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Best Free Bets & Betting Offers in the UK July 2024

Online betting sites offer incentives to both new and existing customers. This page breaks down the best current bonuses at leading betting sites and explains what you should look for to get the most out of promotions.

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NI excluded. New cust only. 7 days to opt in by placing a £10 qualifying bet at 1/1 (2.0) odds or greater to receive 6x Free Bets: 3 x £10 horse racing, 1 x £10 Bet Builder, 1 x £10 Acca and 1 x £10 football. 7 day expiry. Exclusions apply. Stake not returned. T&Cs apply.18+ GambleAware.org

18+ New customers only. Bet £10+ on pre-match accas with 4+ legs, min odds 3/1 (4.0) within 14 days of sign-up. Get 4x £5 Free Bets and 50 Free Spins, valid for 7 days on selected bets and games only. Restrictions and T&Cs apply. GambleAware.org

Full T&Cs apply. New UK customers only. The qualifying bet should be either a Single or Acca (2+ selections) bet, start at £10, have 1.9 or greater odds and must be settled within 7 days of sign-up. 5 Free bets which must be placed with a min odds of 2 include: 1 x £10 Free bet on any Pre-match Football game (single); 1 x £10 Free Bet for Horse Racing (single); 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 2 selections) Bet on any sport; 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 3 selections) Bet on any sport; 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 4 selections) Bet on any sport. Max payout – £500. 7 day expiry. To unlock the offer, complete the first deposit via the banking app (Open banking). 18+. GambleAware.com

T&Cs: 18+ New Customers Only. Opt in and bet £10 (odds 2.00+) within 3 days of sign up. No cash-out. Get 3x£10 Free Bets for set markets (odds 2.0+) which expire in 5 days. Cards and Apple Pay payments only. Scroll down for T&Cs. GambleAware.org | Please gamble responsibly

New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. £40 in FREE Bets (FB) as £30 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min Deposit £10. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7-day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Account & Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. 18+. T&Cs apply. T&Cs Apply

New cust only. 7 days to opt in by placing a £10 qualifying bet at 4/5 (1.8) odds or greater to receive 3x Free Bets: 1 x £10 Football Free Bet, 2 x £10 Free Bet Builder. 7 day expiry. Exclusions apply. Stake not returned. T&Cs apply. 18+ BeGambleAware.org

New UK customers only. Min £10 first deposit using Debit Card or Bank Transfer. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5 and get £10 upon settlement. Further £10 Multiple token will be credited after 24 hours and a further £5 Horse Racing Multiple token and a £5 Football Bet Builder token will be credited after 48 hours. Full T&Cs apply.18+. BeGambleAware.org.

New Customers only Bet £10* & Get £30* in Free Bets. Sign up, deposit between £5* & £10* to your account & bet365 will give you three times that value in Free Bets when you place qualifying bets to the same value & they are settled. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits. Min odds/bet & payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.

New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. 5p minimum stake. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 3 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes no included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. Free bets expire after 30 days. Eligibility restrictions and further T&Cs apply. 18+. gambleaware.org

New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on Football on odds of min 1.5 (1/2), get £50 in Free Bet Builders after the qualifying bet has been settled. Rewards valid for 90 days. Only deposits via cards & Apple Pay will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

New customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on Sportsbook on odds of min EVS (2.0), get £50 in Free Bet Builders, Accumulators or multiples to use on any sport. Rewards valid for 30 days. Only deposits via cards or Apple Pay will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

If your first bet is a Treble or Up on Any Sport (minimum 3 selections) AK Bets will boost the profit gained on that initial bet by 25% in the form of a Free Bet up to a value of £100. Applies to new customers who sign up to AK BETS with the promo code AKACCA100. 18+ GambleAware.org.

New customers only. Register with SUMMER50. Deposit £10+ and place first bet £10+ at Evens (2.0)+ on Sports within 7 days to get 3 x £10 in Sports Free Bets & 2 x £10 in Acca Free Bets within 10 hours of settlement. 7-day expiry. Eligibility & payment exclusions apply. Full T&Cs apply. 18+ only. gambleaware.org

New customers only, aged 18+. Min deposit £10. Place a £50 bet on any sport at at odds of Evens (2.0) or greater to qualify for three free bets on settlement: £10 on Football, £10 on Greyhounds and £5 on Virtual Sports, plus 10 Free Spins on Reel King. Free Bet & Spins expire in 7 days. Additional T&Cs apply. Please bet responsibly.

*New members only. £10 min bet on sportsbook (ex. virtuals) at 1.5 min odds, placed & settled in 14 days of sign-up. Win part E/W bets. Free Bets: accept in 7 days, valid 7 days on sportsbook only. Stake not returned. T&Cs apply. Click here for full T&Cs.

†1st single cash specials bet on the Selected EURO 2024 matches. Min odds EVS. Free Bet: accept via pop-up within 24 hours of qual, use in 7 days on Specials only. Stakes not returned. Click here for full T&Cs. Bet Responsibly. GambleAware.org 18+

T&Cs: 18+ New customers only. Opt in & bet £10+ via mobile on any sports at 2.00+ odds within 7 days. No Cash out. Get 3x £10 Free Bets on selected markets. Free bets expire in 7 days. Card payments & Apple Pay only. T&Cs apply. GambleAware.org | Please gamble responsibly (edited)

Only new customers residing in the UK who are at least 18 years old and who register for an account with us will qualify for this offer. To be eligible for this welcome offer you must enter code welcome25afs when you sign up.To qualify for this offer, on the first day you have a sportsbook bet with us, you need to place at least 3 bets of £10 or more on separate events. If your account has net losses on the sportsbook at the end of your first day’s sportsbook betting (23:59:59), we’ll refund 50% of these as a free bet up to £25. Only bets settled by this time on your first day betting will count towards the offer. gambleaware.org 18+

New Customers Only. Sign up using Bonus Code: GET30. To qualify for free bets, the new user must place and settle £30 on Matchbook Exchange markets only. The user must bet on at least 4 different events to qualify. T’s and C’s Apply. Be Gamble Aware. 18+

*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of the E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from acceptance (ex E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for full T&Cs. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org. 18+

New customers & 18+ only. Min. deposit of £10. Qualifying real money bet £10. Awarded as a £30 Surprise Bet. Min odds greater than or equal to 1.5 required. E/W bets excluded. Additional T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org.

