Whether you’re betting for fun or trying to make money gambling, the one simple step everyone should take is to make sure they have multiple betting accounts. Getting the best price can be the difference between winning and losing money gambling, and with the generous free bets most bookmakers offer to new customers, there’s really no excuse not to have accounts with all of them.

I look at some of the offers below, from the top online bookies, along with a brief summary of the terms and conditions, and any promo codes you need. I also list some of the other noteworthy promotions they have. It only takes a minute of your time to open a new account, and there’s no need to leave funds in them, it’s easy to transfer money in and out these days. There’s little point spending hours studying the form, if you’re not going to maximize your profits, when you back a winner.


Open New Accounts = Get Free Bets + Get Best Price = Maximizing Gambling Profits



have a new and improved free bet offer. Open an account, place a £/€5 or greater bet at odds of 1/2 or bigger, and receive a £/€20 Free Bet immediately. You don’t need to wait for your qualifying bet to be settled. This is a great offer. You only need to deposit €5, and you have €25 to bet with. Only open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents. Coral offer best price guaranteed on all Irish and UK horse racing so if you take an early price and the SP is bigger, you get the SP. Coral also have a mobile app, and if you place a £/€1 or greater bet on a UK or Irish horse race, then you can watch it online live on Coral.


 offer to match your first bet, with a free bet up to a maximum of €50. A minimum bet of €5 is needed and the odds on the qualifying bet must be 1/2 or greater. The free bet stake is not returned so to maximize expectation you should have it on something at a longer, rather than shorter price. Paddy Power are well known for their betting promotions and money back specials.


will give you a free €50 bet, if you place a Fixed Odds bet of at least €50, within 30 days of opening your account. Your first bet is the one that counts, and it has to be at odds of 1/5 or greater. Betfair now combines its betting exchange facility, with the Sportsbook, and is one of the top online betting sites. The Sportsbook has many different promotions on various events, but its for the exchange facility you really need to sign up. You will get better prices on Betfair for a large proportion of the bets you want to place, and the amount of markets you can bet on is truly staggering. The ability to lay a selection, as well as to back it, is of huge benefit. Place only markets on horse racing are another avenue you can explore to make profits. You can also trade the markets, were you try to predict the way the market will move, and trade out for a profit, leaving you with a guaranteed profit before the event has even started. A top notch facility to bet in play on all sports, is another great reason to have a Betfair Account.


offer up to £30 in free bets, when you place a £10 qualifying bet. Offer is only for UK residents. The bet must be placed within 30 days of opening the account, and the odds on your selection must be 1/1 or greater to qualify. Betfred offer best odds guaranteed on all UK and Irish horse racing, and have a very good in play score centre for the sportsbook, giving you comprehensive stats on all live in running football games. Other promotions include 3 times the odds for one winner in a lucky 15, and double the price on first goalscorer bets if they go on to score again, and treble if they get a hat trick.


 will match your first bet with a free bet of the same stake, up to a maximum of €20. Your first bet must be at least €/£5 and must be placed the same day as opening the account to qualify for the free bet. Boylesports always have various  good promotions, current ones include, paying 6 places on the Irish Open Golf, Cashback if your first goalscorer selection scores the 2nd goal in any Confederation Cup match, and for the All Ireland Hurling and Football Championships 2013, Boylesports will refund all losing bets on First/last/anytime goalscorers and winning margin bets, if the match finishes in a draw.


 will give UK and Irish customers free bets up to €200. You need to enter the promotional code ALLBDQ03 while registering. New customers now get put on a 0% commission rate for the first month. Betting Exchanges like Betdaq, offer prices better than bookies odds in many cases, so you really need at least one exchange account. You can also lay horses or football teams that you think are a poor price, effectively you can be a bookie, and Betdaq take a commission for being the middle man. Betdaq are the second biggest betting exchange, and while everyone should have a Betfair account, you can get a better commission rate at Betdaq, and they don’t have the premium charge for very successful players that Betfair have.


will give you a no risk first bet of up to €/£50. You simply place a bet up to that value, at odds of 1/2 or greater, if your bet loses, you will receive another bet to the same value. Basically your getting two chances to back a winner, instead of one. Apart from the usual Sportsbook offerings, Sporting Bet have a casino which includes a mobile version, and a poker room too. They have an in play centre with live scores, video streaming and latest odds on a multitude of events.


will offer new customers a 100% deposit bonus, to a maximum of £/€50. To qualify you need to deposit a minimum of £/€10. RaceBets specialize in Horse Racing, and you can bet in races from all around the world with them. They tend to price up Ante Post markets before their competitors, and also offer head to head betting on most UK races. They offer different markets to most other bookies, and as such you should definitely have an account with them, as more options is never a bad thing.

will give you up to a £/€25 free bet to match your first bet. They also have promotions like money back on 4 folds, up to €10, if one leg lets you down. For shorter priced selections, this is a good offer, as getting 3 out of 4 up will happen often. They also have a bet and watch option for horse racing, handy when your not in front of a TV. You can also claim a €10 free bet with their mobile app.



Offers are correct at time of review but may change. Always read the full terms and conditions before you sign up, so you know exactly how to avail of the free bets. You need to be 18+ to open accounts with any of these bookmakers. begambleaware.org

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