It may have passed some people by, but the new NFL season is underway in the USA. Bookmaker Paddy Power have a Fantasy game running for the action, building on the format popularized by FanDuel form a betting perspective.
Fantasy games are nothing new of course. Fantasy football games in the UK are hugely popular where you have a set budget and have to build your Premier League squad for example. Then you enter a competition and league and collect the points to try and win prizes.
Paddy Power Betfair acquired FanDuel in 2018, FanDuel offers a lot of different contest types and games to take part in. It’s a format where you can enter prize pools for different things or go head to head with other players in a winner takes all situation. There is also the option to build private leagues for you and your friends.
It is the FansDuel contests that Paddy Power tap into, giving their customers access to them. FanDuel was running in the UK before it couldn’t sustain itself and was pulled back. But now Paddy Power can offer the services, which is a great unique selling point for their customer base.
To take part in the action you can just go to the Fantasy section on the Paddy Power website. You then pick the contest that you want and build your dream team of NFL players. Then you can start your duelling against other players. It’s is not just NFL action that Paddy Power offer Fantasy action on. You will just need a regular Paddy Power account log in to get access.
The Fantasy sports at Paddy Paddy that you can play include NFL, soccer, NBA, NHL, MLB, tennis and golf. So there are different sports that you can play there and there are variations of contests as well. You don’t even have to wait for exhausting season-long competitions to be settled because you can have ones set for just a single day or a few days.
You just join a league against other players. Win the league and you will get their cash from the prize pool!
A Paddy Power punter placed a bet back on May 12th, the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season. The bet that had been played was a pretty optimistic 10 fold acca on the outcome of all ten Premier League games on the day.
It wasn’t until ten days later that the punter logged into their Paddy Power account to realise that they had scooped a whopping £117,485.16 from the wager.
There was some major foresight in the bet, which included a win for the relegated Cardiff away at Manchester United, a game the Bluebirds were heavy underdogs for. Cardiff got the final day success, their first win at Old Trafford since the 1950s.
The other key selections were Manchester City to win at Brighton to claim the premier League title, with Liverpool to beat Wolves at Anfield. The punter had correctly called wins for Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham.
Along with that, they had also predicted draws in Leicester v Chelsea, Southampton v Huddersfield and Spurs v Everton.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Like finding a winning lottery ticket down the back of the sofa, this punter hadn’t realised he was over £117,000 richer from an accumulator he had on the last day of the season.
“He predicted the result of every game, including a loss for United against Cardiff, which in hindsight could’ve been the most obvious of the lot – but didn’t find out until 10 days after the event!”
Customers in Paddy Power’s Rewards Club have the chance to bag some tickets to the final of Wimbledon this year. So there is an extra award on the horizon for the operator’s customers, a chance to get a bit of VIP treatment at SW19 this summer for the hottest tennis action in town.
Along with tickets to the Final, the bookmaker’s prize also includes two nights accommodation in London, new clothes to fit in with the swanky surroundings and there’s transportation to and from the All-England Club too.
Also tossed into the package is £1,000 spending money and a £1,000 free bet for the final.
Paddy Power’s rewards club is free to take part in, the only requirement is meeting weekly betting requirements to get in and stay in. Just make a minimum stake of £5 on sports per week to stay in the club. The Paddy Power rewards club returns up to a free £10 bet each week.
Through May 13th to June 17th, 2019 customers can qualify up to three times per week. In order to earn an entry you can do one of three things per week:
Sports: Place a min bet of £/€5+ between 00.01 on Monday and 23.59 on Sunday.
Slots: Wager a min of £/€25+ on any of our Slots (Games or Casino)between 00.01 on Monday and 23.59 on Sunday.
Retail: Earn 3 Paddy’s Reward Club stamps between 00.01 on Monday and 23.59 on Sunday.
Prize Package (for two)
Two nights accommodation
Tickets to the Wimbledon Final
Personalised tailoring experience
£/€1,000 free bet to stake on the final
£/€1,000 spending money
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.
There was a stunning win for a punter that needs to be told, in order to offer inspiration for bettors. The Paddy Power customer had placed a £10 deposit on her account ahead of the weekend and came out with a five-figure sum from it.
The woman, from Northern Ireland, had used half of her deposit on an accumulator covering the final day of the Premier League season. While that one didn’t pan out, the other £5 had gone to a horse racing each way fivefold.
That one paid out. Big. While Sunday saw a lot of upsets in the world of racing, the 25-year-old lady, placed her £2.50 EW fivefold bet (total stake £5) at 8.50am on Friday, May 10th and by 3 pm, she had pocketed a £53, 228.12 after backing winners at Market Rasen, Chester and Ascot.
The horses which had been backed were Sha La La La Lee (13.50, Chester), Final Song (14.00, Ascot), Forest Ranger (14.25, Chester), Kesia (14.35 Ascot) and the aptly named Safe Home (14.45, Market Rasen) who made sure the bet struck gold to the tune of £53,000.
The lucky punter admitted that horse racing wasn’t her thing “I wouldn’t know one end of a horse to the other, but I knew Ascot was on so I went from there and literally just picked the names of horses I was drawn to,” she explained last night.
“I didn’t know a thing until I went online this evening to see how they ran and saw my balance. I thought there had been a mistake so I logged out and logged back into my Paddy Power account again and saw it still there. I couldn’t believe it! I rang my Daddy. He couldn’t believe it either!” she laughed.
Paddy Power are launching another Finders Keeper cash giveaway on Wednesday. This is a popular little competition that they throw out there now and again and their customers don’t even have to do anything to be in line with a shot at winning.
In celebration of the US Masters 2019, they will be running a Live Show on Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, April 10th between 7-8pm. Taking part in the show will be TV star Owen Colgan and three lucky punters who had won a previous competition to attend.
At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 10th, the bookmaker will randomly place €/£5,000 into a random customers account.
The customer has five minutes to claim the free cash and if they don’t it will be withdrawn and relocated into a different account. Also if the money is not found within 5 minutes the prize sum will be increased by up to €/£10,000 until it is claimed, up to a maximum of €/£60,000.
The cash drop will run for one hour starting at 7 pm and ending at 8 pm.
So Paddy Power customers have to keep on checking their account with 5 minutes of the money being dropped. If it’s there, it must be claimed by withdrawing some or all of the funds or by placing a bet/playing with some of the cash.
Tiger Roll created history by making it back to back Grand National wins over the weekend, causing bookmakers a headache at the office. Paddy Power announced that one customer had defied odds of 3,175/1 to land a winner on Saturday at Aintree.
The punter had played Gordon Elliott’s super stayer as part of an exhilarating fivefold parlay. Six selections had been made combined into fivefold. Aux Ptits Soins kicked things off with an 11/1 success before If The Cap Fits grabbed the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle.
Tiger Roll had gone off as 7/2 favourite in the Grand National and he didn’t disappoint in his title defence. The bet rolled on and when Chief Justice collected a win in the bet at 7/1 odds in the final race of the day on the Aintree Card, the painter had had five wins.
The sixth selection Chosen Mate, a 9/1 fifth-placed finisher earlier in the day was the only one not to deliver. The payout would have gone through the roof if he had delivered a win. The winning punter still brought in a £3,811 return.