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Paddy Power are regarded as one of the biggest bookmakers in Ireland and looking at their home page, it is easy to see why as they offer odds and markets across a range of sports and novelties, making it the only place to bet if you are looking for something a little bit different.

What do Paddy Power offer?

Paddy Power are regarded as one of the biggest bookmakers in Ireland and looking at their home page, it is easy to see why as they offer odds and markets across a range of sports and novelties, making it the only place to bet if you are looking for something a little bit different.

There is a full list of the sports they cover on the left-hand side of the page, which makes it easy to navigate and find exactly what you are looking for. To speed this process up even further, a quick links box above the A-Z features the most popular sports, including horse racing and football.

Not all bookmakers can claim to offer betting on everything from X Factor to Gaelic football, but that’s where Paddy Power differs from its competitors.

Taking football as an example, for a televised live game, there are often 125 more bets available than the standard match betting. This means that if you are unsure about who is going to win the game, you can place your money on another market such as both teams to score or number of corners.

Money back offers

Paddy Power are renowned for their money back offers, and they tend to be bold with these ahead of major sporting events. They are also quick to refund when they feel there has been an injustice to the punter.

Not only do Paddy Power offer ample money back specials, but they have also been known to pay out early on a selection if they feel the result is done and dusted. An example of this is Chelsea in the 2014/15 Premier League outright market. The firm paid out in November on the Blues despite there being another six months left in the campaign.

In-play betting

Live betting is very prominent on Paddy Power’s home page and it appears they allow users to bet in-play on a number of different sports. The firm also provides a free live streaming service on certain games/tournaments if you have placed a bet on that particular match.

Who to turn to for help?

If you are having problems with the website or any pending bets with Paddy Power, the firm has a live messenger service which can help you to resolve your problem. There is also the option to call and e-mail the company but the live help service will put you through to a member of their customer service team who will endeavour to answer your questions.

Before you do activate their live help service, it is worth looking through their frequently asked questions, though, as you may be able to find what you looking for in their help centre.

Banking made easy

Paddy Power allow you to deposit and withdraw funds into your account by debit card, credit card (Visa and Mastercard), bank transfers, Paypal, Ukash, cheque, Western Union, Neteller and Moneybookers. This is all done safely and securely but there is a minimum deposit amount of £/€5 across the majority of these payment methods.

Like most betting websites, Paddy Power state that withdrawals can take up to five working days to reach your account but card requests generally take 2-3 working days.

Betting on the go

To make betting easier when on the go, Paddy Power has an app which can be downloaded onto your mobile or tablet. This app is easy to use and helps you place a bet quickly from just a touch of a button on your phone.


Another feature that Paddy Power offers their customers as something different is a blog section, which features blogs from a range of different pundits, ex-players and jockeys, all talking about their specialist sport. This is a section which you can choose to use or ignore when it comes to making your selections.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do bookmakers work?

    Bookmakers are traditionally known as the ‘accountants of the horse racecourse’ and this is for good reason. They take money as stakes on various outcomes of a race or contest and they pay out money to those who predicted the outcome correctly.

    The aim of this ‘accountant’ is of course so that when the balance sheet is drawn up, a profit has been made by the bookmaker. To achieve this, they try to offer odds that are actually smaller than the probability of the outcome actually turning out that way.

    The odds offered by the Bookmakers when a given event is added up are therefore higher than 100%.

  • How are odds determined by Bookmakers?

    If a bookmaker offered odds of, say, 6/5, it would always be to the bettor’s advantage. You would then bet, say, £50 on ‘heads’ and £50 on tails and you would make a profit regardless of the result. Bookmakers are, of course, far too smart to let this happen. However, it is possible that comparing odds at bookmakers can create such a win/win situation.

  • How are the odds determined for a particular event?

    Below is an example of how prices are set based on the nature of the event. Let’s take two horse races, same venue, same type of race.

    Race 1: Big well-known race, well-known names competing, high stakes spread across the various player. Bookmakers can then compile odds easily and without much adjustment.

    Race2: Small race, with unknown participants. Is unlikely to generate as many stakes, so betting a high amount on 1 horse causes more headaches for the Bookmakers than race 1. To secure the Bookmaker’s margin, the odds per horse will go down, to have a higher ‘over-round’ percentage overall, so this acts as a buffer for the Bookmaker.

  • Why do bookmakers restrict your accounts?

    Bettors like to have multiple accounts because it ensures they get the best price on all their bets. It can be very frustrating to see your accounts very restricted or even closed. The official reason for restricting accounts is almost always a ‘trading decision’; actually, it is the reasons below that make your accounts get tackled.

  • Are there any bets that bookmakers don’t like?

    Bookies love it when you place multiple bets. That’s why they offer so many enhancements (odds that are increased in between) and money-back specials with multiple bets. After all, any kind of bet with more than one outcome reduces your chances of winning.

    Although you get a few wins from these bets; the bookies will generally leave you alone because they assume they are going to make money from you in the long run.

    There are some bets that bookmakers dislike, such as singles, for example. Or bad each way bets (each way bets in races where a short priced favourite is running and bettors are more likely to take advantage of the market) and each way bets on relatively short priced selections (3 on 1 or 4 on 1 shots).

    These are some examples of bets that bookmakers are not happy about and – even if you are losing – can cause restrictions on your account

  • What does it mean when your account has never been restricted?

    Don’t worry if you have never had to deal with bookmaker restrictions. Be happy! Most gamblers bet for fun and usually the amounts involved are so small that bookmakers are not worried at all. Besides, most punters lose regularly or bet on the type of bets bookmakers love (especially multiples).

  • Is it fair for the bookmaker to restrict my account?

    Don’t forget that a bookmaker runs a commercial business. That is why bookmakers make sure their terms and conditions allow them to restrict big winners at any time.

    Naturally, it would be much fairer for bookmakers to treat their big losing customers the same as their big winning bettors. The chances of this happening are slim, especially since the government has no legislation on the matter.

    It is relatively easy for bookmakers to monitor customers so having restrictions imposed on them is unfortunately one of the things to consider when gambling.

  • How do I prevent my account from being restricted?

    Of course, ideally you should not have to deal with restrictions from bookmakers. So the question is, can you do anything about this or are you powerless? There are some things you can do to reduce the chances of restrictions. We have put them here for you, take advantage of them!

    • Set rounded amounts
      The more arbitrary your bets are, the more you will resemble an arber. Arbers bet with exact amounts to guarantee their winnings. Betting with 40 euros instead of 39.99 makes you look more like a real gambler. Whether you are or not…
    • Write off money
      Don’t write off your money from your account too often. Make sure it doesn’t look like you have a regular betting bank, because the more strategy the bookies think they see in you, the more likely they are to restrict your accounts. If you’re winning; let your balance go up.
    • Lose!
      Believe us, this advice is not as weird as it sounds.
      If you have a good run in an account and it’s all running smoothly, back some selections that they lose and then trade them on the exchanges. Of course, make sure your potential debts do not exceed your potential profits.