The ATP Finals take place in London this week and new world number one Novak Djokovic is the heavy-odds-on favourite to secure victory. He has returned to his very best form this year, seizing two majors and becoming the first player to win all nine Masters 1000 events. Along the way he has twice dispatched his closest rival, Roger Federer, and cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time. If he wins this tournament, he will equal Federer’s record of six ATP Finals wins. The odds on him doing so are just 8/13, but 888 Sport is offering 8/1 on Djokovic winning the ATP Finals. Your bet is capped at £5, but that could result in £40 to play around with on the site. The winnings will be paid out in the form of free bets if successful. If you think the evergreen Federer can pip him to it, you can get 25/1 on the Swiss, which would give you £125 in free bets. Or you can back German wunderkind Alexander Zverev, the third favourite, and that would result in £275 in free bets if successful.
Fixed-odds betting remains by far and away the most popular form of wagering, but spread betting is growing in popularity. It offers the potential to make large gains on a single match, but you have to be careful as it can also result in heavy losses. You can bet on the total runs a batsman will score in a cricket match, or the total number of games in a tennis match. A site like Sporting Index makes predictions on a number of events and scenarios within a match or tournament. The spread has two prices, a buy and a sell price. If you think Sporting Index has pitched a quote too low, spread bettors can buy at the higher price, anticipating that the make-up of the market will be bigger than that price. Likewise, if spread bettors think the buy price is too high then they can chose to sell at the lower price, believing the final make-up will be below the price they have sold at. It is a little complicated, but it can become exciting when you get the hang of it. To that end, Sporting Index is giving away £100 for you to play around with, with no deposit needed.
If you have never given fixed-odds betting a whirl, SkyBet is giving away £10 without any deposit needed so you can have a go. You normally have to deposit your own money and wager it before unlocking free bet offers, so that is certainly worth taking advantage of. Sky Bet is one of the largest online bookmakers in the world and it was recently bought by Canada’s Stars Group for an astronomical sum.
William Hill is heavily promoting its bet £10 get £30 in free bets offer. The good thing about this bonus is that you only have to bet on a market where the odds are 1/2 or greater to qualify for the free bets. That means you can wager on a clear favourite and you stand a strong chance of keeping hold of your own money as you unlock the deal. Most bookmakers demand you bet on markets of even money or greater to unlock their offers. Sky Bet is giving away £20 in free bets from just a £5 deposit, while Bet365 will match your first deposit all the way up to £100 to get you started.