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Bet £5 Get £20
T&Cs Apply, 18+
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.
Bet £5, £20 in Free Bets
T&Cs Apply, 18+
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.
Bet £10 Get £30
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – 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
Bet £10 Get £30
T&Cs Apply, 18+
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.
Bet £10 Get £30 & 30 Spins
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Deposit (some eWallets not eligible) and bet £10+ in the sportsbok at single or cumlative odds of evens (2.0)+ to get a £30 free bet token within 48 hours of bet settlement valid for one week. Also get 30 spins for selected casino games (1p/line all lines), 3 days to accept and then expire after 7 days, al winnings cash. New UK + Ireland customers, additional T&Cs apply.
Up To £100 in Bet Credits
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Open Account Offer. For new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £5 Get £40
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C’s Apply, 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Bet £20 Get £40
T&Cs Apply, 18+
18+ New customers who deposit (minimum £10) and bet £20+ at 2/5 (1.4)+ odds (excluding horse racing) will recive 2 x £10 free bet tokens (one pre-event and one in-play). Expires after 7 days, use at 2/5+, cash winnings, stake not returned. Also get a £20 casino bonus, 35x wagering required in 30 days. Visit Unibet for all T&C’s.
£30 Matched Free Bet
T&Cs Apply, 18+
18+ New customers from the UK and Ireland can claim a 100% mached free bet equal to their first deposit up to £30. Use credit, debit card or PayPal to qualify, deposit £10+ and bet through this amount at 3/4 (1.75)+ to release the free token, expires after 7 days, see Betway for more terms.
£35 Welcome Free Bets
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New UK & NI Customers. 18+. Stake from £5 to £25 on any Sportsbook market for the first time, at odds of evens (2.0) or greater and get a matched Free Bet within 24 hours of settlement, 7-day expiry. Stake £10 on any Totepool bet for the first time and receive £10 back in cash within 24 hours of settlement. E-Wallet and Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required.
Bet £10 Get £10
UK mainland new customers can get a £10 matched free bet token (valid 30 days) if they deposit (restrictions apply) and bet £10+ within 14 days at 4/5 (1.8)+ minimum odds. See ComeOn for all terms.
£20 Exchange Free Bet
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only, bet up to €/£20 on the Exchange and if your first bet loses, we’ll refund you €/£20 in Cash. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.

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Free Bets Explained

freeFree bets are currently the most popular types of welcome offer that you can find with different online bookmakers. When bookies talks about giving you a ‘free bet’ what is normally meant is that you’ll get a token added to your account that you’ll be able to use on a sportsbook market or event. If they say that you’ll get £30 for free if you bet £10, for example, then normally that £30 is added as a single token that can only be used for one bet.  Sometimes the amount may be subdivided into several free bets, e.g. 3 x £10 tokens.  Winnings from free bets are usually awarded as withdrawable cash, although free bet stakes themselves are not returned.

How To Claim

Most free bets are awarded when you place your first qualifying bet, this will usually have minimum odds attached, around 1/2 (1.50) generally.  You place your qualifying bets on what you like usually so long as the cumulative odds are higher than the minimum.  Some free bets are awarded when you make your first deposit, although you may need to bet the deposit amount first for the free bet to be activated.  Alternatively you may need to bet the deposit before you are allowed to withdraw any free bet winnings, which is fair enough.

Risk Free Bets

Some bookmakers promise a ‘risk free’ bet. What this typically means is that you place a bet with cash that you’ve added to your account and if the bet loses then you’ll get a free bet token of the same value as you stake added to your account. If you win the bet placed with your free bet token, you will again get to keep the cash winnings but the stake itself will not be returned.

Minimum Odds

Things that you need to look out for when it comes to the free bet tokens themselves include the minimum odds required to take advantage of the offer. Obviously bookies don’t want to just give everyone free money, so they normally require you to place your bet on an event that isn’t a certain winner, although these minimums are still very low, usually not more than 1/2+ or evens+.

Turnover Requirements

Rarely you may also have to ‘rollover’ your free bet winnings several times before you can withdraw your winnings. This simply means that you place a bet the free bet amount several times over to convert from promo to real cash.  This offer is the worst type of free bet as you don’t get to keep the free bet stake itself but you still need to rollover the funds.  In general if you have a choice go for a free bet deal that awards cash winnings immediately or go for a bonus where you will need to rollover but at least you get to keep the stake.

