- UK and Malta
Launched in 2014, Royal Panda was initially an online casino, one that aspired to be a little different to everything else on the market and one that won a lot of customers in doing so. These days Royal Panda also operates a sportsbook, with big bets across a range of sports and with customers across the UK welcome to join.
Is it worth it though? Should you add Royal Panda to your nomadic list of sportsbooks, picking up bonuses here just like you have done elsewhere? Should you even consider it as a long term sportsbook?
Let’s find out with this Royal Panda review.
Royal Panda is a sportsbook that you can find attached to their online casino. They function as two separate entities, but with links in place so that you can simply switch from one to the other like you can on most sportsbook/casino sites.
Royal Panda has teamed up with developers BetConstruct for this. They are not the biggest out there but they are a respectable brand nonetheless and one that have recently supplied solutions to sportsbooks like VBet and Energy Bet.
They offer gambling across the UK and are regulated in Malta. The site itself is very pleasing on the eye and streamlined, but it can be troublesome to find the sport you are looking for. They use icons instead of words and these are fairly small. Obviously, we all know what a cricket ball or football looks like, but when you’re used to looking for the word “cricket” instead of a small red ball, it can be a little confusing at first.
There is a £100 sportsbook betting bonus on Royal Panda at the time of writing. This may change, but if it does it is likely to change into something similar. This is a big bonus and it shows intent from Royal Panda. They clearly think they have something good and want to make sure plenty of players see it.
This is a matched deposit bonus with a minimum bet of £10 and a maximum of £100. The bonus will expire after 90 days if it is not used.
Royal Panda has a wealth of betting markets, including all of the major ones. You can bet on major cricket matches, for instance, but bear in mind that the main market for Royal Panda is the UK and that the options for cricket leagues in the Americas and in Asia are pretty slim. In other words, if it’s not international test matches, it’s not in the UK and it’s not one of the big domestic leagues, then you won’t find much action on the Royal Panda sportsbook.
The same could be said for many other sports books out there though, particularly the newer ones.
As far as the banking options go, there are a wealth of these to choose from. There were credit cards and debit cards, of course, but you can also use methods like Neteller, PaySafeCard and Skrill. Payments are processed fairly quickly and the site is as secure as you would expect.
At Royal Panda, you will find they have a deposit option that is called VISA E-Pro. This is a service offered by EMP corp which basically allows you to deposit with any VISA card to any betting site that uses VISA E-Pro. Highly recommended if you want to try out Royal Panda.
The Royal Panda setup reminds us of Bet365 in some ways, but there is more of a minimized and slick look to it. In fact, it is very similar to Guts and they may have used the same software. As mentioned above, there is a thin strip of sporting icons on the left, with a picture to represent each sport (such as a basketball for basketball, a football for football, etc) and once you click on these then a page will open in the centre showing what games are coming up and what bets you can place.
There is also a live betting interface and if you click on a game that is in play then you will see a representation of the game itself, including stats, score and more. This is shown at the top of the middle section but there is also a graphic on the right sidebar that gives you an idea of what is happening in the game without actually showing you the game.
Think Bet365, but instead of the live streams you see on the sidebar to the right, there are the real-time graphics that you can find on sites like SkyBet and Ladbrokes.
As far as speed and smoothness goes, there are no issues here. There was little lag when we tested it and everything was seamless, which was nice to see. In this day and age you would expect it of all sites and if huge sites like Bet365 can manage it than others should to. But you only need to look at the lag on sites like 888 Sport and Ladbrokes to see that many sites still have issues with this.
This is a solid attempt at a UK sportsbook and one that doesn’t do much wrong. However, it’s not as big as some other UK sportsbooks and when you consider that it is entering a saturated marketplace, that might cause problems.
Of course, most gamblers will happily switch from one sportsbook to the next, taking bonuses as they go and moving on only when those bonuses have finished. These gamblers tend to have one or two sites they are loyal too and will simply regard the rest as sites to be trialled and nothing more.
In our eyes, Royal Panda fits into the latter category. It’s not big enough or varied enough for it to become a site you will remain loyal to, but it is certainly one that you should try and one that you should pickup some bonuses from.