Paddy Power, Ireland’s Betting and Casino Giant
A penchant for controversial advertising stunts and unabashedly in-poor-taste novelty bets has made Paddy Power world famous for what some might call all the wrong reasons, but then, others will say there is no such thing as bad publicity. What tends to get lost in the smoke of all the fiery arguments that this brand provokes, is the fact that Paddy Power has become the largest and most successful operation of its kind in Ireland.
This pre-eminence was enhanced when Paddy Power merged with Betfair in February, 2016, to become Paddy Power Betfair. While it operates through a chain of high-profile land-based retail outlets in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, its online offering has made it popular with fans of games of chance and skill all over the world. On one comprehensive site, Paddy Power lets them indulge in sports betting, casino games, spread betting, online poker and online bingo, along with unusual novelty bets on political or social events.
Huge Range of Sports Betting Options
Sports betting has been one of the mainstays of Paddy Power since the company was formed by a merger of three Irish bookmakers with 40 betting shops between them in 1988. Unsurprisingly, given the profile of the sport in the UK, an entire page of Paddy Power’s sports betting section is devoted to listing football betting opportunities. Punters can bet on individual games, overall tournament results, or even specific scores in specific games, in every professional football league around the world.
There is also a huge selection of other sports listed, including greyhound racing, horse racing, basketball, motor racing, athletics, field and ice hockey, and all the gridiron and rugby football codes. Golf, boxing, beach volleyball and cricket are also available, along with more obscure sports categories like bowls, darts, cycling and netball. All in all, the site allows betting on more than 40 sports, over and above all the soccer options.
Slots Predominate in Paddy Power Online Casino
The online casino section of Paddy Power offers players more than 140 slots titles, including games like Fortunate 5, Safari Heat, Britain’s Got Talent, Irish Luck, Rome and Glory, Fruit Mania, Rocky, Iron Man 2 and Age of the Gods. Sports fans aren’t forgotten, with several sports-related slots titles like Football Rules, Football Girls and Ice Hockey. Frankie Dettori’s Magic 7 is one of the slots with a progressive jackpot, while other jackpot titles include Leprechaun’s Luck and The Pyramid of Ramesses.
Although the slots predominate, the Paddy Power online casino doesn’t ignore the other games. There are over a dozen roulette titles, including live roulette options, and 13 video poker titles. There are also more than a dozen blackjack variants, with several versions of poker as well as craps and baccarat among the other table games on offer.
Other Gaming Opportunities at Paddy Power
The site also has an entire section devoted to online poker, with regular tournaments between multiple players online. The bingo section is also popular, offering a range of games using between 40 and 90 balls in the draw. In the live casino, players can enjoy roulette, blackjack, casino hold’em and baccarat with live croupier/dealers.