It’s getting harder for bookmakers to attract new customers. They’re putting more effort into retaining the customers they’ve already got.
Many of the bookmakers have offers for particular sporting events. It is possible to get money back if certain players score, if matches end goalless or if your horse finishes second.
These sort of free bets for existing customers are updated daily on the My Betting Sites homepage.
In addition, some bookmakers run ‘loyalty’ programs and competitions. These incentivise players to bet more with particular bookmakers. You can earn free bets weekly and enter competitions for free.
This has been updated for May 2019. In the past 12 months, we’ve seen both 10Bet, Coral and MansionBet pull their loyalty offers, and Betway has tweaked their ‘4 to score’ competition.
1) Betway Free Bet Club
- Reward: £10 in free bets each week
- Requirement: Bet £25 or more on football accumulators each week
Bet £25 or more on your football accumulators during the week and Betway will give you a £10 in free bets.
To qualify, the £25 in bets need to be placed between Saturday midnight, and Friday midnight. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be given your free bets in two £5 instalments. One £5 free bet will be given to you at midday on Saturday (this will be available to you to use until midday the following Monday). The second free £5 will be credited on Monday at 2 pm (this will be available to you to use until 2 pm the following Friday).
You need to opt-in to receive this offer.
2) Paddy’s Rewards Club
- Reward: Free £10 bet each week plus a power-up
- Requirement: Bet £10 x 5 times on any sport during a week
Bet £10 five times during the week and Paddy Power will credit you a £10 free bet on the following Monday. You can also earn a free power up.
Bets can be made on any sport and can include single selections and accumulators, providing the combined odds are 1.5 or greater. Contributing bets have to be made on different selections, i.e. if you were planning to bet £50 on a Manchester United win anyway, placing five £10 bets will only count as one £10 bet in this loyalty programme.
One other thing to be made aware of is that cashed out bets do not count. Free bets are credited by 12 pm on each Monday. This promotion has recently been fronted by Rhodri Giggs claiming loyalty is dead, and that it is all about rewards.
You need to opt-in to receive this offer.
3) Boylesports ‘Acca Loyalty’ Offer
- Reward: Free £5 accumulator bet
- Requirement: Place 5 x £5 accumulators
You can earn a £5 free football accumulator by earning five stamps. You will earn a stamp every time you place an accumulator with at least five selections and total odds of 4.00. It is only possible to earn one stamp per day. You need to opt-in first to receive this offer.
4) Unibet In-Play Free Bet Club
- Reward: Free £10 in-play bet
- Requirement: Place 5 x £10 in-play bet
Place five in-play bets between Monday and Sunday on selected sports (football is included) and Unibet will give you a £10 free in-play bet.
Each qualifying bet must be at odds of 2.00 or greater. and you’ll receive your free bet by 4 pm the following Monday.
6) Betway 4 to Score (Competition)
- Reward: Win up to £25,000
- Requirement: Free to enter with a Betway account
Each week, Betway will pick four matches, and you must pick the first goalscorer within each match.
If no one wins, the jackpot will roll over to the next week.
The goalscorers by BBC sport. If just one person gets it correct, they will scoop the full £25,000, otherwise, if there are multiple winners, the prize pool is shared equally.
7) Unibet Champions League 4 Predictor
- Reward: Win up to £50,000
- Requirement: Free to enter with a Unibet account
This competition returns for the 18/19 Champions League campaign.
Predict the scores of four Champions League fixtures and you can win £50k. If multiple people correctly make the prediction, then the prize will be shared among them. If no one correctly makes the prediction, then a prize of £10k will be awarded to the player who scored the most points, deriving from correct predictions.
It’s free to play, so if you don’t have an account, sign up and get this welcome bonus offer and enter weekly.
The Paddy Power loyalty scheme is one of the very best at the moment, as it allows you to earn free bets on all sports. We’re a big fan of the new Rhodri Giggs adverts. Otherwise, the alternative loyalty schemes might have a narrow focus on accumulators or in-play bets.
We’ve seen less free competitions versus prior seasons. If you have an account with the bookmaker, and there is no cost to entering, such as Betway’s ‘4 to score’ then it is worth spending ten minutes weekly entering.
For more match specific offers, see our football betting sites page.