There’s a reason why bookmakers love big race meetings such as the Cheltenham Festival, which is that lots of punters want to place bets. Some of them won’t necessarily have done a lot of betting before, so the bookies get to compete with each other to woo them and gain their business. Just as the bookmakers love the big meetings, though, so do the punters. Around the big events, such as those held at Cheltenham, is the best time to find exciting offers that you can take advantage of in order to try to get the best chance to win.
There’s no reason to be shy about it, it’s a reciprocal arrangement. The bookies would ideally like to take your money and you’d ideally like to take theirs. It’s all part of the dance and the excitement of the occasion. One of the ways that bookmakers attempt to make themselves appealing is by having great offers and this is where you can look to make yourself some extra money when you win.
What Are Free Bets For Winners?
If you’ve read some of the other pages on this site then you’ll know roughly what to expect here. Different offers work in different ways, so it’s important to have an idea about how the various ones are put together and what you need to do to make the most of them. Here we’ll break down some of the more valuable free bets for winners promotions that will come your way around the time of the Cheltenham Festival, as well as other meetings.
One thing that’s worth pointing out front and centre is the manner in which these sorts of offers differ. The most obvious thing is that they are existing customer offers, so open to everyone. Unlike welcome offers, which are normally specially targeted at new customers, the type of offer that we’re talking about here can be used by anyone with an account. That means you don’t need to panic and think, “But I already have a Betfair account!”.
Best Value Free Bets and Bonus For Winners
Coral 5/1 Racing Offer up to £10 Free Bet
With Coral if you back a horse in an ITV race, UK and Irish Sunday race or another selected races and it wins at odds of 5/1 or greater they will match your stake with a free bet up to £10 on top of your normal winnings.
The minimum stake to qualify is £1. If placing an each-way bet the offer applies to the win stake only. You need to opt-in before you can use this offer.
Free bets are to be used on horse racing only, credited within one day and valid for one week.
Unibet Uniboost Up To 3x Daily
With Unibet's Uniboost you can choose any horse racing or greyhound racing single bets and boost your own odds, with all extra winnings in cash, boosts can be applied from your betslip with three available each day (these refresh at midnight)
The Uniboost applies to stakes up to £20 with no minimum stake. If the race you bet on qualifies for best odds guarantee and the SP is higher than your boosted bet you will get the SP odds instead. If a horse is a non-runner or bet is void you will be given another boost.
William Hill Racing Bet Boost Every Day
William Hill bet boost can be applied to up to three racing single bets each day (not multiples), up to £20 (or £20 EW- applies to win part only). Boosts refresh at 12am each day and can be used via the bet slip.
Any winnings and extra winnings are all cash. Cannot be used in conjunction with Flash Odds, Enhanced Odds, any free bet or any other promotion. If the bet is void, the Bet Boost will be cancelled and will not be replaced by another.
How To Get Free Bets For Winners At Cheltenham
When it comes to taking advantage of these types offer around the time of Cheltenham it’s a bit of a no brainer. Depending on how seriously you’re looking to take your betting over the week of the Festival, you’ll probably be planning to do one of three things:
- Place all of your bets well ahead of time and then forget all about them.
- Place a selection of bets in advance and then place some as each race comes about.
- Place your bets one at a time after the result of the previous one is known.
When it comes to making use of the Free Bets for Winners type of offer, it’s really the second two types of bettors that will benefit. If you’re placing your bets well ahead of time and then forgetting all about them until you look to see how much you’ve won then that’s great, but there aren’t really any offers like this for the ante-post market.
Instead what you want to is place a bet with a bookmaker like Betfair that offers a given amount of your stake back as a free bet or bonus if your horse wins, or wins with certain conditions. Then, when it does win, use the free bet to bet on the next days racing.
A common way to use these offers when it comes to Cheltenham is to have an ‘extra’ bet. Most serious punters know which horses they’re going to bet on and how much they’re going to bet, so being given a free bet doesn’t usually affect that. Instead you can treat yourself to an extra little bit on the side, perhaps opting for the horse you were torn on whether to bet on when you had your initial flutter. If it loses then you’re no worse off, but if it wins then you’ll have a decent bit of added income.
As far as the Boosted Winnings are concerned, it’s entirely up to you how to use them. The races come thick and fast during the Cheltenham Festival, so you might want to use these unexpected winnings to place a bet you weren’t thinking of placing previously. Of course you can just keep hold of the winnings and there’s nothing wrong with that.