Best free bets list. Updated daily to include 42 new betting offers for February 2024. These bookie sign up offers are from trusted, licensed UK betting sites. Many free bets exclusive to OLBG so click the see offer links on this page to qualify.
Updated regularly, this is the current list of best free bets in our expert team♈'s opinion, using a range of considerations which you can see below the list
𝕴**According to our free bets ratings system.
😼The best bookie offer for you is subjective depending on the type of offer which you are looking for. We rate the bookmaker sign up offers on this page out of five ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - You can see the star ratings below each logo in the free bets list.
The offer rating is not the overall rating for the bookmaker, if you want to see bookie ratings by user reviews then head to our bookmakers page. On this page the ratings are given by our in house editorial team.
💟Simplicty in obtaining a free bet is key which is why our bullet point checklist remains as simple as it can be.
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ꦏEnsure the free bet is 🎁 easily accessible, with ☑️clear terms & conditions, Low 🔄 turnover requirement and 🏇minimal restrictions on qualifying bets. Choose a ⭐highly-rated provider for the best free bets!
❀Offers we rate low will often require a user to turnover many times the offer amount, maybe at restricted odds, with tight timescales.
♊A combination of terms may make it very hard for a user to even realise the free bet or deposit offer amount, let alone make a positive return from it.
Casino free bets are more commonly referred to as casino offers or casino bonuses but they work in a similar way to bookmaker free bets. We have a designated page here that lists UK casino bonuses.
𒈔The key differences are that you will see very different restrictions and terms. So rather than having to place a bet at certain odds to qualify for a free bet with a bookmaker, with a casino offer, you may have to turn over a certain amount with your bonus before you can withdraw any winnings.
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ꦍRather than a bonus, some casino free bets come in the form of free spins. So you may need to deposit a certain amount and qualify for several free spins on a certain slot. These can sometimes sound like much better offers than they are as 100 free spins at 1p a spin is only worth £1. Check these offers in detail and the wagering requirements that go with them.
꧙Check out our page for all the casino free bets but for your convenience, we have listed the top 5 here.
🌌A free bet is a promotional strategy by bookmakers to attract new users to their betting platform. It could be a fixed amount added to your first deposit or a percentage of the amount invested.
🔯To make the most of these free bet offers, it's crucial to understand their terms and conditions, as they differ among bookmakers. Some might require a minimum deposit to activate the free bet or sign-up offer.
ꦕPerfect for new users, a free bet is either a fixed bonus or a % of your first deposit. They are often not quite as free as you might think and more of a bonus credit which is not cash, so remember to check T&Cs 📝 as they vary per bookmaker. 🎁
We try to explain the free bet and sign up bonus offers here for you as much as possible given the space but please click through to the online bookmakers via the links on this page ꦯand read their terms and conditions in full before signing up.
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ꦫMany of the betting offers will require you to deposit money first and place a bet. This first bet or qualifying bet will often need to be placed at certain odds. For example this condition may read something like this
“the qualifying bet must have minimum odds of 4/5”
൲Often the first bet you place is the qualifying bet and the amount of that bet will be matched (up to a certain amount) with a free bet of the same amount.
There are many variations though from the more simple bet £10 get £10 free bet to Bet £10 get £20, Bet £10 get £30 in free bets or even bet £20 get £10.
𒐪Normally the main sign up offer for the bookmaker is available to use on all sports. But be careful to check as sometimes offers are for horse racing or football only.
🅷Often your first bet💰 acts as a qualifier, met with an equivalent free bet credit! From bet £10 get £10 or bet £10 get £20, to a deposit match up to 100%, the choices are many. Just remember, offers might be limited to certain values and sports 🏇⚽️ so check carefully!
ꦏSign up deposit bonuses are becoming more popular than free bets with UK betting sites now. Often the bookmaker will match the deposit you make up to a certain amount with bonus funds but what is the difference between that and a free bet?
𒁃In the world of betting promotions, it's crucial to understand the difference between a free bet and a deposit bonus. Free bets are prevalently offered by bookmakers to encourage both new and existing customers to bet with them. When using a free bet, note that the stake is not returned. If you place a £10 free bet with even odds (2.0), you'd receive £10 instead of £20, as the free bet stake is deducted.
🦂Can't tell a Free Bet from a Deposit Bonus? 🤔 Free bets offer returns without the stake, meaning if you win a £10 bet on evens, you get £10, not £20. 😮 But with deposit bonuses, you keep the bonus as cash, once wagering requirements are met. 🏆
🌃On the other hand, deposit bonuses operate differently. These allow you to retain the bonus value as cash, but usually come with wagering requirements to prevent immediate withdrawal. This means you have to place a specified number of bets before you can convert the bonus to withdrawable cash. For instance, if you get a £20 bonus with x3 wagering requirements, you'd need to place bets worth £60 before you can withdraw the bonus and any winnings made from it. Understanding these distinctions will crucially enhance your betting experience.
