Free Bets & Betting Offers

Free bets can sometimes sound too good to be true and if your mum taught you "there’s no such thing as a free lunch" or "if something looks too good to be true then it probably is…" then she was wrong on this occasion!

Free bets can be a great way to improve your chances of winning and take some money off the bookmakers. Which begs the question, why do the bookmakers offer them? Well, like a supermarket that has loss-leaders (products they actually make a loss on) or a restaurant that has an incredibly cheap deal, free bets are designed to attract customers in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The hope is that the free bet will get you in the door and the quality of the product – in this case the design of the site, the range of markets, the odds and the ongoing promotions – will keep you betting with them. Whether you do or not is totally up to you but enough people are evidently happy to continue betting with the various bookmakers to fund these free bets so long may they continue!

Best Free Bet Offers For New Customers

Coral - Bet £5 + Get £20
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Place your first £5 real money bet at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater and Coral will instantly credit your account with a £20 free bet (SNR). Please note: this offer is only available to customers in the UK & Ireland.
Ladbrokes - £50 Free Bet
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Ladbrokes offer a £50 free bet to new customers who sign up using promo code F50 and bet £50, or bet less for a smaller bonus (min £5). The minimum odds are a low 1/2 and must be claimed within 14 days.
BetVictor - Bet £10 Get £40
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
BetVictor are handing out £40 in bonuses when you sign up and bet £10 at odds of evens or more. Plus largely recognised as being one of the best for Premier League football odds.
Betfred - Bet £10, Get £60
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Betfred offer a £60 in bonuses (£30 free bet + £30 casino bonus) to new customers who sign up and bet £10 or more. The qualifying bet must be placed at odds of evens (2.0) or greater.
ComeOn! - £10 Free Bet
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Sign up at ComeOn and you'll receive a £10 free bet when deposit and bet £10, plus slot spins just for registering. Once joined you can also earn loyalty points and trade them for bonuses.
888sport - Bet £10 Get £30 + £10
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Bet £10 at odds of 1/2 or more and you'll receive £30 in free bets, including a £10 mobile bet. Plus you'll also receive an extra £10 bonus to play with in the casino for a total of £40 in bonuses.
10Bet - £200 Deposit Bonus
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
10Bet offer a massive 50% bonus worth up to £200. The bonus comes with a 5 x B+D rollover which must be met within 90 days. 10Bet also offer a £10 risk free horse racing bet as well as monthly reload bonuses.
Betway - £30 Free Bet
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Betway match your first deposit with a free bet worth up to £30. To claim make a deposit of £10 or more using PayPal or a Debit/Credit Card and bet it once. Minimum odds are 1.75 or 1.4 for each way bets.
Totesport - £25 Free Bet
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Totesport, the original British bookie, offer new customers a £25 free bet when you sign up, deposit and bet £25. The minimum odds for both the qualifying bet and the free bet are Evens (2.0).
Winner - £200 Deposit Bonus
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Winner offer a 100% match on your first deposit of £30 or more. The maximum bonus is £200. They also offer £200 in free bets every month, loyalty points and plenty of other promos.
Stan James - Bet £10 Get £20
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Bet £10 at Stan James and you'll receive a £20 free bet. The qualifying bet must be placed at odds of 4/5 (1.8) or greater on any sporting event after which your freebie will be credited within 24 hours.
Betfair - £100 in Free Bets
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Sign up using bonus code ZBBC01 and then place five £10 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or more and you'll receive a £20 free bet. Repeat up to five times for £100 in free bets.
Betdaq - £25 Free Bet
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Sign up using promo code FB2515 and you can claim a £25 in free bets after betting your first £100 on the exchange. There are no minimum odds listed for the qualifying bets, but the free bet has min odds of 1/2.
Vernons - No Bonus
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Vernons don't currently offer a welcome bonus to speak of, but they do offer a large number of money back promotions on a wide variety of sports including football, tennis and rugby which is worth checking out.
Boylesports - £50 in Free Bets
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
New customers can claim £50 in free bets, split into five £10 bonuses. To claim the first deposit and bet £10. The next four are released as you bet at a rate of £10 free per three £10 qualifying bets placed.
Titan Bet - 100% up to £50
New customers only. T&Cs apply. 18+.
There's an enhanced £50 welcome bonus when you sign up at the moment - given as 100% of your first deposit of £10 or more. To release the bonus you need to wager your deposit once at odds of 1/2 or more.

Types Of Free Bet Offer

Whilst the welcome bonus at each bookie will vary, you'll find that most introductory free bet offers will fit into one of the following three categories:

  • Matched Bets – Matched bets entail a percentage match of your first bet or bets with the given bookmaker. This is normally 100% but is sometimes less, such that placing a £25 bet usually qualifies you for a £25 free bet. Some bookmakers literally match your first bet, such that if you bet £10 on Man United you actually get £20 on them, although the first form of free bet is far more commonplace.
  • Deposit Bonuses – Deposit bonuses are a percentage match, usually 100% but sometimes less, occasionally more, of your first deposit with the bookmaker. So if you sign up and deposit £50 the bookmaker will usually add a further £50.
  • No Lose bets – As with the other forms of free bet, no lose bets can take a few different forms, the most common being that should you lose your first bet you will then be credited with a free bet of the same value.
  • Enhanced Odds - A new type of sign up offer that has become increasingly popular with the bookies are enhanced odds. This is where you receive odds far greater than you would normally get, often for a heavy favourite. For example, you may see odds of 6/1 for Man United to beat Bournemouth. The maximum bet for these kinds of promotion is usually fairly small (£5 or £10) and the winnings are either paid as cash or as free bets. Some betting sites will also offer you a free bet or bonus if your bet loses and/or additional follow up bets for your continued custom.

There is also another, less common type of promotion which is worth a mention - no deposit free bets. These are just like they sound, freebies given to you without even having to make a deposit. Most bookies tend to steer clear of this kind of offer though so there are (at most) only one or two available at any one time - we keep a list of these on the page listed above.

The Rules Of Free Bets

Having said that sometimes there IS such a thing as a free lunch, it’s worth noting that the bookmakers won’t buy you three courses, coffee and wine as well. All free bets have various terms and conditions attached and these are generally to avoid abuse of their generosity. The most obvious point is that you won’t just be able to withdraw your money; a free bet is exactly that, a free bet, not money for you to withdraw and get drunk on; wait until your bet wins to do that!

The first main point to consider with most free bets is whether they are stake returned or stake not returned. The latter tends to be the most common type of freebie and means that if you place a £25 bet that wins, the returns will exclude the £25 free bet stake. Where the stake is returned the winnings are returned along with the free bet/bonus amount, although such bets almost always have wagering requirements before your balance can be withdrawn.

Bet365, who offer pretty much the biggest free bet around – a sensational £200 – have a free bet of this nature. It is a 100% match on your first deposit but prior to withdrawing you must place bets worth three times the amount of your deposit and bonus combined.

The bet365 offer also introduces another element that is normal to find in the free bet terms and conditions – minimum odds. At bet365 only bets placed at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or higher will count towards the wagering requirement. Sometimes minimum odds requirements are attached to the qualifying bet but not the free bet and sometimes to both – be sure to check.

Other things to look out for, although these terms are far less common, are that certain sports or types of bet (particularly in-play bets) may be excluded, only accumulators may count, or only win singles count (as opposed to accumulators and each way bets).

It’s well worth noting however that none of these terms are designed to catch you out. The bookies want your business and they want you to have a good time – ripping you off is not in their interests. The free bets, if used wisely, give you the advantage, so be sure to make good use of the many different offers available right here and stack the odds firmly in your favour.

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