Free Bets Explained

Most bookmakers offer free bets these days, but they aren’t going to just hand over some free cash without some kind of condition attached to it. This article should help you to understand everything you need to know about free bets and betting bonus offers.

The Qualifying Bet/Deposit

Except in the very rare case of a no deposit free bet, most betting sites require you to make a deposit and bet a certain amount before you receive your free bet. So if the bookie is offering a £25 matched bet, this usually means you need to deposit and place a bet worth £25 before you receive your free one.

The actual requirements and terms vary from site to site, so make sure you read the conditions before taking any offer so that you know what you’ve signed up for.

Qualifying Odds

Many sites require your qualifying bet (the one you place to get the free bet) and/or the free bet to be placed at odds greater than a minimum value – this will be set in the terms and conditions and is to stop you betting on “sure things” just to get the free bet.

The minimum odds vary but are usually somewhere around ‘evens’ (ie: 1/1) which is 2.0 in decimal odds. You’ll need to place your bet at these odds or greater.

So in the case of “Evens or greater” you could place a bet at Evens (2.0 in decimal) or 2/1 (3.0 in decimals) or 100/1 if you wanted.

Is The Free Bet Stake Returned?

This is an important factor to consider when comparing free bets. Some sites will return the free bet stake with your winnings, whilst others will not. A £25 free bet with the stake returned has a greater value than a £25 free bet where the stake isn’t returned.

Read The Terms & Conditions

Before taking a free bet you need to read the terms and conditions of the offer – don’t assume that it will be the same as another betting site, or even that it will be the same as another free bet that the same bookie has offered before. If you don’t understand the conditions, ask support – the last thing you want is to have a big win only to have it voided because you didn’t stick to the conditions.

Where To Find Free Bets

Just mosey on over to our free bets section and take your pick. Simple!