෴As ever, please really carefully check the terms and conditions of all free bet offers and make sure you are able and willing to comply with all of them before signing up to a bookmaker.
ꦑNew free bets added to the site recently include
♊There have been a lot of new bookmakers focusing on the UK market recently. We have added many of these to OLBG and list the new free offers here.
🔯There are around 80 bookmakers licensed for remote gambling in the UK so that is a lot of free bets and bonuses that could be available to you!
ꦐAs these new bookmakers come along we will add their free bets here to ensure that you can see all the new free bet offers.
𝐆Bet UK, a Malta-based gaming firm established in 2012 by Intellectual Property & Software Ltd, was bought by LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group in 2018 and specializes in Football, Horse Racing, and Tennis.
𒊎BetMGM is one of the largest and most popular sportsbooks in the United States, and has now entered the UK market. Part of the MGM Resorts International umbrella, make no mistake, this is a heavyweight entering the ring.
⛎SBK, Smarkets' Fixed Odds Sportsbook, is a premier UK betting site offering top odds, advice, and bespoke features through an award-winning app.
♋The Football Pools offers betting on sports and casinos, with an added original Football Pools Classic featuring £3 million score draw jackpots
🦂Fafabet, a new online gambling platform powered by FSB Tech, provides 30+ sports and a vast array of betting markets.
The best offers for existing users are
There are so many free bets or new customer offers for those joining a bookmaker, but free bets for existing customers are harder to find.
ꦦWe have researched for you though and discovered all the bookmaker free bet clubs available. To find what we think are the best use the filters above to choose loyalty offers and best.
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༒Bookmakers are becoming better at rewarding the loyalty of their customers and many have set up free bet clubs to offer regular bonuses as well as the joining offers. Essentially what these do is provide free bets after the customer has placed a number of bets, sometimes certain types of bets.
Terms and conditions always apply to these offers so please check those fully. These offers are all subject to change but we have written a whole article entitled the best weekly free bet clubs explained ꦑso check that out to see what is available now.
🙈Aside from the free bet clubs, bookmakers offer many other promotions for your loyalty. Some of these offers for existing customers include
🧸You can read through examples of all these offers on this page. Simply pick loyalty offers from the filters above.
🍰Love the idea of wagering without the risk? Then No Deposit Free Bets are for you! A rare find, these allow a sneak peek at a bookmaker with potential for real winnings, sans the initial risk! More common in casinos, check our casino offers page for more. 💡🏆
🅰Free bets without placing a deposit are extremely popular of course as these offer an opportunity to try out a bookmaker and to try to win some real money without the initial risk.
ꦰBecause these are a very good offer they are expensive promotions for bookmakers to run and so are few and far between.
🔥Some no-deposit free bet offers are limited for a short time or a certain number of free bets are made available.
No-deposit casino offers are more popular than no-deposit free bets. Visit our casino offers𒀰 page to see the no-deposit offers available there.
🌳 Here is a selection of questions you should consider when looking through the terms and conditions of the free bets.
ꦕMake sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of free bet offers when you are looking to take advantage of a new customer offer.
🍌We highlight significant terms and conditions of free bets by each welcome offer listed on this page but each offer also has further terms and conditions which you can see on the landing page after clicking through.
꧟ Let's take a closer look at the types of bookmaker offers and free bets you can expect to find when looking to open a new account online
𓆏With lots of different terms being used, understanding bookmaker sign up offers can be difficult. Here is a guide to some of those terms and what they mean.
🌄These are typically where the amount of your first deposit is used as the qualifying amount of the deposit bonus. Many people call these free bets matched deposit but really they are deposit bonuses, so you receive more funds in your account which you can then use for betting, as opposed to receiving a free bet token.
💃For a 100% deposit bonus for example, if you were to deposit £50 you may receive £50 in bonus funds. The percentage can vary but will typically be 50% or 100% of your first deposit.
🎀They're often based on your first deposit amount, not just free bets. Deposit £50, get £50 more!✨ Percentages can vary, typically 50% or 100%. But remember, turnover requirements can be high, so bet wisely!🎲🔍
💟Normally turnover requirements are added to the terms of these offers and these can be quite onerous. We have seen as high as 15x turnover requirements on deposit amount and bonus amount. So on a £50 deposit that could mean, £1500 would have to be wagered before any funds can be withdrawn.
