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Royal Ascot 2017 Betting Offers – Money Back Specials, Free Bets etc

Royal Ascot

We’re set for possibly the hottest Royal Ascot in history – so much so that the organisers are even considering relaxing the dress code for the first time ever. There is going to be five amazing days of racing, and there are so many offers available for the week. We’ve done the big job of…

Horse Racing

2017 US Open – Betting Preview, How to Watch Live & Betting Offers

Erin Hills

The US Open this year takes place at Erin Hills, and starts on the 15th June at 6pm (UK time). Each year the US Open is hosted at a different venue, and for 2017 it’s the turn of Erin Hills. The US Open is typically held on more challenging courses, with links style conditions and…

Golf

2017 ICC Champions Trophy – Where to Watch Live, Preview, Betting Offers & Odds

ICC Champions Trophy

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy takes place between the 1st and 8th June in England and Wales. It’s a one day international (ODI) tournament that sees the top eight teams battle it out. It’s played every four years (more frequently in the past), and is probably the second most important international cricket tournament after the world…

Cricket

French Open 2017 – Our Betting Preview with Odds, Offers and How to Watch Live

French Open

The French Open starts on Sunday 28th May, and lasts for two weeks with the final on Sunday 11th June.  Favourite for the French Open is Rafael Nadal, who can be backed at 1.80. This price is very short as a consequence of his form in 2017. He was unbeaten in 17 matches leading up until…

Tennis

Who will to win the 2017 General Election? Bookmakers getting ready to pay out on a Conservative win

The UK has already bet tens of million pounds on the outcome of the 2017 General Election. As polls seem to suggest that the Conservative lead is narrowing, what do bookmakers now expect will happen at the General Election? Odds constantly change as the campaigns develop. This reflects the bookmakers on-going assessment of how likely one…

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How do the free bet bonuses work?

Each welcome offer varies a little, but generally there are two types of offer available to new customers:

Typical offer 1) Bet a certain amount to receive a free bet

Typical offer 2) Get a free bet bonus equal to your first deposit

In the first example, it is relatively straight forward. Let’s take Ladbrokes as an example. Currently you can receive £30 in free bets when you sign up, but to do so, you only need to bet £10. This sort of offer ideal for a punter who wants to bet more casually.

In the second example, the free bet you can earn is equal to your first deposit. This tend to attract people wanting to bet larger amounts. Something to pay attention to, is the percentage that the initial deposit is matched with.

Bet 365 at the moment will provide a 100% 'matched deposit' bonus up to £200. What means is that if you sign up to Bet 365, deposit £200, as soon as you’ve bet £200 (win or lose), you’ll be given a free bet balance of £200. If your first deposit is matched only 50%, this means you would need to deposit £400 to receive a £200 free bet. Basically, higher the percentage, the better. 50%-100% is the norm.

Once you’ve ‘unlocked’ a free bet balance, you can’t simply withdraw it as cash (otherwise bookmakers would be broke). Before you can withdraw it, you will need to wager it a number of times. If you have a wagering requirement of 3x, it means you need to bet the amount three times before you can withdraw it as cash.

A wagering requirement between 3x and 5x is normal.

Which is the best betting site?

There is no single way to determine which the ‘best’ betting site is, but there are some factors that can help decide which one might be better for you.

Here is a checklist of things to consider:

  1. Welcome offer - As per above, pick a welcome bonus free bet that you feel comfortable with. Some will be better suited to those looking to bet big, whilst others are for better for casual punters. Betting is meant to be fun, so don’t stretch yourself, and be responsible.
  2. Ongoing offers – Each bookmaker will have offers for existing members, plus loyalty schemes. See below for more detail on this.
  3. Streaming options – Some of the betting sites allow you to stream sport, pretty much for free. If this is important to you, then Bet 365, Betfair, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Sky Bet will be of particular interest. You won’t be streaming Premier League action, but you do get some decent top flight foreign games.
  4. Markets – If you’re going to be betting on a range of sports and leagues, you may need to research which ones cover the markets you need. All of the betting websites will have markets for the most popular sports, and leagues, so it’s only if you’re going to be betting on an obscure league, or local dog racing event will this become relevant.
  5. Odds – Everyone wants to win as much as possible. It is challenging to know who has the best odds, because all of bookmakers boast that they have them! In one study, for football, Bet Victor were found to have the best odds. Eventually most punters tend to have several accounts, and then just place the bet with whoever has the best odds for that particular event.
  6. Interface – It again comes down to personal preference, but each of the bookmakers has a slightly difference interface. Personally we’re fans of the Bet 365 one, especially since they changed it to HTML5 in late 2016. As long as it’s not slow, and is easy to use, then it should be fine.
  7. Mobile experience – We say mobile experience versus simply app, as we don’t expect to have to download an app in order to bet. Most of the bookmakers now have responsible websites and dedicated apps. If like most people, you’ll be betting a lot on the go, load up the bookmaker’s website on your phone and take a look around.

Reading through that checklist will give you a good feel of which betting site may be more suitable for you. Truth is, if you’re going to be a casual punter, and bet on the most common sports, then chances are all of them will be suitable for you. Here is a table ranking the best betting sites:

Rank Betting Site Bonus Amount
1st 10Bet £200 (50% matched deposit)
2nd Bet 365 £200 (100% matched deposit)
3rd William Hill £30 (When you bet £10)
4th Ladbrokes £30 (When you bet £10)
5th NetBet £50 (50% matched deposit)
6th Betway £50 (100% matched deposit)
7th Real Deal Bet £50 (100% matched deposit)
8th Betfair £30 (When you bet £10)
9th Bet Victor £40 (When you bet £10)
10th SkyBet £20 (When you bet £5)

Finally, we’d only ever recommend signing up with a trusted, UK licensed betting site. There are plenty of new betting sites popping up all the time, but really, you wouldn’t save money in a bank you’ve never heard of, so why would you do the same with your gambling account? All of the sites we have listed on My Betting Sites are UK licensed.

Who has the best betting offers for existing customers?

We update our site daily with the offers available across all sports. This means few people know this area as well as we do.

Those who gamble more frequently are likely to have more than one account. That means, when you do decide to bet on something, you’ll use the account with the bookmaker that has the best deal.

When you go to place a bet, visit the relevant sports pages on our site (via the main navigation) to compare all of the offers available for that given day. That will inform you which will be the best account to use. There are generally five types of offer:

  • Free bets – Sometimes these will be issued for a specific sporting event to increase the amount of people betting on it.
  • Money back specials – For instance, getting money back if your horse finishes second.
  • Enhancements - You can sometimes earn extra winnings if a particular event happens (such as one of the teams hitting the crossbar).
  • Accumulators – Usually you can expect to receive either a bonus or insurance on your selections.
  • Loyalty programs- Make the amount of qualifying bets and you’ll get around £10 every week for free.

Generally speaking, there are some online betting sites which have more offers than others. Bet 365 is really strong for horse racing for example. With their ITV 4/1 racing offer, you essentially receive a free bet on the following race up to £50. On top of that, they have 'best odds guaranteed' (BOG).

That being said though, Paddy Power, Betway, and William Hill will have specific offers for at least one race meet per day, so in certain circumstances, it may be better to place your bet with them.

The core recommendation here is to do as much comparison as possible and pick the bookmaker that gives you the best value for that event.

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