18+ only. Register a new online account with Betgoodwin. Must have a minimum of 3 bets of £10 or more on separate events at odds of evens (2.0) or bigger on first day. First day losses equals all settled stakes less all returns. The day finishes at 23:59 on day of registration. Free bets must be used in their entirety and stakes are deducted from returns. Free bets non withdrawable Free bets to be credited within 24 hours. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other Betgoodwin promotion. If your free bet is subsequently voided it will be replaced within 24 hours. Cashed out bets do not count towards this offer. This offer is limited to a free bet award per person/household/IP address. Betgoodwin reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this offer only once the full duration of the promotion has been completed. Full Terms and Conditions apply.

T&Cs: 18+ New Customers Only. Opt in and bet £10 on football (odds 2.00+) within 7 days. No cash-out. Get 4x£5 Free Bets for set markets and a £10 Slot Bonus for Big Bass Splash, 30x wagering, to withdraw max £250. Rewards expire in 20 days. Selected payment methods only. Click for T&Cs. GambleAware.org | Please gamble responsibly

18+ New UK+ROI Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 5x £5 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.

18+ New UK+IRE Customers. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bet. Free bet available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply

New customers only. Min £10 deposit and bet on odds 1/1 or greater. Deposits via PayPal, Neteller, Paysafe, Skrill or Skrill 1-Tap will not be eligible for any free bet offer. Extra bet and bonus spins issued within 24 hours of qualifying bet being settled. Extra bet valid for 14 days, stake not returned. Bonus spins valid for 24 hours, selected games only. 18+ T&Cs apply.

Join and place a £10 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. Once the bet is settled, get a £10 free fixed odds bet, a £5 free Total Goals football spread bet, a £5 racing Winning Favourites spread bet and a £1 racing Race Index spread bet. The second £10 free fixed odds bet, £5 free Total Goals football spread bet, and £5 racing Winning Favourites spread bet will be credited 24 hours later. 18+ only. Full Terms & Conditions apply.

Deposit and bet on any sportsbook markets of your choice at odds of evens (2.00) or greater. Get 50% back of your first days losses as a Free Bet up to £35 plus 10 Free Spins. Min. 3 bets required. If your account is up, you’ll receive a £5 Free Bet regardless. 18+ T&Cs Apply. Always Gamble Responsibly.

New UK/IE customers only. Sign up and place your first sports bet at odds of Evens (2.0) or greater and if it loses, get a free bet equivalent to 50% of your first bet stake (min £10), to a maximum value of £25, plus 25 free spins on Gold Horsey Winner. Full T&Cs apply. 18+ | GambleAware.org

This offer is valid to new sports customers only. This promotion is valid until 31/12/2023 22:59 GMT. This promotion is valid once for players who have opted in before placing their first bet. If a player’s first bet loses, a £5 Free Bet will be assigned to their account. The minimum bet to qualify is £5. The maximum Free Bet amount from this promotion is £5. The maximum win from a Free Bet is capped at £100. If bets are void then no reward will be given and your initial bet amount will be refunded. 18+ only. Terms & conditions apply.

18+ gambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C’s.

This promotion is available to all new customers who are 18 years or over. Start from 00:01 on 14/06/2024. To participate in the activity, your settled wager must be a qualifying bet. A “Qualifying Bet” refers to a settled real money single or multiple bet of £10.00 or more placed at odds of 1/1 (2.0) or greater. Only bets placed in the Euro 2024 are counted. New customers will receive a 150% deposit bonus on their first deposit. The minimum deposit to qualify for this promotion is £/€50. gambleaware.org

New customers. Max £10. 100% Odds Boost token. Keep it fun – set your deposit limit. T&Cs apply. 18+ only. GambleAware.org

New customers online only. Eligibility restrictions apply. Only valid with code B10G50 on registration. £/€10 min qualifying bet at 1/1 (2.0) odds or greater across sports or racing (if EW then min £10 Win + £/€10 Place). Receive £/€20 Tote Credit, £/€20 Free Sports Bet and 50 Free Spins on Big Bass Bonanza within 48 hours of qualifying bet settlement. 7-day expiry on free bets & Tote Credit. Your first bet will be your qualifying bet. One per customer. UK & ROI customers only. 18+. Full T&Cs apply. Gambleaware.org.

Place a qualifying £10 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. A first free £10 fixed odds bet will be credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet. The second free £10 fixed odds bets will be added to your account on the following day. Free bets must be claimed within 28 days of opening. Free bet stake not included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply. 18+ gambleaware.org.

New bettors; Code SPORT; Wager deposit & bonus 8x; Max qualifying bet stake=initial bonus; Valid 60 days; Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply; T&C apply; 18+

*New customers only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Min Deposit: £10. 1 x £10 must be wagered at odds of 1.75+ to unlock £10 Free Bet on qualification. Additional free bet from £2 to £20 awarded on eligibility on 14th June. Debit Card deposits only (exclusions apply). Free bet will expire 7 days after the 1st deposit. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way Full Terms apply

New customers only. Min £10 deposit and bet on odds 1/1 or greater. Deposits via PayPal, Neteller, Paysafe, Skrill or Skrill 1-Tap will not be eligible for any free bet offer. Extra bet and bonus spins issued within 24 hours of qualifying bet being settled. Extra bet valid for 14 days, stake not returned. Bonus spins valid for 24 hours, selected games only. 18+ T&Cs apply.

18+ New UK customers only. Promo code: BONUS10. Min deposit & single bet £30. Evens (2.0) or above. Bet must be placed same day as deposit. £5 Free bet added after qualifying bet settlement, £5 in Free Spins within 48 hrs. Full T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New UK customers only. Minimum odds 3/1 (4.00). Customers will qualify for the Free Bet once their first £5 qualifying Bet Builder on Sports has been placed and then settled on the account. Customers must place a qualifying bet within 30 days of registration and for the bet to settle within this period to receive the Free Bet automatically. One Welcome Offer will be applied per customer, per household, per IP Address. Deposit methods NETELLER, PayPal and Skrill are not eligible for this promotion.

