The best aspect of betting online rather than in shops is the sheer number of promotions and offers available for existing customers. Lower overheads and bigger customer bases mean that betting sites can afford to run many more insurance, loyalty money back and free bet offers and with high competition online a huge amount of value is passed on to the punter.
How do you decide whether to take acca insurance or an accumulator bonus? How do you pick between joining a free bet club or a loyalty scheme? Or how do you choose which money back deals to take? With so many offers around it can be difficult to compare deals to work out which ones are best for the way that you bet. On this page we have a series of guides to the most popular and best value promotions available from UK online bookmakers.
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Free Bets and Rewards For Existing Customers
Although on the face of it many free bet and bonus offers look very similar they can have very different requirements to claim them properly. On our frequently asked questions page we look at the key points that you need to be aware of when claiming and using offers. By understanding some of the main terms and restrictions you can avoid missing out on offers and at the same time hopefully get better value from them.
They tell you that you can't get anything for nothing these days but given the number of free games and jackpots that bookies now run I'm not sure how true that is. Of course the hope from the betting sites is you will play the free games and go on to bet, but the point is you don't have to. Free games are available for football, racing and other sports can can win you cash prizes just for guessing the right answers. See our page for a list of the best free jackpots & games.
There are now so many bookmakers online how do you decide who to bet with. Well if you are a loyal customer and you want to feel valued for that loyalty you should take advantage of a free bet club. These fantastic retention offers give you up to 40% back each week as a free bet just for placing your bets in the same place. There are lots to choose from too.
Casino loyalty points are ten a penny but when it comes to sports betting they are hard to find. It is bizarre that more online bookmakers don't reward loyalty punters in this way but fortunately there are a few really good betting sites that do. If you just want to bet safe in the knowledge that you are always getting something back then read our page for the best loyalty programs.
Bonuses are more popular than ever and are generally suited to those people who have a lot of confidence in their multiple bets. Many prefer bonuses to insurance with an added buzz when you win rather than a consolation when you lose. Most bonuses pay in cash with high limits of over £5,000 and the best up to £100,000. Bonuses can also be found on sports other than football.
Accumulator insurance is possibly the most common betting promotion offering you your money back if one leg lets you down in a multiple bet. It can be difficult to compare which insurance is best for you with so many differences in the sports and markets covered, minimum number of selections and odds and refund amounts. Read our guide to find the best acca insurance offer for you.
Best Price and Odds Offers
Price boosts and enhanced odds can be confusing, many are restricted to new customers and once you've it them the rewards dry up. Read our price boost page to find the bookies that regularly boost prices for all customers and for all sports events. Many push top prices by over 25% so betting with the right site can significantly increase your bet returns.
We all talk about shopping around for the best odds but in reality many of us don't bother and just place our bets with our usual bookie. Some really good betting sites have price promises however for top level racing, football and accumulators. If you bet with these bookmakers you can be sure you are getting the top odds without any hassle.
Horse and Greyhound Racing Offers
The most common offer for horse racing is the money back promotion and customers who bet regularly on racing and use these deals can reduce loses over time if you were going to bet on racing anyway. Almost all UK & Irish races will have some sort of money back deal associated with them so it makes sense to take advantage.
If you are a fan of a Lucky 15, Lucky 31 or Lucky 63 then check out our Lucky bonuses page as some bookmakers give you extra rewards for placing these bets. Get offers such as extra winnings if you get just one correct right up to a 100% for an all correct Lucky. Alternatively if you don't have a clue what a Lucky bet or full cover bet is we explain that too.
There are some really amazing free bets and bonuses available these days for those who bet on horse and dog racing, especially racing live on ITV or Sky. If you bet on top live racing you could be saving yourself a packet or boosting your winnings by using the right offers at the right time. See our free bets fow winners page for the best value racing bonuses for racing.
With the majority of bookies in the UK now offering best price guarantees on at least UK and Irish racing it is easy to think it the same wherever you bet. This is unfortunately not true and bookmakers terms do vary. On our best prices page we show you some of the better value BOG deals and discuss the common conditions to be aware of with the offer.
Even the best horses and jockeys fall during the National Hunt jump racing season in the UK and Ireland. Some fences can be over 8 feet high with ditches and other obscacles, so it is no wonder around 1 in 20 horses fall. If you bet often on jump racing you should really be using faller insurance to mitigate any loses with up to £25 back in most races.
There are now quite a few very good racing bookmakers who will refund your stake if your horse places second by a distance of a head or length (or sometimes a nose). These deals are available for most major UK and Irish flat race meetings, with some offers available year round and include jump racing. Refunds are usually up to £25 and over a season can really add up.
Football betting accounts for over half of wagered placed in the UK and therefore it is no surprise at all that the sport attracts the biggest and best offers around. If you bet on footy on a regular basis there is some serious value to be found if you are willing to shop around to find promotions that can enhance winnings with free bets and bonuses or reduce loses with insurance.
Tennis is only behind football and racing when it comes to betting popularity, which is surprising in some ways as there are more popular sports for people to watch. The key with tennis is matches are thick and fast and pretty much year round and the nature of tournaments and games means you can place bets that last weeks or just seconds. This is great for offers and bookie value tennis punters and so you can pretty much always find added value.