What are Stake Returned Free Bets?
Stake returned free bets – like many things in the world of football betting – are basically self-explanatory. The term refers to free bets which allow you to keep the free bet stake with any winnings you earn when placing your free bet. Okay, it might sound more complicated than it actually is.
Let’s take an example. If you have a stake not returned free bet (as the vast majority of free bets tend to be these days) of, say £20, and you place that free bet on Everton to beat Liverpool at odds of 2/1. If Everton do the business against their near-neighbours and your bet wins, you will be paid £40, i.e. the profit from the bet without the initial (free) bet stake.
If you place the same bet using a stake returned free bet, your initial £20 stake will be included in the winnings, giving you a payout of £60.
A few years ago there were not only a lot more bookies offering stake returned free bets to customers, but they also didn’t attach any additional wagering requirements, which have become the norm these days for this sort of betting offer.
As such, if you are lucky enough to be offered a stake returned free bet, you’ll invariably have to wager the value of the free bet a certain number of times before you are permitted to withdraw your winnings, and there are usually minimum odds to contend with too, though often these are fairly low.
Of course, when you’ve got the chance to take advantage of an offer that could be viewed as a kind of stake returned free bet, you can forgive them the imposition of wagering requirements. Unfortunately, these offers are now few and far between. We’ll add the details here if any pop up though!