ꦿSo read the terms and conditions of these bookmaker offers thoroughly. You shouldn't change your betting patterns to obtain specific offers so it may be that you dont want to claim the full maximum deposit bonus as to withdraw, it may mean you need to be more than you normally would want to.
𒊎That is not sensible or responsible gambling. For those who typically bet larger amounts though, deposit matches can be a good way to gain extra funds for your betting bank. Examples of free bets matched deposit include
𒐪Cash Back offers, another name for deposit bonuses, can seem enticing but be sure to read the fine print! While they may not provide immediate cash withdrawals, they can be advantageous when offered by betting exchanges or spread betting companies. Always know your T&Cs!🔍💡
🗹Another name for deposit bonus offers but the term cash back may be misleading as it is unlikely you will receive any cash which is immediately allowed to be withdrawn with this form of offer.
෴However sometimes these can be very good offers, for example when a betting exchange or spread betting company offers such an incentive. With these offers, as ever, it is really important to understand the full terms and conditions. Examples of cash back welcome offers are
𒉰Make the most of Matched Free Bets! Often the first bet placed, ensure you're up to speed with the welcome offer T&Cs.🔍 If the offer is bet £25 get £25, a £5 won't cut it! But an 'up to £25' deal could match your £5 bet with a £5 free bet. Keep an eye on the odds & sports prerequisites. 🎲💡
🦩Matched free bets are typically on the first bet placed and are sometimes referred to as free bet matched stake offers. So when you open a new betting account make sure that you are aware of the welcome offer terms and conditions.
☂Your first bet is often the qualifying bet for the offer, so if for example the welcome offer is bet £25 get £25 free bet and you make your first bet £5, you would not qualify. Sometimes though the headline amount is the maximum, so the offer may be bet up to £25 and get your first bet matched up to £25.
𝐆So in that example a £5 bet may get a £5 free bet. You also need to look out for other qualifying terms though. Your first bet may need to be at specific odds (say over 2/1) and/or on certain sports.
﷽Matched free bets also explain multiples of free bets higher than the initial stake. Examples of matched free bets include
෴Fortunately there are stricter rules in place now as to when a bookmaker may and may not call a welcome offer risk free.
༺These are rare offers as normally there is a risk involved in depositing and making a qualifying bet in order to be able to claim a free bet.
♈The free bet you get after qualifying for it may well be risk free, but you would have needed to take a risk with your first bet. So you may see these promoted as, say Bet £10, Get a £10 risk free bet. Remember though, you are taking a risk with your first £10 bet which of course you can lose.
🌌Risk-free bets sound enticing, right? Remember, there's still a risk with your qualifying bet! Bet £10, Get £10 risk-free may sound good, but your initial £10 can still be lost. Always explore T&Cs, note the maximum wins and turnover standards. Stay informed, bet smart! 🔍💡
♋Another version of this may be a no deposit free bet. You are more likely to find no deposit offers for slots or casino, sometimes referred to as free spins.
🐻Keep in mind though there are often many terms applied to these, such as the maximum you can win, how many times you need to turn over your stake etc.
ℱAnother way in which bookmakers may use the term risk free is in the situation where they will give you a free bet if your first bet loses.
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𝄹However it would be wrong of them to call this risk free. You would need to stake an initial bet with your money, which you could lose and then typically if you do lose they will give you a free bet up to a certain amount. ie this may be bet £10, get a free £10 bet if you lose. However you have taken a risk as the free bet cant be withdrawn as cash.
🌳These aren't great offers as nobody intends to lose their first bet of course and if you win as planned, you get no bonus at all. Examples of these type of offers include
𒁏Another variation of deposit match offers. This is really just different terminology with different terms and conditions attached to the offer.
🌸So rather than receive an amount of your deposit as a deposit bonus, you would be allocated betting credits or free bets.
🔯These sign up offers have become really popular recently and bookies use them to encourage sign ups around large sporting events.
🍎So rather than offer a free bet, they will offer larger odds on a popular bet to a certain stake. Sometimes these can be very good offers if the winnings are payable in cash and can be withdrawn.
🀅Enhanced Odds & Price Boosts are rising in popularity among bookies, especially during big sporting events!🏆 Rather than a free bet, they offer inflated odds on popular bets, often with winnings paid as free bets. Ideal for low-stakes wagers, but always review the T&Cs.🔍
💯However it is more common to see the winnings paid in free bets. So for example a horse may be boosted from say 4/1 to win to 24/1, for a maximum bet of £1 with the extra winnings paid in free bets.
꧙So if the selection wins you would receive your normal returns to a £1 stake but additionally £20 in free bet credits. These offers sound very attractive and can suit you if you want to make small stakes only.
