Royal Panda Sports Review

About Royal Panda

Royal Panda hasn’t been around for too long compared to the more well-known and established online bookies such as William Hill and Ladbrokes. It originally started off as an online casino that was first licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority in 2013 and was then launched officially in 2014. It then widened its net and branched out into the sports arena. Despite the fact that it is a newer site, it does have experience on its side in the shape of its founders, hailing from the Netherlands, who have over a decade of iGaming and online betting experience between them. It has also been acquired by online gambling giant, LeoVegas, as part of the LeoVentures Group; they will be moving it forward even further with its futuristic and original approach to the industry.

In the time that it has been around, it has managed to acquire a very solid and impressive reputation. This is an online sportsbook that prides itself on offering top customer service, fairness and total transparency. This sportsbook puts the fun into functional.

 

Market Offering

Considering how new it is to then market in comparison with other sportsbooks, the amount of sports it has on offer is impressive. It obviously has all the top UK European sports such as football, tennis and hockey, alongside some very English oriented sports such as darts. Royal Panda most definitely very focused on its footballing markets and esports markets. The only major noticeable absence, however, is horse racing. However, this is quite a common trend amongst more European based sportsbooks. The key sports on offer are:

FootballTennisBasketballCricket
BoxingSnookerFormula 1Golf

Other sports that it has on offer are:

Rugby UnionRugby LeagueIce HockeyAmerican Football
Alpine SkiingAussie RulesAuto RacingBaseball
BadmintonBeach VolleyballBiathlonChess
Cross Country SkiingDartsFutsalGaelic Football
HandballE-sportsLacrosseMMA
MotorbikesNASCARNetballRally
Ski JumpingSpeedwaySurfingTrotting
Water PoloVolleyballPetanqueE-Football

Others

As well as these huge amounts of sports, you can also bet on TV shows such as Game of Thrones; there are also special to bet on such as TIME person of the year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. There are also political bets, such as: Next country to leave the EU (apart from UK).

The main focus of Royal Panda sports betting is definitely football and e-sports. Football focuses on different leagues and tournaments throughout the world – with 91 different markets in the UK alone, along with hundreds more throughout the world. When it comes to e-sports, there are around 150 markets to choose from, which is very impressive compared to many others. You can bet on games and tournaments for DOTA 2, CS: GO, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and more.

With hundreds of markets on a huge range of sports, you’ll find everything to keep you happy – apart from horse racing of course. Maybe in the future…

In-Play Betting

Much of Royal Panda is focused on its live, in-play betting channel. All you have to do is start up the site and there you’ll see an in-play hub. Here, as a player, you’ll be able to switch between the dashboard (which has both Live Now and Upcoming sections); the Live Overview (which is all open markets) and the Event View (where the main live event will be displayed graphically).

Royal Panda offers a huge selection of live matches and events from the many different sports available, with a very impressive 24-hour coverage available.

Odds

As is often the case with newer sportsbook compared to older ones, Royal Panda odds and prices are a little less competitive than some of the bigger and more well-established sportsbook brands. However, on the whole there are definitely some areas where they are more competitive than others. If you check out one of the main offerings, football, you will see that its odds are somewhat more generous than that of tennis.

As well as offering great football odds, it also is rather impressive when it comes to offering European and Asian handicaps when it comes to major tournaments and competitions throughout the continent. Like most sites, there are some great odds and some not so great odds; therefore, so is always a good idea to do your comparisons for the sport you’re betting on.

Bonuses

T&Cs Apply

Welcome Bonus

As a relatively new sportsbook, it’s important to offer a decent welcome bonus. The one on offer here is not bad at all. When you deposit, you’ll get a free €20 bet when you make a bet of €20. At first glance it appears pretty standard, but the terms attached are what makes it more appealing than some of the others.

To get your free bet, simply sign up for Royal Panda. You then have to deposit €20 or more and select the Free Sports Bet. Then simply place a bet of €20 or more an any sporting event and you’ll be rewarded with a €20 bet once your bet is fully settled.

The best part of this bonus is the terms that are attached. It is for New Customers only on the first deposit;. You can only use the bet on an event with odds of 2.0 or more with a minimum bet of £20; also, you must use it all at once and any winnings from the bet will be withdrawable. You cannot withdraw the initial bet, but there are no play through limits attached to the winnings. However, you need to be aware that if you make your initial deposit withPaysafecard, Neteller or Skrill, you won’t be able to get the bonus. Also, the free bet will expire after 90 days.

Royal Panda Sports Betting Top Price

Royal Panda will give you the Top Price on a range of events at Royal Panda sports betting. For every Top Price offer there are T&Cs that apply: The guaranteed Top Price does not include sign-up offers or promotional prices, best boosts, enhanced odds or betting exchanges. There are various other terms attached so make sure you read fully before you take advantage of the top priced odds on the market.

Lifetime Bonuses

As well as the welcome bonuses and website promotions available,  you’ll get lifetime bonuses. As a Royal Panda customer you will also have access to other special offers throughout your time there. For a loyalty bonus you may well get a cash back offer, free bet offer, match bet offer or more. You may also receive reload bonuses and special deposit bonuses. Do keep an eye out for account messages and emails where you will find various promotions on offer specifically for you.

 

Security and Regulations

Not only is Royal Panda a well-regarded name in the online gambling industry, but it is now also part of LeoVentures, which has an outstanding reputation within the industry. As a result, this sportsbook is well licensed and properly secure.

