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The basics – what is a free bet?
Seems like an obvious question, but one we probably more often than not assume we know the answer to. When labelled as a free bet you might be inclined to think it’s completely free, but in reality unless it is labelled as such, there will be terms and conditions attached which means it’s more of a trial bet to sample the sports betting.
The majority of the time you’ll be able to use the free bet either on its own, or with part of your own cash balance to allow you to stake a higher bet. This is pretty advantageous in itself as the winnings attached to the bonus staked are generally yours to keep. The part that’s usually taken back by the bookmaker is the free bet stake upon making a withdrawal.
We generally find that out of the sea of free bets out there on offer, you can narrow it down to two fundamental types; a free bet and a free bonus / welcome bonus. Speaking in general terms:
Generally free bet offers are credited to your account following a wagering or depositing action. Some bookmakers may refer to them as free bet tokens. You can then use these free bets or free bet tokens to bet on sports and then any winnings associated with the bonus can be wagered on minimum odds (usually circa 1.50) around once or twice before being withdrawn. We tend to find that the bigger the bookmaker the more risk adverse and looser the wagering requirements are.
Free Bet Bonus / Welcome Bonus
A welcome bonus will usually be packaged as a deposit match up to a certain amount; for sports usually between $50 – $100. This involves making a deposit when you first sign up, and whatever the amount, you receive the same as a welcome bonus to bet with. We usually find the difference is that the welcome bonus amount can be withdrawn after passing the wagering requirements. So unlike the free bets that can’t be withdrawn, bonus amounts usually have a slightly higher wagering requirements of around 4 – 5 times, but can then be withdrawn.
A theme that follows throughout our site at America Bet is our constant references to reading the terms and conditions of any promotion, which includes free bet offers too. It’s not just something we say to be compliant, it’s because we’ve all been caught out at some time or another by a promotion that mislead us. Fortunately in the online betting sector, bookies are now required to display a certain amount of the material terms in their marketing collateral. Along with this, they have to provide the exhaustive terms no more than one click away from the advert too.
No Deposit Free Bets and Bonuses
For Sports bettors, these types of offers don’t come along too often and are more often found in online casinos. We do have a selected few bookmakers that offer no deposit bonuses for punters, and to access these you can sign up to our exclusive America Bet newsletter.
Enhanced Odds Free Bets
A new free bet incentive that sports betting operators have been incentivising their punters with are enhanced odds on an obvious favourite. For example if Man Utd were to play Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, the obvious favourite would be Man Utd. Since the odds on United to win would be incredibly short priced, bookmakers will offer 25/1 for United to win for new customers. Seems impossible and equally as incredible, but these offers are limited to a $1 stake, meaning it’s essentially a $25 free bet. These are actually good value offers if used correctly, but let’s face it on face value the headline is pretty insulting to a seasoned sports fan who will most likely be thinking ‘yeah right…’.
Free Bets for Existing Customers
The good news is that for all the new customer offers you see, there are a ton of existing customer free bets to take advantage of too. So where do you find these free bets? The best way is to sign up with the bookmaker and go about your business as usual. They’re just like any other business, in that if you stop playing after betting for some time, they’ll give you something back. It’s common place these days to log into your account and have a message asking you to claim a free bet, or an email that lands in your inbox offering you a free bet bonus.
It seems a bit too obvious, but you can just ask the bookmaker on live chat for a bonus or a free bet. They’ll usually ask for your username, pull up your account and if your account and activity is and has been trust worthy, they’ll give you a bonus of some kind. The customer service teams usually have a discretionary budget allocated to them to use for player requests, so in essence if you don’t ask you don’t get.
Ultimately free Bets offer a great way to sample what kind of sports betting service a bookmaker has to offer.
As with all promotions, please make sure you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions first. We try our best to list all terms linked with any offer on our site too. Sports free bets and casino bonuses tend to differ greatly, especially in wagering requirements.