There are so many gambling providers these days, particularly in the field of online casinos that it can be difficult to sort out what can be trusted and what should be avoided. Here at Gambling.ie we try to sort things out for the Irish public and done some research and investigation to come up with what we consider are some of the best bookmakers around that provide a comprehensive range of gambling opportunities in a safe and secure environment. There are possibly companies out there that specialise in one area of gambling such as online casinos that have a more comprehensive offering in that field than some of the bookmakers we recommend but we have taken the view that our customers would prefer to be able to do all their gambling with their choice of bookmaker which means keeping one account where cash can easily be switched from one part of the site to another. We would always recommend opening accounts with more than one bookmaker anyway as that it the only way to ensure that you are getting the best odds available. We at Gambliing.ie have narrowed our list down to what we consider are the best 7 bookmakers around that can offer the best gambling choices.
Paddy Power is probably the best known bookmaker in Ireland having more than 200 shops scattered around the country; it was formed in 1998 and is listed on the stock markets of the UK and Ireland. Paddy Power started life as purely a sports bookmaker but has since expanded to include a full range of online gambling offerings including online casino, online games, online poker, online bingo and online financial spread betting. Paddy Power markets itself as “The Punter Friendly Bookmaker” and tries to live up to this by offering various quirky bets or even paying out before an event is finished and of course it is probably best known for some of the advertising which sometimes pushed boundaries. Whether you appreciate that or not, Paddy Power is a big bookmaker with all the gambling you could want.
Certainly the next best known bookmaker in Ireland and probably the biggest in the UK is Ladbrokes who can trace their origins back into the late 19th century making them one of the oldest if not the oldest bookmaker around today. Ladbrokes considers Ireland to be one of the key markets (hence the sports betting on GAA) along with Spain and Belgium and has more than half a million online customers operating in various currencies and languages. Ladbrokes has a very complete range of gambling offerings which as well as sports includes an excellent poker site, online casino available as download or instant with an excellent choice on each, live dealer casino for roulette and blackjack, a games section where you can find the Keno games, scratch cards, quiz games and TV games. Ladbrokes Bingo offers games all day long for various stakes and prizes including frequent free games and the world lotteries are at your fingertips. Nowhere will you find more gambling available than at Ladbrokes.
Party Gaming is a specialised online gambling operator who is probably best known for the Party Poker brand but in fact has a very good range of gambling opportunities including Party Casino, Party Bets and PartyGammon. Party Gaming was formed in 1997 and has been listed on the UK stock exchange since 2005; the operation is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar, is a member of eCOGRA and employs around 1300 people in Gibraltar, India and throughout Europe. Party Poker is one of the largest and most popular poker rooms in the world and is available in 12 different languages. Party Casino which is available in either instant format or download casino has a very wider range of casino games with high stakes available for those that want them but also low stakes; progressive jackpots are available including those with the Marvel comic characters and live casino gambling is streamed directly from special rooms in Latvia. Party Bets is the sports betting arm and if you have never tried gambling at Party Bets you will be surprised at the range of gambling available. Party Casino is the place to register and from there you can gamble on sports, poker or backgammon according to your wishes.
Bwin is another specialised online gambling operator probably best known for the shirt sponsorship of clubs such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Bwin is an Austrian registered company listed on that Stock Exchange but the online operations are run and licensed by the Government of Gibraltar. The sports gambling offering from Bwin is very complete but it is the casino offering that really stands out with very crisp clean graphics making gambling a very pleasurable experience. Bwin offers a range of poker tables including tournaments and offers a very good school and tables for beginners with very low stakes. Bwin also has a very interesting gambling games section where you can find the Keno games, dice games and the increasingly popular Yatzy together with skill games such as Backgammon and Mahjong.
888 is another very well known online gambling operator despite having no high street presence at all so relying purely on advertising and sponsorship. 888 sport embraces the Irish public by offering special sections for online gambling on Irish racing and Gaelic games but the rest of the sports gambling section is also very comprehensive. 888 casino offers the full range of casino games including roulette and blackjack alongside the classic 3 and 5 reel slots and as well as Keno, Baccarat, Craps, Pai Gow poker, Caribbean poker, casino hold’em etc. 888 is a top bookmaker with a top offering. 888 Poker carries a variety of ring games ongoing most of the day and night and unusually is available without download which is useful for some. 888 completes its line up with an extensive bingo offering and a variety of TV games and video slots; if you cannot fulfil your gambling needs at 888 you are looking for something really special.
Another bookmaker that started small and has grown is BetFred; established in 1997 by two brothers in a single betting shop it now has over 800 outlets and expanded into the online market back in 2004. BetFred calls itself the “Bonus King” and keeps offering some unusual bets and bonuses to keep you interested; sports betting and in play gambling play a major role in the BetFred line up but BetFred casino is no less impressive being available in instant or download and offering a great range of games from the traditional roulette and blackjack right through to Heads or Tails and Rock-Scissors-Paper. Slots are not forgotten either with a wealth of 3 and 5 reel slots with large progressive jackpots. BetFred Poker offers cash games and tournaments and a special area for beginners whilst BetFred Bingo offers both 75 and 90 ball games and a VIP room with free bingo. Lotteries are also a speciality of BetFred where you can gamble on lotteries from around the globe including of course our own Irish Lottery. BetFred may have started as a small family business but today offers a very broad range of gambling opportunities.
Our final recommendation, last but by no means least, is the still family owned Bet365. The sports gambling section at Bet365 caters especially for the Irish gambler with sections on Gaelic sports such as hurling and full coverage of Irish greyhound and horse racing. Unusually in the Bet365 sports section you will also find a full range of lottery gambling from across the world and plenty of gambling on in play sports which it advertises quite extensively. Online casino is catered for at Bet365 with a good range of games including roulette, blackjack, keno and craps and on live dealer casino gambling includes Sic-Bo and Craps. Bet365 casino always has very good bonuses available for new sign ups and an excellent VIP section for regular players. Bet365 also has a complete range of poker tables and Bingo rooms available almost 24 hours a day and if that is not enough gambling for you try your luck on the Finance pages where you can bet on the London FTSE or a range of currency movements. Bet365 may not be so well known in Ireland but they have one of the most complete gambling offerings around.