Paddy Power are not only a major, full-service casino and sportsbook operator, but they are one of the few to have a free £10 no deposit bonus. Regular readers of Bonus Bulldog will know we are big fans of this type of bonus. And there’s a lot more that’s good about the Paddy Power welcome bonus as well. Here’s our review:
The Paddy Power Welcome Bonus
Paddy Power start things off in excellent style: a free £10 no deposit bonus. It’s a great way to try out a new casino risk-free, and we generally think this is the best type of no-deposit bonus around.
There is also a strong first deposit bonus: a 100% match up to £200.
Several other full-service gambling sites (we won’t name names) have a similar first deposit bonus, but nothing else. Paddy Power not only starts off with a free £10 no deposit bonus (which most of the others lack) but keeps on going with two more deposit bonuses.
The Paddy Power second deposit bonus is a 50% match up to £100. A fairly standard lowering of the matching percentage and maximum amount for a second deposit bonus.
Then, unexpectedly, the third deposit bonus reverts to the same terms as the first deposit bonus: a 100% match up to £200!
Put it all together and you have a strong offer: a free £10 no deposit bonus, plus £500 (£200 + £100 + £200) in deposit bonuses.
The Fine Print
This is a fairly straightforward offer, but there are a couple surprises (some good, some not quite as good) you should be aware of.
The free £10 no deposit bonus has an amazingly low wagering requirement: 40x. That’s actually the lowest we’ve ever seen for a no deposit bonus. You have to opt in to get this bonus, and it states that the bonus expires after 72 hours. This appears to be a time limit for claiming the bonus. No time limit appears to be given for meeting the wagering requirement.
Annoyingly, there is a winnings cap for the £10 no deposit bonus of £25.
There is a standard £10 minimum to qualify for any of the deposit bonuses. The wagering requirement for these bonuses is 20x, which sounds very low but it applies to the combined bonus and deposit together. This means for the first and third deposit bonuses it is the equivalent to a 40x bonus-only wagering requirement, and 60x for the second deposit bonus.
The deposit bonuses do have time limits: there is an overall 30 day time limit from sign-up for claiming the deposit bonuses. Once you’ve claimed any individual bonus you have 14 days to meet the wagering requirement or the bonus and ‘pending winnings accrued’ will be forfeited.
The rest of the rules seem pretty standard: some games, especially live casino, count less than 100% towards any wagering requirement, and this offer is only available to new Paddy Power players.
On the whole, the Paddy Power Terms & Conditions are not as clearly written as we would expect. The section about ‘irregular play’ is especially vague and confusing for such an important point.
Paddy Power have a more generous welcome bonus than any other of the big, full-service bookmaker/casino operators we’ve reviewed so far. For that they deserve praise (and, we think, your custom). A £10 no deposit bonus is almost always worth doing, just keep an eye on the time limits if you decide to plump for any of the deposit bonuses. We would suggest to Paddy Power they invest some time in tidying up their Terms & Conditions, however. It appears there has been some sloppy editing in the last few updates that has led to some confusing passages.