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The Little-Known Free Bets Phenomenon

Aug 18, 2007
In the world of online sports betting, one of the regularly used features of a bookmaker is the "Free Bet" offer which is used as a sign-up bonus when new customers register with them.

If you're new to the betting world, you may not know of this type of reward for joining a bookmaker online but as you become more familiar and comfortable with this pastime, you'll come across more and more free bets in different forms from the major, established names in sports betting.

An example of this is when you fancy a flutter on an upcoming sporting event, say the Grand National Horse Race. So, you go online and find a bookmaker that gives you good odds on the horse of your choice. You register with the bookmaker, you create your account with them, and you then need to fund that account.

Let's say you make a first deposit of 25 pounds. This bookmaker had advertised on their home page that they offer a 25 pounds free bet to new customers, which means that they will now match the deposit you have made, giving you a total of 50 pounds in your sports betting account.

Offers like this can come in different forms to help you with your budget. There is a free bet that is given over consecutive weeks, i.e. if you deposit 25 pounds the first week, you get that matched, and then the second week the same, and so on, maybe for four weeks, totalling 100 pounds.

One good feature of the internet nowadays is that of free bets directories. These bring all the major sports betting bookmakers' free bet deals together in one place.

This allows customers to choose a wager that suits their budget from as low as 10 pounds to 200 pounds and above. A good site will also give more background on the bookmakers themselves and break down the finer detail of the free bets offer by any particular bookie.

Don't be put off by the fact that a bookmaker offers a 200 pounds free bet and you only want to stake a tenner! The free bets are usually a matched free bet to a maximum amount.

This again means that although this bookmaker may offer this high free bet value, you can still register and deposit your 10 pounds and get that matched. You are still doubling your sports betting budget to 20 pounds just for registering and creating your account!

Most good betting directory web sites list the Free Bets in an easy to follow fashion, by their value in one area of the home page or by the individual bookmakers in another area.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been at the forefront of Free Bets for several years. For more information, please visit his site at http://www.freebettingonline.co.uk
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