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With its HQ in Dundalk, BoyleSports is Ireland’s biggest independent bookmaker these days and is one that has made great strides in recent years to keep up with all the big brands in the online gambling sector.

Bricks and mortar betting shops are of course BoyleSports’ foundation, with the group still owning 250 branches throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland though they are now major players online with their apps having received very favourable reviews from customers and not just within the horse racing niche either; their casino, bingo, sports, poker and lottery arms also doing very well.

Our review will guide you through all that Boyle Sports has to offer racing punters including detailing their betting markets, promos, banking options and more.

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BoyleSports Sign Up Offer

The current offer for new customers at BoyleSports is branded as the ‘£25 Bet Bundle’, essentially giving sign-ups anything up to £25 in free bets for opening a new account.

Naturally the deal is for those aged 18+ with one per household allowed and applies on cash stakes only.  A minimum £10 stake is required in order for new customers to grab an initial £5 free bet and the first wager must be placed at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or bigger to qualify.

Any free bets thereafter come to 50% average of each of the three qualifying bets, with 13 bets needed in total to receive the full potential £25 in free bets.  Any initial qualifying bets must be made within 30 days of opening the account and freebies will expire within seven days of qualification.

This is not the worst opening offer we’ve seen, but frankly the format is a little convoluted and it’s easy to envisage most new punters not getting their full £25 entitlement from this.  As long as you stay aware of the rules however, you can bet cleverly to ensure you make the most of the offer.

BoyleSports Ongoing Promotions

A handy thing on this website is that on the menu on the left hand side of the screen, ‘promotions’ are clearly listed as a link along with how many there are (14 deals at the time of writing).

These promos include the opening offer listed above, but also frequently changing offers such as Free Bets for horse racing punters if your selection finishes second to the SP favourite in any race at a nominated racecourse.  Often this deal applies to more than one track which is good but beware that this particular promotion is one with an ‘opt-in’ needed, so it will not be applied to your bet automatically.

Equally changeable on a daily basis are BoyleSports’ Extra Places, something offered on specific races on the card.  This could mean 4 places instead of three or 5 places rather than four and is applied to any bets in qualifying races without punters needing to do anything – just look out for them within the horse racing section.

Deals on specific tournaments such as the cricket world cup, tennis tournaments and major football games are frequent including Double Winnings on selected markets.  What we love about this is that the promotions here change all the time, keeping players interested no matter their choice of sport.

For racing fans in particular however the permanent deals are solid with Best Odds Guaranteed and Acca Insurance available all the time.  BOG applies to all UK and Irish races every day while the acca insurance pays a free bet if one selection lets you down on multiple bets of 5+ legs.  This applies to various sports including football, tennis, golf and of course horse racing.

Security

As always when reviewing on online bookmaker, even one granted a license by the UK Gambling Commission which is notoriously stringent with its members, we like to check that security is top notch and that all players’ personal and banking information is kept safe and secure at all times.

Well, as a bookmaker in business since 1989 BoyleSports have all the basics covered and security is one of them.  They are licensed in the Isle Of Man as well as mainland UK and boast an excellent SSL 128 encryption, complimented by a host of fraud protection elements meaning your crucial private data is not at all open to hackers.

Our evaluation of the situation is that BoyleSports understand just how important this is and have taken all appropriate steps to ensure no information is lost which is a major plus to us.

BoyleSports Horse Betting Features

Other than ‘promotions’ and ‘in-play’ the first thing you’ll see within the betting options on the left side of the screen is ‘horse racing’, a sector that has been BoyleSports’ bread and butter for over 30 years.

Your racing promotions such as extra places, acca insurance and even opt-ins such as a free bet if your selection is second to the favourite as mentioned above, will all appear as ads above today’s prices so you shouldn’t miss out on any extra action.

There is a full line-up squeezed into the main screen with both today’s UK and Irish races laid out in time order, as well as the next five races off being displayed, including those run abroad.

All races in the UK and Ireland as well as selected events from France are available to watch via online streaming in high quality and these are clearly marked with a video camera symbol to the right of the racecard.  Any races with specials attached are marked in red, further highlighting any deals.

Clicking on a specific race will not take you to a new page which we find to be a nice change, rather the racecard will appear at the bottom of the screen while all of the aforementioned info and ads remain where they are.

The racecard features all relevant information on the runners and riders, the draw and of course the latest and most recent prices and there is a synopsis and tip provided by the Racing Post too.  Clicking on a price adds your selection to a betslip and from there you can choose win or each-way, specials, the choice of retaining the price or taking the SP and of course the ability to add more horses into a multiple.

