Introduction of PremierPunt
Premier Punt is a unique daily fantasy sports site based out of Aberdeen, Scotland. The brand was first founded in 2013 and has become one of the most popular fantasy sports sites in the UK. What differentiates the site from many others in the market is the fact that the company holds a license from the UK Gambling Commission.
The company is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It specializes in only the most popular fantasy sport – football and has made quite an outstanding name for itself in the industry. As the site is focused on football (soccer) solely, hence, it hosts various football tournaments like The Premier League, the Champions League, and the English Championship. There is an option of live casino games as well which was introduced after their re-branding.
In 2016 and 2017, Premier Punt entered into an official partnership with the Southampton FC to provide the ultimate fantasy football experience in the form of games and competitions for fans of the Saints Foundation. Premier Punt has also launched an affiliate program with Income Access and Paysafe Group in 2019 to encourage their growth and optimize the use of technology. So far, the sponsorship with Southampton FC is the only one that Premier Punt has gotten involved in, but we do hope to see some more positive partnerships in the upcoming future.
In terms of security, Premier Punt has done a remarkable job to make its website as safe and secure as possible, protected from all kinds of attacks, threats, fraud or any illegal activities. They are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and abide by the rules and regulations of UKGC quite strictly. They use GoDaddy.com Inc.’s encryption servers to store and protect confidential data. IBAS is responsible for solving any disputes and KYC protocols are implemented to prevent money laundering as well.
This allows the site to hold specialised fantasy football sports contests alongside traditional sports bets. So, how does this clash of features add up? Here is our experience of the various betting features available on the site.
Premier Punt apps
Premier Punt developed its mobile application in 2017 in partnership with Offshore Custom Software Solutions and has now made the application available for both Android and iOS devices. The application is quite user-friendly and has a smart design that complements the gaming industry. The application is free for download and it is a straightforward process to install them on your mobile phones.
To download the application for iOS:
- Open up the Apple Store on your iOS device
- Search for Premier Punt mobile application in the search bar
- Click download and wait
- Once it installs, set up your account and start betting
To download the application for Android:
- Search for Premier Punt .apk file on your phone’s internet browser
- Open the link which has a .apk file for download
- Select the option – Download APK
- Ensure that your security and allowance settings are modified to “allow unknown sources”
- Open My Files > Downloads > premier punt .apk file and install
- Open the application, set your account up and start betting
The Premier Punt UK platform is very well designed, making use of a black and orange display which is appealing to even the fussiest player. The site itself has been optimised UI/UX interfaces, but runs smoothly on most desktops. During our experience, navigating from one page on the site to another could be completed with ease, with fast loading times and a clear interface to quickly find the markets that we were looking for. For a relatively new site, it runs very smoothly and was one of the best sites that we have used for a newcomer to the industry.
Sports Betting Market
The first thing that we noticed when logging onto the site was that the sports betting market was very different from other, more traditional sites such as William Hill. Rather than having a traditional sportsbook with various sports to choose from, PremierPunt was mostly focused on football betting. However, what made the site stand out from any other fantasy site that we have reviewed was the fact that we also had the chance to make money on real sports bets. The site was not solely dedicated to fantasy leagues, but is also an online bookmaker. We predict that the site will grow over time and as it does, it will begin to offer a wider range of sports to choose from.
As of currently, it offers 24 different sports including basketball, tennis as well as more niche sports such as Gaelic football and hurling- two sports which are commonly overlooked by many bookmakers. There are a number of different markets to choose from regarding each sport, however during our experience, these markets were very limited when it came to more niche sports.
The selling feature of the site was clearly football, with virtual contests now available for:
- The Premier League
- Champions League
- English Championship
We had the option to choose among a wide range of different contests. These included bets that lasted a single match, a whole day of matches or even a whole week if we were willing to wait. Daily and weekly games would involve every team playing during that day or particular week. During these events, we had the role of ‘manager’ in which we would draft a team of 11 players for our team. We had a virtual salary of £100 million which allowed us to buy any players with the budget and no more than 3 players from 1 club.
On the other hand, contests with a single match worked different and were known as 6 a side games. During the match, you would choose 6 players from the 2 teams involved with no salary caps. You pick whoever you want for your team although you cannot pick more than 1 star player, who would be clearly visible due to their golden star. In order to prepare for such contents, we could see a list of upcoming events from the top menu. On this menu we could find the matches covered by each contest, the number of entrants, buy in fee and the overall pot size.
Overall, it was clear that whilst the site did have options for sports betting, the main selling point was the fantasy football market. If you are someone who is into casual betting, this may not be the market for you. Instead, we would recommend FansBet, who offer their players with a wide range of different markets to choose from. If you are into a little betting, whilst enjoying fantasy football, this is certainly the site for you.
How to Place a Bet
Placing a bet on the site is very easy. Once you have set up your draft ream and submitted your line up, you will have a wide range of bet options that in our experience were tailored to our recent entries. This happened before each game and would allow us to bet based on the teams that had been drafted and the players in our lineups.
For example, if we entered a lineup for Crystal Palace and Southampton, Premier Punt saw that I had a Crystal Palace-heavy lineup. The wagers on option reflected that as I was given options to bet on Crystal Palace to win both halves. I also had Christian Benteke selected as my star player and was presented with two additional wagers that had been specially tailored to him.
The odds are about average when compared across a range of bookies, however it is important to remember that PremierPunt started out as the Premier Punt fantasy football betting site and therefore will not yet have odds that compare to sites such as Bet365.
The odds on some of the football markets are relatively slow to update and the payout rate is 90% which is lower than some of the other competitors in the market. As a result, you cannot make huge profits on the site which was a slight downside.
There is an option to place live bets on traditional markets, however this is mostly focused around football. Although the live betting market is available on iOS and Android, the market itself is not the best. Markets are limited to a few sports and the odds themselves were not comparable to larger betting sites. We hope that this feature is invested in for the future as it could significantly improve the overall PremierPunt experience.
Live Streaming features
At the moment, there are no live streaming services available on the site. It is possible that such a feature will be implemented in the future, however, as of currently we are unsure as to whether or not it will be. For great live streaming features, we would recommend William Hill. On the William Hill site, you will have thousands of live streaming options to choose from, all of which are completely free of charge as long as you have a positive balance in your account.