Free bets are the most desirable betting offers in the UK, and that popularity is evident in other countries too. The main reason for this is their simplicity when compared with other offers such as deposit bonuses, but it can still be quite confusing for some players trying to figure out how to get free bets.
Welcome bonuses such as Bet £10 Get £30 are usually straightforward, but there are some free bet promotions for existing customers in which the stipulations can be somewhat trickier.
The below free bet sign up offers are easy to claim, and you simply need to click the 'Claim' link, then register and follow any further instructions on the landing page.
Free bet welcome offers
£30 Matched Free Bet
If your first football acca loses
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Money Back as Cash up to £20
New customers only. Min odds 1/5 (1.2). Max £20 refund on first bet. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion, Apple Pay excluded. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £20 Free Bet
Standard Welcome Offer terms(Bet 10 Get 20): This offer is for new customers only and is available once per household. Max. FreeBet amount: £10 Minimum Deposit and wagering on sport to activate the Free Bet is: £20 Void/cancelled or cashed out bets do not count towards wagering to activate the free bet. Offer valid only to customers making a first deposit of £10 or more.
Bet £10 Get a £20 Surprise Bet
New customers & 18+ only. Min. deposit of £10. Qualifying real money bet of £10. Min odds greater than or equal to 1.5 required. E/W bets excluded. Offer credited within 48 hours. Additional T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
Full T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry.
Bet £10 Get £30
+ Best Odds On All PL Matches
Join and place a £10 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Once the bet is settled, get a £10 free fixed odds bet plus a £5 free Total Goals football spread bet. The second £10 free fixed odds bet and second £5 free Total Goals football spread bet will be credited 24 hours later. Free bet stakes not included in any winnings from the free fixed odds bets. You need to open a full sports spread betting account to use the 2 x £5 free Total Goals football spread bets. Free bets expire in 28 days if unused. See full ts&cs. 18+ begambleaware.org
£20 First Bet Money Back as Cash if It Loses
Plus a £5 Bet Builder free bet!
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund is £20. Only deposits made using Cards will qualify. £5 Bet Builder free bet will be available to claim from the promotions hub after the qualifying bet has been settled & will be valid for 7 days. T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
+30 Free Spins
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 30 Free Spins on Blue Wizard at £0.10 per spin. 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply.
How to claim free bets: Step-by-Step
Let's take one of the above free bet offer examples and go through the process of signing up to getting the free bets.
We'll go for Ladbrokes as it is a straightforward free bet deal that is similar to many of the others that we list on Bookies Bonuses.
Step 1) Visit the Ladbrokes registration page
By clicking 'Claim' you'll be taken to a landing page that has all of the details of the free bet offer.
The page looks just like the screenshot above, and you'll need to click 'Bet Here' in order to progress.
We are using the Ladbrokes example here, but the process will be almost identical on other betting sites as well.
To save you going back to the list at the top of the page, you can just use the link below.
Bet £5 Get £20 in Free bets
18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min €5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x €5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
Step 2) Fill in the registration form
If you're happy with the free bet offer shown on the landing page and you're ready to move forward, click through and you'll be asked to fill in your details.
Go for a unique username and password, and make sure that all of the details you enter are true and accurate, as you will need to have your account verified.
In some cases, you'll be verified electronically straight away, but it might be that you need to send in documentation. Once again, we emphasise that all details you enter should be completely legit.
Look out for a possible promo code field on the registration form - but this is usually filled automatically if you go through the landing page.
It should only take a minute or two to go through this, and then you're all set up.
Step 3) Make a deposit
Almost all free bet offers - including the Ladbrokes one - require an initial wager in order to unlock the free bets that the bookie has promised.
So, of course, you need to deposit money into your account. At this point, you must read the terms and conditions to ensure that your chosen payment is eligible for the offer.
Skrill and Neteller very rarely qualify, and PayPal doesn't either in the case of Ladbrokes.
The minimum deposit amount should be specified in the terms and conditions.
Ensure you read the terms and conditions of each free bet offer so that you are clear on what is needed.
Step 4) Place your qualifying bet
The next requirement is to place a bet as per the terms laid out by the bookie. You might need to opt in beforehand, but with Ladbrokes, you can just go ahead and bet on any sport at odds of 1/2 or higher.
You need to look out for the below terms, as they can vary from one free bet offer to the next.
- Odds - Almost all free bet offers will have minimum odds on the qualifying bet. Make sure the first bet you place with the betting site is not below those odds.
- Sports - The offer might only be relevant to certain sports, or it might not allow bets on a particular sport to qualify.
- Markets - Some markets might be ruled out. This is likely to be Asian lines or similar.
- Selections - In some cases, the qualifying bet needs to be an accumulator, in which case the number of legs needed should be made clear in the T&Cs.
The more flexibility you have with your qualifying bet, the better. That's one of the great things about the Ladbrokes offer - as long as your single bet, or each leg of your multiple bet, has odds of 1/2+, you're good to go.
Step 5) Get your free bets
Your free bets will be credited after your qualifying bet has been placed. With Ladbrokes, you get them straight away, but with other bookies, you may need to wait until your initial wager has settled.
Make sure you use your free bets before they expire!
Seven days is a typical expiry time for your free bets, and there may be restrictions on the bets you can place with them but there shouldn't be anything too strict. It might just be that you can't use them on complex multiples.
Usually, you can just add a selection to your bet slip and the option to use a free bet credit will appear.
How to get free bets for existing customers
Why should only new customers get to have all the fun, eh?
Lots of betting sites also offer free bets to their users that are already signed up, and this is a great way to retain them.
Some are spontaneous, and others are long-standing. Either way, there are plenty of ways to get free bets even if you don't want to join a new bookie all the time.
Existing customer free bets
Place two accas on the Virgin Bet site in order to receive a £10 free bet - three times a week! Read more
Where to find existing customer free bets
Free bet sign up offers are promoted more by betting sites and even by us at Bookies Bonuses, so it's completely understandable if you don't know how to find free bets for existing customers.
We do actually have an existing customer bonus page, and we keep that page as well as our homepage up to date with all of the latest offers for those of you that have an account with most betting sites already.
Otherwise, you can look at the 'Promotions' or 'Offers' section of your preferred bookies, and check what deals they currently have.
Betway is one of the best betting sites for existing customer free bets, largely thanks to the Betway Free Bet Club.
The Betway Free Bet Club allows you to get a £10 free bet each week.
How to Get Free Bets Through the Betway Free Bet Club
- Register with Betway.
- Bet £25+ on multiples (overall odds 2/1+) each week.
- Get 2 x £5 Betway free bets.
Register with Betway
Betway Free Bet
£30 Matched Free Bet
If your first football acca loses
Betway have a free bet offer for new customers as well as their existing customer promotions.
It's a Bet £10 Get £10 deal and your qualifying bet must be placed at odds of 3/4+.
You can then join the Free Bet Club and make the most of many other offers.