𓆏Profit Boosts, akin to enhanced odds, boost your winning's profit!🎉 This can be double the profit of your first bet or more. Not as common due to their complexity and non-specific nature, but they could prove a gamechanger, so keep an eye out! #BettingTips🔍💡
꧅Similar to enhanced odds or price boosts but based on profit instead. So the offer could be double the profit of your first bet or first x bets up to a certain amount.
♉ These aren't so common as they can be difficult for the customer to understand and they aren't normally specific to an event or outcome.
𝄹Money Back Special Bets offer a free bet if a specific event occurs—bettor bets on a football match, certain player scores, get a free bet! However, it's just a free bet, not your cash back. So, win on that free bet to retrieve your initial stake. 🎲👍
♎These free bet offers are linked to something specific happening. Such as place a bet on a football match and get your money back as a free bet if a certain player scores.
𝄹 Or bet on a horse in a certain race and get your money back as a free bet if that horse falls. Often these types of offers can be available to existing as well as new customers.
🐼Be careful though as you dont get your money back! You are rewarded a free bet which is very different as you would then need to win on that free bet to try and get your original stake back.
🐟Promotional codes, promo codes, bonus codes, offer codes! These all refer to a code which needs to be placed upon registration with a bookmaker in order to receive the bonus or offer available.
Often when you click through to a bookmaker site from a site such as OLBG, if any offer code is required it will be carried through and automatically added to your registration form.♛If in the terms of the offer a code has been requested, double check that it has been entered when you register or you may not be eligible for the offer.
ꦇPromo codes for bookmaker free bets though are quite rare these days.
𒁏Some free bets are only available if you register your new betting account via a mobile device. Some betting sites are specifically trying to attract users who bet via their phones so reserve their offers or provide better offers for those who register on a phone.
At OLBG we can have a different list of free bet offers showing if you access the site via mobile than if you access it via a desktop computer. So take a look at our free bets list on your phone also to see if there are any specific mobile free bets or betting apps offers.
🔥A free bet is a bet which is provided by a betting site for a customer to place and then benefit from the winnings. Free bets are commonly used as welcome offers to encourage new customers to register with a new betting site.
💙As many as you like, however you will be restricted to one account per bookmaker and therefore one free bet sign up offer per site, but there is no limit to how many different bookmakers you can have accounts with.
🌳Your free bet will normally be available straight away after making your initial deposit or qualifying bet if required.
ꦉWhere your free bet token appears will vary by bookmaker. Sometimes you will be issued with a bonus code to use but often you will be able to apply your free bet in the bet slip when you place your next bet.
🌼The sport and event which you can use your free bet on will be detailed in the terms and conditions attached to your free bet offer. Check those terms carefully as there may be other conditions such as the odds and type of bet which you may place using your free bet.
ꦆWinnings from your free bet can normally be withdrawn but not the free bet stake itself which is not normally returned with any winnings. However terms vary and sometimes your winnings from your free bet will need to be turned over (known as roll over requirements) several times before you can withdraw.
🍸No deposit free bets for sports betting are rare. If we find any we will add the offers here. No deposit casino offers are more common, head to our casino offers page for a list of these.
𓂃You will make money from your bonus bet by choosing a winning selection. Most free bets will require a qualifying bet to release your free bet. So really you need to make a profit from that initial qualifying stake and your free bet combined. For example, if you place a qualifying bet of £10 to receive a free bet of £10, you have risked £10 of your own money. You now need to return more than £10 from your two bets to make money. Remember the free bet stake is not normally returned.
🌼A welcome offer or loyalty incentive where you cannot lose money on a bet. These are a very popular but rare welcome offer. More likely you will find offers that give you a risk free bet after your qualifying bet. So for example you need to make a bet to then release a risk free bet (otherwise known as a free bet).
♐Cheltenham Festival time can be the best time of year to open up a new account and take advantage of the generous welcome offers. Bookmakers will often increase their offers and provide generous money back specials on the Cheltenham Festival as it is a good time for them to bring in new customers. Here are some of the benefits of having several bookmaker accounts in use for Cheltenham
▨As well as taking advantage of multiple welcome offers, having more bookies means better odds. Shopping around for the best odds can make a big difference to your returns for horse racing betting. After the welcome offer, many bookies will have retention offers. For Cheltenham, these can be generous, too as the bookies want to fight for their customers. Generous promotions we have seen have included refunds if your horse finishes second, falls, is beaten by the favourite. Sometimes we have seen bonuses if your horse wins by a certain margin.
❀Cheltenham loyalty offers can also be generous. These can include free bets after a qualifying quantity, free bets for every winner over a specific price, or even cash back on losses.
🎐This page lists all the Cheltenham offers from the top UK bookmakers.