After years of trying out loads of different betting sites from around the world, taking advantage of thousands of pounds worth of free bets, we thought it was about time to publicise the freebies we feel are the best in the business.
Have a look at the ‘At a Glance’ summaries of each of the free bets or bonuses or carry on down the page to read a little about the types of free bet, any terms or conditions you should watch our for and – crucially – how to make the most of these bonuses.
Free bets, like bookmakers, come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many factors which should be taken into account when assessing how good (or otherwise) a particular free bet offer actually is.
You should always ask the following questions when deciding whether to take advantage of a free sports betting promotion:
So let’s look into each of those in a little more details.
The bookie will almost always state explicitly the value (usually the maximum value) of the free bet they are offering new customers. They can range from £10 to a whopping £200 with some bookies and more or less everything in between.
Most free bets are “matched” in that you will need to place a real money bet with the bookie before you are credited with the free bet (more of which below). Note that you do not (always) have to opt for the maximum free bet amount. But to take full advantage it clearly makes sense to max out the freebies if you can.
Some bookies will offer a completely free – i.e. no deposit required – free bet, for instance occasionally some bookies will give new customers a completely free bet of £10 if they join.
But these no deposit free bets are few and far between and most bookmakers will now offer the aforementioned matched free bets whereby you must place a bet and then get rewarded with a free bet that comes as a percentage of the stake of your qualifying bet.
Matched free bets can range from as little as 20% or even 10% to as high as 400%. The majority of bookies featured on this site offer matched free bets that are worth at least 100% of the stake of your first bet.
Some bookies require you to bet through the bonus amount a certain number of times before you are permitted to withdraw your winnings, so always check whether this is the case before making your first deposit.
These requirements slightly lessen the chances of you seeing your winnings, but the way to play them is to use your free bets to back outcomes that you are confident will come in, rather than big odds outsiders.
Note also that hardly any bookies return the free bet stake with any winnings, so – for instance – if you place a £50 free bet on a team to win at odds of 4/5, you would receive just £40 if it comes in (rather than the £90 you would receive if you use £50 of your own cash as the stake).
You might just think that bookmakers are just very generous types who like to share their wealth and make the world a more inclusive place… but you never see a bookie riding a bike and they don’t dish out freebies just for fun!
In much the same way that supermarkets have loads of Buy One Get One Free offers to try to tempt you into their store, bookies use free bets simply as a means of attracting new customers who they hope will turn into loyal (and active) punters in the future.
Of course, they have no way of stopping you simply joining up, using the free bet and then withdrawing any winnings and walking away to find another freebie. But the bookies we feature of this site keep the freebies coming in the form of betting offers, bonuses and promotions which are available to existing customers. These can range from enhanced odds offers to money back promos, additional free bets to cash bonuses, and we’ll be giving details of the best of them right here on this site.
We have decided – unlike many betting sites – to focus only on the very best bookies in the business, those which are safe, fair and secure, and who also offer attractive football betting offers and bonuses. So take a look around the site and see which bookies tickle your fancy.
As with all betting offers and bonuses, there are certain things that you should be aware of so that you take advantage of the offer in question without missing out due to a technicality. In short: always read the terms and conditions of every offer you are planning to get involved with.
Here are some of the common terms that are worth looking out for:
Free bet offers come in all shapes and sizes, from the welcome free bets that all bookies worth their salt give to new customers, to additional free bets given to existing customers for betting on a particular match or market.
All the betting sites we work with at FootballBettingHub.com offer free bets to new customers, ranging from £10 to £200, but some go the extra mile to ensure that even once you have joined up, you can still take advantage of further free bets, which is darn nice of them!
How do New Customer Free Bet Offers Work?
How do Existing Customer Free Bet Offers Work?
All free bets have terms and conditions so that both parties – you as the bettor and the bookie themselves – know where they stand. The excellent football betting sites we work with are all highly trustworthy and, as huge reputable betting brands you can be sure that the T and C are there purely to explain and clarify the offer, never to catch you out or trick you.
However, terms and conditions, like small print, instruction manuals and Facebook statuses of annoying people you keep meaning to defriend, rarely get read in full. A quick glance, a brisk skim and most people pile into the offer. As said, because all the online bookies we offer free bets with are top notch betting sites, 99% of the time that will be fine and you’ll get the free bet just as you expected.
However, even with bookies that are 100% trustworthy, the fact is that if you don’t stick to the terms of the offer then you probably won’t get your free bet, bonus or enhancement. Naturally that’s very annoying and the easiest way around that issue is to skim the terms just thoroughly enough to understand what you have to do, without going to the lengths to discover that people from Moldova aren’t eligible and bets on Peruvian horse racing don’t count.
