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Free Bets and Betting 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!

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 Free Bets

£100 in Free Bets

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. T&Cs apply.
Ladbrokes Free Bets

£50 Free Bet

Ladbrokes - New customer offer. Sign up with Promo Code F50. Min odds 1/2. Up to £50 as matched free bet. Free bets valid for 4 days. T&Cs apply.
Coral Free Bets Offer

Bet £5, Get £20

Coral - New customer offer. Sign up and bet £5 or more at min odds 1/2. Get 4x £5 free bets. 18+. T&Cs apply.
LeoVegas New Customer Welcome Offer

2x 100% Profit Boosts

LeoVegas - 18+ New Customers Only. Min deposit £10. Max stake £5. See Full T&C's Below. www.begambleaware.org
888sport Treble the Odds Betting Offer

Bet £10, Get £30

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 Free Bets

Bet £10, Get £40

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 Free Bets

Bet £10, Get £30

William Hill - New customer offer. Promo code C30. Sign up and bet £10 or more at min odds 1/2. Get 3x £10 free bets. 18+. T&Cs apply.
RaceBets Free Bets

£50 Free Bet

RaceBets - New customer offer. Sign up and bet £10 or more at min odds 1/2. Get match of up to £50 in bonus cash that must be rolled over 5 times. 18+. T&Cs apply.
Betfred Free Bets

Bet £10, Get £30

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 Free Bets

£30 Risk Free Bet

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

  • 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 at a Glance

    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £20
    • Style of bonus – 400% match of first bet (£5 bet required)
    • Minimum Odds – 1/2 (1.50 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – None required
    • Time limit – Qualifying bet must be placed within 14 days, free bet bet valid for four days
    • Stake Returned? – Stake not returned
    • Other – Occasional enhanced odds offers as alternatives to standard bet £5, get £20 free bet offer
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £40 (£30 free bet, £10 casino bonus)
    • Style of bonus – Join, opt in, bet £10 and get a 400% matched bonus – £10 sports free bet, £10 in-play free bet, £10 accumulator free bet, £10 casino bonus
    • Minimum Odds – Evens (2.00 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – You must wager the sports bonus once before withdrawing any winnings; casino bonus has 40 times wagering requirement
    • Time limit – Qualifying bet must be placed within seven days of opening your account, sports free bets valid for 7 days, casino bonus valid for 3 days
    • Stake Returned? – Stake not returned
    • Other – US Horse Racing bets do not qualify
  • 888sport Bet 10 Get 30 Offer 125x125
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – Bet £10, Get £30 
    • Style of bonus – 300% matched bonus
    • Minimum Odds – 1/2 (1.50 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – None
    • Time limit – Qualifying bet must be placed within 90 days of joining and must be settled within one calendar year of placement; free bets expire 7 days after being issued
    • Stake Returned? – Not applicable
    • Other – Bonus paid as £30 in free bets
  • Ladbrokes £50 Free Bet
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £50
    • Style of bonus – 100% match of first bet (£5 to £50)
    • Minimum Odds – 1/2 (1.50 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – None required
    • Time limit – Free bet must be used within 7 days of being issued
    • Stake Returned? – Stake not returned
    • Other – Use promo code F50 when opening your betting account
  • Betfair £100 in Free Bets Offer
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £100
    • Style of bonus – 5x £20 free bets (5x £10 qualifying for each £20 free bet)
    • Minimum Odds – 1/2 (1.50 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – None required
    • Time limit – Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening your account, Free bets valid for 30 days from date of issue
    • Stake Returned? – Stake not returned
    • Other – Use promotional code ZBBC01 when joining 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. T&Cs apply.
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £50
    • Style of bonus – 100% match of first bet (up to max £50)
    • Minimum Odds – 1/2 (1.50 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – You must wager your bonus amount five times before withdrawing any winnings
    • Time limit – Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening your account, free bet bet valid for 90 days
    • Stake Returned? – Stake returned
    • Other – Minimum initial deposit of £10 to qualify
  • William Hill Free Bets
    • Free Bet/Bonus Amount – £30
    • Style of bonus – Sign up and bet £10 and get three £10 free bets
    • Minimum Odds – 1/5 (1.20 in decimal)
    • Rollover? – None required
    • Time limit – Free bets valid for 30 days from issue
    • Stake Returned? – Stake not returned
    • Other – Use promo code C30

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.

  • This is a risk free method of using free bets to make money and involves using a betting exchange to lay the bet. Say you bet on Liverpool to win, you would also lay the bet, that is to say bet AGAINST Liverpool at the exchange. This way your result whatever happens is the same and because you are using a free bet you will make a profit overall.

  • As said, whatever you do with your free bet, assuming you only use the free bet and then move to another bookie offer, you should make money. Think of it like flipping a pound coin and the winner keeps the coin. If you get a free pound for flipping the first coin then overall you will win. If you win with your first (paid for toss, the equivalent of a qualifying bet) then you will either be £1 up if you lose the second toss the free bet) or £2 up if you win again. If you lose first and lose again, you are just £1 down as the second toss was free, but if you win you are level.

    So, the four possible outcomes are £2 up, £1 up, level or £1 down. Averaged out you would expect a 50p profit across the four outcomes. Thus, no matter what you do, using free bets you should make a profit. Even if you stick a needle in the list of horses, over time and enough free bets you’ll make money!

  • There are various different methods you can use, either by laying just the free bet or just the qualifier and also using high odds for one or low odds or a mixture. If you want to have fun AND make money then simply betting with the free bets and other similar bookmaker offers and promotions is the way to go. Alternatively, if you want a guaranteed, risk free profit from betting then matched betting may be best for you.

Details of promotions and bonuses and betting odds quoted are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. 18+ Gamble Responsibly.