They’ve been building a respected name as an online casino operator for some time but Royal Panda have now taken the plunge to become the newest sportsbook as of July 2017. They have backed up their new operation with a sponsorship deal at Championship side Queens Park Rangers and that would certainly build their profile.
But, more importantly, what will they have to offer anyone looking to sign up for a new account? Is there the usual set of requirements that we all need when joining up with a new operator?
Landing on the home page gives you a striking image of the Royal Panda mascot – yes it’s a Panda – and they will draw your eye with prominent details of their welcome offer. On to the website itself and we find a fairly clean and basic design where all of the current available events are in the middle of the page where you would expect them to be.
The full list of sports isn’t quite so obvious however and you need to scroll down the page in order to find these. Otherwise, everything is in its place with help options at the top and payment details at the bottom. One issue we had came with finding a full list of sports and it seems as if the bookmaker only lists events where there is a current market.
Markets and Odds
Here is the list of sports that we could find markets for at Royal Panda:
That’s a relatively small list but all of the main options are there. You can also expect to find a decent set of politics and entertainment markets while the bookie also looks to be taking eSports very seriously. A number of games from big events from around the world are getting coverage if you like this sector.
It’s early days obviously but the pricing looks spot on here with competitive odds across the board.
The sportsbook is new but the casino is well established and Royal Panda know that by being open and honest they can build trust. Their license is held in Malta and full details of this are shown at the bottom of the home page so this is another positive point.
While the set of banking options may be bigger elsewhere, all of the popular providers are listed and that includes Skrill and Neteller. They are the biggest eWallets in the gaming industry but you can also use PaySafe and, of course, any of the major debit and credit cards.
The more obscure eWallets may therefore be missing but this should provide all players with at least one option.
As you will know if you take betting seriously, having an active set of social media accounts can be a great way to get a message across as a new bookmaker. For now, Royal Panda seem to be combining their new sportsbook with their existing Twitter account which has been fairly quiet since launching in September 2013.
In just under four years, the operator has gained 895 followers but with sports betting added, there are several new posts each day and we should expect that number to increase.
Over on Facebook, the operator is getting much more attention with over 4,000 likes at the same point in time. Once again, sports have been combined with casino so you can enjoy both and there are regular news and offer updates on any given day.
Some casinos struggle when they start a new sports betting brand because it seems like they haven’t put a lot of thought into it. That’s not the case at Royal Panda who obviously are taking things seriously although there are some areas that they will need to build on in the coming months.
The welcome deal up to £100.00 is a big positive and that’s the sort of level that will attract an early set of sign ups. There are no ongoing offers at present and that may be an area to consider. The list of sports is laid out in a confusing manner and this could certainly be addressed but overall the downsides are very small and there are many reasons why Royal Panda can be added to your list of sportsbook providers without delay.
- Royal Panda’s welcome offer is an excellent £100.00 as a 100% matched deposit with a minimum deposit requirement of £10.00.
- Rollover terms on this offer are fair with a requirement to play through 7x at minimum odds of 1.80.
- Excellent set of funding options plus fast and effective customer service
- Good early prices on available markets
- Website can be a little hard to navigate and the list of available sports is laid out in a slightly confusing manner.