Royal Panda

  • Memorable and enthusiastic
  • Great for football and in-play

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It’s fair to say that Royal Panda possesses a fair amount more personality than your average online bookmaker. Even in an age of quirky social media advertising and welcome gimmicks, the Panda mascot and royal red branding on the website immediately stand out. The firm goes on to explain that the panda’s connotations of being ‘laidback, friendly, approachable and entertaining’ resonate with the company, and this ethos is evident throughout the website.

Yet another European betting organisation based in Malta, Royal Panda has been around since 2014, and in that time has started to make in-roads into the heavily saturated UK betting market. Proactively trying to raise their profile they have invested in high-profile sponsorships such as Queens Park Rangers. Perhaps even more important is what’s been going on behind the scenes, and the fact they were the subject of a reported €60m acquisition by LeoVegas, the Swedish gaming group with gambling interests throughout Europe.

Though just one of a number of European brands for LeoVegas, being under the ownership of such a big name within the international gambling scene now gives Royal Panda an edge compared to a host of newer betting companies that are either independently or under the ownership of a lesser known parent company. With the deal still being a fairly new one it remains to be seen how it will impact on Royal Panda’s fortunes going forwards, though their new owners have made it clear they wish to retain the brand independence and quirky personality that has been built up over the past four years.

Social media can often be one indicator of the growth of a company, though Royal Panda have less than 1,500 followers on Twitter at the time of writing, and that’s despite fairly frequent updates on odds, promotions and the day’s sport. Many of the tweets themselves have very few interactions on them and this is one area where they could improve, though including content on US sport, a market quickly growing among young British punters, could serve them well going forward especially if backed up by related content on-site.

Despite this, and though they are a relatively new company, Royal Panda is gradually becoming a recognised brand in Britain. If they continue to build the image and personality they have started to develop in the years since they launched, it would be no surprise to see this growth continue over the coming months and years. 

Pros & Cons of Royal Panda

Pros

  • Most sports are covered in-depth, especially football
  • Innovative multi-view in-play interface
  • A wide range of banking options with no fees

Cons

  • Interface can be tricky to navigate
  • Lack of thoroughbred horse racing markets
  • Promotions aren’t anything special

Key Reasons to Sign Up with Royal Panda

  • For punters who like international football, the range of leagues is almost unrivalled
  • The emphasis on in-play, including the multi-view interface which is an original addition
  • No fees for any deposits or withdrawals
  • Attractive (if not entirely practical) design and layout
  • Well integrated with the same company’s online casino 

Royal Panda Overall

Royal Panda is a betting website which feels more personable than others. It’s certainly far from perfect but feels like it puts its customers at the heart of what it does. That said, it’s not for everyone and especially within the British betting industry the lack of horse racing markets is a negative.

However, for football punters who focus on quantity rather than quality, it’s unlikely there’s a broader range of league covered by many other online bookmakers. Furthermore, the in-play offering (and not just in football but in other sports as well), is a fair way above average. The multi-view setting for in-play betting is particularly pleasing.

Much of what could be improved for Royal Panda is generally small but important tweaks. Making the website a bit easier to navigate, for example, or offering more generous bonuses for sportsbook users. In the few years since it started operating it has assembled the basic structure of a very high quality online bookmaker, but until it takes the next step forward there are some better options out there for most.  

Royal Panda User Interface

The colour scheme used on the website certainly stands out, with its bright red patterns combined with more modern emblems directing punters to different areas of the site. Interestingly, the sportsbook web address first brings users to an in-play betting opportunity straight off the bat, instead of a more traditional homepage. Instead this is available through switching to ‘Dashboard’ across the top navigation bar.

The sidebar down the left is typical enough in its layout (with different sports listed as dropdown menus), though the fact that it scrolls independently of the main page is a little confusing, as is the fact that every sport is categorised by country. This is relevant for football, for example, but less so for sports with international organisation such as tennis.

Once users have selected a league, they can scroll through the different fixtures and the headline prices for each game, and then select individual events for further odds while the list of fixtures remains on the left. This clutters up the screen slightly but does at least allow for more information on one page than in a traditional betting website layout.

Royal Panda Betting Markets

The number of sports covered is fairly comprehensive, but the really impressive range is the variety of football markets priced up. Not just focussing on domestic or European competitions, bets can be placed on matches taking place just about anywhere around the world. Among the other sports that are also covered in-depth are handball and MMA.

One disappointment, though perhaps not a massive surprise for a newer firm, is the absence of any thoroughbred horse racing markets available, even for the very biggest races. Slightly bizarrely, however, there is betting available for major trotting races.

Royal Panda Bonuses

In line with other online betting firms the website offers a welcome promotion, namely a £20 free bet. As usual, this comes with plenty of terms and conditions, including the user having to stake £20 or more for their first bet, and the resulting free bet not being available for multiples.

Away from this welcome offer it must be said that Royal Panda is a little bit thin on the ground when it comes to bonuses and promotions, with the focus largely being on casino games rather than the sportsbook. There is, however, the Loyal Panda loyalty scheme, which offers bonuses for frequent customers.

Royal Panda In-Play

The website’s dedication to in-play betting is obvious as soon as new users are directed immediately to a live event. From here they can switch either to the more traditional homepage view or even into alternative in-play interfaces. These include an innovative ‘multi-view’ function, where various fixtures, even from different sports, can be dragged into the same screen to allow for quick betting on different events.

The range of sports on offer for in-play betting is fairly standard, with football, tennis and basketball the main attractions, as on many other betting sites. Among the slightly more niche live events are baseball and volleyball.

Royal Panda Streaming

Live streaming is one area where Royal Panda falls behind its rivals. Though partially understandable due to much of the focus being on sports such as football and tennis (which are difficult to stream online from a rights perspective), users are left to their own initiative to find live pictures of the sports they’re betting on. That said, live animations are available on most in-play events which give some indication of how the action is unfolding.

Royal Panda Banking

Royal Panda accepts the main banking methods which are standard across the industry, such as Visa, Mastercard, Skrill and Neteller, as well as some lesser-known options (a full list is available on the website). Unlike some betting websites they pledge not to charge for any deposit or withdrawal methods, and minimum deposit is set at £10 for all methods.

Royal Panda Customer Satisfaction

The wide range of betting opportunities (both in the sportsbook as well as the connected casino) have been a source of praise for Royal Panda in the years since it has started operating and their own emphasis on customer satisfaction and making things easy for users is evident throughout the website.

Ironically, perhaps the main cause of concern for users in the past has been the methods of customer support. Though live chat, phone and email are all offered, this isn’t a 24/7 service and responses have been said to be slow in the past.

Royal Panda Mobile App

Royal Panda rely on a mobile optimised version of the desktop website as opposed to a specialised app, though this version of the site does remove a lot of its functionality. It also has a section for streamed fixtures (even though there are none available at present), so it’s possible this is an area the site is looking to expand in for mobile customers going forward.

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Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.

Our Opinions of Royal Panda

This quirky European bookmaker is easily recognizable by its enthusiastic panda mascot. It’s well suited for the football punter, but still needs to strengthen the depth of its betting markets and selection of sports.

  1. Personable and attractive interface, especially for in-play betting
  2. Strong in football markets, but lacking in other sports
  3. Average promotions and offers compared to other sportsbooks

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