Cashback is cash without restrictions. Full T&c’s apply. No Max Cashout. Gambling can be addictive. Play responsibly. T&C’s apply. 18+

NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. MAX ONE £10 FREE BETS. QUALIFYING BETS MUST BE PLACED AT ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. PAID AS BONUS TOKEN WITH MIN 4/5 ODDS REQ. SKRILL, NETELLER & PAYPAL NOT ELIGIBLE T&CS APPLY. 18+

New Players Only. Min £10 qualifying bets, stake not returned. Free bet – one-time stake of £30, min odds 1.5, stake not returned. 1X wager the winnings. Wager from real balance first. Wager calculated on bonus bets only. Max conversion: £200. Valid for 7 Days from issue. Withdrawal requests voids all active/pending bonuses. Excluded Skrill deposits. Full Terms apply. gambleaware.org #ad

18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.

This promotion is for new customers only. Customers must be 18+.Customers must residents of the UK/IE. Sign Up using the promo code b25g10fb and make a minimum deposit of £25. Place a minimum £25 bet on any selection with minimum odds of evens (2.0) and receive a £10 free bet upon bet settlement. gambleaware.org 18+

This promotion is for new customers only. Sign up using the promo code bet20get10 and make a minimum deposit of £20. Place a minimum £20 cash bet at odds of Evens (2.0) or greater and receive a £10 Free Bet. Free bet stakes are not included in returns. The promotional period starts on 00:01 Friday 09/05/2023 and runs until further notice. Customers must be 18+. Customers must be residents of the UK/IE

. 18+ GambleAware.org. Full T&Cs apply.

This Week’s Best Free Bet Offer – Bet365 bet £10 Get £30

For an outlay of just £10, you can get your hands on no less than £30 in free bets when you join Bet365, making this one of the most impressive new customer offers on the market right now. Here’s how we’re placing our bets at Euro 2024 this week, with a little bit of England bias.

Selection Stake Odds & Returns
Michael Smith vs Rob Cross – Michael Smith to win match & most 180s £10 qualifying bet £10 returns £20 at odds of 4/1 (free bet stake not returned
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Fabio Fognini – Tsitsipas to win first set 7-6 £10 free bet £10 returns £60 at odds of 6/1 (free bet stake not returned)
New Zealand vs Fiji – New Zealand to win by 31-35 points £10 free bet £10 returns £70 at odds of 7/1 (free bet stake not returned)

18+ only. New Customers only. Bet £10* & Get £30* in Free Bets. Sign up, deposit between £5* and £10* to your account and bet365 will give you five times that value in Free Bets when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. Registration required. BeGambleAware.org. *or currency equivalent.

Key Sports Events to Use Your Free Bets This Week

Looking for some inspiration for using the best free bet offers on? Read on to see this week’s key sports events.

Darts World Matchplay

The Winter Gardens in Blackpool hosts the second most prestigious event in the PDC calendar: The World Matchplay. Defending champion Nathan Aspinall is already out, as is darts golden boy Luke Littler, meaning the field is wide open. World champion Luke Humphries is still going strong as he seeks to win his first-ever Matchplay title.

ATP Hamburg European Open

Some of the best players in male tennis have descended upon Germany for the Hamburg European Open. The likes of Holger Rune, Sebastian Baez and defending champion Alexander Zverev will battle it out for the title.

Rugby Union Tier 1 internationals

Some of the very best Rugby Union nations go head-to-head in summer friendlies, including clashes such as New Zealand vs Fiji, Uruguay vs Argentina and Japan vs Italy.

