BettingPlanet.com has scoured the globe for the best free bet bonuses at licensed and regulated online bookies.
Free bets at sportsbooks usually come in the form of deposit bonuses, for instance you might deposit $50 and receive a 100% match, so you would have $100 in total to bet with. Other times the bet bonus will simply be a $/£/€10 or free bet to use without even depositing.
The betting sites we promote all have their bonuses explained in depth in their reviews. The table indicates via the flags whether you are eligible to sign up at specific bookmaker.
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USA free bets (USD deposits
Because the USA is largely an unregulated betting market, the free bets on offer are not as juicy as those in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and many European countries. This is improving as more of the 52 states see the merit in regulating and earning from something that is going to happen anyway. Surprisingly, despite President Donald Trump’s close ties to gambling, there has been little progress in the fight for a national gambling framework.
Having said this online sportsbooks like Bovada and BetOnline, that are popular in the USA, do have welcome packages for those in the USA. For instance Bovada gives all new customers a $250 bonus, at the rate of 50% of your deposit. This means you can deposit $500 and receive a further $250 in bonus bets, giving you $750 in total to wager with. This is often increased to 100% bonus with August 2017 an example, when it was increased to celebrate the start of the NFL season.
United Kingdom bookmaker free bets (GBP deposits)
The UK is probably the spiritual home of sports betting, with it a fully regulated, billion dollar business. Companies such as Bet365 and William Hill, which dominate the global gambling landscape proudly call England home. With the United Kingdom Gambling Commission providing one of the most desirable licenses in the world, many bookmaker sites jockey for the punters’ dollar. This means the welcome packages are extraordinarily good.
An example of a lucrative bonus in the United Kingdom is Bet365 giving all new customers a 100% deposit bonus up to the value of £200. This means you can deposit £200 and have a total of £400 to bet with. To withdraw the funds you have to settle bets worth 3x the deposit at odds of at least 1.5.
Australian freebets at licensed bookies (AUD deposits)
Australia, much like the UK, is fully regulated so we advise gambling at sites like Crownbet and Sportsbet which are both based out of the Northern Territory. Although other states do provide licensing. Sports betting is a massive deal in Australia, with horse racing (think Melbourne Cup and The Everest) one of the most wagered upon sports. Other racing codes like greyhounds and harness are also endorsed heavily. The AFL and NRL provides the entertainment in the winter months and is very popular with sports bettors.
Bookmakers giving away money has been clamped on down by government bodies pressured into taking action by political figures such as South Australian Senator and staunch anti-gambling proponent Nick Xenophon. This means some states are unable to offer deposit bonuses for signing up, although if you sign up, the bookie will soon give you the same offer. We will detail the landscape in Australia in other articles.
An example of a popular free bet in Australia is Crownbet’s current offer of a 150% deposit bonus up to $600 AUD. This means you can deposit $400 and receive a further $600 to wager with. The wagering requirements are not overly strict at just 1.5x, meaning you just need to back a winner at over $1.50 to be eligible to withdraw it.
Kenya free bets (KSh deposits)
Kenya is one of the emerging sports betting markets in the world, with a population of over 45,000,000, yet very low internet penetration means it has huge potential. This means some of the biggest betting sites in the world are moving into this territory on .co.ke domains.
One of the biggest to move into Kenya is Betway which gives customers a 100% deposit bonus up to KSh 30,000. The betting sites in kenya, which are licensed by the control board in the country, will often run promotions on sports like the EPL, with a current example being, every wager placed on a game earning an entry into a draw to win a trip to watch a game in England.
As the market continues to grow you can expect better and better welcome packages and freebets for new customers. Some of the more prominent bookmakers like BetPawa and Bet.in.ke offer some nice deals currently.
What sports can I bet on with free bets?
This comes down to the site you are wagering at but in general you can bet on any sport they are offering, although parlays or multi-bets are generally excluded from bonus bets, as are some other exotic bet types.
Again for information on specific free bet offers visit the review of the betting site you are keen on.
How do wagering requirements work?
When you are awarded bonus bets they come with stipulations attached, this means that you cannot withdraw the money you deposited and the bonus money until you have cleared the wagering requirements.
Generally this will mean you have to turn the money over a certain amount of times. A popular bookmaker offers 1.5x times turnover requirement. This means that you have to bet on something that is $1.50 and over to clear the requirements. Some bookies will have stricter wagering requirements than others so it pays to read the fine print before accepting the bonus.