£1000 of BOOKIES FREE BETS
£200 BONUS: Bet365 matches your 1st deposit of money up to a maximum of £200. This is the largest of the bookies free bets. In addition, Bet365 gives a great offer on Channel 4 TV horse racing.
Back a winner of a CH4 race at odds of 4/1+ and get a bonus wager for the same amount on the next CH4 race. Keep winning and they keep giving freebies. This is a tremendously well run, award-winning operation and we bet with them ourselves, so the recommendation is personal.
Bet365 is our idea of the best online bookie.
£50: Very well-known and admired in the UK, Betfred gives a 100% bonus on your first betting wager up to £50. Your first bet must be of a minimum of £5 to get the benefit of this bonus offer. This is another firm we have bet with regularly and we are so impressed by everything about them. We experienced excellent customer service, a huge choice of events and lightning-fast payouts.
£30: One of the largest betting companies in the world, Ladbrokes gives away £30. They match your first wager of £10 or more with a bonus of £10 (given when the bet settles). Then for the next two weeks you get two more free tenners, so totalling a £30 giveaway. You must enter THREE10 in the 'promotional code' field of the registration form when you join. It may not be the biggest of the bookies free bets but Ladbrokes runs a massive chain of high street betting shops and is known as a bookie to trust. Excellent online site.
£25 EXTRA: BetVictor, formerly known as Victor Chandler online bookmaker, will equal your initial stake on a selection up to a £25. You must choose a selection that is not odds-on for the qualifying wager. This is an impressive and easy to use online site.
£10 OFFER: Stan James Bookmakers matches your 1st wager up to £10. If you bet £10 then you will get £10. Stan James has built an enviable reputation for integrity. A large bookie with a great website.
£50 OFFER: Respected Irish-based online bookmakers Paddy Power will match your first stake to a maximum of £50. Paddy Power offers a good, fun betting location, as befits a publically listed company. We like having a bet with these masters of the PR stunt. Our punting experience is that they are right up there with the best.
£25 BONUS: One of the most recognised brand names in the business, William Hill offers newbies a £25 free bet. If the stake of your first wager is a fiver or more then William Hill will equal it up to £25. Don't forget to use the promotional code 'F25' to take advantage of it. Voted Online Operator of the Year 2011 by one industry awards ceremony.
£50: Stake up to £50 on your first bet with Coral and receive the same amount free. Coral betting shops have been a mainstay of the British high street for decades. They now have a much-improved and thoroughly decent online site and one of the better bookies' free bets.
£20/€20: Boylesports is a large Irish-based online bookmakers. Place a first bet of at least £5/€5 and receive bonuses equal to your stake up to a maximum of £20/€20. A good firm for the smaller punter. If you bet in three figures then use one of our top five recommendations on this page as we ran into problems with the Boylesports betting limits.
£10 BONUS: Totesport was formerly known as The Tote and owned by the United Kingdom government. It is now managed by Betfred and is a good spot for a Scoop 6 wager. It offers a tenner to new customers when you bet a fiver.
£50 OFFER: Unibet has nearly five million registered clients, mostly in mainland Europe but Unibet is also ideal for UK players. Unibet gives a 100% deposit bonus up to £50 to new players, when you deposit at least £10. You need to opt into this on the registration form and take a close look at their terms to ensure you get the full benefit. There are play through requirements but if you comply you can end up withdrawing the entire bonus rather than just the winnings from its use. An excellent online sports betting company.
£10 No-Deposit BONUS: Sky Bet, owned by Rupert Murdoch's media empire, is giving away £10. Crucially there is no requirement to deposit funds. It is the only one of the bookies free bets that is given just for registering and has understandably proved incredibly popular. But that is not all, you also get given a 'Now TV' Sky Sports Day Pass worth one penny short of a tenner. That is a trial worth having, particularly if there is a big match on. Perhaps the most important point is that this is a great spot for sports betting. We place a bet there ourselves quite often and we love the website and the way they run it.
£25 BONUS: Betfair is not a normal bookmakers, but a betting exchange where you match bets against their other customers. Betfair offers new customers £25 once they have bet £25. It is the biggest betting exchange in the world. It is a good venue for a professional punter but not for a newcomer to betting as the software, while impressive, is over-complicated and takes a lot of getting used to.
£/€200 OFFER: Betdaq is the second biggest betting exchange after Betfair. You receive €/£25 when you have made €/£25 of commission for Betdaq. The rest is released the more you wager at a rate of €/£25 for every €/£100 of commission you pay. Commission is paid at a rate of 3% of your net winnings on each individual betting market. Use promo code: ALLBDQ03 when you join up. So you can see it works a bit differently from the other bookies free bets.