About the Casino
If we had gone looking for a powerhouse adult gaming provider that serve’s resident in the U.K. and parts of Europe, we would have been hard pressed to find one as powerful and popular as Paddy Power. In terms of the company’s longevity, it has accomplished as much in its 12 years of existence as the more established gambling service providers like Ladbrokes and William Hill.
When founded in 2004, the company immediately and aggressively went after gambling business in both land-based betting shops as well as online. While much of the company’s online focus was originally directed towards sports betting and horse racing, recent years have seen a shift more towards a well rounded gambling platform that includes an online casino and live casino, as well as other options like lotteries and bingo.
The online gaming site, including the casino, is owned and operated by Paddy Power Plc. Casinos. This is by far the largest gaming operation, operating out of Dublin, Ireland. The company operates under the regulations and licensing provided by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission for international services and the U.K. Gambling Commission in order to provide services in the U.K.
Noting that the online casino operations were often treated as an addition to what was always thought to be a sports betting site, it’s quite commendable that the website was named winner of the “Casino Operator of the Year” title in 2015 at the EGR Awards. Considering there are hundreds of sites eligible for said honor, the people at Paddy Power deserve a lot of credit.
When You Visit the Paddy Power Casino
After hitting the home landing page, there is little doubt this is an Irish-owned site. It’s the brilliant green motif that gives the website away. The site doesn’t have a featured theme or mascot, but it probably doesn’t need one due to the fact Paddy Power’s reputation proceeds the company. It’s should always be considered a good thing when an online casino operation goes forward straight to business without a lot of annoying bells and whistles getting in the way.
As far as the layout of the casino landing page is concerned, it’s professionally designed with all the requisite features gamblers have come to expect. In the top quadrant, the website presents a modest amount of advertising information about its games and current bonuses. Moving down the page, the emphasis shifts towards a number of featured games, including some of the better progressive slots along with a counter that updates the current available jackpots. The last two quadrants have been designed to provide players with much of the relevant information about the provider, the website, software, banking and a complete access menu.
Since its very beginning, Paddy Power‘s website has been powered by Playtech, one of the world’s top software providers. The software has been designed with the latest in HTML5 technology and is suitable for PC and Mac users who prefer using the site’s downloaded software. It’s also available for players who want to avoid additional software and prefer to play in instant play mode, using a standard web browser. Finally, there is also mobile access, but more about that in the mobile gaming section provided below.
Based of jurisdictional requirements, the Paddy Power website, including its random number generator, has undergone an audit and testing, which was handled by the independent testing labs at Technical Systems Testing (“TST”). Based on the results, Paddy Power has been certified as safe and fair.
Paddy Power in Mobile
Without a doubt, Paddy Power offers the most extensive access to on-the-go wagering through its mobile apps for both Android and iOS (Apple products) users. The apps are available directly from the iTunes or Android App stores or through conveniently located links provided on the website’s home landing page. The app carries the same Irish motif and most, if not all, of the same access to casino games, excluding some of the older games that are only available with downloaded software. The app is attractive, highly functional and easy to use and install. The bingo access is especially popular with U.K. residents because of the quality of the games in the offering.
For customers who use mobile devices that are compatible with other operating systems like Blackberry and Windows Phone, the mobile website is made available through the use of the proper URL address and a web browser. It’s worth noting that the quality of the mobile website is a little less that that encountered when using one of the two mobile apps.
Games at the Casino
Currently, the online casino offers 250+ plus traditional casino games and a small handful of live casino games (Roulette, Blackjack, Casino Hold’em and Baccarat) for players who enjoy the spectacle of gambling in a more realistic gaming environment. The traditional online casino games are listed in the following categories: slots (3-reel classic and multi-reel video – progressive and non-progressive), roulette, blackjack, table and poker games (craps, Caribbean Stud, 3-Card Poker, Pai Gow, Red Dog, etc.), video poker and scratch cards. Because of software development features, players using downloaded software will have access to about 50 more games than those being offered in instant play mode.
The list of popular Playtech video slots always starts with its highly popular Marvel Comics branded games. The list of Marvel games includes over a dozen super hero themed games like Blade, The Avengers, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man I, II and III, and X-Men. To add to the popularity of these games as a group, they are all tied together in a progressive jackpot game titled Marvel Mystery. Other popular video slots include Gladiator, Pink Panther, Sherlock Mystery, Halloween Fortune II, Beach Life, Age of the Gods and Jekyll and Hyde.
Don’t forget, players who want to take a break from casino action will also have access to bingo, poker, lotteries and a full slate of sports betting markets from all around the world.
Deposits and Withdrawals at Paddy Power
Based on industry standards, Paddy Power offers the requisite banking options that seem to be most popular throughout the U.K. This includes VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, PayPal, paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller, Solo and bank transfers. Withdrawals are also available through many of these same options. However, withdrawals are subject to a pending period of up to 48 hours and submission of documentation to be used for player identification. Players are requested to check banking terms and conditions for deposit and withdrawal limits.
Getting Help at the Casino
When players have a question about any of the websites features or attributes, the FAQ section under “help” is the best place to start. If the needed information is not available or other concerns come to the forefront, reliable customer service representative are available 24/7/365 via email, phone or an efficient live chat function.
Conclusion: After visiting the site, it is easy for us to conclude that Paddy Power belongs on the shortlist of top-notch online casino destinations. While the promotional menu could use a little boost, the rest of the offering is very much in line with what most online casino players have come to expect from a big-name provider. As an all-inclusive website, customers can pick and choose their favorite games without ever having to frequent another site. Paddy Power is as good a place to play casino games as anywhere else.