What is a free bet?A free bet is, or should in theory, be exactly that, a bet which is given to you for free which you can then place with a chance to win real money. In reality though it is more complicated than that with terms and conditions varying with every bookmaker around their free bet or sign up offers. We try to explain the free bet and sign up bonus offers here for you as much as possible given the space but please click through to the online bookmakers and read their terms and conditions in full before signing up. Many of the betting offers will require you to deposit money first and place a bet. This first bet or qualifying bet will often need to be placed at certain odds. For example this condition may read something like this “the qualifying bet must have minimum odds of 4/5”Often the first bet you place is the qualifying bet and the amount of that bet will be matched (up to a certain amount) with a free bet of the same amount. There are many variations though from the more simple bet £10 get £10 free bet to Bet £10 get £20, Bet £10 get £30 in free bets or even bet £20 get £10. Normally the main sign up offer for the bookmaker is available to use on all sports. But be careful to check as sometimes offers are for horse racing or football only. If you are looking for good bets to use on the qualifying stake to get your free bet, then check out our top tipsters predictions including our horse racing tips here.
What is the difference between free bet offers and sign up bonuses?Sign up deposit bonuses are becoming more popular than free bets with UK betting sites now. Often the bookmaker will match the deposit you make up to a certain amount with bonus funds. Again there may be minimum requirements like you may have to place a bet at above certain odds to qualify for the initial deposit bonus. Then there may be more terms as to how many times you have to bet or how much you have to rollover before you can withdraw any winnings from the bonus funds.
As ever, please really carefully check the terms and conditions of all free bet offers and make sure you are able and willing to comply with all of them before signing up to a bookmaker. Deposit bonuses can be a great way to get started with a bookmaker though. Some offer bonuses up to £100 instead of free bets. So for your £100 first deposit, you may have £200 to bet with. If you can be successful with your bets and meet the terms then this can be very helpful indeed.
Can you get no deposit free bets?Free bets without placing a deposit are extremely popular of course as these offer an opportunity to try out a bookmaker and to try to win some real money without the initial risk. Because these are a very good offer they are expensive promotions for bookmakers to run and so are few and far between. Some no deposit free bet offers are limited for a short time or a certain number of freebets are made available. To make sure that you don’t miss out on such limited no deposit free bet offers, join up with OLBG and make sure that you receive all our mailings. No deposit casino offers are more popular than free bets. Often these come in the form of free spins no deposit these days. It is very hard to turn these into real money you can withdraw as often you are required to turnover a large amount.
What are the new Free Bets?There have been a lot of new bookmakers focusing on the UK market recently. We have added many of these to OLBG and list the new freebet offers here. There are around 80 bookmakers licensed for remote gambling in the UK so that is a lot of free bets and bonuses that could be available to you! As these new bookmakers come along we will add their free bets here to ensure that you can see all the new free bet offers. Please keep checking back or better still join OLBG for free and receive emails from us as and when we add new free bets to the site.
Best Bookmaker Offers?The best bookie offers available maybe subjective depending on the type of offer which you are looking for. We rate the bookmaker sign up offers on this page out of five. You will see the star ratings by each offer. This rating is not the overall rating for the bookmaker, if you want to see bookie ratings by user reviews then head to our bookmakers page. On this page the ratings are given by our in house editorial team.Typically we will rate offers highly which are easy for the customer to obtain. A good offer in our opinion is one with easy terms and conditions. So an offer which doesn’t require a huge amount of turnover, or where the qualifying bets required aren’t overly restricted will be rated highly. Offers we rate low will often require a user to turnover many times the offer amount, maybe at restricted odds, with tight timescales. A combination of terms may make it very hard for a user to even realise the free bet or deposit offer amount, let alone make a positive return from it. Other positives we will look for will be the amount of free bet or deposit given in relation to the initial stake. For example a bet 10 get 40 offer will score highly versus say a bet 40 get 40 or even a bet 80 get 40 offer.
What are the best free bets for existing users?The offers listed on this page are bookmaker offers for new customers. There are so many free bets or new customer offers for those joining a bookmaker, but free bets for existing customers are harder to find. We have done the research for you though and discovered all the bookmaker free bet clubs available. Bookmakers are becoming better at rewarding the loyalty of their customers and many have set up free bet clubs to offer regular bonuses as well as the joining offers. Essentially what these do is provide free bets after the customer has placed a number of bets, sometimes certain types of bets. For example, at the time of writing, Betway are offering a £10 free bet on accas every week, after placing £25 on sports accas. Terms and conditions always apply to these offers so please check those fully. The current (again correct at the time of writing) Paddy Power VIPP club provides a £10 free bet every week after 5 x £10 bets are placed. Unibet (at the time of writing) provide a £10 in play free bet every week after 5 x £10 in play bets. These offers are all subject to change but we have written a whole article entitled the best weekly free bet clubs explained so check that out to see what is available now.
