If you watch much Championship football chances are you'll have come across Royal Panda. Their name began popping up all over the country thanks to a shirt sponsorship deal with QPR but who exactly are Royal Panda and what can they offer punters? We've answered these questions and other below in our Royal Panda review.
Royal Panda was founded by a group of workers with a wealth of combined experience in the betting industry. They worked in Malta with some of the biggest betting companies around but believed they could do things better on their own. Having taken the plunge and setting up Royal Panda in Malta the next step was to build a site which was initially focussed on an online casino and other games.
The experience of those early Royal Panda employees undoubtedly helped tremendously as they grew very quickly for such a young company. Users kept returning as new games and opportunities were added but things really improved when Royal Panda was granted a licence to operate in the United Kingdom.
An online sportsbook quickly followed, catching the attention of LeoVegas who had begun taking investing very seriously. LeoVegas bought Royal Panda for a reported €60 million in October 2017 which was the perfect vindication for the pioneering group who founded the company. The support of LeoVegas will help the improvement of Royal Panda who continue to operate as an independent company with their own products and offers.
Royal Panda knew that it would take a huge amount of work to add a sportsbook to their impressive online casino but they've done a very good job. They still need to tempt customers in though with something juicy which is why the Royal Panda sports welcome bonus takes the form of a £20 free bet.
It's simple to get your hands on this free bet. Just complete the signup process on the Royal Panda site, deposit some funds and place your first bet at odds of £20 or more at a price of evens (2.0 in decimal odds) or above. Your free bet will then be credited to your account once that first bet is settled.
Royal Panda still have work to do if they are to match the biggest bookmakers in terms of their sports betting offers. They do have some excellent casino promotions including their Loyal Panda Program which rewards their long standing customers but we would like to see something else for sports bettors.
Royal Panda are a forward thinking betting company who are always on the lookout for something new to offer their users. That's a laudable approach but they would do well to remember the positive things provided by the big hitters in the world of sports betting. For example, they are clearly prioritising mobile and in-play betting on their sportsbook but the way that visitors are shown a current in-play event rather than a more traditional homepage is sure to prove more than a little confusing for many.
Once you get to the homepage, or Dashboard as Royal Panda call it, it is relatively easy to find the event you're looking for. The most popular events and competitions are picked out of the long list of sports on the left of the site whilst in-play markets are given the bulk of the screen. There is a good amount of information when it comes to event pages so you can quickly get a handle on how a match is shaping up before getting a bet on.
In general, the Royal Panda site looks very good indeed. Their red, black and white colour scheme is both attractive and easy to read which is important given the amount of markets they offer. Graphics both big and small bring the site to life and switching between the Casino, Live Casino and Sports pages is a doddle.
Royal Panda may be new operators when it comes to sports betting but they not messing about. In partnership with BetConstruct, Royal Panda offer a staggeringly big choice of betting markets. The sports and events covered ranges from the biggest to those that most punters wouldn't even know were taking place.
The decent margins that Royal Panda offer across their sportsbook is certainly a real positive but it's in-play betting where they really come into their own. There is always something to bet on with Royal Panda and you can capitalise on swings in momentum as you watch the biggest sporting events.
Royal Panda don't currently offer live streaming to back up their huge selection of in-play markets.
Through their experience in the industry the team at Royal Panda understand that betting and gaming is increasingly being carried out on mobile devices. That's why they have made mobile betting the bedrock of their sportsbook offering. The main site works very well on all different screen sizes so you have access to all the Royal Panda features from your phone or tablet.
There is also the option to place sports bets and chance your luck on the Royal Panda casino via well designed apps which work on both Android and iOS devices.
Royal Panda offer a cash out feature to their users on selected sports markets. This feature allows punters to come out of in-play bets whilst the event is still taking place in order to instantly lock in profit. It's great if the football team you've backed take the lead early in a match but you aren't sure that they'll hold on to win.
As we mentioned above, getting a licence to operate first an online casino and then an online sportsbook in the UK was a real turning point for Royal Panda. By passing all the required regulatory tests, Royal Panda showed that they were a serious operator. Potential customers will be assured that Royal Panda have the funds to pay out all of the bets that they take, that they have fair terms and conditions (which can be read on their site) and that they employ up to date technology to ensure the safety of customer information and all payments.
If you have any questions for Royal Panda before opening an account or any issues crop up during your time as a customer it is very easy to get in touch with them. Simply visit their Help page which has answers to most common questions and details of how to contact Royal Panda through live chat, email and phone.