Free Bets – How they work

Betting on the Internet can be a daunting prospect if you’re new to the concept. With so many different bookmakers available to chose from, and just as many associated free bet offers to entice you it can be difficult to know where to start.

At we appreciate the complexities of the industry we are in and, being the kind folk that we are, have put together the following ‘How To’ guide to help you through.

What are free bets?

Like the man at Ronseal (other woodstain products are available) once famously said: “It does exactly what it says on the tin”. Except free bets don’t come in a tin. They come in the form of a complimentary free bet token when you sign up for a new account with an online bookmaker.

Free bets are risk-free bets that can be used to bet on any sport on any market. Free bets present you with the opportunity to win real cash, without making any financial risk.

How do I get a free bet?

This is where things can begin to get a little murky, as every bookmaker differs in the way that they administer their free bet. Most will offer a free bet that correlates directly with your initial bet; so you make an opening bet of £25 and get a £25 free bet, for example. But some will offer a 200% bonus and others a 50% bonus while a select few will even give you a free bet just for registering.

But before you actually get your free bet you need to chose the offer that best suits you and your budget, then register for an online account with that bookmaker.

Begin by looking through our homepage to find an offer that takes your fancy. Then click on a link or banner relating to that offer, making sure to take note of any associated promotion codes, and you’ll be taken to the online registration page. Once there, fill in your details and you’re almost done.

How do I use a free bet?

Once you’ve been awarded your free bet by following the specific stipulations attached to your offer it’s then time to use your free bet. Almost all free bets can be used on any market that your bookmaker has to offer; whether that be English Premier League football, PDC World Championship darts or the Tour de France.

Using your free bet can be done in a similar way to how you place a regular bet:

  • Make your selection and add it to the betting slip
  • Select the box that indicates you wish to utilise your free bet
  • Hit confirm

How do I collect my winnings?

If your bet is a winner then any winnings will be credited to your balance after the relevant event has been completed. It should be noted, however, that with the majority of bookmakers your free bet stake is not included in any winnings. So, for example, a winning £25 free bet at odds of 2/1 would see £50 credited to your account, not £75.

How to get your Free Bet – Summary

  1. Select a bookmaker/free bet offer;
  2. Navigate to that bookmaker by clicking on a relevant banner or link;
  3. Register for your new online sports betting account, remembering to enter any promotion codes when prompted;
  4. Follow the bookmaker’s terms and conditions in order to release the free bet;
  5. Use your free bet to bet on any match or event you desire.

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