They say you cannot get something for nothing in this world, well that’s not quite true. You can get sports free bets, lots of them and when used correctly they can give you no-risk cash winnings. Of course the ethos of a gambler is to take a risk and when you are placing free bets the risk is removed.
It leaves punters with a head-scratching predicament… Do you use free bets to guarantee a small profit, or do you shoot for the moon and employ a strategy whereby the chances of a free sports bet winning is lessened but the returns are considerably higher?
- Scenario A is very simple. If you have two $20 free bets with two individual online sportsbooks you could place two win bets on two opposing NHL teams, the Vancouver Canucks vs the Toronto Maple Leafs say. Whichever team prevails will result in you receiving cash winnings. However, if the winning team are short odds favourites, -200 say, your return may be just $10. That’s because your free bet stakes are not returned with the winnings of any bet placed using free bet funds.
- Scenario B, the shooting for the moon concept, involves identifying some big odds plays on markets such as ‘Correct Score’ or ‘Will the game go to a shootout?’. Whilst unlikely to predict these outcomes correctly, if doing so your free bet will return some meaningful cash returns.
Whatever your strategy the simple fact remains, free bets are exactly what they say on the tin and the only big mystery about bookmakers free bets is your potential returns.
Top Canadian Sportbooks
New Customer Free Bets
Before deciding how and where to place your sports free bets, first of all you need to accumulate your free bets. The most common way of acquiring some free bets is by opening a new bookmaking account with some of Canada’s most trustworthy online sportsbooks.
888Sport (featuring a new customer offer of up to $250!), bet365, William Hill, Betway and others all legally accept Canadian customers and they all give their new Canadian clients some free bet tokens or deposit bonuses (to be used as free bets) once an account has been opened or their first cash bet has been settled. How to receive a free bet is a relatively straightforward exercise. Simply find the betting offers that appeals to you most and click the link on this, canadiansportsbetting.ca free bet page.
No two free bet offers are the same, so choose wisely and always read the terms and conditions making sure you are completely satisfied with the criteria that is needed for you to receive your free bet and cash out any winnings it brings. Once you are satisfied you have found the new customer free bet offer that suits you most, go ahead and open a new account with the chosen bookmaker. This is normally a quick and simple process often taking just a few minutes. Having a payment card nearby could be helpful but normally there is not rush to make a first-time deposit on your new account in order to receive your free bet.
Once you have qualified for a free bet the bet placement process should be very simple too. Generally place your free bet just as you would any other sports betting selection, then find the ‘use free bet balance’ area of the betting slip and check or tick the box to acknowledge you want to use your free bet balance for the wager instead of cash.
A few sites will ask you to ‘claim’ your free bet from the ‘promotions’ or ‘members’ area of their site. Others may give you just a week to place a free bet after it has been credited to your new account. But if you are ever confused in regards to finding or placing your free bet, simply contact the customer support staff of your online bookmaker (by live chat, phone or email) to receive instant help.
Best Free Bets
Sportingbet sportsbook, Bwin and Sports Interaction are amongst the sportsbook sites offering new Canadian customers the best free bet offers. But free bets are not limited to customers who open a new betting account.
As part of the countless ongoing promotions offered by Canadian online bookmakers you can also get free bets for being a loyal customer who places a certain number of bets every week. Then there are free bets which act as consolation prizes, horses beaten in a photo-finish, a soccer goal conceded five minutes into overtime and the last leg of a multiple bet that comes up short.
Bet365 are particularly generous with their concessions, promotions and offers which sees cash-back in the form of bet credits. Furthermore they offer a loyalty scheme which sees a free bet regularly dropped into your account. …and the best part, this is done automatically without you needing to ‘opt-in’ or meet certain turnover criteria.