The Best Free Bet Offers – Top 20

# Bookmaker Free Bet Offer Claim Free Bet Offer Offer Terms
1 BetMGM Bet £10, get £60 In Free Bets Claim Here
NI excluded. New cust only. 7 days to opt in by placing a £10 qualifying bet at 1/1 (2.0) odds or greater to receive 6x Free Bets: 1 x £10 horse racing, 2 x £10 Bet Builder, 2 x £10 Acca and 1 x £10 football. 7 day expiry. Exclusions apply. Stake not returned. 18+. GambleAware.org.
2 Midnite Bet £10, get £20 In Free Bets Claim Here
Must bet £10 in total on accas with 4+ legs, min odds 3/1 (4.0). £20 credited as 4x £5 Free Bets, valid for 7 days on selected bets only. Restrictions apply
3 Copybet Bet £10, get £50 In Free Bets Claim Here
Full T&Cs apply. New UK customers only. The qualifying bet should be either a Single or Acca (2+ selections) bet, start at £10, have 1.9 or greater odds and must be settled within 7 days of sign-up. 5 Free bets which must be placed with a min odds of 2 include: 1 x £10 Free bet on any Pre-match Football game (single); 1 x £10 Free Bet for Horse Racing (single); 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 2 selections) Bet on any sport; 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 3 selections) Bet on any sport; 1 x £10 Free Bet for Acca (min 4 selections) Bet on any sport. Max payout – £500. 7 day expiry. To unlock the offer, complete the first deposit via the banking app (Open banking). 18+. GambleAware.com
4 Sky Bet Bet 5p, get £30 in Free Bets Claim Here
 First Single & E/W Bet Only. 5P Minimum Stake. Odds of 1/1 or Greater. 3 X £10 Bet Tokens. Free Bet Stakes Not Included in Returns. Free Bets Exclude Virtuals. Free Bets Are Non Withdrawable. Free Bets Expire After 30 Days. Eligibility Restrictions apply
5 Bet365 Bet £10, get £30 In Free Bets Claim Here
Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits apply.
6 SBK Bet £10, get £30 In Free Bets Claim Here
Min £10 first deposit using Debit Card. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5 to get £30 in Free Bets. For new Ireland and Malta customers only. Place a bet of €10 at min odds of 1.5 to get €40 in Free Bets. Free bets are credited upon settlement of qualifying bets. Distribution of Free Bets may vary depending on territory.
7 Bet Victor Bet £10, get £40 In Free Bets Claim Here
Opt in, bet £10  on any football market at min 1/1 odds. No cash out. Get £40 in Free Bets on selected events. Free Bets expire in 7 days.
8 Rhino Bet £25, get £10 in Free Bets Claim Here
Customers must be residents of the UK/IE. Sign Up using the promo code ‘b25g10fb’ and make a minimum deposit of £25. Place a minimum £25 bet on any selection with minimum odds of evens (2) and receive a £10 free bet upon bet settlement.
9 Betfred Bet £10, get £40 in Free Bets Claim Here
Register using the promo code WELCOME40, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets and £10 in Free Spins (50x20p) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Free Bet stakes are not included in any returns. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.
10 Planet Sport Bet Bet £10, get £10 in Free Bets Claim Here
New UK/IE customers only. Sign up using the promo code ‘bet10get10’ and make a minimum deposit of £10. Place a minimum £10 bet on any selection with minimum odds of evens (2) and receive a £10 Free Bet.
11 Boylesports Bet £10, get £35 in Free Bets Claim Here
18+. New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. £35 in FREE Bets (FB) as £25 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min Deposit £10. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7-day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Account & Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Applies to bets placed on 1 Goal Ahead market. Get paid out as a winner if your team takes the lead, even if they draw or lose. 90 mins only. Applies to Singles & Multiples. Account & payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
12 Parimatch Bet £10, get £40 in Free Bets Claim Here
Opt in and bet £10 on football (odds 2.00+) within 7 days. No cash-out. Get 3x£10 Free Bets for set markets and a £10 Slot Bonus for Big Bass Splash, 30x wagering, to withdraw max £250. Rewards expire in 10 days. Offer valid from 14:00 UK time on 11/01/2024. Card payments only.
13 Lottoland Money Back as a Free Bet up to £5 Claim Here
 This promotion is valid once for players who have opted in before placing their first bet. If a player’s first bet loses, a £5 Free Bet will be assigned to their account. The minimum bet to qualify is £5. The maximum Free Bet amount from this promotion is £5. The maximum win from a Free Bet is capped at £100. If bets are void then no reward will be given and your initial bet amount will be refunded.
14 TalkSport Bet Get up to £40 in Free Bets Claim Here
 Opt in & bet via mobile up to £40 (min. £20) on any football market at odds of 2.00+, in 7 days. Get up to £40 in free bets on selected markets. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments & Apple Pay only.
15 Dragon Bet Bet £15, get £10 in Free Bets Claim Here
New UK customers only, sign up with bet15get10 promo code,18+, min deposit £15, min first bet of £15 on sportsbook market with min odds of 2.00+, bonus expires in 7 days.
16 Bet Goodwin 50% Back as a free bet Claim Here
Register a new online account with Betgoodwin. Must have a minimum of 3 bets of £10 or more on separate events at odds of evens (2.0) or bigger on first day. First day losses equals all settled stakes less all returns. The day finishes at 23:59 on day of registration. Free bets must be used in their entirety and stakes are deducted from returns
17 Betgrouse Bet £15, get £10 in Free Bets Claim Here
Max One £10 Free Bet. Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater. Paid as bonus token with Min 4/5 (1.80) Odds Req. Skrill, Neteller & PayPal not eligible.
18 Quinnbet Free Bet up to £35 Claim Here
To activate your Sportsbook 50% Back as a Free Bet up to £35 plus 10 Free Spins, simply deposit and bet on any Sportsbook markets of your choice today (horse racing, football, tennis, darts etc) at minimum odds of evens (2.00) or greater. 4. At least 3 bets (on different selections) must be placed to qualify for 50% back, 2 of which must be 50% in value of the largest bet you place.
19 Star Sports Best Odds guaranteed on UK horses Claim Here
 Best odds guaranteed offer applies to bets placed online only, on UK & Irish on both Horse & Greyhound racing (includes singles & multiples), on bets placed from 09:00 UK Time on the day of race, on race winner markets only.
20 Hey Spin Sport Bet £15, get £10 in Free Bets Claim Here
New Players only. Max. Free Bet Token amount: £10.Minimum Deposit: £15. Minimum wagering on Sport to activate the Free Bet Token: £15
All offers 18+. BeGambleAware.org. New customers only, T&Cs apply, Stake not returned.

Advantages of Bookies Sign-Up Offers

New customer welcome bonuses give players an early boost on their account, usually by crediting a free bet. In most instances, free bets can be used on any sports market, so they are versatile and eliminate any risk of playing with a real money stake when used. Another of the significant advantages of the best betting sign-up offers is that they are easy to find and generally straightforward to complete.

Disadvantages of Bookies Sign-Up Offers

On the other hand, there are restrictions on new customer betting offers. Only specific payment methods may qualify for an offer, plus market, stake and odds restrictions creep into the picture. 

The credited free bets also have expiration dates, typically seven days, meaning you will lose them if you don’t use them. Some bookmaker sign-up offers also require a welcome bonus code, which can often be overlooked.

Types of Free Bet Offers & How They Work

Online betting sites offer free bets to attract customers. 

Once signed up, punters are likely to bet more on the sportsbook than the value of any free bets given out in a welcome bonus offer.

Offers for existing customers are a way to keep players engaged on the site, as retaining customers is a lot cheaper for a business than acquisition is. 

There are many different types of bookie sign-up offers – here is a look at some of the main formats:

Bet & Get

One of the best betting sign-up offers is the bet-and-get format, which is also the most common. It involves placing a bet and receiving a set amount of free bets (usually of higher potential return value than the initial stake). An example is a £10 stake to claim £30 in free bets. 

Money-Back Specials

Money Back Specials are a twist on the traditional bet-and-get format. In this case, you only receive free bet bonuses if your qualifying bet settles as a loss. So, in a deal that offers up to £20 back in free bets, by placing a £10 wager that loses, you receive £10 in free bets back. 

If it’s a £50 bet, you only get £20 back, as that’s what the bonus is capped at. The flip side of money-back specials is that if the qualifying bet wins, you claim the winnings as usual and don’t get a bonus. 

Cashback On Losses

Another type of free bet bonus is the cashback on losses. This offer typically returns a percentage of your first bet if it loses up to a certain limit. For instance, you might get 50% back if your first bet loses, up to £30 in free bets. So, if you place a £10 losing stake, you’ll receive a £5 free bet. Another variation of this offer is a percentage back as free bets on your first day’s losses as an account holder, which can be a great way to recover some of your losses. 

How Many Free Bets Can I Claim?

Free bet sign up offers with bookmakers are usually a one time deal, meaning you’ll only be able to claim the initial deal when you first sign up. 

Bookmakers know the importance of keeping existing customers happy though and frequently will award you free bets, or other bonuses, periodically. It’s always worth signing up for their promotion emails and keeping an eye on your account for details of bonuses, especially in the build up, and during big sporting events.

