Boylesports are the biggest independent bookmaker in Ireland. They were founded in 1989 and whilst they started life on the high streets, they now have carved out a sizeable chunk of the online marketplace as well.
They are widely regarded as one of the better all-rounders that you can sign up to. They have very few weaknesses and this is one of the main reasons why they have become so popular over the years. They are also well known for their promotion, offering up a plethora of both and new existing player bonuses.
Welcome Bonus: £25 in Free Bets
New accounts are able to get free bets worth up to £25. Once you have placed your first bet of £10 (min odds 1/2) you get a £5 free bet. Then, you’ll get a free bet for 50% of the average of your next 3 bets up to £5. This can be repeated a further three times.
The Boylesports Website
There is an awful lot going on at BoyleSports and as soon as you land on their page, this becomes very apparent. You are introduced to dozens of upcoming and in-play bets, from a number of different sports. To some this can look a little intimidating, but once you get used to it, it’s actually a pretty neat feature.
The design of the site is more function over style. As we mentioned, a barrage of bets are there to greet as soon as you get there but this can look a little cluttered. They have fairly recently updated their design, but we cant help feel that it still looks a little dated, especially compared to the likes of BetVictor and Bet365, who have two of the best looking sites in the industry.
You can also access their sportsbook via your mobile, using their mobile betting app. For us the app is easier to use and we slightly prefer it to the online site. Jumping between sports and markets for is easy and the ability to track bets and add selections to the betting slip have been integrated really well.
The betting markets on offer here are decent, without ever really setting the world on fire. When you look at sports such as football and horse racing, you are pretty much going to find all you could ever want. Football matches will have dozens of markets to choose from whereas horse racing is backed with the handy inclusion of Racing Post analysis, which is completely free to use.
Outside of these two sports there is a notable lack of action. Having said that, this isn’t uncommon for the majority of bookmakers, so it would be unfair to mark them down on this.
We’d say that tennis was probably the next best covered sport on site, with the likes of cricket, golf, rugby and a host of Irish based sports and leagues being a close second. What’s good to see is that they have been keen to move with the times in terms of featuring popular alternative sports. MMA/UFC and darts have seen a massive improvement in the number of matches/fights that are covered and also the number of markets that you can bet on.
The odds are also worth noting as they are definitely one of the most consistent out there. We tested a number of bets from various sports and found that there was very little to separate the likes of BoyleSports and some of the best in the business. We also found that if you were looking to target Irish based sports such as GAA Football and GAA Hurling then they were consistently best priced from the markets that we looked at.
Live Betting & Streaming
The live betting section is a really good area of the site. It covers a massive number of sports for a start, but once you get into it, it includes some really nice features as well. The standout component has to be their new match centre, which gives the opportunity to see up to date information on what’s happening in matches.
We also liked that so many games were linked in the section with any changes in odds were highlighted with green or red text. This makes the in-play betting section feel really interactive and it also highlights possible bets that you hadn’t seen previously.
Boylesports are able to offer you a good range of banking options, as you would expect from a major player. It’s worth noting that you can fund your account by entering any of their high street betting shops and depositing with cash, simply by giving them your user account number.
Aside from that, all of the usual suspects are on offer including debit/credit cards and number of e-wallets. One of the more unusual methods is that of Boku, which allows you to fund your account using your mobile phone. It’s not all that common in the betting industry at present but the process is on the rise, so worth noting.
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