Wimbledon is looming large on the horizon and it will soon be time for Pimm’s o’clock, strawberries and cream and dazzling all-white outfits. There will be no Murray’s mound this year, as the home favourite will not recover from a hip injury in time for the tournament. Yet Brits can still cheer on the likes of Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, while all the biggest names in tennis will be in southwest London to vie for glory. It is difficult to see anyone stopping Novak Djokovic triumphing, but Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and co will certainly try. The women’s tournament looks thrilling and unpredictable, and plenty of value is on offer. William Hill is offering a £10 free bet on any Wimbledon market if you place a £10 bet on the men’s singles tournament. That can either be a £10 win bet or £5 each-way on a longer shot.
Paddy Power is giving away a risk free £10 or €10 first bet when you sign up with the Irish bookmaker. It became one of the world’s largest betting groups when it purchased Betfair a few years ago, and it recently bought FanDuel in order to crack the lucrative US market. The firm has now been rebranded as Flutter Entertainment, and Paddy Power operates as an important part of a large, global business. It is keen to win new customers and this offer represents a perfect opportunity to try out sports betting. You can place a bet worth £10 or €10 on and sports betting market and if it pays off you keep your winnings, but if it loses you will be refunded in cash. This means you can walk away without losing any of your own money. You can also earn a £20 free bet for every friend you refer to Paddy Power.
Ladbrokes and Coral formed another gaming giant when they joined forces a few years ago, and they are both now owned by GVC, which also owns bwin. Their retail arms have taken a hammering due to the UK government’s decision to cap the maximum stake on virtual roulette machines at £2, down from £100, and they are investing in the online sports betting arena in order to make amends. Both sites will give you £20 in free bets when you sign up for a new account and bet £5 of your own money. That essentially amounts to a 400% sign-up bonus, which is generous in the context of their rivals.
The cricket World Cup is raging on and delivering all manner of thrills for fans this summer. England were the pre-tournament favourites, but defeats against Pakistan and Sri Lanka have dented those credentials. India, New Zealand and Australia are all looking strong, and it promises to be tight, tense and exciting from here on in. Betfred has an intriguing offer whereby it gives century insurance when you bet on the top run scorer in a match. If the player you select hits a century but still fails to be the top run scorer for his team, your bet will still be paid out as a winner in cash. The offer is valid up to £50 and applies to any World Cup match.