In today's competitive market, the punter has a whole host of free bet and sign up bonus offers to choose from, as bookmakers compete with each other to get customers.
This situation means that there are a whole host of offers available to check out, with different values and conditions. All bookmaker sign up bonus offers are not created equal so it is really important for you to check all the terms and conditions that are linked to a free bet. There are always different rules regarding minimum odds and play through rules on your initial deposit.
Most bookmakers have a small initial deposit requirement and then an amount as a sign up bonus.
In this section of the site we want to pick out 5 of the biggest sign up bonus offers and explain the pros and cons of each one.
Sometimes punters only see the bonus amount being offered and not the underlying conditions. It is all very well getting a Ј200 bonus, but if the T&C's make the bonus restictive then that is not good.
It does not matter if you are an experienced sports bettor or you are just dipping your toe in the water, maybe you are experienced but have done all of your betting offline.
5 of the best offers we have seen available at the moment are:
1. Stan James
So Stan James do not offer one of the biggest bonuses but it is one of the simplest and least restrictive. All you have to do is deposit Ј10 and play through that deposit. Once you have played throough the deposit you will receive a bonus of Ј20 into your account.
This bonus is placed in your account after your first bet has been settled and will be within your account within 24 hours.
Just a couple of restrictions you should be aware of. First you must bet your bonus at odds of 1.8 or 4/5 as a minimum price. You have to use your bonus bet within 7 days which is a little short, but you are clear on the information now. If your free bet is successful then your returns will not include the Ј20 free bet.
So if you place your free bet on a 2/1 winner you will get back Ј40,
2. Genting Bet
Genting Bet are more renowned as a Casino operator but are moving into the online space aggressively now and have simple free bet offer for you to take advantage of. All you do is sign up for an account and place your first bet of Ј10 and if it is a loser then Genting Bet will give you a free bet.
Now this might not sound like the most glamourous free bet but there are very few restrictions and you can have a risk free bet on a bigger priced selection in a sports event knowing full well you get at least a free bet.
Just place a bet at Evens (2.0) or greater. If your first bet loses then your free bet will be credited within 24 hours of your qualifying bet settling.
The free bet must be used in full within 14 days on a selection with odds no greater than 4/1 (5.0)
3. Winner Sports
So you can sign up for Winner and deposit a minimum of Ј30 and they will match your deposit up to Ј200, one of the biggest offers in the industry by far. But is it a solid offer?
The Ј200 sounds very tempting as it is a big bonus amount but does it fit with your betting stratgey and are the restrictions too heavy for you personally.
Of course you have to register for a new account and go through an ID verification process before your account is opened. Once verified you can deposit between Ј30 up to Ј200. So here is where the key issue is. Although you can get a big bonus, this bonus is only available for wagering, you cannot withdraw this bonus amount, you can only withdraw winnings made from the bonus. This in effect means you are not really getting a bonus.
You are not limited to withdrawing remaining portions of your original deposit but it does in some ways defeat the object of the bonus. Also the first bets and credits placed are deducted from your pending winnings first then from your deposit(s) and finally from the bonus.
Please take a look at our full Winner Sports bonus review for all details.
Not one of the best known bookmakers online but one with a very fair and simple sign up bonus. With 21Bet you will geta 100% matched free bet bonus of up to Ђ50. All you have to do is place your first bet as a single or combo bet with odds of 1.9 or 9/10 and once your bet has been settled then you can claim your bet.
It is not credited directly, you have to contact their customer support after your first bet is settled and then your bonus is allocated. One of the simplest and fairest free bonus bet offers on the market.
Now when we looked at this bonus to start with, it did not look attractive. However, as we advise, you have to look at all the terms and conditions of any free bet bonus offer to understand the value.
With 12Bet you have to place a certain number of bets (six) with a minimum bet amount (Ј10) to receive a Ј35 bonus. But that is about it....very simple.
Now your free bet bonus will be equivalent to your lowest stake during all your qualifying bets so one of yoir bets will need to be Ј35 to get the full bonus, just keep that in mind and all qualifying bets must be either a win single or combo bet. That is it.