Welcome to Best Free Bet Offers. As you’ve probably already guessed, this website is all about the introductory offers that the bookies and casinos lavish upon their new customers. Pretty much all online bookmakers offer some kind of incentive to get new punters through their virtual doors, but the quality and value of these offers varies from bookie to bookie.
The idea behind bestfreebetoffers.com is to gather together these offers and display them in a manner that lets you easily compare them. We do this in two ways – first you’ll find a list of our top free bet offers below along with a short description of what each bonus entails. Perfect if you’re new to the world of free bets and need a bit of hand holding.
Best Free Bets For December 2020
All of these offers are from UK facing bookmakers and betting sites, and we usually list the offers that are available for punters from the UK & Ireland. Plenty of the bonuses can also be claimed by customers outside of the UK though – including countries such as Canada, New Zealand and parts of Europe. Just head on over to the site and check the terms.
Where the offer is only available to customers from specific countries, we’ll usually try to list it in the summary above. We are also considering creating separate lists for each of the countries listed above – this should make an appearance in the next couple of months if demand presents itself.
We also more than happy to help – so if you’re desperate for some information or need some help, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll do the best we can to point you in the right direction.
Betting Offers For Existing Customers
In addition to the sign up offers listed above, there are plenty of free bets for existing customers as well. They aren’t quite as generous as the welcome bonuses, but they’re still a nice little perk that can help boost your bankroll. Using these offers strategically could even turn a losing punter into a profitable one.
We cover these offers in our blog as they’re released. Plus to hep you find a specific promotion, we also categorise them based on the following themes:
Another way of rewarding loyalty is with a more traditional rewards scheme, where each bet you make earns you points which can be exchanged for free bets, reload bonuses or spent in a special rewards shop.
The humble acca is an incredibly popular type of bet, offering big payouts from a small stake. There are two types of acca offer you want to be aware of: insurance, which gives you your money back if only one leg loses; and bonuses, which boost your winnings on successful accumulators.
Best Odds Guaranteed
An incredibly common offer, but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Take a price on a horse and if it wins but the Starting Price was higher, you’ll get the SP instead of your price. We even have one which beats the SP.
Don’t like shopping around to see which bookie has the best odds? Then grab a price promise – here the bookie guarantees that they have the bests odds on an event. And if they don’t, they’ll match whoever did.
Everyone likes something for nothing and the bookies are well aware of this fact. There are a variety of competitions that run at various times of the year, normally around major events such as the start of the Premier League or the Cheltenham Festival.
Want bigger odds? No problem. A handful of bookies offer special prices on selected markets or even odds boost tokens that allow you to super charge the odds of a bet of your choice. Sometimes these are given for free (ie: one per day) whilst other times you need to earn them by placing qualifying bets.
What Exactly Are Free Bets?
So what are these free bet offers we keep going on about, and why do betting sites offer them? The answer to the this question is quite simple – it’s all about getting bums on seats (metaphorically speaking). Free bets are used as a promotional tool to get you to sign up and give that particular bookie a test drive. The idea is that you’ll like their odds, features, offers and fancy website so much that you’ll stick around and keep betting.
The principle behind free bets is very similar to the idea of the loss leader promotions that supermarkets often run – they intentionally lose money on a product in order to get you into the store, after which they’re hoping you’ll fill your basket with all kinds of other goodies.
And lucky for us, there’s a lot of competition out there in the old betting sphere so the free bet offers tend to be headline grabbing good (at least for new customers).
Here’s how they work:
- Sign Up – Register with the betting site (checking, of course, that you’re eligible for the offer first)
- Qualify – Complete the action required to trigger the bonus. Usually this involves making a deposit (but not always – the fabled no deposit free bet does pop up from time to time) and then placing a qualifying bet using your own money. These qualifying bets often have minimum odds of 1.5 or 2.0 – meaning that you can’t bet on a ‘sure thing’ with tiny odds.
- Redeem – Once the qualifying conditions have been met and settled, you should receive your free bet token which can then be used to place another wager. The value of the free bet token is usually linked to your qualifying bet and you normally have to bet it all in one go (ie: you can’t split them into multiple smaller bets) and just like the qualifying bet they tend to have minimum odds.
That’s pretty much it. Some betting sites will offer additional free bets after the first one has been settled – this is known as a ‘free bet basket’ and usually requires additional qualifying bets (eg: place a further 5 bets and receive another free bet).
Sometimes the bookies will offer a ‘betting bonus’ instead of a free bet – this is where you receive bonus funds in your account relative to your first deposit. So for example you may get a £200 bonus by depositing £200. This bonus can be bet with as soon as its credited and can be split up into a number of smaller bets, but comes with a turnover requirement – meaning you have to place a minimum value of bets before you can withdraw the bonus.
Betting bonuses tend to be for much larger amounts that the traditional free bets, but come with the additional wagering requirements that we’ve just mentioned.