Another important thing to consider is that you can only sign up to each bookmaker once, so you won’t be able to collect multiple bonuses. You can, of course, sign up to multiple different bookmakers, though, widening your choice of bonuses, markets, and odds. 

Can Free Bets Be Split Across Multiple Wagers?

 

Some free bets allow their value to be separated into smaller stakes. However, finding that a free bet’s value must be used in full in one bet is more common. If you have a £10 free bet to strike an £8 wager, the other £2 is voided.

Additional Types of Betting Offers

Along with bookie sign-up offers, there are other types of betting bonuses that existing players can pick up, including:

Enhanced Odds

Daily odds boosts offer a chance to claim better-than-market prices on a selection. This can be a boosted price on a market selection or preset bets like doubles or trebles with enhanced odds. The benefit is that they are simple bets with no extra T&Cs.

Acca Boost

An accumulator boost adds extra winnings on a sliding scale, meaning that the more legs in the winning bet, the larger the percentage of the win bonus. An example is a 5% boost on a threefold or a 50% win boost on a ninefold wager. 

Acca Insurance

Insurance on an accumulator means the total stake will be refunded if the wager loses by a single leg. So, a refund would be credited as cash or a free bet for a fivefold acca that is let down by the final selection. 

Acca & Loyalty Clubs

Loyalty clubs are a common way to get free bets. Sometimes, these are bet-specific clubs – like an acca club – while for other free bet clubs, all sports bets (requiring a stake and odds minimum per qualifying bet) will count towards the loyalty bonus. As this type of bonus runs every week, it can be used repeatedly. 

Early Payout

Early payout features let punters settle their bets early if a certain scenario plays out, like in the Bet365 2 Goals Ahead offer. A pre-match bet on select markets will be settled early if the team backed to win opens a two-goal lead at any point. 

Bet Builder Boosts & Insurance

Bet Builders have become a common feature in sportsbooks, allowing punters to create custom same-game accumulators. Promotions for them include enhanced odds on pre-built bet builders, plus boosts and insurance.

Are Free Bets Risk-Free?

The premise of a risk-free bet is that you will be compensated in some way for a loss of stake. However, because a player has to put real money into the account first and make the qualifying bet with that cash, there is risk involved. If the bet loses, that initial stake is gone. 

While you may get reimbursed with a free bet, this is not the same as real cash as it cannot be withdrawn unless it is used to place a successful wager. 

Key Factors to Consider When Selecting a Bookmaker Offer?

On the surface, most online sports betting sites offer the same products. But look under the bonnet, and you’ll see that there’s much to distinguish one bookmaker offer from another. Let’s take a look at some of these.

Reputation

The operator’s reputation is the first thing to look for when considering a bookmaker welcome bonus. Are they a licensed and regulated sportsbook? Established, safe platforms – such as those recommended here at Squawka – are the only sites you should be using.

Welcome Bonus Value

What is the value of the actual bonus? If there is a maximum of £25 back from a 50% cashback on a first bet loss, that means to get its value, you would need to risk £50. The value has to be assessed against the amount of stake required to activate it.

Wagering Requirements

Though they are almost always included in online casino offers, it’s unusual to find wagering requirements on a sports betting bonus. These require you to play through the value of your bonus a certain number of times before withdrawing.

Complicated T&Cs

No one wants to read pages of T&Cs to understand a bonus. The key terms and conditions of a bonus should be clear and concise. The simpler the T&Cs, the more user-friendly and less restrictive the bonus will likely be. 

Payment Restrictions

Welcome bonus offers typically have initial deposit payment restrictions, such as being limited to debit cards or bank transfers. However, there’s more flexibility regarding offers for existing customers.

Odds Requirements

Qualifying bets for bonus offers usually have minimum odds requirements. The minimum odds threshold is typically around the even money mark or shorter at 1/2 for single bets. The shorter the minimum odds threshold, the more room you have to work with when placing the qualifying bet.

Volume of Bonuses

Do the bonuses for existing customers match your betting preferences? If you see an abundance of horse racing promos but few offers for your preferred football betting, there may be better platforms. 

User Reviews

Actual user reviews can pinpoint both the positives and negatives of a particular bonus, including things getting credited and the experience of how easy it was to withdraw winnings.

Cash Out

Cash out bets are typically excluded from qualifying bet offers. However, they’re a great tool for covering your sports betting markets. Some bookmakers apply them to more markets and sports than others. Also, look for the type of cash-out, including partial and automated. 

Responsible Gambling

All licensed betting sites in the UK have to provide responsible gambling support. This includes tools like self-exclusion, time-outs, and deposit limits that can be set for an account if you feel at risk of gambling sliding out of control.

Customer Service 

Customer service plays a significant role in selecting a bookmaker offer. If you run into any issues, you want good, responsive support. Check for customer support hours and whether telephone support and 24/7 live chat are options. 

How To Claim Free Bets & Betting Offers As a New Customer

To receive any bonus offer, you must complete the sign-up process first. While the order in which you enter information will vary between platforms, there are common steps to follow.

Select a Bookmaker

Look through a list of bookmaker offers and find the ones that interest you. Visit the sportsbook to start registration, either from a promotional splash screen or simply by finding the sign-up button on the page.

Register

Registration at an online betting site is straightforward. You just need to enter personal information such as your date of birth, address, email, and phone number, which is needed for verification.

Verification

Once registration is complete, betting can begin immediately. However, due to Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, the bookmaker will likely contact you for documented proof of ID and address.

Promo Code

Not all bookmaker offers require a promo code. However, some may require a code to be entered when you make the initial deposit or during the initial registration, so it’s important to double-check. 

Make an Initial Deposit

Fund the account, paying attention to any deposit restrictions. Many welcome bonuses, in particular, do not accept Skrill and Neteller as qualifying options, and it’s typically best to stick to debit cards. Also, check the minimum deposit amount to qualify for an offer, usually around £10.

Place a Bet

Depending on the terms, strike a bet on a qualifying market at the stipulated minimum odds or greater. Wait for the bet to settle, then free bet credits will be added to your account. 

Bookies Betting Offers Terms & Conditions

All betting offers have terms and conditions varying depending on the bonus. Here are some of the standard terms to watch out for. 

Eligible Customers

Players must be at least 18 years old and from the United Kingdom to legally gamble online. Geographical restrictions are a big part of registration and bonuses, and they can be different for Irish players, for example.

Deposit Minimums

A deposit minimum means the smallest payment that you make on the account to qualify for the bonus. 

