Everyone will have seen adverts both on the internet and TV from bookmakers offering free football bets, be it introductory offers or special offers for those who have accounts already.
Bookmakers will offer free football bets to “suck you in” to become one of their customers of course! Free football bets are normally won by new customers around 30% of the time and are then followed up customers wasting the free bet winnings by continuing to gamble away the money in their account.
The offers of free football bets for new customers tend to be introductory offers such as a “free £25 bet”- this will normally mean that the customer will need to open an account, bet £25 on an outcome and have the amount returned to them if they lose. If the bet wins then you will win only the profit from your free football bet, not the original free stake.
Other bookmakers will insist that customers put £25 (for example) on a bet at certain odds before being eligible for a free football bet that they can then put on an outcome – again at odds of their choice such as at least 2/1.
Sportsbooks such as Betbubbles will offer money-back guarantees if, for example, Wayne Rooney scores a goal. This is a gimmick that creates publicity for them – even if they do lose money by offering a free football bet like this they will generate enough new customers via advertising to recoup any losses.
For that reason we need to be careful that we take advantage of any free football bets that are offered.