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Comparing the best online betting sites in Ireland
Betting is one of the most popular activities in all of Ireland—indeed, they compete on the world stage for how popular betting is in their country. Given the broad lack of land-based casinos in the country, it’s unsurprising that one of the main ways the Irish like to bet is through betting sites.
These sites take many forms and offer odds on huge ranges of markets. Knowing what to look for in the site for you is going to depend on a lot of factors, including about you and about the betting company. Let’s look at some of the main features of good Irish betting sites.
The first thing you’ll want to think about is what you want to bet on, if you have something specific in mind. The most popular sports in Ireland might take you a bit by surprise, even if you live there. Gaelic football is the most watched sport—not that surprising, but still always unusual for a sport other than ordinary football to take the top spot.
The next on the list, though, is hurling, and after that you have things like golf and aerobics.
So, when you’re looking at a new site, you’ll want to be sure that it offers markets on the sports you’re after. Whether it’s the top football league or the hurling, you’ll find an operator to fill your needs.
Sign up bonuses have become a universal feature of online betting. Around €5 billion is spent in the country on betting each year, and around 12% of adults bet on a weekly basis. There’s a huge market for betting in general, so this has meant sites have to offer increasingly competitive signup bonuses.
So, when you’re signing up for a new site, the quality of their welcome bonus is a big factor. The biggest sites will offer attractive bonuses, and they will general compete flatly with one another.
These bonuses can take a number of forms, so always read the terms and conditions carefully. Ultimately, though, one of the best things about the Irish betting market is that the competition is so fierce, meaning these bonuses are only going to continue getting better and better.
According to Revenue.ie almost 1,200 licensed bookmakers in Ireland—though this figure does include land-based bookmakers—there’s going to be a perfect bonus for your needs if you take the time to look.
While your priority should always be the markets, features of the sites themselves, and of course the bonuses, don’t forget about the other factors. If you spend a lot of time on the betting site that you choose, then the likelihood that you’ll eventually need to contact customer support is pretty much guaranteed.
If your funds are tied up somewhere because of a glitch or a break in the system or anything like that, it’s going to be frustrating. If you can’t get adequate support or assistance because the site has shoddy customer service, you’re going to have a hassle on your hands.
Check reviews for customer service scores before signing up—it’s not a sure way as often people will only remember a bad experience, but it’s good to have some idea of what you’re getting into.
Betting websites in Ireland have a lot of competition to deal with, which has, in many ways, been great for the Irish consumer. There are more options, better deals, more attractive bonuses, and world class customer service. There are many ways you can determine the quality of an Irish betting site, but these are some of the most important.