Royal Panda (Sports) Bookmaker Review

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There are, in my opinion, three types of bookmakers that are worthy of the name. The first is the type that has been around for decades, establishing themselves in the industry from the word go. These bookies are typically the ones that were born on the horse racing course or in a greyhound stadium, moving with the times and developing an online presence when it became clear that that was the way things were going. I’m talking about the likes of Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral here. The second type are the bookmakers who rose up after the establishment of the world of online betting, never bothering to have on-street stores and simply jumping on the bandwagon of a new industry.

The final type are the bookmakers who established themselves online doing something else first before opening a sportsbook, once they felt like they had learned enough to do so. These are the ones I like the most, mainly because they know the world of betting online inside out and have to work much harder than the classical bookies to establish their reputation. Royal Panda fits into this category perfectly, only opening a sports section on their website in 2017, but run by people that have been working in the online gaming world for more than a decade. On this page I’ll tell you all about their welcome offer and why it is that I like their set-up in general.

Welcome Offer - Matched 1st Deposit Bonus up to £100

Royal Panda are giving customers the chance to claim up to £100 in the form of a welcome bonus.

How To Claim

All you need to do is open an account and deposit some money into it. However much you deposit will be matched with up to £100 in bonus funds. Just make sure that you select the sportsbook bonus when you are making your deposit and you’ll find the bonus funds credited to your account shortly after.

What Deposit Methods Are Valid For The Bonus?

There are only three methods that are specifically forbidden when it comes to making a deposit and taking advantage of the welcome offer: Neteller, Skrill or Paysafecard. As long as you use something else you shouldn’t have any problem.

How The Bonus Works

Once you’ve received your bonus funds you’ll simply need to roll it over ten times on bets with odds of 4/5 (1.80) or higher. Those requirements can be met with your cash balance, but you’ll need to do it before you’ll be able to withdraw any winnings. The good news is that you’ve got ninety days to do it, which is a decent amount of time.

Royal Panda Regular Promotions

One of the main promotions offered by Royal Panda is the ability to collect Loyal Panda Points. You get these for placing bets of all shapes and sizes and once you’ve garnered enough you can exchange them for gifts from the LP Points Shop.

They’re not messing around when it comes to the gifts they offer, either. If you don’t get many then you can swap them for bonuses in the casino or free spins on slot games, but if you tend to collect a lot of points then you’re in luck. 22,000 points will earn you some Ray-Ban sunglasses, for example, or 240,000 can be exchanged for a MacBook. The beauty of it is that you don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to collect your points, simply go about your business as usual.

Desktop Site

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I’m actually quite a big fan of the Royal Panda site when it comes to looking at their sportsbook. I didn’t think I would be when I first started using it, mainly because it’s just so very different to the usual sports sites set up by bookmakers who are traditionalists in that world. Royal Panda have, as I mentioned earlier, come from the world of the online casino, so the way that they have set up their sportsbook is reflective of that fact. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have you’ll find yourself navigating it with consummate ease.

The key to getting your head around it is the fact that the lefthand side of the page features all of the sports you can bet on. It’s split into two tabs, namely 'Live' and 'Pre-Match'. Click on the Live tab and it will list every sport that has a live event taking place at that moment and the main part of the page will switch to an 'Event View', letting you know the individual bets you can place. You can then use the tabs across the top to select other things like Live Overview and Live MultiView, should you wish to. It’s a similar thing with the Pre-Match tab, except for the fact that you’ll see your ante-post options separated by sport. It’s weird, but it’s good.

Mobile App

Surprisingly for a company borne out of the world of online casinos, Royal Panda don’t offer a mobile app yet. Instead their website has been optimised for use on mobile devices, which is much the same thing nowadays, to be fair. If you use a tablet then you’ll likely find that the site looks much the same on a computer, whereas on a phone it’s been shrunken down and moved around to appear more like the sort of sportsbooks you’ll be used to using with other, better-known bookmakers.

You access the mobile betting site by clicking on the 'Sports' tab on the bottom of the home screen. Once in there you’ll find links to the various sports covered along the top, complete with fun little symbols such as a football, a basketball or a table-tennis bat and ball. Much as with the main site, the first thing you’ll be taken to is the live betting section. A tab along the top will let you move to pre-match betting instead, should you wish to go there. Rather than being split into sports, Royal Panda have broken down their pre-match bets into time periods of up to 72 hours ahead.

Live Betting

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As mentioned, the company have gone big on their live betting, taking you straight to that section when you open the sportsbook for the first time.

