It’s not far away now, on 6th April 2013 the Grand National will take place at Aintree so time is running out for the chance to bet for free on the showcase race of the national hunt season.
Why do they do that? Well I believe it is because they know damn well that most punters will have a few quid on a horse that week. So with that in mind, they don’t need to bother offering a free bet to entice a punter to open an account.
When all is said and done, why bother to give a free bet away for opening an account, if the punter is probably going to open the account regardless?
At the moment Betfred, BetVictor, Blue Sq, Boylesports, Paddy Power and Stan James all give you 30 days to use their free bets in.
At the recent Cheltenham Festival I noticed that a lot of the bookmakers reduced their free bet offers, rather than withdrawing them all together. Maybe they will follow that protocol for the Grand National, I’m not sure?
All I can go on is what I have witnessed over recent years and that is that a lot of them will withdraw their free bets altogether.
Paddy Power (there is currently a £50 Paddy Power Free Bet available to new customers) are the main player in bucking that trend as they tend to accept loss leaders. Maybe with them involved in offering incentives, certain other bookies will keep their bet for free offers open – but just to be on the safe side, if you want to secure a Grand National Free Bet I would act soon.