Betting Bonus – How to Find One
We’ve seen how you can use your bookmaker account to find some free bets, both as a brand new and existing account holder but there are more betting bonuses to be had, as long as you are with the right operator. A betting bonus can come in a number of different forms so how do you make sure you are getting the best value?
Sign-Up Bonus for Betting on Sports
The most obvious betting bonus you can get is of course a welcome sign-up bonus. These come in different shape and size but generally they are a match deposit bonus. this means the bookmaker matches the deposit you made with the exact same amount in bonus funds, thus effectively doubling the money you can bet with. As with any promo, you are advised to see the terms for such bonuses as usually there are wagering requirements associated with them, you don’t want to overlook.
Betting Bonus: A Profit Boost
Apart from the usual bookies sign-up bonus a number of bookies such as William Hill and Coral offer a promotion known as an Acca Boost. Typically, you would select a number of bets from the bookie – usually a minimum of three – and if all of those were to land then you can get an extra %age return on your winnings.
Some of these bookmaker bonuses can be very generous indeed with an extra 20% or even 30% at stake although you may need at least 20 winning selections in order to trigger those levels. Things to bear in mind include the fact that without exception these will need to be straight line multiple bets and not formulas such as Lucky 15s and Lucky 31s.
To make sure you’re getting the best value, look at the entry levels for each promo; what is the minimum number of bets that you need to place? Finally, look at the figures involved to see which bookie is offering the highest %age boost.
The Acca Boosts tend to be general deals that you can use anywhere in the sportsbook but others may be a little more specific. The Individual Goal Scorer options are among the most popular side markets for football fans and as a result, a selection of betting bonuses have been designed around them.
Possibly the most familiar of these is Double Delight, Hat Trick Heaven which is a much-publicised offer set up by Betfred.
Here, you take a pick in the first goal scorer betting and if your chosen player opens the scoring, you pick up a profit in the usual way. However, if they go on to score and second and then a third goal, you get even more money back on your initial bet.
As mentioned, this is the most popular boost in this market but there are others available so check with the bookie concerned to see what’s on offer.
Enhanced Odds promotions are a relatively new type of offer, mostly designed to get you to sign up with a new account. As an example, an operator will pick a sporting event such as Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray at Wimbledon and then boost the price on one or both players.
In some cases this can represent very good value indeed and occasionally, the bookmaker will choose an event which is almost certain to produce a profit and give you an almost guaranteed enhanced profit. The main thing to look out for with a betting bonus is the rollover requirement which can be quite high and can prevent you from taking out your money for some time. However, these are worth considering and can give you a nice return in the mid to long term.
In addition to the enhanced odds for new players, some companies offer price boosts based on a certain set of events in a sports match. SkyBet are a really good example of this and if you log on to an account at any given time, they will promote these very fiercely.
An example could involve a football match – let’s say it’s England v Germany. The bookie might say Wayne Rooney to score plus England to win is boosted from 6/1 to 10/1. SkyBet have plenty of these throughout the sporting calendar but other online betting sites also quote price boosts so remember to look out for them.
We’ve mentioned a few of the more popular types of bookies’ sign-up bonuses but there are many more that you can take advantage of. The important thing is to keep informed and you can do this by following our news feeds in order to be aware of what’s going on.
You should also be looking to follow each of the bookies on social media so check them out on Twitter and Facebook. There are hundreds of betting bonus deals to be had so don’t miss out.