Free Bets and Bookie Welcome Bonuses
Claiming free bets or welcome bonuses from bookmakers can be a great way to skew the betting odds in your favour and to reduce your risk. Here we have a list of some of the best free bets available online, including our choice of the Top 10 Free Bets!
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.
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.
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|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 UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. 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+ Eligible new customers only. Min deposit £10. First single wager of min odds 1/1 will be matched with a free bet up to 50% or max £50. Free bet for mobile use only.Excludes Horse Racing. Skrill/Neteller deposits do not qualify. T&Cs apply www.begambleaware.org|
|888sport - New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 (£20 e/w) placed on any sports markets - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.|
|BetVictor - New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. See BetVictor site for T&C's. 18+|begambleaware.org|
|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 - Only available to new customers from UK & Northern Ireland. You must stake £10 or more at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Free bet balance of £30 credited within 48 hours of your first bet being settled. Free Bets expire after 7 days. Offer not available to customers registering on 14/04/2018. E-Wallet restrictions apply. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.|
|Unibet - New customers only. Minimum deposit £10. Free bets credited, regardless of first bet outcome (win/loss), once £20+ qualifying sportsbook bet has been placed. Free bet available for use on any market. Horse racing is excluded from offer. Cashed out bets will cancel the offer. First qualifying bet only. Free bet offer will expire after 30 days. £20 Casino bonus credited next working day from first deposit and has 35x wagering requirement. 18+. UKresidents only. T&Cs Apply. Begambleaware.org.|
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.
Latest Free Bets, Offers and Bonuses
BetVictor Free Bet Offer: Bet £5, Get £30 Welcome Offer. Details of the new welcome bonus at BetVictor with £30 in freebies for just a £5 bet!
Check out Betfair’s NEW £100 Free Bets Offer: Earn 5 x £20 Free Bets at Betfair Sportsbook!
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:
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.