That’s what this page is really all about – the key terms and conditions you should look out for when checking the bookies’ information. Here we tell you the main things to look out for when claiming a free bet and also explain what exactly some of the terminology means. Generally speaking if you’re aware of the following free bet essentials you’ll almost certainly never miss out on a free bet again and the time you’ll save by not having to read every line of the T and C will be well spent ditching that girl from school who keep posting pictures of her ugly children!
Whilst that may seem like a lengthy list, many of the factors are obvious and not all will apply at every bookmaker. Ultimately free bets cost the bookie money but they are great marketing and a good way to get new people to their site. Check the terms and conditions for the basics and you have a great chance to make some money but miss something simple like a minimum odds requirement or a time deadline for claiming the free bet and you’ll be kicking yourself!
Stake NOT returned free bets are the most common type of free bet around and – unlike the potentially more attractive stake returned free bets – you do not receive your free bet stake as part of your payout, you only get the profit.
For example, say you are using a £25 free bet you have earned to back Manchester City to beat Bayern Munich at odds of 3/1. If City do the business and your bet comes in, if you have placed the bet with a bookie whose free bet offer is stake not returned, you will receive a payout of £75. If, however, your bookie has a stake returned free bet offer, you would also receive your free bet stake along with your winnings, hence a total payout of £100.
While many people therefore prefer to opt for stake returned free bets if they can help it, it should be noted that most such offers have wagering requirements that must be fulfilled before you withdraw any winnings. Conversely, the majority of the bookies offering stake not returned free bets don’t require you to bet through more than once before withdrawing, so really it’s swings and roundabouts.
Instead, we like to focus on the quality of the bookmaker in question, and – rest assured – on FootballBettingHub.com we only work with betting sites we have extensively used ourselves and whom we trust in terms of the fairness of their procedures and the security of customers’ financial and personal data. Of course, we do like them to be generous with the free bet offers too, but often it is the ongoing betting offers and bonuses which really separate the wheat from the chaff.
Back to the matter in hand, and not so long ago (well, around 2004), most bookies would offer stake returned free bets and usually with no additional wagering requirements attached. But bookies have become more clued up in recent years and they have put more resources into their ongoing betting offers in order to retain customers, rather than putting all their eggs in the free bet basket (as customers would often take the free bet and never bet with the bookie again, which is understandable in some cases… i.e. betting sites we wouldn’t dream of representing on this website!).
So take a look at the following bookies, all of whom we can personally vouch for as being very good indeed for football betting, and see which take your fancy.
When people hear the term “no lose free bet” their first thought is often – understandably – “what’s the catch?” But even in this world of marketing slogans and nonsense, the no lose bet does exactly what it says on the tin (see, another slogan crept in without us even noticing!).
A no lose free bet is simply a free bet that is only granted if you place a bet with a bookmaker you have joined and that bet loses. In such a scenario, while your bet has gone down and your cash is lost, you at least get a second bite of the cherry with the bookie offering you a free bet that is usually equal to your initial stake.
Of course, if you then lose the bet you place with your free bet, you’re still out of pocket, but at least you got a second chance.
Obviously this is not (usually – see Betfred’s offer below) as generous an offer as the standard free bet which would be credited to your account whether your first bet was a winner or not. But in most circumstances no lose free bets are still well worth grabbing as they offer a great insurance policy on your initial bet and overall leave the bettor in a position where they would expect to make a profit in the long term.
One of the most common betting offers around is the price boost, also referred to as an odds enhancement or – just to mix things up! – enhanced odds. In general this type of offer comes in two different forms. Originally enhanced odds were viewed more as a promotion aimed at existing customers and this is still very common. However, in more recent times online betting sites have been using MASSIVELY enhanced odds to replace the usual welcome bonus or free bet.
Whether you are taking advantage of a price boost as either a current account holder with a particular online bookie or taking up their enhanced odds as a welcome bonus, the principle remains the same. As the name suggests, the standard odds are enhanced, boosted, made bigger – call it what you will. Bigger odds means more profit when you win and with no downside to these promotions there is no reason at all why you should grab a price boost when you see one.
With most things in life it pays to know what you’re doing and whilst the huge, reputable and excellent betting sites we work with are all totally trustworthy and not trying to trick anyone, it’s always a good idea to make sure you read the terms of the offer you are interested. That way you can make sure you don’t miss out because of a minor technicality and equally you won’t get any unpleasant surprises when your bet settles.
Below are some important general pointers that often apply to the various types of odds enhancements.
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