The list of gambling websites is increasing year in year out and with no end in sight. This, of course, is a good thing for customers, who have infinite possibilities to spend their money. One of the main regrets of many punters, however, remains the fact that they did not spend enough time researching the operators based on their preferences and this might eventually lead to frustration and losses which cannot be recovered. It is always a smart idea to look around before committing yourselves. We have found 2 strong contenders for the best overall operator and have shared our opinions below.
Welcome Bonus: William Hill Wins
William Hill offers a sportsbook bonus for new players which pays out an extra £20 for the first winning bet of £10 with odds of 1 / 2 or higher. This means that you will receive £30, in free bets of £10 x 3, if your £10 bet is a winner.
Paddy Power, on the other hand, have opted to award every new player with £10 should their bet lose. There are no conditions on the odds or selections so you are guaranteed a risk-free bet.
For Casino William Hill offer a 100% matched deposit bonus up to £300, with wagering requirements of x 40. The only setback to this offer is that the maximum you can withdraw is £2,000.
Paddy Power also offer a 100% matched deposit bonus, but this time up to a maximum of £200. Wagering requirements are lower than William Hill at x 35, but this offer is eligible only for UK and Irish customers. Having said that there is no restriction on the maximum amount you can withdraw.
In my opinion William Hill takes the prize in this category due to being more generous with both bonuses and also for the fact that all customers can participate in the Casino promotion as opposed to Paddy Power.
Sports & Odds: William Hill triumphs again
William Hill offer bets on sports events you would never have known existed! For those punters who simply cannot resist from placing a bet at any time of the day this wide range of events is ideal. Lesser known sports events such as Bowls, Cycling, Australian Rules, Handball and Volleyball are all under the spotlight and you can also try your luck at predicting Political outcomes.
Paddy Power prefers to stick to the mainstream sports events, such as Football and Horse Racing and it must also be said that the sportsbook section is very nicely laid out and makes navigating effortless. The Irish bookmaker is renowned for its close connections with horses so expect to find lots of useful information, such as hot tips and latest news from the paddocks.
When comparing the odds for Football and Horse Racing I found that both bookies offered the same odds on Horse Racing but William Hill featured more competitive odds in Football. For this reason I have again chosen William Hill as the winner in this category. Paddy Power do win the toss for the best design and functionality but odds and selections lean towards William Hill.
Bonus for Existing Players: Paddy Power Dominates
William Hill is rather dry on offers for players who have registered in the past. Apart from the Bet Booster on selected games and occasional offers for various events, there is no real effort to come up with something special, as a gesture of loyalty.
Paddy Power, in comparison, has gone the extra mile and offer existing customers the equivalent of a boost, which is aptly named Power Price, for many events, as well as a Reward Club, Refer a Friend, Hit the Spot and Beat the Drop, amongst others.
For this reason, I have opted for Paddy Power as the winner in this category.
Both William Hill and Paddy Power offer an equal number of sports events which you can stream live on desktop, mobile or Android. English football is not covered by either bookmaker due to licensing restrictions but you can still follow Italian, Spanish, German, French and Dutch leagues, as well as those from other continents.
Horse and Greyhound Racing are also both prominent but to view sports events on both operators you need to wager a minimum of £1 on the event itself.
Due to the layout of both websites, I feel that William Hill is better organized as it features a tab named WHTV Live Streaming where you can view all streamed events. On the other hand, for Paddy Power, you would need to go through all events and take note of the arrow sign which indicates that those events are being streamed live.
Mobile Special Offer
Both operators do not offer any exclusive promotions when signing up via mobile but you can still make use of the bonuses mentioned earlier if you are a new player.
There is very little to separate the 2 bookmakers when it comes to features, with both displaying great designs and ease of use. For this reason, I believe there is no winner in this section.
As with the mobile app, William Hill and Paddy Power also contend as equals when it comes to the cash-out feature.
Most major players in the sportsbook gambling industry have made it a point to allow players the freedom to withdraw before an event is over, so as to give them an extra chance to savor a winning moment.
We could find no tangible differences between the 2 giants so we have, once again, opted for a draw in this feature.
Final verdict: William Hill edges out!
Thanks in great part to its attractive welcome bonus, as well as its super competitive sports odds, William Hill is the winner of this comparison. William Hill also boasts of the better live streaming service, and the betting site remains the better service overall, even if Paddy Power remains very close behind. However, if offers for loyal customers are what interest you most, then Paddy Power might be the more interesting website for you.
Whichever you choose, honestly, you can't really go wrong. It all ultimately depends on where your main interests lie!
Last update: February 2019.