What to look for when Choosing a Free Bet OfferMake sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of free bet offers when you are looking to take advantage of a new customer offer. Here is a selection of questions you should consider when looking through the terms and conditions of the free bets.
How much you need to deposit?
How much you need to bet?
Which bet your free bet applies to – i.e. some bookmakers will match your first bet with them only?
What odds you need to bet at to qualify?
Do you need to bet on a specific sport or event?
Do there need to be a certain number of outcomes in such an event?
What is the time period within which you need to use your free bet?
When will the free bet be available and how will it show on your account?
Do you need to make a certain number of bets or bet a certain amount before you can withdraw any bonus payment?
Different Free Bet Types and Amounts
We highlight significant terms and conditions of free bets by each welcome offer listed on this page but each offer also has further terms and conditions which you can see on the landing page after clicking through.
Types of Bookmaker Offers, Bonuses and Free BetsWith lots of different terms being used, understanding bookmaker sign up offers can be difficult. Here is a guide to some of those terms and what they mean
Deposit Bonus OffersThese are typically where the amount of your first deposit is used as the qualifying amount of the deposit bonus. For a 100% deposit bonus for example, if you were to deposit £50 you may receive £50 in bonus funds. The percentage can vary but will typically be 50% or 100% of your first deposit. Normally turnover requirements are added to the terms of these offers and these can be quite onerous. We have seen as high as 15x turnover requirements on deposit amount and bonus amount. So on a £50 deposit that could mean, £1500 would have to be wagered before any funds can be withdrawn. So read the terms and conditions of these bookmaker offers thoroughly. You shouldn’t change your betting patterns to obtain specific offers so it may be that you dont want to claim the full maximum deposit bonus as to withdraw, it may mean you need to be more than you normally would want to. That is not sensible or responsible gambling. For those who typically bet larger amounts though, deposit matches can be a good way to gain extra funds for your betting bank. Cashback Welcome Offers Another name for deposit bonus offers but the term cash back may be misleading as it is unlikely you will receive any cash which is immediately allowed to be withdrawn with this form of offer.First Bet Matched OffersMatched free bets are typically on the first bet placed. So when you open a new betting account make sure that you are aware of the welcome offer terms and conditions. Your first bet is often the qualifying bet for the offer, so if for example the welcome offer is bet £25 get £25 free bet and you make your first bet £5, you would not qualify. Sometimes though the headline amount is the maximum, so the offer may be bet up to £25 and get your first bet matched up to £25. So in that example a £5 bet may get a £5 free bet. You also need to look out for other qualifying terms though. Your first bet may need to be at specific odds (say over 2/1) and/or on certain sports. Risk Free Welcome OffersFortunately there are stricter rules in place now as to when a bookmaker may and may not call a welcome offer risk free. These are rare offers as normally there is a risk involved in depositing and making a qualifying bet in order to be able to claim a free bet. The free bet you get after qualifying for it may well be risk free, but you would have needed to take a risk with your first bet. So you may see these promoted as, say Bet £10, Get a £10 risk free bet. Remember though, you are taking a risk with your first £10 bet which of course you can lose. Another version of this may be a no deposit free bet. These are rare as they require no risk from the customer and could be promoted as risk free. We have a whole section for this but unfortunately for sports betting there aren’t many offers. You are more likely to find no deposit offers for slots or casino, sometimes referred to as free spins. Keep in mind though there are often many terms applied to these, such as the maximum you can win, how many times you need to turn over your stake etc. Another way in which bookmakers may use the term risk free is in the situation where they will give you a free bet if your first bet loses. However it would be wrong of them to call this risk free. You would need to stake an initial bet with your money, which you could lose and then typically if you do lose they will give you a free bet up to a certain amount. ie this may be bet £10, get a free £10 bet if you lose. However you have taken a risk as the free bet cant be withdrawn as cash. These aren’t great offers as nobody intends to lose their first bet of course and if you win as planned, you get no bonus at all.