Paddy Power to take bets on FB Messenger

Bet messaging platform provider, Onionsack, has developed an industry-first chatbot for Facebook Messenger allowing players to place bets directly through the app, with Paddy Power the first bookmaker to go live with the new product.

Powered by the Onionsack SaaS messaging platform, customers are able to login to their betting account, check balances and place wagers using the Facebook Messenger app.

Once connected to the Paddy Power Facebook Messenger bot, customers can compose a message detailing the bet they wish to place, with Onionsack’s platform able to understand, and execute transactions expressed.

Customers can also receive personalized sporting updates through push notifications designed to provide a more tailored user experience.

Furthermore, Paddy Power’s entertaining videos, blogs and podcasts can also be viewed via the app at the click of a button.

Michael Healy, product director at Paddy Power, said: “We know our customers love mobile messaging apps so having a ChatBot on Facebook Messenger is the obvious first step into the ChatBot marketplace. We’re delighted to be the first bookmaker to market in such an exciting area.”

“Nearly all of Paddy Power’s customers are on Facebook, and now they can actually place a bet through the Facebook Messenger app with ease.

“Our customers will be able to request odds and receive push notifications tailored to their own betting interests, plus enjoy a daily serving of Paddy Power mischief and entertainment.”

Onionsack CEO Jonathan Power said: “With nearly the whole world connected to Facebook, the logical step is to allow customers to place a bet through the social media giant’s Messenger app.

“Our innovative transactional bot allows exactly that, providing punters with an even easier way of betting through instant messaging.

“We expect more bookmakers to launch their chatbots in the near future, as it provides a simple and more personalized way of betting.”