Sometimes it falls within a punters psychology to not consider free bets, or any kind of promo cash, as real money. They splurge it on something they regard as a free hit, a longshot with little chance of winning. The punter tells himself/herself that the money wasn’t theirs to begin with – so why worry?
But, with the plethora of bookmakers’ promotions available out there, it is only the disciplined, patient punters who are really taking advantage. Here are some tips to stay on top of the game:
Check Terms and Conditions Carefully
There is no such thing as a free lunch, so expect some kind of restriction with your betting promotion. The most common issue is that of wagering requirements, i.e. you may have to bet your bonus money at least once before it is available for withdrawal. As mentioned above, this is exactly the time when the majority of punters get impatient. Most bookmakers will give at least seven days to use the free bet/bonus money, so take your time and wait for the opportune bet.
Search for Truly Free Bets
The vast majority of promotions will require some sort of deposit – matched bet offers, welcome bonuses, money-back bets etc. However, there are no deposit offers available for UK punters. This allows you to get a feel for the sportsbook, the types of markets and the bookmaker’s style in general, all without using any of your own cash. Again, you are going to have to be disciplined to get the true value out of them, but a patient punter can make a profit with these free offers.
Strike a Balance between Accumulators and Tough Singles
If you have to turnover your free bet money, the majority of bookmakers will require you to bet on a market with odds greater than evens (1/1). So, the temptation is for the punter to pick, for example, a football team at a price of 6/4 in a single bet to win. But those odds reflect a tough call in an individual match, suggestive of the fact that either side is likely to win, or that a draw is a probable outcome. While long, convoluted accumulators should also be avoided, short ones should not. Picking three ‘bankers’ at 1/3, 1/2 and 1/4 in an accumulator would also return the same money as your 6/4 bet.
Shop Around and Pick the Best Bookmaker
All bookmakers are not created equal. Sites, like this one, will provide plenty of information on choosing the right bookmaker, going through all the details to provide you with everything you need to know before signing up. But you should also take a few minutes doing your own research: Is the offer everything it seems? Can you withdraw the cash without depositing? It takes just a couple of minutes to find out if all is well with your offer – that could save you a lot of hassle later on.
Some 2018 Picks for Your Free Bets
To round off, here are some (fairly) certain punts with a long-term view for the remainder of 2018, which might help you turn that free bet money into withdrawable cash:
Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 World Championship, Evens 188Bet
Dublin to win the GAA All-Ireland Football Championship, 10/11 Bet Victor
St Helens win Super League (Regular Season), 6/4 888Sport
Jason Doyle/Bartosz Zmarzlik win Speedway World Championship (Double Chance), 10/11 Sky Bet
Enable to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabteh Stakes, 9/4 Sky Be