Maximum Winnings

Free bet winnings may be capped, this however should be a high limit and should be at least four figures, i.e. £1000+.  On occasion some free bets have maximum odds caps too, this is is effect a winnings cap by a different name, the lowest max odds I’ve seen is 10/1.

Time Limits

Free bets don’t last forever. It’s quite common for bookies to say that there is a seven day expiry date on their free bet tokens, for example. Fail to use it within that time and it will disappear from your account as if it never existed.  Always check as validity times can vary from 24 hours to unlimited.

Bonuses Explained

bonusThe whole point of this site is to tell you about different bonuses that you can get from reputable licenced bookmakers. A bonus is normally something like “Deposit £10 and get £10 free”. These bonuses work in a very similar way to the free bets I’ve just told you about. They vary from bookie to bookie, of course, but the overall rules of how bonuses work stay the same.

There are any number of different bonuses that you’ll be able to take advantage of if you’re a new customer. That’s because online bookmaker want to entice you in and convince you to place your bets with them, so it makes sense to offer you an incentive.  A bonus let’s you split your free funds into several bets if you prefer, unlike a free bet token, which gives you a greater opportunity to try the betting site out to see if you like them.

Bonus Types

Most bonuses match you first deposit up to a certain value, another way of thinking about this is a 100% bonus.  Other bonuses give you a fixed percentage of your first deposit, 50%, 200%, etc.  Obviously bigger sounds better but this isn’t always true as bonuses come with further wagering requirements and it is a balance between getting the biggest percentage, largest amount of cash and favorable wagering terms.

Wagering Requirements

Much like with free bets, bonuses often need to be rolled over before you can withdraw, this is also often termed the wagering requirement.  This means you must bet the bonus amount several times over to convert the bonus, and bonus winnings, from real to withdrawable cash.

A good bonus rollover will be less than 10x the bonus amount.  Be careful as some offers state the rollover as the bonus amount and others as the deposit + bonus amount, obviously in the case of the latter you will need to factor in the deposit amount to get the real rollover, e.g. for a matched bonus 10x the bonus rollover would be the same as 5x deposit + bonus.

As an example, if the bonus offer was ‘Deposit £10 Get £10 Free’ with a rollover amount of 6x the bonus, you’d need to bet £60 (£10 x 5) before you’d be able to withdraw your winnings.  If it was 6x deposit + bonus this would require you to bet £120 (£20 x 6).

Minimum Odds

Minimum odds usually apply, again these tend to be low at around 1/2+ and not more than evens+.  This means the bets you place to rollover your deposit must have odds, or cumulative odds, greater than the minimum amount.

Withdrawing Your Bonus

If you attempt to withdraw your deposit amount before meeting the wagering requirement of your bonus it will often mean you will forfeit your bonus.  Remember this when deciding what bonus to take and also what bets to place.  For example if you place a bet that doesn’t settle for 3 weeks let’s say then you will have to wait at least that long before you can withdraw the deposit, bonus and winnings.

Expiry Times

Finally most, but not all, bonuses have expiry times in which you must meet the wagering requirements.  This means you will need to place bets that settle in sufficient time.  Bonus expiries tend to be longer on average than free bets with most set at around 30 days and some of the better ones at 90 days.

Free Bet or Bonus, Which is Better?

Free Bet Pros and Cons

Free Bet ProsFree Bet Cons
Usually cash winningsStake not returned
Typically no rollover of winningsToken(s) must be used in one go
Usually shorter expiry (average 7 days)Less wagering terms compared to bonus
Lower number of bets requiredLess opportunity to try out the betting site
Often no minimum oddsMaximum odds / winnings can apply
Most free bets can be used on any marketsCannot be used with/on other offers
Sports only, cannot be used in casinoMay need to play through deposit before free bet activated or withdrawals allowed
Quicker returnsGenerally lower amounts
Easier to manageLess flexibly

Bonus Pros and Cons

Bonus ProsBonus Cons
Stake returned with winningsRollover required to convert to cash
Bonus can be split into several wagersMinimum odds usually apply
Longer expiry times (30+ days usually)More betting required for rollover
Better opportunity to try out the bookmakerIf bonus expires you will lose it + winnings
Bonus can often be used on more bet types, not just singlesBonus winning caps can apply
Splitting the bonus up mitigates riskCan not often be used in connection with other offers
Can sometimes be used in casino tooDeposit & withdrawals often locked until bonus terms met
Slower returnsGenerally higher amounts
Requires more pre-planningMore flexible