Placing Free Bets
Before you start placing free bets there's one or two things that you might have questions about. Hopefully the section below will address some of your queries before placing free bets.
It's quite common when choosing free bets for punters to rush off to claim one without reading the finer details of the deal they're signing up for and ultimately getting caught out.
All of the online bookies that we feature make their living off punters and it's not unusual for us to be offered free money that isn't actually free money at all.
As long as you stick to some basic rules you'll be able to almost place a bet for free - there's just a few pointers that you should keep in mind before using free bets that will help to ensure you don't fall fowl of the small print attached to a bookies free bet offer.
Types of Free Bets
Free bets are given away not only as incentive to join a new online bookie, but also to encourage you to continue doing business with them during important betting events.
As such there's plenty of variety when it comes to free bets. Some bookies will give you two to three times the value of your first deposit as a free bet where as others will 100% match the value of your first deposit giving you a free bet of equal value.
That's the case at Bet365 although they allow new signups to earn Bet365 Bet Credits instead.
Bet365 Open Account Offer - Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at Bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Make sure that you take the time to compare free bet offers to find the right deal for your betting needs and if the bookie imposes any restrictions on placing the free bets they offer.
Claiming Free Bets
Online bookies make it very easy to set up a new betting account online. Before a new account can be used for placing bets on markets a bookie offers you'll need to deposit some money into it. Most bookies allow you to use a credit or debit card to fund your account.
Just beware as to how much you're putting into it as even the best bookies require you to deposit a minimum amount if you want to take full advantage of their free bet offer.
Just make sure you check out what that amount is as it depends on each individual bookie and the value of the free bet that they offer new members that register a new account.
Placing Free Bets
You will almost certainly have to place a bet with some of your own money before a bookie will credit a free bet to your account. Although no deposit free bet offers do exist, most online bookies don't give away free bets without some money flowing in the opposite direction.
Once the free bet token, code or voucher is credited to your account it's usually just a case of adding a bet to a bookies online betting slip and then selecting the free bet credit.
The trick is to spend as little as possible in order to activate your free bet.
Free Bet Time Limits
It's also worth pointing out that most bookies require you to place the free bet that they give you within certain time limits. This ranges from having to place the free bet within 7 days of it being credit to your account, right up to 30 days from the date you registered.
Each of the free bets that we feature highlight the terms and conditions of the offer at the bottom of the bookies actual free bet page. Take time to understand the finer details of the free bet you want to claim and place to make the most from the bookies deal.