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Paddy Power

Paddy Power was originally founded in Ireland in 1988 as a highstreet bookmaker. In the early years of the 21st century they teamed up with software provider Wagerworks (now IGT) to move into the online betting business. In February 2016 they merged with betting exchange Betfair to create PaddyPowerBetfair, and alongside the online business they have around six hundred highstreet betting shops in the UK and Ireland.

Software and license

Paddy Power Casino uses Playtech non-download software and is licensed in Alderney under the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.


Paddy Power has been around a long time and has a good reputation for reliability. Some years ago I removed my recommendation for an issue of nonpayment of winnings - see my PaddyPower recommendation revoked article. I've since brought them back on board on the basis that they're a reliable operator which offers one of the best player return games on the internet.


Paddy Power offers Blackjack Switch as part of its Playtech package, along with all the other standard games. Switch has a return to player of 99.83% with accurate play, making it one of the best blackjack games online.


The Paddy Power comp point system is reasonably generous, at 0.1% for all games or £1 for £10,000 in wagering. As you wager more you move up the various comp levels, the best of which yields £1 for £7500 wagering, which equates to a slightly increased 0.133% in comp value.


Paddy Power offer a sign up bonus of up to £500 spread across your first three deposits:

DepositBonusMax bonus

The deposit and bonus have to be wagered 20 times, and the games are weighted accordingly:

Slots (all varieties except those listed in alternative slots)
Scratch cards
Roulette (all varieties)
Alternative slots (Goblins Cave, Triple Profits, Tropic Reels & Ugga Bugga)
Pai gow (all varieties)
Red dog
Caribbean stud poker
Instant wins
Craps (all varieties)
Casino hold'em (all varieties)
Baccarat (all varieties)
21 duel, blackjack & multi-hand blackjack
All other blackjack games
All double options on slots and video poker (all varieties)
All other games not listed
Any jackpot games

As such, depositing £200 for the first bonus would give you a starting balance of £400, which would need to be wagered 20 times if you play slots, or £8000 in total, as slot wagering counts fully 100%. Playing baccarat you would need to wager £80,000 (400 × 20 × 10 = 80,000), as baccarat wagers only count at 10%.

Note the both blackjack and video poker do not count at all so it would be advisable to not wager on either of those games - the line between “not counting” and “ineligible for bonus play” is often very blurry.

Note also these terms & conditions:

All three bonuses must be claimed within 30 days of the player registering with Paddy Power Casino or any unused bonuses as part of the welcome package will expire.
Once you get each of your bonuses, you have 14 days to complete the wagering requirements on each individual bonus. After this time, any bonus plus pending winnings accrued will be removed from your bonus balance and the remaining buy in will be returned to your cash balance.
The casino reserves the right to withhold any withdrawals and/or confiscate all winnings for irregular play. Irregular play includes, but is not limited to, any one or more of the following types of play:

  • Placing single bets equal to or in excess of 30% of the value of the bonus before the     wagering requirements for that bonus have been met.

  • Moving from a low weighted game (20% or less) to a high weighted game (100%) after     large wins for the purpose of clearing wagering requirements.

  • Low risk Roulette bets. ANY bet spread combination on Roulette games covering 75% or     more of the table.

So, to sum up the potential pitfalls:

• Claim all bonuses within 30 days of registering in order to be eligible.
• Do the required wagering within 14 days of claiming the bonus.
• Don't wager more than 30% of the size of the bonus on any individual wager.
• Don't jump from non-slot games to slot games.
• Frankly, don't play roulette.


They pay swiftly, anything from a minute or two to a few hours.

Customer service

UK freephone number: 0800 028 2497

Ireland freephone: 1800 924 406

Rest of the world: 00353 1 9050432

Email: paddypower@paddypower.com

Live chat is also available. Paddypower customer service has always been fast and efficient in my experience.

Barcelona, baby

On a personal note, I was lucky enough to win a three-day trip to Barcelona in a roulette promotion draw at Paddy Power some years ago, to see a football game in the Nou Camp. Football isn't really my thing and I wasn't totally looking forward to it, but in the end it was a great experience, VIP tickets and everything. Thanks, Paddy.

Overall rating

I rate Paddy Power at 8 out of 10.

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