Ryan's Thoughts"With a solid sportsbook and a good initial sign-up offer, plenty of people will be tempted to join Boylesports, which is the largest independent bookmaker in Ireland. The firm prides itself on offering good odds, while it is also very strong on live in-play betting as well."
Things We Like
Racing - If horse racing is your preferred sport to bet on, Boylesports is a good choice.
Odds - The prices on the Boylesports website are usually some of the best around.
Promotions - Boylesports runs a huge number of regular offers throughout the year.
Phone-A-Bet - Phone betting service from Boylesports is available 24/7.
Things We Do Not Like
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At A Glance - Important Facts
- Name - Boylesports
- Stock Symbol - Privately owned company
- Head Office - Finnabair Industrial Park, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
- Year Incorporated - 1989
- CEO - John Boyle
- Major Awards and accolades - n/a
- Contact Info - Tel (ROI): 1800 22 00 66, Tel (UK): 0800 22 00 66, Tel (International): +353 42 9393168, Email: [email protected]
Boylesports Bookmaker Review
Founded in 1989, Boylesports has grown into Ireland's biggest independent bookie, although it remains smaller than rival firm Paddy Power overall. John Boyle opened his first betting shop in Market Hill in Newry, Northern Ireland, and he is still the chief executive of the company today.
Over the years, Boylesports has branched out to offer various other gambling products, including poker, lotteries, casino and bingo.
Markets Covered and Odds - Live In-play and Prematch
Boylesports is strong on odds, with the bookmaker regularly providing some of the best value around through the firm's excellent sportsbook. On horse racing and greyhounds, Boylesports has a best odds guaranteed promotion too, so you can be assured you are getting the top prices when you choose to use this bookmaker for those two sports.
In terms of markets covered, Boylesports has a massive range of sports to bet on, through obvious selections like racing, football and tennis to more obscure choices including GAA, futsal and speedway. You can bet on TV, entertainment and politics specials on the Boylesports site too.
Live In-Play Betting
Live in-play betting is another strength of Boylesports, with the system working rapidly to ensure you can get a bet on very quickly in the middle of an event. But the company has room for improvement here. There are not a great deal of stats on show to help you to decide what to bet on, especially compared to some of the bookies at the top of the sports gambling industry.
In addition, Boylesports currently only provides live streaming for horse racing and greyhounds, which again leaves the firm lagging behind its rivals who can offer football and tennis as well.
Other Gambling Products
Just like most comparable bookmakers in the industry, Boylesports does not just run a sportsbook for its users. Account holders can also take advantage of the company's own bingo hall and poker room via the main site, while there is a huge array of slots and arcade games to check out too. There is also a live dealer section where users can play hi-lo, hold 'em, blackjack, baccarat and roulette, but this is include in the casino part of the Boylesports site, not in its own live casino part.
Sponsorships and Associations
Boylesports has had a number of high-profile sporting sponsorships and associations over the years, including with Sunderland when the team was in the Premier League. Boylesports has focused on horse racing in particular and the company is the headline sponsor for the Irish Grand National, a race which is held at Fairyhouse each year on Easter Monday. BoyleSports was also named as the official betting partner from 2008 to 2013 for the League of Ireland.
Boylesports Sign Up Bonus Offers
New Boylesports customers can get up to £25 in free bets - here's how the system works:
Sign Up Bonus
£25 in Free Bets
Bet £10 to Qualify
- Sign up for a new account, then bet £10 to get a £5 free bet
- Boylesports will then credit you with a matched free bet equal to a 50 per cent average of the next three qualifying bets up to £5
- The bookie will do this for every three qualifying bets up to four times for a maximum of £20 in free bets
- Minimum odds of 1/2 or greater required to qualify for the offer
- Free bet stakes not included in any returns and bonus stakes must be used in seven days
VIP Loyalty Program
Although Boylesports does run a VIP Loyalty Program, the scheme is aimed at poker and casino players rather than users who are only playing on the company's sportsbook site. Players who get access to the BoyleSports Poker VIP Programme can get monthly rewards of up to $1,000.
Mobile Betting App Features on Tablets and Smartphones
The mobile betting offering at Boylesports is solid enough, with both the company's app and mobile site working smoothly to help you to place a bet while on the move. The app and mobile site each follow the same design as colour scheme as the main Boylesports website, which is quite traditional and not as flashy as a lot of the other bookmaker websites out there on the net.
Exclusive enhanced prices can be found through the Boylesports app and users can also live stream horse races on their tablets and smartphones, which is a useful addition here as well.
The maximum amount of money a Boylesports customer can win in a single day is €500,000, which compares reasonably well to similar-sized bookies in the online gambling industry. Boylesports offers this limit for horse racing in the UK and Ireland and top-tier football too.
Although Boylesports has a strong focus on greyhounds, it has a maximum payout of €100,000 for dogs bets, while the same limit is in place for American football, baseball, basketball, cricket, darts, motorsports, rugby league, rugby union. Tennis bets have a maximum payout of €50,000, which is low compared to a lot of betting firms, but golf fans can win as much as €250,000 at Boylesports.
There are no specific bonus schemes up for grabs at Boylesports relating to football accumulators right now, although it is possible the bookmaker comes up with a new offer for the fresh season.
Boylesports does offer acca insurance like most of the company's competitors in the industry, with account holders getting money back as a free bet if one leg loses on a 5+ Acca. Minimum odds of 1/2 are required per selection/leg to qualify for the acca insurance promotion at Boylesports.
Banking - Deposits and Withdrawals
See below for everything you need to know about banking options with a Boylesports account:
Boylesports Accept The Following Payment Methods
|Debit Card||£10||No limit||Instant||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
|Credit Card||£10||No limit||Instant||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
|Skrill||£10||No limit||Instant||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
|PayPal||£10||No limit||Instant||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
|Neteller||£10||No limit||Instant||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
|Bank Transfer||£10||No limit||3-5 Days||Free||£10||No limit||3-5 days||Free|
Boylesports has a detailed help center that users are directed to for answers to questions about their account, but some information regarding banking options is oddly lacking on the site. Account holders can get in touch with a customer service agent by calling 0800 22 00 66 or emailing [email protected], while there is also a live chat facility, although this is somewhat hidden.
In Conclusion / Our Verdict
Boylesports is a good bookmaker, with good odds and promotions making their sportsbook a solid selection for users. The bookie is particularly strong on horse racing, offering a best odds guaranteed promotion in addition to excellent live streaming. Betting live in-play works well at Boylesports too, but the bookmaker could do with overhauling its website and mobile app. Overall, there are plenty of reasons to sign up for a Boylesports account.