Prices seem fair with odds comparison website Oddschecker having been very complimentary of BoyleSports in recent times because of their margins, so as a bookmaker with a strong history within this sport it seems they’ve remembered to get the crucial thing right; give the punters a fair price every day.

Other Betting Markets

Horse racing, greyhounds and football are the three major sports you’ll see with quick links on the main homepage but a click into BoyleSports’ A-Z reveals an array of events available to bet on and all with fair prices and number of diverse markets.  Currently priced up are events within:

American Football, Aussie Rules Football, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Field Hockey, Football, Futsal, Golf, GAA – football, GAA – hurling, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Entertainment/TV, Politics, Rugby Leage, Rugby Union, Snooker, Speedway, Table Tennis, Tennis, UFC/MMA, Volleyball and Winter Sports.

Now, that’s plenty to keep you entertained we’re sure you’ll agree and as we’ve already mentioned prices tend to be fair and markets are plentiful, despite horse racing always being the main focus of this brand though that too is something we like to see.

Mobile Betting Options

Naturally the mobile website is simply a slimmed-down version of the main page and it is just as easy to use, so for many there is no need for any sort of download.

The BoyleSports apps however have been lauded and are available on Android or Apple for any smartphone or tablet.  Often app customers can grab specific deals such as enhanced prices and promos while all domestic horse racing is still shown live via streaming, the pictures and commentary coming direct from either Sky Sports Racing or Racing TV.

It goes without saying that live, in-play bets are plentiful within the mobile betting options so this brand is great for betting on the move with and really we can’t find a major negative given that the colours and design are slick and the interface is excellent.

Banking Options

All online bookmakers need to get the basics right before concentrating on fancy deals, and one of those crucial basics is having enough banking options.  There are no fees at BoyleSports of course, but we’d perhaps just like to see a couple more options for depositing and withdrawing.  Here’s what’s currently on offer:

Method Deposit Time Withdrawal Time
Visa/Maestro debit card Instant 3-5 Working Days
Bank Transfer 3-5 Working Days 3-5 Working Days
Skrill Instant 3-5 Working Days
Neteller Instant 3-5 Working Days
PayPal Instant 3-5 Working Days
PaySafe Card Instant N/A
Boku (Mobile) Instant N/A

Boyle Sports are unfortunately rather secretive with their minimums and maximums, though they are easy to get in touch with as we’ve covered below so be sure to touch base with their customer service department before joining.

Customer Support

Rather fitting for what we hope has come across as a favourable review having seen what BoyleSports have to offer in terms of odds and promotions, their customer service team are also a real feather in the firm’s cap given how polite and knowledgeable they appear.

As well as viewing a list of FAQ’s on the website, you can get in touch direct in a number of ways including phoning free on 0800 22 00 66 from the UK or 1800 22 00 66 from Ireland.  Emailing them at care@boylesports.com will lead to just a short wait for an answer to your query and it will come once again from a well-informed, polite customer service rep.

There is a version of the now popular live chat system available, though it’s not immediately apparent and given that you have to enter details similar to an ordinary online query form it’s not the quickest service out there either so we’d recommend you phone them free and get any answers you need instantly.

BoyleSports Company Details

As we’ve already covered, BoyleSports holds the title of biggest independent bookmaker in Ireland so while they are a large enough organisation, their independence and resistance from buy-outs means they’ve retained their integrity and their focus on the customer, which we love to see.

The company was started by John Boyle, hence the name, with his empire taking its early strides up in Northern Ireland as far back as 1982.  The firm have sponsored various professional football teams in a bid to increase their marketing reach and have faced no major controversies during their 30 years in business.

BoyleSports Bottom Line

Getting the slight negatives out of the way first; we’d like to see some more banking options listed on the site to ensure BoyleSports keeps up with the major hitters such as bet365 and Ladbrokes among others, along with a more transparent detailing of minimum and maximum deposit and withdrawal amounts.

Equally we’d like to see a properly functioning live chat system in place as more and more punters bet on the go these days, including during work hours etc, and so when answers are needed instantly they are often required online and not over the phone, though the fact the customer service team are free to call and are very polite and knowledgeable is a great plus.

Sports markets are plentiful and odds are fair, but the jewel in the crown is the horse racing section and that’s terrific for us.  There are races, markets and promotions aplenty with odds notoriously high with BoyleSports leading to them having been singled out for praise by Oddschecker and other firms.

The live streaming service is top quality and is available on their various mobile wesbites and apps which again have drawn some great reviews by independent reviewers and punters alike.

All in all there is a lot to like about BoyleSports’ offering and it is certainly a bookmaker we can recommend.

New customers only. UK residents, 18+. Terms and conditions apply.