Free Bets & Welcome Bonus Offers
When betting online first started free bets were all the rage. You could join a bookmaker, collect a free bet bonus and win money for free - often without making a deposit. These days betting rules and regulations have become much tighter and free no deposit offers from bookies are rare. Instead new punters are usually offered a matched deposit bonus bet, enhanced odds on selected sporting events such as The Grand National and Premier League games, or bonuses for slots and casino games.
Matched bets or deposit bonuses are when you deposit or wager £x and then receive a free bet as a reward. For example you may need to wager £5 on horse racing to receive a £5 free racing bet. Wagering terms and conditions will apply to each offer and we do advise checking the small print. For example you may have to make one full bet at £x and at odds greater than 2 to 1. The free bet may have limitations such as markets, time-span and maximum wins.
New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
New UK+IRE customers. PayPal and certain deposit and bet types excluded. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. 18+. #AD
New UK+IRE customers. PayPal and certain deposit and bet types excluded. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
Place a £10 Sportsbook bet on any market, at min. odds 1/2 (1.5) — get £30 in free bets, valid 30 days. Only deposits via Cards will qualify. Free bets will be awarded after the qualifying bet has been settled. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly. 18+. #AD
Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. 18+. #AD
Register as a new player and bet up to £20 on any sport at any odds. You will then get double the odds with all winnings paid in cash. 18+. #AD
Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days. 18+. #AD
New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering requirements: all sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the racing bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. 18+. #AD
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&Cs apply 18+. #AD
Who Are The Best UK Bookmakers?
Our advice is to investigate a few of the sites listed above before making significant deposits and get a feel for the bookie. Do they offer free to play games? Do they have options for creating your own odds by tweeting? What are their cash-out terms? If you into matched betting then it's also worth checking out the various promotions that are offered to regular punters.
Where Are Bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power & Skybet?
You may observe that some of the big names of UK sports are missing from our lists below. This is because we are unable to recommend any of these brands due to their business conduct. Betfair for example decided to suspend our affiliate partnership with no notice and subsequently no valid explanation. In our view if they can't treat us with a modicum of respect, then they're most likely not going to treat customers well. With that in mind we advise wagering at businesses that have higher standards.