Bookmaker Review Sites awarded 5 Stars
You can visit the separate bookmaker review for each site by clicking on the bookmakers name on each box below. Each bookmaker review takes into consideration a number of factors including safety, security, longevity, reputation, customer friendliness and of course the size of the bonus. The welcome bonus amount alone doesn't necessarily warrant a higher rating. Rather the ease of claiming the free bonus comes into play. There's no point in our opinion of waving an attractive amount of free betting money in front of you unless a player can actually realise it to bet with without jumping through hoops or complicated terms and conditions.
Bookmakers Free Bets
The free bets offered by online bookmakers vary in amount from £10 up to £200. I have yet to see any amount larger than £200 offered by an online bookmaker. These amounts should accomodate all bettors needs. It's just a case of choosing which amount you want to go for or use as many of the free bets as you can. This is what I did when I started out online gambling. I opened many different online bookmakers accounts and utilised each free bet at a time.
You need to note though, that the free bets aren't entirely “free”, rather you will have to place a qualifying first bet or first deposit amount in order to release your free bet amount. Also, although most of these requirements are straightforward, place a bet of £10 and get a £30 free bet or deposit £10 to get a free £10, a few of the bookmakers make it more complicated.
To start with I suggest that if you only want to place a smaller first bet then choose Coral as they will give you a £20 free bet when your first wager is only a £5. If you are ready to maximise the highest amount of bonus on offer then go for 10bet. There is £400 available for anyone who deposits the maximum £200. This will give you a cool £400 starter bank to begin betting with.
Choose British Bookmakers
I am defining british bookmakers by the fact that they are regulated and have a full license from the UK Gambling Commission. They publish the names of all bookmakers and individuals who hold, or have applied for, operating licences in Great Britain. You can visit the Gambling Commission website here. It's worth noting that very few bookmakers online are actually based in the UK, most are or have recently relocated to Malta or Gibralter for tax reasons. The following are the mainstream online bookmakers that are legally allowed to offer services in the UK.
Bookmakers Offers and Loyalty Bonuses
Once you have signed up to one or more of the bookmakers you will then be rewarded, as long as you continue to wager on regular occassions, with loyalty free bets.
The online bookmakers want to keep your custom and most of the better bookmakers will entice you with regular free bets and offers. The way this happens won't necessarily be advertised rather you will receive an instant credit of a free bet from time to time.
You also have a chance to join a loyalty club like the one that Sky bet advertise whereby they will give you a free £5 bet weekly in return for your regular bets with them.
All in all you can pick and choose your bookmaker with the one that best suits by the bookmakers offers unique to that site. Some are more horse racing orientated, see Betfred. Other bookmakers will be more attuned to football players and many cater for both markets with equal extensive coverage in their betting markets and offers.