Bookmaker bonus offers of the week

By Martin Green10 February 2019
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Betfred and Sky Bet are running similar offers that give away £40 in free bets when you sign up for a new account and deposit £10 of your own money. Betfred’s offer sees you earn two £20 free bets after betting £10 on a Premier League game, while Sky Bet’s offer will give you four free £10 bets over a period of four weeks after you place a £10 bet. In an alternative offer, Sky Bet will give you a free £10 bet without requiring you to deposit any cash whatsoever into your account. This is a risk free wager and well worth taking up.

The Big Bash semi-finals take place this week as the Hobart Hurricanes lock horns with the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades take on the Sydney Sixers. These are the four best teams of the season and fans will hope for some high scores and thrilling action as they battle it out for a place in the final. Paddy Power is running an intriguing offer whereby you get your money back if your team scores 175 runs or more but does not go on to win the match, so it could well be the site to visit if you intend to bet on the final few matches of this tournament. Paddy Power is another operator offering a risk free bet. It will give you a £20 or €20 bet when you join and if it loses you will be given your money back in cash, so you can choose to walk away without any loss whatsoever. It will also give you a free £5 or €5 same game multi bet once you have placed the risk free £20 or €20 bet.

Horse racing has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this week. Australian trainer Darren Weir was handed a four-year ban for possessing equipment that delivers electric shocks to horses in order to make them run faster. In 2017/18 his runners secured 489 victories and earned collective prize money of $3.1 million, but his career now lies in tatters and the Australian industry has been rocked. There are no such scandals in Britain, but British racing was cancelled for five days due to an outbreak of equine flu. However, the sport of kings will not be kept down for long and we are soon approaching a key time in the National Hunt season. Betway will give you your money back as a free bet worth up to £20 if your selection finishes second in a race shown live on ITV, with minimum odds of just 1/2 for this promotion.

If you are more into greyhounds, Coral could be the site to visit. If you back a winner at 2/1 or greater at Coral, it will match your stake as a free bet. The offer is valid for up to a stake of £25. Coral and sister site Ladbrokes are both offering a bet £5 get £20 in free bets offer. To qualify, you must simply place a £5 bet at odds of 1/2 or greater, and you will be given four free £5 bets to play around with. Your stake is not returned on these free bets if they are successful, and the offer applies to new customers only. Bet Victor has a similar offer, but you get two free £10 sports bets and a free £10 casinos bonus, making it a bet £5 get £30 offer. However, the minimum odds to qualify are even money, which is twice as high as the Ladbrokes and Coral stipulation, while you must also wager the free bets at odds of evens or greater.