Payment Restrictions

Certain payment methods, most commonly digital wallets, are not eligible for a bonus. Bank transfers and debit card options are the safest and most widely accepted deposit methods.

Market Restrictions

The qualifying bet may have to be used on a particular market. This is common for Money Back Special bonuses and daily price boosts, where the bonus may be linked to the World Cup winner market or Grand National betting. 

Bet Exclusions

There could be exclusions on certain types of bets, commonly Virtuals and things like System Bets. 

Minimum Odds

A qualifying bet also has to be played at minimum odds. The bet will not qualify for the bonus if the minimum odds are not met. 

Eligibility Period

Most welcome bonus offers must be claimed within a seven-day or 14-day period from the day of registration, and the qualifying bet must be settled within this period.

Maximum Payout

Free bet bonuses are capped at a certain amount. If the maximum payout is £50 in free bets, that is as much as you can get back from the offer, even if more is staked. There will also be a win payout limit from the free bets, such as a £500 maximum payout on winnings.

Free Bet Expiration 

In most instances, free bets stick around in your account for only a short time. It’s common to see them expire seven days after receiving them, but some promotions have longer periods. The free bets may also be subject to odds minimums. 

Can You Withdraw Your Free Bets?

No. Free bets are not withdrawable and can only be converted into cash value if they are successfully wagered. They can only be used as a stake, and the value of a free bet is not returned with any winnings. 

What Happens if You Lose a Free Bet?

If a bet placed with a free bet is settled as a loss, it’s treated like any regular bet, and the losing stake (free bet) will be gone. 

Best Football Betting Offers

Betway £30 Matched Free Bet

If your first accumulator at Betway loses, you will get £30 in free bets. Qualifying bets can only be placed on football or horse racing multiples of at least three selections with odds of 2/1 (3.00) or greater. Also, receive 100 Free Spins on Gold Blitz in the Betway Casino.

Betfred Double Delight & Hattrick Heaven

Place a pre-match single wager on the Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven First Goalscorer market for a selected game at Betfred. If the bet is successful and the first goalscorer selection scores again, get double the original odds or treble if the first goalscorer nets a hat trick. An in-play version of the Betfred offer is also available.

Bet365 Two Goals Ahead

At Bet365, place a pre-match wager on the full-time results of selected competitions. If the backed team opens up a two-goal lead at any point of the game, your bet will be settled as a winner, regardless of the final result.

Paddy Power Super Sub

For selected leagues and competitions, if the player you have backed in an eligible market gets substituted, the active bet will roll over onto the player that replaces them. If the super sub wins a qualifying bet for you, your bet is settled as a win. 

BetVictor Football Welcome Offer

The BetVictor football welcome offer is bet £10, get £40 returns, and it offers a high value of free bets. Place a  £10 stake at minimum odds of Evens (2.0) on any football market within seven days of opening the account. Once the bet is settled, you’ll receive four £10 bets on different football markets.

Best Horse Racing Betting Offers

BoyleSports Racing Money Back Special

Get money back as a free bet if your racing selection is the runner-up to the SP favourite in selected races or at selected meetings at BoyleSports.

Unibet Racing Welcome Offer

The Unibet Racing welcome offer credits two £10 free bets for new UK customers only. Make a minimum £20 deposit with a debit card and bet that value on horse racing. In return, get a bonus regardless of whether the qualifying bet wins or loses. 

BetVictor Racing Offer

Opt into the BetVictor Bet £10 Get £20 racing welcome bonus and settle a racing bet of at least evens (2.0) odds in the first seven days. You’ll receive £20 in free bets on different horse racing betting markets.

Best Rugby Betting Offers

Coral Get £20 Free Bet

New customers at Coral can collect £20 in free bets for placing a qualifying £5 bet on sports. Minimum odds of 1/2 are required, and the qualifying £5 stake can be cumulative from different bets. The free bet bonus can be used on any sports market, including rugby. 

Betfred Rugby Early Payout

Get paid out early at Betfred if your team goes ahead by 14 points at any match stage. The promotion applies to singles and multiples, and the bet will be settled as a win, regardless of the match result.

CopyBet Get £50 In Free Bets

With the CopyBet welcome bonus, you can claim up to £50 in free bets. Place a single or accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum odds of 1.9, and you’ll receive five £10 free bets in return. 

Best Cricket Betting Offers

Sky Bet £30 In Free Bets

The Sky Bet welcome offer credits of £20 in free bets. That can be from the minimum of just a 5p qualifying wager. Receive four £5 free bets, which can be used on cricket and any other sport.

50% Cashback Offer at Betgoodwin

The Betgoodwin cashback offer credits 50% of your first day’s losses back, up to £25. Place at least three bets of £10, and 50% of any losses accumulated at the end of the day of registration will be credited back to you. 

10Bet 100% Acca Boost

Existing customers at 10bet can get a 100% boost on a winning accumulator. Create a wager of at least three selections on any sport, league and competition. Winnings will be boosted by up to 100%, depending on the number of selections.

Best Tennis Betting Offers

Bet365 Tennis Acca Boost

Get a win boost on a successful tennis acca at Bet365. Create a multi of at least two selections on the To Win Match, First Set Winner and Set Betting and if the wager is successful, claim a bonus payout on top of your profit.

Paddy Power Acca Insurance

Create an acca of at least five legs at Paddy Power from any sport, including cricket. If your bet loses by just one leg, you will get the lost stake refunded as a free bet, up to the maximum of £50.

Virgin Bet Get £20 in Free Bets

Register a new account with Virgin Bet and place a bet of at least £10 on any sport at a minimum of 1/2 (1.5) odds. You will receive two £10 free bet tokens, valid for seven days to use on any sport, excluding multiples and each-way bets.

Which Bookmakers Have ‘Free Bet Clubs’?

Bookmakers in the United Kingdom offer a range of free bet clubs, each with unique selling points. Free bet clubs require a set amount of bets and/or stakes to be played during a qualifying weekly period. 

Sky Bet Club

Opt-in to the Sky Bet club and make £30 worth of sports bets at odds of Evens (2.0) or greater during the weekly qualifying period. Then, you can select which reward you want. If no reward is selected, it will default to two x £2.50 free bets on Build-A-Bet markets (the maximum bonus per customer per week). 

