Free Bets and Bookie Welcome Bonuses
Free bets are a great way to make money and here we have a list of some of the best free bets available online, including our choice of the Top 10 Free Bets to be found anywhere!
We explain the different types of free bets the bookies offer, look at why bookmakers offer free bets and other promotions and explain some of the best ways to use free bets. Also check out our Free Bet Clubs article for details of how to get free bets EVERY week (18+, T&Cs Apply)!
Top 10 Free Bets & New Customers Bonuses**Free Bets & Bonuses carry terms and conditions including wagering requirements. See each betting site for full details. Gamble Responsibly.
|Bookie||Free Bet Info||Click to Claim|
|Betfair - New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. 18+, T&Cs apply.|
|Ladbrokes - 18+. New customers only. Promo code 'F50' required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.|
|Coral - 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.|
|LeoVegas - 18+ New Customers Only. Min deposit £10. Max stake £5. 18+, T&C's Apply. www.begambleaware.org|
|888sport - New customer offer. Promo code 30f. Sign up and bet £10 or more at min odds 1/2. Get £30 in free bets. 18+. T&Cs apply.|
|BetVictor - Deposit and Bet £10 to receive £30 in Free Sports Bets and £10 in Free Casino Bonus. Qualifying bet must be placed at odds of 2.0 or greater. Deposit and bet of £10 required within 7 days of opening new account, 18+ T&C apply.|
|William Hill - New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days. 18+. T&Cs apply.|
|RaceBets - New customers only. Minimum deposit £/€10 – must play through once. 100% Maximum bonus £/€50 on first deposit only. 5x wagering at minimum odds of 1/2(1.5). Must be completed within 45 days of registering. T&Cs apply. 18+|
|Betfred - New customer offer. Sign up and bet £10+ at odds of evens+. You'll get £30 in free bets. 18+. T&Cs apply.|
|Unibet - New customer offer. Sign up and bet up to £30. If bet loses, get a refund as a free bet (3x rollover). 18+. T&Cs apply.|
Types of Free Bets
Free Bets – Different Types of Free Bet Offers
Free bets come in various shapes and sizes and some are a lot better than others. Clearly all free bets, welcomes bonuses or betting offers come with a whole range of terms and conditions that apply to them. These will include that they are only available to new customers (i.e. those who haven’t already opened a betting account with that bookie) and that customers must be aged 18+. Note that all the bookies we feature on this site are regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.
Here we explain everything you need to know about the different free bets and welcome bonuses offered by the best online bookmakers:
Latest Free Bet Offers and Info
Get not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 £10 freebies at BetVictor when you join and bet just £10!
These are often the best type of free bet offered by bookmakers online. It means that when you place the free bet, if you win you also get the free bet stake back with your winnings.
Read more details about stake returned free bets.
The opposite of the above, with these free bets you do not get the free bet amount back with any winnings from your bet, so a £25 stake not returned free bet which wins at evens (2.00 in decimal odds) will return £25 not £50.
Read more details about stake not returned free bets.
Top Free Bets and Welcome Offers at a Glance
Free Bets Explained: Things to Look Out for with Free Bets
All free bets were not created equally and many factors affect how good a particular betting offer is. Probably the most important is what you need to do to get the free bet. Is the free bet added automatically when you make a deposit or only if you lose your first bet (as with no lose free bets above)? Is the free bet amount a 100% match of your deposit or is it only 50% or is it 200% or even higher?
Can the free bet be used to bet on anything or only certain sports? To qualify for the free bet do you have to place a bet first and if so are there minimum odds? Quite often bookmakers will only give you the free bet if your first bet is higher than a specific odds level whilst some even require that the qualifying bet is a double or treble. Restrictions on how the free bet is used, in terms of minimum odds, are usually less strict but it’s always a good idea to check the terms and conditions carefully.
With stake returned free bets you are usually required to complete wagering before you can withdraw the winnings. This is usually referred to as a wagering requirement or rollover. So, if you bet £10 at evens and get £20 you can’t (usually) just withdraw the money. The wagering is often in relation to either the bonus amount or the deposit and the bonus. For example if you deposit and bet £10 to get a £10 free bet and the wagering is six times the deposit plus bonus you would have to wager £20 six times – so £120 before you could withdraw any money from your account.
In addition there are also time limits to note. Many free bets will require that your deposit and qualifying wager are made within so many days or registering, whilst free bets themselves are often only valid for a certain time, often seven or 30 days. Similarly, for betting offers that have a wagering requirement you may have a time limit in which to complete it.
It’s important to remember though that none of these terms are designed to be tricks or to catch you out so as long as you make sure you have a quick read and then stick to them you won’t have any problems claiming your free bets and making a profit from them.
Why do Bookmakers Offer Free Bets?
Bookmakers offer free bets in the same way that supermarkets have loss leaders (products they actually lose money on) – to get people through the “door”. Free bets and other bookie offers are enticements to try and persuade you to try their product. If everyone only used the free bets the chances are the bookies would lose money as a free bet puts the odds in your favour, not theirs.
However, the best online bookies are confident that their offering will be good enough to keep enough players betting with them to cover the cost of the free bets. In that sense it’s just marketing and many bookmakers do actually allocate the cost of free bets to marketing.
Whether you decide to stay and play is entirely up to you. If you like to have the odd bet then the freebies are just a nice little extra. If you’re in this to make money then take the free bet and move on to the next bookmaker, and read on for our tips on how to use free bets to make money.
Using Free Bets to Make Money
There are many different ways to use free bets to make money but in actual fact they are all variations on the same theme. The free bet puts the odds in your favour and gives you a great chance to make money. Using free bets only, in the long term you will win, no matter what you do and here we look at some of the best methods of using free bets to make money, some of which are risk free and others which offer a higher reward.