Whether your goal is to make a living from betting, or you’re simply gambling for fun, it‘s important to ensure that you always leave yourself the option of taking the best available price offered for your selection. Anything else is effectively throwing away money.
Rather than restricting yourself to whatever price is available with the one or two bookmakers you generally bet with, having multiple betting accounts ready could make a real difference in your pocket by ensuring that you can secure the best price more often.
As well as being simple and quick and to open new accounts, it can also be financially rewarding as most leading bookmakers now also offer generous sign-up bonuses to new customers. So what are you waiting for?
To help you select which bookmaker you’d like to open new accounts with, we’ve taken a look at the leading ones and their free bet offers for you. Our summary guide below gives an indication of the rewards on offer but please also take a few moments yourself to review all T&Cs when registering.
If you open a new BetVictor account
By using our Paddy Power banner to open a new account, you can enjoy a free second bet of up to £/€ 50 when you stake an initial bet of at least £/€ 5. The promotion is available to UK and Irish residents only and the first bet must be 1/2 or greater to qualify.
Ladbrokes is offering up to £/€ 30 in free bets to new customers who place an initial bet of £/€ 10 or more. Simply click on the Ladbrokes banner below and include Promo Code ‘THREE10’ when registering:
When you open a new Coral account via our banner below, your first sports bet of up to £/€ 50 will be matched with a free bet to the same stake. The offer is only open to residents of the UK and Ireland and must be placed within 28 days of registration.
By opening a new account with Betfred through the banner below, a free bet of up to £/€ 50 is available to match the first bet on the account provided its £/€ 5 or more. The bet must be placed within 30 days of the account being opened and the odds must be Evens (1/1) or greater to qualify. The offer is not available to residents of certain countries.
William Hill is offering new account holders a free bet of up to £/€ 25 on their first bet provided it is £/€ 5 or more. The odds on the selection must be 1/5 or greater and the promotion is not open to residents of certain countries.
New customers of Sportingbet can avail of a £/€ 50 risk-free bet. Essentially if the first Sportingbet wager loses for a new customer, their account is refunded up to a maximum of £/€ 50. To qualify, the initial bet must be at odds of 1.5 or greater and the refund will only be available for withdrawal once played through.
By opening a new account with Sky Bet through our banner below, you will receive a £/€ 30 free matched bet. As well as that, Sky Bet will also give you a free £/€ 5 bet every week when you join and remain a member of their 'Free Bet Club'.
Stan James will provide new account holder with a free matching bet of up to £/€ 10 on their first bet. The qualifying bet must be placed at odds of 4/5 or greater.
When you open a new Totesport account online via the banner below, a free bet of up to £/€ 10 will be received provided a first bet of £/€ 5 or more is placed. To qualify, the bet must be at odds of Evens (1/1) and must be used within 7 days of the first bet.
Boylesports will match the stake of a new customer’s first sports bet up to a maximum of £/€ 5 with a free bet to the same amount. A minimum first bet of £/€ 5, at odds of Evens (1/1) or greater, is needed to avail of the offer and it is only open to residents of the UK and Ireland who place it within 30 days of registration.
If you open a new Betway account by clicking on the below banner, you can claim a 100% free deposit bonus on a first deposit of up to £/€50. Bets to the value of the bonus of at least £/€5, at odds not less than 1.75 (3/4), need to be settled within 30 days of deposit to claim.
Unibet currently offer a 100% deposit bonus on your first deposit up to a maximum of £50. This promotion can be claimed simply by opening a Unibet account via the link below and making the necessary deposit. This £50 free bet is provided automatically and is not conditional on placing a bet up to this amount to begin with. - OPEN HERE
Winner provide a Free Bet of £25 for new accounts. When you open an account, deposit funds and place a bet of up to £25 and you will instantly receive a free bet up to this value.
Racebets.com is a new site dedicating entirely to horse and greyhound racing. If you open a new account with Racebets by clicking on the banner below, they will give you a matching deposit bonus of up to £/€ 100.
Betdaq are offering UK and Irish customers a free bet up to £/€ 30 if their first bet of the same amount or more is a loser. To avail of this offer, please click on the banner below and enter Promo Code ‘ALLBDQ04’ when registering. For those in the rest of the world, please enter Promo Code ‘ALLBDQ03’ instead when clicking on the banner to potentially secure up to £/€ 200 in free bets.
If your first bet of £/€ 5 or more with SeanieMac doesn't win, you'll get a full refund of your stake as a free bet up to a maximum of £/€ 25. As well as that, place at least 5 bets at odds of Evens or more and receive another free bet of up to £/€ 25 to match your average stake. The offer is open to residents of the UK and Ireland who place it within 30 days of registration.
Owned by 888 Holdings plc, a company listed on the FTSE 250, 888sport.com offers markets across an extensive selection of sports. Those opening new accounts are awarded a free bet of up to £/€ 10 on their firstbet, provided it is £/€ 10 or more, and additional free bets thereafter up to a maximum of £/€88. The odds on the selection must be Evens or greater, and the promotion is not open to residents of certain territories.
12Bet is offering new customers (except those resident in Armenia, Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Portugal, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria & Romania) a 20% first deposit match up to a maximum of £190 or €225.
New customers must send 12Bet an e-mail headed 'ONE213' with their username, e-mail address and phone number to confirm participation. The initial deposit and bonus must be turned over 10 times prior to withdrawal and bets placed at odds of less than 1.5 are not included in the calculation.
New customers depositing £/€10 or more with YouWin are eligible to receive a FREE BET of up to £/€ 10. The free bet must be rolled over a minimum of 10 times, within 21 days, prior to withdrawal at odds of 1.5 or greater. Residents of certain territories (as listed on the website) are not eligible to avail of the promotion.
Matchbook.com is a sports betting exchange similar to Betfair or Betdaq. Keen to grow their community by focusing on liquidity - something which has been a major issue for most exchanges - their 1% commission charge (and 0% on all football handicap markets) compares favourably to other platforms.
At present, they offer no free bets to new customers but their lower commission model merits inclusion for any value-conscious punter to consider.
Betbright.com provide a £20 risk free bet to all depositors. If you deposit at least this amount and place a bet of £20 or more, the £20 will be credited to your account in the event that your first bet is a loser.