Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
All bookmakers offer introductory offers to attract new customers, ranging from things like enhanced odds, risk-free first bets and bet credits matching your first deposit.
We’ve already run the rule over the most popular betting markets and some of the best alternative bets to consider. However, now we’re covering everything you need to know about signing up for a bookie and claiming their offer.
What are bookmaker offers?
In the race to land new users, bookies tend to hand out offer to entice customers. Usually, there are special offers around big games or ahead of major tournaments, but bookies tend to have offers year-round.
These offers tend to be free bets or bet credits. These can be used to place bets, they tend to be a fixed value and unlike the money deposited in your account the stake isn’t returned from any winning bets.
How do I claim bookmaker offers?
The process varies between sites, but these offers tend to be reserved for new customers signing up for the first time. There’s usually a minimum deposit required, alongside a minimum qualifying bet.
After entering your details in the sign up process for the new bookie, you will be asked to make your first deposit. Make sure to match the deposit required for the offer, then you can place your qualifying bet.
You will likely need to wait for that qualifying bet to settle before your offer is awarded, so it’s best to place the bet on something in the near-term future.
How do I use free bet offers?
That’s completely up to you! You can take a flier on an accumulator and see the free bet as a bonus, or you can treat it like any other bet.
However you decide to use it, you should do the required legwork to make sure you’re fully informed on the team you’re backing or the match you’re betting on. For help picking out your first selection, see our guide to researching football bets.
What else do I need to know?
Before you start betting, it’s important to be aware of the dangers around gambling. We are committed to responsible gambling and want to ensure that you remain in control of your gambling and keep it safe and enjoyable.
For more information around safer gambling and the problems to watch out for, you can see our guidelines here.
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