The qualifying period for the SkyBet Club is from 00:00 on Monday until 23:59 on Sunday. If you miss two consecutive weeks, you will be kicked out of the club.

Paddy Power

There are two ways to qualify for Paddy’s Rewards Club: either place one bet of £5+ to get a Power Up token, or place five bets of £5+ and get credited with between a £5 and £50 free bet.

Opt into the offer and place qualifying bets on sports, lotteries and virtuals at odds of at least Evens (2.0). The qualification period runs from Monday at 00.01 and Sunday at 23.59 the same week.

There is a maximum of one Power Up and one Free Bet per customer per week. Qualifying bets for the Paddy Power welcome bonus count towards the Rewards Club.

Betway Free Bet Club 

Opt into the Betway free bet club to earn two £5 free bets every week. A minimum of £25 must be wagered on sports multiples (trebles or bigger) or bet builder bets with at least three selections. 

The weekly period is between Saturday 00:00 and Friday 23:59 GMT. Opt-in is required for the bonus, and customers will get the free bets in two instalments, one on Saturday immediately after the weekly period and the other on Monday. Free bets from the Betway Club are valid for 30 days.

BeMGM Weekly Sports Free Bet

Get a weekly £5 free bet on any sport with the BetMGM Extra Club. Opt into the free bet club and place an initial wager of a £10 minimum on a 4+ fold football accumulator. Place a second £10 bet on a football Bet Builder and receive a £5 free bet on any sport. The offer runs each Monday from 00:01 until Sunday at 23:59.

888Sport Acca Club

Score a £5 free bet every week with the 888Sport Acca Club. To qualify, place at least £20 of stake on multiples containing at least three legs and at minimum combined odds of 3/1 (4.00). Once all the bets are settled within the qualifying period (Monday to Sunday), you will receive the bonus, valid for seven days.

Betfred Free Bet Club

Claim a weekly £5 bonus in the Betfred Free Bet Club. Cumulatively stake at least £20 between Monday and Thursday on at least five sports events (multiple bets on the same event don’t count). Get £5 in free bets by 15:00 on Friday from the Betfred Free Bet Club.

BV Loyalty Club

Bookmaker BetVictor has a loyalty club, for which opt-in is required. Place five bets of at least £5 in stake on any sports market. Minimum odds for qualifying bets is 1/2 (1.50). If multiple bets are placed on the same outcome, that will only count as one qualifying bet. Open the rewards box and get anywhere between £1 and £25 in free bets.

Bet Types Available with Your New Customer Betting Offers

For a new customer betting offer, one of the key components is placing a first qualifying bet. Types of bets that can typically be used are:

Win Single

A straightforward punt in which one selection is picked from a market. That selection can be the winner of a football match, a Grand National racing bet, or an outright bet on the World Cup. 

Each-Way

An each-way bet, commonly found in horse racing, backs a horse to win or place in the top three or four. An each-way bet requires two stakes, so a £5 e/w stake on Al Boum Photo to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup would require a £10 total bet. 

Over/Under

Over/under is a popular type of bet in football. Options like the total number of goals in a match can be selected, but also variations like the total shots on target a player will have, the number of goals for a chosen team, and even corner and card tallies.

Multiple (Treble, Accas etc)

Multiple bets are popular, and anything like a treble or a five-fold accumulator can, in most instances, be used as a welcome bonus offer. These are wagers where all selections within a bet have to win.

Handicaps/Asian Handicaps

These are more popular types of bets. A -1.5 handicap on Manchester City in a Premier League match means they must win by a clear two-goal margin. A team at +1.5, in contrast, couldn’t lose by more than a one-goal margin. Asian handicaps break things down further into half- and quarter-goals.

Lay Bet

This is selecting an outcome that won’t happen, acting like a bookmaker, and is done on a betting exchange. Laying Liverpool in a football match, for example, would mean that a draw or a victory for their opponents would see the bet win.

Forecast/Tricast

Popular in horse racing betting, but also found in football markets for things like the UEFA Champions League group stage. A Forecast is the exact finishing order of the first two, and a tricast is the first three. A reverse tricast is selecting the top three but in any finishing order.

Are All New Customers Eligible for a Welcome Bonus?

Yes, as long as they meet the age and location requirements stipulated in the welcome bonus terms and conditions. 

Can I Use My Welcome Offer for Bet Builder Bets?

Sometimes called a Same Game Multi or Build-A-Bet, Bet Builders let you create a wager from options within something like a single football match.

The tool will list markets like Match Winner, Correct Score, To Win the First Half, Goal Totals, and Goalscorer markets. Selections can then be made to create a specific bet, like Chelsea To Win, over 1.5 Goals in the Second Half, over 6.5 Corners, and Cole Palmer to have one or more shots on target.

It can be as unique as you like, and the odds for the bet are generated on the fly. For the bet to be successful, all selections within the created bet builder wager have to win, so the more selections, the greater the risk. 

The bet builder feature is an excellent feature of betting. You can use the Squawka Comparison Matrix to help guide your selections. With it, you can see direct comparisons of stats between players and teams for metrics like goals and passes attempted.

Loyalty & VIP Betting Promotions

Loyalty clubs are a great way to collect regular free bets. Some of those mentioned above, like the Betway and Paddy Power Free Bet Clubs, reward players with free bet bonuses for consistent betting. 

Kwiff rewards its loyal customers with a surprise bet when they reach specific stake amounts during a week, while horse racing betting site Tote provides Stayers Credit to players who place six qualifying bets in its loyalty program.

Sports betting loyalty programs come in different shapes and sizes, like BetMGM’s five weekly profit boosts for existing customers. BoyleSports offers a £5 free acca bet for every five qualifying accas placed.

A loyalty program is a way for betting sites to retain customers. VIP programs, like matched deposit bonus offers, are more common at online casinos. Players earn points toward different reward tiers. 

What types of payment methods are accepted for qualifying deposits?

Debit cards are the most popular payment method for bonuses. They are directly linked to a bank and, therefore, are an excellent, secure way to make a deposit and provide valid options to withdraw winnings.

Skrill and Neteller’s digital wallets, which offer quick, secure processing, are among the other most popular payment methods. However, they are generally excluded from welcome bonus offers.

  • Debit Cards
  • Bank Transfers
  • Skill
  • Neteller
  • Paysafecard
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • PayPal
  • Swift
  • Instant Bank Transfer

How Do I Withdraw My Winnings When I’ve Used My Free Bets?

