The biggest online bookmaker in the world, Bet365, did offer one of the bigger opening bonuses too, but they have removed it for a temporary period. They very honestly did not call this a ‘free bet’, unlike most other bookies who label all their sign-up incentives as free bets despite the numerous terms and conditions attached to them.
Bet365 were once offering an exact match 100% deposit bonus up to £200, but that has been removed. There used to be a variety of terms to comply with. The primary ones were:
- You needed to deposit at least a tenner to qualify for the 100% match of your initial deposit.
- You were emailed your code in order to claim the offer, which you do by entering the code when you deposit. So make sure that arrives safely in your inbox before depositing.
- If you took up this Bet365 bonus offer (not a free bet!) then you need to bet the sum of your deposit and bonus three times before withdrawing the funds. That means that if you deposit £10 and then claim another £10 as the welcome bonus you will have £20 to play with. You then need to place £60 (3 x £20) of bets before you can withdraw. This sort of requirement is commonplace with bookmakers, not just Bet365. Also it does mean you can end up withdrawing the bonus amount in its entirety, though it relies on you winning some money when you start betting. Obviously you can’t bet £60 of turnover if you lose the initial £20 immediately.
- You need to bet on selections at odds of over 1/2. Any bets on horses, players or teams at those odds or less will not count towards the 3 x rollover requirement.
We appreciate it seems like there are some hoops to jump through, but they can’t just give money away as cash to everyone. They wouldn’t be the biggest, and arguably best, in the world. They would be out of business. The Bet365 opening bonus was still very achievable and pretty generous compared to their competition.
It is well worth bearing in mind that choosing a bookie to join should not be about scoffing down the free bets – or as Bet365 calls them ‘bonuses’ – anyway. That is a nice little tempter and if it makes you extra money then great. However really you should be looking for a firm that treats you right, after all you want somewhere you can happily return to and bet at for years to come. Bet365 does fit the bill in that respect.
This is a list of their good points:
Markets: The range of sports betting markets is unsurpassed, including betting in play and live streaming of so many sports.
Getting A Bet On: They will take larger bets than their rivals before you start hitting limits. It is a sad fact of the betting world that bookies will close the betting accounts of consistent and large winners. Some bookmakers are more guilty of this than others and some just limit big punters even if they are rubbish punters. Bet365 is probably the best of them all on this score. Some larger bets may be referred to traders, so you have to wait a few seconds while they choose whether to accept your stake or offer you a lesser amount on your chosen selection. But Bet365 will accommodate winners far longer than the opposition and they will refer far fewer bets to their traders.
Customer Service: It is not just good, it is excellent. It is all done via their offices in Stoke (by the way the owners also own Stoke City football club). There are no clueless Indian call centres or outsourced Philippines offices staffed with lazy people who actually don’t care at all about your problem. With Bet365 all the customer service agents really do care that you are well treated and they will deal with any issue you have with your best interests at heart. They are obviously chosen for their positive outlook and are well trained and know how everything works. To be honest, it really is a refreshing change from some other bookies.
Payments: Obviously all bookies will have a great deposits system but Bet365 has a swift and effortless payouts system too. You can use every method imaginable. The most common are credit or debit card, but any option that suits you is there. As with all firms it is best to have winnings paid back via the same method your used to deposit initially. One word of warning, and this applies to all bookmakers: you will be asked for ID documents the first time you withdraw. This is normal. In fact their banks would kill them if they didn’t do it. This is their Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance. Go along with it. It will happen only once and you are not personally being singled out for unfair treatment! It is good they take this issue seriously. You really don’t want to be betting with a firm that doesn’t do things right.
Best Odds Guaranteed Plus: Bet365 offers the best odds guaranteed concession on all horse and dog racing. In fact they actually enhance those best odds so, for example, 6/1 becomes 13/2. It is a fantastic bonus that really beats most normal free bets hands down for value, especially if you bet regularly. They have a chart on their website showing the ehancements they give away with this “Best Odds Guaranteed Plus” ongoing promo.
Ongoing Promos: They offer a wheelbarrow full of ongoing bonuses and promotions across sports, casino and poker for their existing players. It does not end with the welcome offers.
Other Options: There is the little matter of probably the best online casino in the world and the same can be said for their poker and games section. All these fun options are also at your fingertips when you choose to join Bet365 for your sports betting.
Our Opinion of Bet365
The Bet365 welcome bonus was good when they had one, but really it was the cherry on the icing on the cake and it shouldn’t be your primary objective. That is because this is a really great run company. In all they are the complete package in our humble opinion and the best option for sports betting online. Check them out and see what you think. Then, if you like, you can leave your feedback below.
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It is not just the opening bonus where Bet365 offers more. The promotions that are there all the time are better because you can get them time and again. There are so many for football betting alone.
Bet 365 is by far the best bookmaker out there.
Bet365 used to lay a £50 bet no problem but back a few winners and they will not honour their promotions or lay a bet of more than a pittance without any explanation for their actions
Thanks for your feedback. Sorry you have had this problem. We have found Bet365 to be better at encouraging punters to stay with them than most firms but they all start limiting successful sports bettors in the end.
When BET365 offers a price 98% of the time you go to place your bet the odds are still available, not the case with most of the bookmakers. Keep up the good work!
I go along with what you have written. Bet365 is the best of them really and hey the free bet is an extra.