Free Matched Bets are great to use if you are starting out in football betting and looking to build a betting bank, and they can also be used as a risk free method of trading.
What Is A Free Matched Bet?
To explain in simple terms, a Free Matched Bet is a free bet you get when you open a bookmakers account. It is usually a 100% match up, based on the amount of your first/qualifying bet. The outcome of the first/qualifying bet is irrelevant – it can win, lose or draw – as you will get a Free Matched Bet based on the amount of your first/qualifying bet.
An example of how to claim a Free Matched Bet follows:
A bookmaker is offering new customers a £25.00 Free Matched Bet. So to claim this free bet, you would place your first/qualifying bet of £25.00 on Manchester United to win. Whether Manchester United win, lose or draw, it doesn’t matter – you will now receive a £25.00 Free Matched Bet.
The Free Matched Bet is slightly different to free bets that are based on the outcome of your first bet. For example, some bookmakers will only give you a free bet if your first bet loses, etc. These free bets are not Free Matched Bets.
The Free Matched Bet is also different to Welcome Bonuses. A Welcome Bonus is when a bookmaker matches your first deposit with the same amount of money. ie, you deposit £100.00, and the bookie gives you £100.00. Usually with these offers you will have to play through the money so many times before you can withdraw it.
Put simply, a Free Matched Bet, is the best free bet available.
Which Bookmakers Offer Free Matched Bets?
Below is a current list of bookmakers offering free matched bets (correct at the time of writing).
- Paddy Power
- Stan James
- William Hill
Please check that the free matched bets still apply before opening any accounts. Although every effort is made to keep this page up to date, bookmakers do change their offers from time to time, and these could come into effect without any prior knowledge.