PowerPlay Sports Review
One of the newest sportsbooks around, PowerPlay was launched in October 2018 and in a very short space of time, they’ve been rapidly building their customer base. It’s a big positive for Canadian sports bettors to have access to a new provider so it’s time we checked them out.
What we found here was a site that was particularly generous in terms of offers and promotions. For that reason alone, many punters will want to take a closer look at PowerPlay but, as we’ll now see, there are plenty of other benefits to this platform.
Is PowerPlay Legal in Canada?
When you log on to the PowerPlay sports website it’s clear that North America is their target market. Sports such as football and ice hockey are a main focal point and it’s easy to locate your bets for related events.
With such a primary focus, it’s obvious that this operator is opening its doors to Canadian customers so, in short, it is perfectly legal to play here if you are located in Canada.
It should be remembered that all offers and bonuses are subject to change but we can be certain that PowerPlay are among the most generous bookmakers around. At the time of writing in November 2019, the operator kicks things off by listing a matched bet offer which can be worth up to $100.00 in total.
To qualify, sign up and make a deposit before placing two opening bets at qualifying odds. These will be matched up to $50 each making that total of $100.00 as an upper limit. Check all terms and conditions to make sure you are happy before going ahead but this is an impressive way to start your PowerPlay sports journey.
The current list of available promotions at PowerPlay is extensive and there’s simply too many to cover here in full. To summarise, a refer a friend scheme is in place which can earn you a quick $20 but it’s the ‘Powerplay’ offers that really add value here.
These are a host of deals aimed at specific sports and can include promos where a $2.00 free bet is issued each time a home run lands in the Sunday night MLB matches. $10.00 free bets are also issued in the tennis and basketball markets along with a host of extra bonuses, most of which focus on the more popular North American sports such as basketball and ice hockey.
The best way to keep up to date with all the latest deals is to head to the PowerPlay sportsbook and read all about the current promotions. As mentioned, these may well be subject to change but rest assured that this is going to be one of the most generous sportsbooks online when it comes to adding that extra value.
When it comes to seeking out a new bookmaker we’re all looking for certain qualities. Choice and value are important but these will need to be backed up by a solid infrastructure. Having a website that is easy to navigate around and is simple in regards to finding bets and markets is vital so how does PowerPlay match up?
The most important quality within this section is the ability to find our preferred sports quickly and easily. Powerplay’s options are listed on the top left of the homepage – where you would expect them to be – and they start with the most popular sports. If you can’t find what you’re looking for immediately, there is a full A to Z list available a little further down.
It’s also easy to switch to other areas of the site so, if you want to bet in play, or you’d like to switch over to the casino, it’s very simple to do so.
In summary, if you’ve ever played at any betting site then you’ll be comfortable with the way that PowerPlay operate. All the information – including support, details of licensing and payment options – are prominently displayed and it’s very easy to navigate your way around.
PowerPlay offer a number of ways in which to get in touch and to get things started, you will need to click on the Support button at the top right of the home page. At first glance, this appears to only provide a list of Frequently Asked Questions but there are more options.
If you do decide to stay with the FAQs, they are comprehensive and are laid out in a logical manner so the answers to all basic queries should be here. If, however, you look to the right of the page, there are plenty of alternatives.
PowerPlay do provide a live chat but it’s not open 24 hours. If you are online during normal working hours, then you should be able to access it but it’s important to note that this service is not available throughout the day.
The list continues with a local telephone number while further help can be provided via email, Facebook or WhatsApp. It’s a comprehensive list and many who need to contact the help facilities have found them to be fast and effective.
We touched on the issue of choice earlier and that element needs to be matched by a wide range of sports and a good set of markets for each event. We’ve already mentioned that PowerPlay sports have a strong focus on North American games and that is evident in the following list:
Australian Rules Football, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Gaelic Sports, Golf, Handball, Hockey, MMA, Motorsport, Pool, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball.
That’s a good list although many readers will spot some obvious absences. There’s no horse racing or greyhounds and while lacrosse is more of a niche, it will be missed by some Canadian punters.
There are some politics markets and other novelty bets but there are no eSports at present and that could be another big miss in what is a growing sector. In short, it’s a good cross-section of sports that will suit most players but it could be built upon in the months that follow.
A number of sportsbooks who list a big set of offers do so at the expense of competitive, everyday odds but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Of course, it is a little early for PowerPlay to be appearing on any of the main odds comparison sites so you may want to check a few options to identify value for yourself.
We had a look at a small cross section of markets, mainly in the core sports of football and tennis and we found that the prices are sharp and they shouldn’t prove to be out of step with the rest of the industry.
In Play Options
If you like to bet on the live markets then you should be able to find a good home at PowerPlay sports. Like all good sportsbooks with a North American focus, they have a separate section of the website to accommodate this so just click on sports betting and click on the tab marked ‘Bet Live’.
There’s a good set of options, many of which fall into the core sports of football, ice hockey, tennis and NFL. Obviously these will get busier when there is a big schedule of games on but no matter what time of the day it happens to be, you should be able to find a good choice of live betting options with Powerplay.
Mobile Betting and App
PowerPlay sports have an excellent mobile version of their website and if you’re out and about, playing on the go, you shouldn’t experience any loss of functionality. It’s quick to load and you should still be able to find all of your favourite sporting markets in an instant.
One issue with the site is the absence of an app as we head into the end of 2019. At that point in time, PowerPlay had only been online for just over a year so hopefully this situation will change in the very near future.
Casino, Poker and Bingo
At the start of their online journey, PowerPlay have also set up a casino arm which can be accessed through the main website. It comes with a generous welcome deal worth $200.00 and it also carries its own set of ongoing offers and promotions.
Roulette, Blackjack and other card games are the main focus here while you can also access a whole host of slot machines. PowerPlay also have a live casino room if you want a great experience that comes close to playing at the tables in Vegas. At present, there is no separate poker or bingo room but that situation has the potential to change in the future.