Entering the online gambling market solely as a provider of online casino games more than a decade ago, Royal Panda has experienced such significant growth that a move into sport betting was a natural next step. As a casino platform, Royal Panda is highly regarded.
It offers a huge variety of games, gimmick-free promotions and customer service that pays more than lip service to that crazy notion of answering your queries in a quick and effective manner. Their sportsbook offering was launched in the summer of 2017… so how's it shaping up so far?
Royal Panda Sports has teamed up with BetConstruct to launch its sports betting platform. This firm has an extensive network of partners across Europe, supplying full sportsbook coverage to brands like EnergyBet, Top Sport and VBet amongst others. Its won the Technology Provider of the Year gong at the International Gaming Awards, so it’s clearly a supplier that punters can trust.
There are advantages and takeaways regarding the user experience at Royal Panda Sports. The good news is that it looks and feels familiar; clearly BetConstruct have utilised a well-worn template for the site design. Yet navigation is something of a headache. The homepage layout is dominated by live betting – excellent if you’re an in-play fanatic, but less so if you want to explore other betting markets.
So, to find a football or a tennis match to wager upon requires some legwork. Knowing how to click from the ‘Live’ tab to ‘Pre Match’ makes a huge difference, but this is not an obvious step when first presented with the site. But once you’ve mastered that particular quirk, finding matches/events/markets is straightforward enough using the dropdown arrows.
As is often the case when new sportsbooks launch, Royal Panda’s odds are a fraction behind some of the more established names in the industry. That’s understandable as they look to gain a foothold in a cutthroat business. A simple comparison exercise reveals their football prices to be more generous than their tennis odds, and they stack up particularly well when examining both European and Asian Handicaps across the continent’s major competitions.
It’s one of those rare quirks of Maltese sports betting firms that horse racing isn’t very high on the agenda – this particular sport is notable by its absence from the Royal Panda site at the time of writing. Otherwise, the brand offers a comprehensive range of markets to bet on. There’s a clear focus on the latest trends and a wealth of eSports events listed and ready to be wagered upon:
Oh yes, in fact Royal Panda Sports feels like it’s focused largely on its live betting channel. Fire up the site and you’ll be greeted with an in-play hub, with punters able to toggle between Dashboard (featuring Live Now and Upcoming sections), Live Overview (all open markets) and Event View (the main live event displayed graphically). There’s a vast selection of live events across the broad spectrum of sports, with complete 24/7 coverage offered.
Royal Panda Sports offers new players a £/€/$20 free bet to kick off with. While it's not the highest welcome offer out there, the bookmaker makes up for it by offering a neat loyalty programme called Loyal Panda. Players can earn points with every bet they place and trade those points for exciting rewards like free bets and electronics.
The Royal Panda brand has been live in the UK for more than ten years, and you simply don’t enjoy such longevity unless the basic ‘nuts and bolts’ of your site are above par. All customers are protected by the latest SSL encryption technologies, which keep their personal details safe.
The firm is also licensed by both the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority, which in itself is a mark of their commitment to security. Their list of accepted payment methods is reassuringly long, too. Despite the obvious absence of PayPal, all of the other main players are present and correct, including Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, NETELLER, paysafecard, bank transfer and tons more.
As one of the most well-regarded online casinos operating in the UK market, the opening of a sportsbook by Royal Panda has been met with much anticipation by punters on these shores. And so far they will not have been disappointed. Despite the clear focus on live betting, Royal Panda has come up with an easy-to-use site on both desktop and mobile that features a comprehensive range of bet types and markets. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how they progress from this promising start!
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