1. Aesthetics & Navigation
The luck of the Irish awaits you, the avid punter, especially if you are a lover of all kinds of everything painted green or decorated with a shamrock at this online bookie. Welcome, my friends, to BoyleSports.
Fact is, that not only in Ireland is this bookie – founded by Mr. John Boyle himself – quite popular, but across the UK, ‘Down Under’, up in Scandinavia and on the old continent of Europe, too.
Ol’ John Boyle started back in 1989 with betting shops at high streets of all these countries. Now of course they’ve moved online too, but the old fashioned punter still can visit the bookie shops or place his (or her!) bets via the phone. A plus I noticed right from the start is – they offer the website in German, too! Or if you’d prefer to decipher the Swedish website version, be John Boyle’s guest!
They actually revamped the English language website, but the others are still featured in the classic no fuzz look. The new one has its pros and cons, though literally all different offers and services can be seen and accessed on the main page in the centre. On the left navigation bar the different sports can be selected; whereas on the right hand side you have the betting slip at the top, followed by live or in-play events, betting news, or fancy ads and links to Boyle’s casino game section.
Aesthetics Score out of 10 – 8.
Sports – John Boyle, me lad, offers an impressive range of race cards for all Anglo-Irish horse racing events, including form guide, ratings, etc. as well as stats for the little stocky blokes on top of our four legged friends! You horse racing fanatic Anglos will love the Bet & Watch service as well as what Boyle calls ATR – At-The-Races. It is basically a live stream racing service on your monitor. This bookie offers quite a variety of other sports, too – Greyhounds, Golf, American Football, Boxing, Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Darts, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Pool, Snooker, Speedway and Tennis and of course, and I thank the gods… the good old footie!
Live Betting – This part is completely integrated into the main website; specifically in the top right section of the home page. Or you can expand it to fill the screen with a simple click on the left navigation menu bar under Live Betting. The live events are presented automatically, with upcoming ones just beneath, but they can be easily accessed. The layout is nicely structured and the main events odds can be selected with a single click. Other markets are reachable via a further drilldown menu.
Poker, Casino, Lotteries, Games, Skill, Bingo – OK, again the online bookies need to jump on the bandwagon because online casinos etc. seem to be so popular; the same reason I guess some classic online gambling sites made attempts to offer sports betting, too. I spare my readers the quality of some of those attempts. If you need to play a few rounds of those games, go ahead. But make sure to keep track of your bankroll matey.
Mobile – A link to the landing page for the mobile betting app, but I haven’t installed it yet. From the screenshots, it looks similar to William Hill’s mobile app. A good feature is the direct QR code, that barcode thingy that snaps with your smartphone and in turn downloads and installs the app automatically.
Services Score out of 10 – 9.
3. Payment Methods
Boylesports accepts most methods of payment including all major credit and debit cards (excluding: 3V, Electron, Solo and American Express), as well as e-Wallets such as NETeller, Skrill and others. You can also pay by bank draft or cheques or simply head to the local Boylesports bookie shop and make a cash deposit.
Payment Methods Score out of 10 – 8.
Open an account at Boylesports and you get £20 worth of free bets (T’s & C’s apply). They have specials and coupons for certain events and also offer a best price guarantee on their horse racing markets. Sports fans can also take advantage of the regular money or cash-back offers on a weekly basis.
Offers Score out of 8 – 10.
For a relatively unknown site for the usual Joe or Jane Bloggs (me!), Boylesports is actually a true green emerald; after all it is Irish, no? The betting coverage, options and services are plenty and with a free bet worth 20 quid, you can’t really go wrong, can you? Worth cashing in and give the luck of the Irish a go at the virtual bookie shop of ye’Irish lad John Boyle.
Overall Score out of 10 – 8.