Things you can bet on are separated into sports, so you’l find them all located down the lefthand side of the screen if you’re on a desktop. There’s a dropdown menu by each individual sport that will then reveal the events you can bet on.

If appropriate you’ll also find a graphic along the top letting you know what’s happening in the sport that you’re betting on. It’s a handy visual guide to help you decide what bet you’d like to play.

Live Streaming

As I write this there is no live streaming available via Royal Panda. Hardly a surprise given the relative youth of the company, but a little disappointing nevertheless. If you’ve read any of my other guides to bookmakers then you’ll know that I don’t consider this to be a deal breaker.

You can normally live stream an event with one of the big bookies as long as you’ve got credit in your account or have placed a small bet. With this in mind, if you like what Royal Panda have to offer then bet with them and stream with someone else - simple!

Markets and Odds

Royal Panda’s market depth is actually surprisingly good when you consider they haven’t exactly been around forever. Not many bookies have odds on a match from the Bangladesh Football Premier League, for example, yet here I am able to have a flutter on Arambagh KS v Rahmatganj MFS on a random Monday lunchtime.

If you don’t think that’s impressive enough then how about this: I can currently bet on a match between the reserve sides of Club Cerro Porteno Asuncion and Sportivo Trinidense; two sides whose first-team equivalents play in the Paraguayan Primera División. It’s not just football that gets that kind of depth in coverage, either. There’s an ice hockey friendly game taking place between HK Riga and SKA-Serebryanye Lvy that I can bet on right now, too.

When it comes to the odds offered by Royal Panda you might be slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not terrible by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just that they’re not all that brilliant either. This may well be something that they get sorted the longer they’re established in the industry. That said, it’s unfair to expect every company to offer market leading odds week-in, week-out. Their odds are solid and, unless you’re incredibly demanding, that’s decent enough.

Banking

Royal Panda accept pretty much all forms of deposit that you’ll want to use. Visa, Mastercard, bank transfer, Neteller, PaySafeCard and many more besides can all be used to get money into your account.  Minimum deposit is £10.

Other Products

If you’ve been paying attention then it won’t surprise you to know that Royal Panda have a casino that is open for their customers to use. There’s also a live casino, should you prefer a more personal approach to your betting. Either way you’re in for a treat, with an interface that has been honed over many years to make it pretty close to flawless.

About Royal Panda

royal pandaRoyal Panda was started by a group of colleagues from the world of the iGaming industry. The parent company is Royal Panda Limited, which tells me that this is their main focus and that they’ve got a degree of independence that other bookmakers can’t claim to have. Independence is something that cannot be understated in the world of online betting, allowing a company to ensure that it aims its wares squarely at the customer rather than doing it for no other reason than profit.

As far as exposure is concerned, Royal Panda took on sponsorship of Queens Park Rangers at the start of the 2017-2018 season. That is the sort of thing that companies do when they want to target a particular market, so if you’re a fan of football in the UK then it really should fill you with confidence. The announcement came on the back of confirmation that they would be given their sportsbook package by the industry leading tech company BetConstruct.

Pros

The site certainly takes a lot of getting used to when compared to more traditional bookmakers, but I like it a lot. I’m a fan of the set-up and the way the Live Betting section works, so I’d recommend that you check it out to get a feel for what I’m talking about.

Cons

It’s certainly true that it’s disappointing that Royal Panda doesn’t offer Live Streaming, but it’s not a deal breaker as far as I’m concerned. Some of you might feel that it is and that’s fair enough, though I’d suggest that you check back to the site regularly in case that’s changed.

Licence & Contact Details

There is a decent Help section on the Royal Panda website with a good FAQ. If that doesn’t answer your question then don’t panic, you can call them from nine in the morning until half past twelve at night. Alternatively you can speak to them via an online chat facility or else email them if your question isn’t one that needs an urgent response.

The company has a Facebook page, but it covers both their casino and sportsbook offering and doesn’t really do much interacting with people. The same thing can be said about their Twitter account, though that does tend to run competitions fairly regularly if nothing else. If you’re a social media power user then don’t be expecting too much by way of interaction on that front.

Royal Panda is vetted and approved by the Malta Gaming Authority, so you know your money is safe if you’re going to bet with them. They also have a UK Gambling Commission licence with the reference number 39221.

Not everyone likes using social media or email to contact a company, especially not when it concerns money. Their snail mail address, therefore, is: Level 2, Tagliaferro Business Centre, High Street c/w Gaiety Lane, Sliema, SLM 1551.