mobile site is easy and almost as good as the app to be honest, you would be hard pressed to notice a difference.
Homepage banner takes up way too much space, maybe we're nitpicking but still, bit annoying.
Live horse-racing streaming not as extensive as it could be but still a good selection on offer.
How to open an account
They've made it easy to open an account and once you do you can claim your delicious little sign-on bonus.
Go to the website.
Find and click “New User Register Here.”
Fill out your personal details and choose a unique username and password.
That's pretty much it. Once your account is created you log in and make your initial £10 deposit to claim your £30 sign on bonus.
Place your £10 bet on any market with odds of 2.0 or more and your free £30 bet will be credited to your account within 24 hours, happy gambling!
Deposits + Withdrawals: Getting your cash out
Deposits and withdrawals are quick and easy with the click of a button. Most are instant and can be credited directly to your account or credit card. They all have a lower withdrawal limit of £5 but no upper withdrawal limit. They deal with all the major cards including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and laser and they can also credit your Paypal account. For the more old fashioned among you they can send you a cheque or bank transfer but a cheque will take 3-8 days and a bank transfer up to 24 hours.
Sports you can bet on at PaddyPower.
There is a huge variety of sports you can bet on at PaddyPower and they are clearly categorised on the site. They are one of the biggest online bookmakers and their choice reflects this, they currently offer markets on American football, athletics, Australian rules football, baseball, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, football, GAA, golf, greyhounds, handball, hockey, horse racing, ice hockey, motor racing, rugby league, rugby union, snooker, tennis, MMA and volleyball. If that wasn't enough they also offer options on politics and abominations (X-Factor.) Any time of the day or night you will find something to have a go on, from Botswana to Bristol and everywhere in between.
Casino games at PaddyPower.
Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker all available for those who fancy themselves as James Bond of the online casino. They also offer online scratch cards which can be good, something different anyway. If Jackpots are your thing then they have plenty on offer too, including Monty Python's Spamalot which we quite enjoyed. You can play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire too, and you don't even have to listen to Chris Tarrant's ramblings if you don't want to. They have plenty of slot games too if that's more your style so plenty of options on offer here.
Bingo at PaddyPower.
Bingo used to be the preserve of the blue rinse brigade of old ladies desperate to get out of the house for the evening but now it's online too. With catchy names like the Pearl Room and Clover Countdown there are a few different options for the bingo fans, with jackpots ranging from a few pound up to almost £1,000,000 for the progressive jackpots. Think of all the biscuits your nan could buy with that.