£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. We have found that Bet365 will also accept a big bet. This is a tremendously well run, award-winning operation and we bet with them ourselves, so the recommendation is personal.
£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. They were voted Online Operator of the Year a few years ago.
£25 EXTRA: Not the biggest of the free bets, but a great bookie. 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. In our experience they tend to take a decent stake size without any problem. This is another firm we place wagers with regularly ourselves and their service has impressed us.
£25 FREE BET: Very well-known and admired in the UK, Betfred is offering a 100% bonus on your first betting wager up to £25. Your first bet only needs to be a minimum of £1 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. We have found that they will generally accept a sizeable wager too.
£20: Stake £/€5+ on your first bet with Coral and receive a free £/€20. This is better than it looks as you only risk a fiver to get twenty. That initial bet has to be on a selection priced at betting odds of 1/2 or bigger. 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, considering how little you need to wager to trigger it. We like to use the bookmakers we recommend and our experience is that Coral is one of the best for taking a bigger bet.
£25 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 £25 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 that now also covers the UK daily horse racing.
£30 & £5 FREE every week: Sky Bet, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, used to have a no deposit bonus. This has been replaced with a £30 matched bet. To get this just place your first bet on a selection at evens or above and they will match the stake up to £30. They also offer a fiver extra every week. Of all the bookies free bets this one is quite unique in the way it works. You need to place an accumulator (a double or more) each week with combined odds of 5/1 or over. The combined odds will show on the betting slip when you place your bet. The minimum stake needs to be £5 and then they will credit your account with a fiver free on the next Monday. You can do this every week. SkyBet 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. Just check you can join SkyBet though as only people from these territories are allowed: UK, Ireland, Channel Isles, Gibraltar, Finland.
£10 OFFER: Stan James Bookmakers matches your 1st wager up to £10. If you bet £10 then you will get £10. This won’t appeal greatly to what I call ‘bonus tarts’ but Stan James has built an enviable reputation for integrity. You’ve probably seen their TV adverts featuring an annoying pair of twits called Stan and, erm, James. Despite that, this is a large and credible 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.
£50: One of the largest bookmaking companies in the world, Ladbrokes gives away £50. They match your first wager up to that amount so long as that bet is for a fiver or more and on a selection at odds of 1/2 or bigger. You must enter F50 in the ‘promotional code’ field of the registration form when you join. It is one of the more competitive of the bookies free bets. Ladbrokes runs a massive chain of high street betting shops and is known as a firm to trust. Excellent online site and they have taken fairly large stakes from us without any problem.
£25/€25: Boylesports is a large Irish-based online bookmakers, but they do not offer the best service or the best free bet. This is how the latter works: Place a first bet of at least £5/€5 and receive bonuses equal to your stake up to a maximum of £25/€25, but only if the first bet loses. It is a nasty twist that the bet has to lose. If you place another five bets you can get another bonus bet equal to the average stake of those five bets, but not more than €25. Yes, it is overly complicated. Boylesports is ok for small punters, but if you have fifty quid or more on a selection then use one of our top five recommendations on this page as we had our sports betting account closed. That happened despite the fact we did not bet big and did not win much. Boylesports is over-rated and better options exist.
£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 BONUS: Betfair started as a betting exchange where you match bets against their other customers. They still have the exchange section but they now have a traditional fixed odds sportsbook too, where they offer new customers a £50 free matched bet. The exchange is for more experienced bettors while the sportsbook offers odds just like a traditional online bookmaker. Betfair’s exchange has more volume than any other person-to-person betting site in the world.
£/€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 sports market. Use promo code: ALLBDQ03 when you join up. So you can see it works a bit differently from the other bookies free bets.