What Does ‘Paid in Free Bets’ Mean?
At some point in the past few years some clever soul in the marketing department of a betting site came up with a new kind of promotion. Instead of giving you free bets they offered massively boosted odds on your first bet. And we’re talking silly – think things like:
- 33/1 Any favourite to win at the Cheltenham Festival
- 25/1 Arsenal to beat Huddersfield
- 10/1 England to get knocked out of the World Cup
In fact the first offer of this type that we can find reference to on the web is from Coral who at the 2014 world cup offered odds of 2/1 for Brazil to wear yellow. An offer that sounded so good people thought they had inside knowledge that Brazil would change their kit colour ahead of the first match!
History lesson aside, most of these offers come with the disclaimer: ‘paid in free bets’. What this means is that if your bet wins (which it probably will) then you’ll receive your winnings as free bets rather than cash, and you’ll need to go on to place bets with these.
Think of it like the tokens you’d receive for winning the jackpot on a fruit machines at a sea side arcade.
These offers peaked in popularity around 2018 and are relatively infrequent now, with most bookies reverting to the more standard ‘bet and get’ type of offer, but you do still see a handful of decent ones from time to time.
Help! It’s All Gone Pete Tong
If you’ve made it to this section then chances are you’ve run into a problem with a promotion or offer and are scrambling around on the internet looking for answers. Fear not, we should have you covered with most major issues below. And for anything else feel free to email us.
Problem #1: My Free Bet Was Made Void
Ah! This is a common problem to have an unfortunately it’s not one that can always be resolved in a way that puts a smile on your face. If your free bet was made void then in theory you’ve lost it. With a normal void your stake is returned, but with most free bets the stake doesn’t really exist so you receive nothing back.
Some more sympathetic bookies will credit you with a replacement if you ask nicely, but they’re not obliged to.
For this reason it’s worth avoiding using your free bet on a market that is commonly voided such as first goalscorer (FGS bets tend to be made void if the player doesn’t start).
There are similar issues when your qualifying bet has been voided as many bookies determine your eligibility based on the first bet you place. For the sites that award the free bet straight away this shouldn’t be too much of a problem but there could be complications when the free bet is awarded after the qualifying bet settles.
Again the best thing to do is ask nicely and cross your fingers for a second shot.
Problem #2: I Never Received The Bonus
There are so many different reasons that this could happen that it’s hard for us to be able to exactly pinpoint the problem. The simplest and most accurate way to get to the bottom of this is to ask the site why you didn’t receive it but if you’re the type of person who checks Web MD instead of going to the doctor then these are (some of) your possible causes:
- The offer has expired – It’s unlikely if you saw it on this site as we check our lists daily, but if you’ve been cheating on us with another offers site or found a random out of date promo page on a bookies site it could happen. Perhaps check the terms of the original offer and see if an expiry date is listed. And if it is expired, mention it to the site and you might be able to work something out.
- Your account hasn’t been verified – These days the UK Gambling Commission have gotten a little overprotective and they require sites to perform KYC (‘Know Your Customer’) checks on their punters. Remember that email you received about verifying your phone number that you’ve been ignoring?..
- You haven’t placed the qualifying bet – Most free bets require a qualifying bet to be placed before you receive your free one. So if you signed up and are now twiddling your thumbs waiting for your bonus, it probably isn’t coming.
- You placed the wrong qualifying bet – Alternatively if you have placed a bet, double check that it’s valid. Not all bets count towards offer qualification so you need to make sure it’s one that is eligible. Sometimes you’ll find offers with a small number of exclusions such as no totepool bets or lucky 15’s, whilst others can be more restrictive such as football win-draw-win bets only. Some sites even go so far as to specify exactly what you can bet on, such as a double on the both teams to score markets of two premier league matches.
- The bet hasn’t settled yet – Some bets are issued as soon as you place your qualifying bet, but others only appear once your bet settles. So if you put it on Liverpool to win next years Premier League you’re going to be in for a long wait!
- Someone else has already claimed in your house – In many cases you are also only allowed one offer per household, so if you’re living in a shared house or your other half also likes a bet and they’ve got their first you could find that your not able to claim the bonus.
If none of the above sounds familiar then we revert back to our original solution, ask customer support. And be nice, they might throw you a bone.
Problem #3: I’ve Been Bonus Banned
Here’s another common problem, especially if you’re the kind of punter who only ever bets with a freebie. If you’ve been marked as an account that only ever claims offers and never bets without getting something in return then you’ll be locked out of claiming any bonuses. You could also find yourself blocked from sites you haven’t signed up with yet if they belong to the same group.
The solution? Unfortunately with a lot of sites once you’re banned, you’re banned.
In theory if you become an active customer that bets without offers you could see the decision reversed and if the lack of offers is determined by a computer and you start showing the bookie an increased level of turnover the dial could swing back in your favour, but if a human has hit the ‘banned’ button then it’s very unlikely to be reversed.