Betting on sports is one of the quickest ways to make any game that bit more interesting. When there’s the potential for a win, otherwise inconsequential results can start to take on much more significant meaning. Regardless of the sport, sports betting also provides much slimmer house edge than other games, and theoretically allows for your skill and judgment in predicting outcomes based on form and performance. For this reason, bookmakers online (as well as offline) are much less likely to offer free bets and no deposit terms than with other casino games, where the odds are fixed and certifiably in the casino’s favour.
Online bookmakers will usually prefer to offer free bets and no deposit offers on their poker room, casino and bingo sites, where they can be more assured they won’t get totally fleeced by the twists and turns of sport. Sports is less predictable for punters, but also for the house too – as such, it’s essential they are able to cover their backs, and to minimize the total potential liability this means they have to avoid giving free bets too widely.
There are regular free sports bets and bonuses available for those who are looking for free credit to get started. However, these work in a slightly different way to free no deposit bets, so it makes sense to become familiar with these and their own restrictions to see whether you qualify.
Regular Free Bets & bonuses
When it comes to free bets for sports betting sites, you will almost always have to put down a deposit and make your first bet in order to qualify for deposit bonuses or free bets amount.
The deposit bonuses range from 25% up to over 100% of the deposit amount, and are very much variable from one site to the next. Depending on which site you choose to play with, your deposit bonuses may be subject to further restrictions and conditions, including withdrawal limits, playthrough rates, maximum odds etc.
The free matched bets will require you to make your first bet and then they will match it according to terms and conditions of the free bet. Sometimes they will only match it if it loses. And sometimes you will receive free matched bet even if you win. It is still possible to win money with these free bets, and subject to the individual site’s terms and conditions, many people do.
Workarounds For No Deposit Bonuses
At some combined sportsbooks and casinos, poker rooms and bingo halls online and on mobile, it is possible to play through your free credit on a qualifying game, before using your winnings for sports betting up to the minimum wagering requirements. While this isn’t as straightforward as applying free credit directly to your sports betting account, it is a good way to reach the withdrawal requirements with any money you have won from your free credit amount.
People can easily feel disheartened at the lack of free no deposit bonus offers available for sports betting gamblers. However, by choosing your sites carefully, and factoring in workarounds to the terms and conditions of any individual offer, it is still possible to put your free no deposit bonuses towards cash prizes from sports betting.