To make a withdrawal, head into your account. At Betfred, for example, login and look under ‘My Account’ and then for the withdrawal link. You will see the available withdrawal methods listed and select the one that is relevant.

Typically, a withdrawal returns to the same source with which you first funded the account. Enter an amount to cash out, noting any minimal withdrawal values. For anything under a £5 withdrawal request, you must contact customer services at Betfred.

The bookmaker does not charge fees for your transaction, which will then go into a pending state. This is a regulatory step where the bookmaker holds the request for security checks for up to 48 hours before releasing the funds.

Tips & Mistakes To Avoid

Bonus offers can be enticing, but you are not obligated to fulfil one. A mistake people make is sometimes betting on unfamiliar markets to try and get a bonus, which is ill-advised. Because welcome bonuses aren’t without risk, it’s not worth playing them just for the sake of playing them.

Another common mistake is overreaching on a stake you would never normally risk because of a bet bonus. It’s best to take any kind of bonus only if it fits into your comfort zone of regular betting.

Just because you may get better returns in free bet value for a qualifying real-money stake doesn’t mean you should take a big, risky underdog bet. The best scenario is having the qualifying bet win and collecting the free bets. 

The free bet stakes shouldn’t just be treated as ‘free money’ to chase risky bets you would never opt for with your bankroll. Small wins from them will add to the value of the initial bonus.

Don’t overlook the day-to-day betting services just to grab a welcome bonus. All the pieces have to fit, so when you find a welcome bonus, go and check out the site for yourself and read reviews about it. 

Free Betting Offers FAQ’s

 

Safety and Responsible Gambling

At Squawka, we take our duty of care to promote responsible gambling very seriously. Gambling should always be seen as a fun event rather than a way to guarantee income or a way to distract yourself from other areas of life. 

We all enjoy a punt but if you ever feel that your gambling is becoming an issue then there are plenty of tools out there that can help.

  • Gambling Commission—The Gambling Commission is a UK government-run department that provides information about gambling and offers support if you need it. 
  • Begambleaware – Begambleaware is an independent organisation that offer support and methods of controlling your gambling if you feel it’s become a problem. 
  • Gamstop – Gamstop operates as a self exclusion tool, restricting your access to gambling websites as well as offering support and advice on controlling gambling

As well as the above resources, each bookmaker will also offer your gambling controls to limit your spend, or time spent on site, as well as options to have time out from being able to use their site or permanently self exclude yourself from using their services.

Betting Offers & Free Bets FAQ’s

Have a question about the best free bet betting sites? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ) below where we try and answer the most popular questions about the betting sites offering free bonus bets. 

What happens if you keep winning bets?

Any successful bettor will tell you of the annoyance of bookmakers restricting them to smaller stakes, or even giving them an outright ban from their sportsbook.  Whilst this is a big gripe with punters, bookmakers have to operate as a business and can’t afford to run a loss over a long period of time. 

Do you get your bonus offer back if you win?

In short, no. Once you’ve used your bonus, that’s it. Win or lose, you only get one shot. 

Why do bookmakers always win?

Bookmakers are one of the most successful businesses around, and that’s because they always have the edge. Whether that’s on the sportsbook, where they employ dozens of the smartest minds to ensure their prices are on point and can create their own odds, or in the casino where the house is always given the slight edge on games like roulette, the favour will always be on the side of the bookmaker. 

What is the most profitable sport to bet on?

In terms of sheer volume, football accounts for the majority of bets and therefore the most profit, but also the most loss. 

The most profitable bettors have their own specialised areas though, where they get to know a certain league in depth and can spot where the value lies. This is unlikely to be a major European league, where the odds will be very sharp, but more likely a minor league where the bookmakers may not have as much indepth knowledge. 

What is the easiest sport to bet on?

This also comes down to your preference. If you know more about a certain sport, you’ll find placing your bet easier. For the betting layman, though, football is the most accessible sport to bet on due to its sheer influence and the huge offering by every bookmaker. 

Can I withdraw any winnings from my free bets?

The terms and conditions of each free bet welcome bonus will inform new bettors on exactly how winnings can be withdrawn from the sportsbook. 

As a general rule, when bettors receive a free bet at a sportsbook, they will find some restrictions enforced on how they are able to use this wager. For example, a £10 free bet may be required to be used in full with a minimum odds of 1.5. 

The free bet stake is typically not returned to the bettor with any winnings, although withdrawals can often be made on any returned funds. Wagering requirements on these winnings may apply, although these do tend to be low (1x to 5x). 

How can I get free bets without a deposit in UK?

It’s rare that you can find bookmaker offers that don’t require you to make a deposit. In the majority of cases, you will be required to set up an account and deposit money into it in order to place a qualifying bet. Some casino brands may offer a no deposit bonus, but be sure to read the terms and conditions before you utilise any such offer.

What is Arbitrage betting?

Arbitrage betting allows punters to make a profit by betting on conflicting markets when the odds allow for a profit either way. To take an extreme example, if one bookmaker has priced ‘both teams to score’ in a football match at odds of 11/10, and another bookmaker has priced ‘no on both teams to score’ at 11/10, then placing a bet on both of those markets with each bookmaker means that regardless of the score, your bet will be a winner and you will make a profit as your winnings would cover the price of the other bet.

Be wary that these bets often require large stakes in order to make any money as the difference in odds is never likely to be too large. This is similar to ‘matched betting’, where punters use different sign-up bonuses to take advantage of ‘arbing’ opportunities.

How do fixed odds bets work?

Fixed odds mean that the odds on your bet will not fluctuate before the event starts. Often when there is an influx of bets on a particular market, the bookmaker will protect themselves from a huge loss by shortening the odds, but if you take a fixed price bet, then you will receive the odds as they were when you placed the bet.

It helps to know your own preferences when it comes to fractional, decimal and American odds and it’s important to check with your chosen bookmaker whether the odds they offer are fixed or could ‘drift’ and ‘shorten’ depending on the market.

How can I keep up to date with the latest betting offers?

Customers should regularly check their betting site’s promotion page for current and daily promotions. If you are a new customer looking to sign up, check out different offers to see which offers the most value.

Are there any offers that combine free bets with cashback? 

No. You will find one or the other as a format for a welcome bonus offer at a betting site.