Royal Panda is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority as well as the UK Gambling Commission. As a player from the UK, this ensures that your best interests are being looked after;  furthermore, the sportsbook must adhere to the strictest of conditions to keep its license and operate in the UK. Both of these governing bodies have the most stringent online gambling laws and regulations.

Then there’s the safety of the site itself. Royal Panda does its utmost to ensure your personal and financial data are completely safe and secure by using top range SSL encryption in its site. It is

Banking Options

As you would expect from Royal Panda, there are a very decent number of banking options available for both depositing and withdrawing your funds. As with most online sportsbooks, all deposits you make (with exception of bank transfer) are completely instant so you can get betting straight away. Your options are:

Method

Deposit

Withdrawal

Visa
Visa Electron
Maestro
MasterCard
Neteller
Skrill
PaysafecardX
AstropayX
DineroMailX
ecoPayzX
eProX
EutellerX
eWireX
GiropayX
iDebitX
InstadebitX
Interac OnlineX
iWalletX
MuchBetterX
SafetyPayX
ToditocashX
TransferenciaX
TrustlyX
Venus PointX
ZimplerX

The one obvious source missing is PayPal, which would be a great addition. However, the options available are suitable for most and offer good variations. You do need to remember that most bonuses and promotions will not be available when using Neteller and Skrill.

All of these methods have no fees attached and allow you to pay in USD, GBP, EUR, SEK, BRL, CZK, MXN, PLN

Withdrawals

The withdrawal times are very similar to most of the others sportsbooks in the market. Of course, If you were to withdraw via Neteller or Skrill it would be instant. However, via debit and credit cards, withdrawals take a little longer – anywhere between 1 -5 days; this is the same as via bank transfer. On all methods, apart from debit and credit cards, there is a minimum withdrawal of €10 and a maximum withdrawal of €100,000. Be aware that if you do withdraw via bank card then the minimum withdrawal is €10 and the maximum is €50,000.

 

Customer Service

One of the most important areas of any online betting site is its customer support service. Royal Panda customer support is definitely an area of its service that it is proud of – and rightly so. The site offers its customers a variety of ways to contact the team. You have the option of using the Royal Panda phone number: (0)203 808 3530. As well as that, there is a great live chat service if you want immediate support. If you have a less urgent query, then there is an email address: [email protected] and a contact form available. All methods of contact are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We found the responses to be quick and very professional. Live chat queries were answered in minutes as were phone calls. Generally the email took between 4 hours to 24 hours depending on the time of day. The staff was professional, helpful and assisted us with our queries quickly and with little trouble.

 

User Experience

The  Royal Panda home page is a little confusing to look at at first glance. However, just give it a go as it doesn’t take long to work it out at all. Because it is first and foremost a casino, you need to go onto the sports page at the top menu; you will not get there automatically. Once you are there you can see ‘Help’, ‘Join Now’ and ‘Log In’ tabs at the top – so getting started couldn’t be easier. You then have the option of different views of your home screen, so you can see what’s happening in the way that suits you best: Event View, Dashboard, Live Overview, Live Multiview, Live Calendar and Results. You will then be able to see all of the live and upcoming events on offer.

To the left of the screen you can pick the sports you want to see. Click on the list and the drop down menu will emerge. You can then choose from Most Popular and Popular Competitions, divided into different countries. Then, below that, are the different sports where the markets have also been divided into countries. You can also choose whether you see live or pre match markets. If you really can’t find what you are looking for then there is a search bar to use.

It looks great as well, featuring its trademark red and black colour scheme. Then, if you go on the live betting platform, the graphics are superb. The addition of the live betting sports calendar is also great for user experience

Navigating your way through the sports is easy, especially when you get the hang of the site. Getting hold of customer support is even simpler. Simply click on ‘Help’ and you go straiught through to the very decent FAQ section as well as get access to the live chat, phone number and email.

As I said, this take a few minutes to adjust to, simply because of its superb live in-play features. Once you get the knack of it, it’s pretty outstanding to say the least.

 

Mobile Experience

The Royal Panda mobile app is definitely set to compete with the others on the market. It is compatible with all major operating systems, such as iOS, Android and more.  To access the website online, simply enter www.royalpanda.com in your browser and you are there straight away without the need to download an app and take up extra memory space.

The app has a very simple layout that is easy to navigate. Because the website is a HTML5 responsive app, you will be able to have the exact same experience on mobile as you can on desktop; therefore you don’t lose anything in translation. As a result of this, it’s exactly the same process to make a bet – so if you’re familiar with the desktop site, this mobile site will be a piece of cake.

There are a great number of sports available on mobile; so to access the sports simply use the sliding menu across the top. First, you the select your sport and scroll to whatever event you choose – then click on your odds and add to your bet slip. It really couldn’t be simpler.

The site is user friendly, vibrant and offers a great user experience perfect for betting on the go.

 

Conclusion

All in all, there not much bad we can say about Royal Panda’s sportsbook. Firstly, the live betting in particular is a real asset to this site and makes it one of the stand out sportsbooks on the market. Also, it looks smart and cool and is very user friendly on both desktop and mobile. As well as this, the customer service is fantastic; furthermore, it has employed top security so you know you’re well protected. Also, the T&Cs attached to the welcome bonus are pretty amazing.

The only down side really is that sometimes the odds aren’t as competitive as they could be, and it would be great if the offered horse racing as a sport. On the whole, we were very impressed and we can only see great things going ahead.