Boylesports Bookmaker Free Bet & Guide

Boylesports BookmakerBoylesports Bookmaker is one of the largest and best-known of the Irish-based online bookies, employing over a thousand staff. Its current status is a far cry from their early beginnings in 1989 and their first foray onto the internet with abysmal software. Now, with state-of-the-art online betting system, Boylesports appeared to have turned from ugly duckling to swan of the betting world. However they are not the best managed operator and so are a long way from the best option of the major bookmakers. They tend to restrict bets very quickly. Boylesports Bookmaker is a high-profile sponsor of many sports including UK football.

£50/€50 FREE BET: Place a first bet of at least £5/€5 and get a free bet equal to your stake up to a maximum of £25/€25. However that first bet must lose to get it. Either way, you can still get another €25 out of them after five more bets. They will match the average of those five bets up to a maximum of a €25 bonus. So in total you could receive €50. The need for the first wager to get beaten is harsh and the second section of the offer is quite convoluted and difficult to achieve.

OPINION: Boylesports Bookmaker is an established and, in some quarters, a well-regarded Irish firm. They do a fair job for their smaller, losing UK and European clients. Bigger players may run into problems with this firm. We experienced first hand that they are very quick to restrict punters. We were blocked from betting on sports with them. We had not placed many bets and did not even win much. To add salt to the wounds their poor customer service department refused to shed any light on it. We are still waiting for their promised return call. Boylesports needs to learn that there are choices and shoddy service will not encourage return custom. We have had far better experiences with their rivals and as a result we recommend either Bet365 (who give a much bigger free bet anyway) or the excellent BetVictor in preference.

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Boylesports Bookmaker, Ireland’s biggest privately-owned bookie, was started by John Boyle from scratch. From a lowly background, he opened a solitary betting shop in 1989 and took it from there.

It was a slow start as he managed his first shop for nearly eight years before deciding to expand. Today he is represented in most Irish towns with in excess of 170 outlets and a staffing level of 1000 employees, but the big winner is his internet betting site.

It was apparent that initially the online betting site got less attention from management than the retail division and that was understandable. Unlike the high street outlets, which in recent years have grown by acquiring chains of existing shops, the growth online has occurred naturally.

The betting website launched in 2002, but it was a damp squib with very poor software provided by a hopeless third party company called abeta that had simply chucked its already crude and rudimentary betting shop software onto the web. Boylesports Bookmaker soon realised the error of its ways and migrated to a proper betting platform. Now the site is one of the best in the interactive world, offering every form of gambling entertainment, not just sports betting. It is just a shame they don’t manage the operation too well.

The company is also a big supporter of sport, having sponsored a Premier League football team, golf events and numerous high-profile dog and horse races.

Annual turnover has grown from zero in 1989 to €3billion at the current time and profits are circa €15million a year. It is a household name in Ireland and has made huge inroads into the UK betting market, thanks in main to the online site. We have noticed some cracks in the way Boylesports Bookmaker conducts itself and for the time being they do not compare favourably with the top firms.

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I bet with them over Cheltenham and they were good. I did not hit any of the limits you talk about but I am not a big bettor.

Mar 17, 2014 by Tufty Watson

I bet with them over Cheltenham and they were good. I did not hit any of the limits you talk about but I am not a big bettor.


I agree with your observations. Desperate firm with bad customer services and will not take even a medium stake wager. As you have said, other firms a

Nov 21, 2013 by Jack Williamson

I agree with your observations. Desperate firm with bad customer services and will not take even a medium stake wager. As you have said, other firms are far superior. I am only giving them one star because there is no option to give no stars. Steer clear of Boylesports.


I have not found the issues you have highlighted. They have taken biggish stakes from me without limiting.

May 27, 2013 by Jason

I have not found the issues you have highlighted. They have taken biggish stakes from me without limiting.


3.7 5.0 3 3 I bet with them over Cheltenham and they were good. I did not hit any of the limits you talk about but I am not a big bettor. boylesports