How To Use a Sports Betting Bonus

In any place where there is legal sports betting, there are multiple sportsbooks where you can place a bet. Due to this competition, any sportsbook will want to ensure that it is reaching out to potential customers, ensuring that they choose this sportsbook, and not any other. Look at every sportsbook you’ll find on and the pattern is the same – there is a bonus on just about every sportsbook you’ll see, which makes it an attractive proposition to bet with them. But you should also bear in mind that a sports betting bonus is what you make it – using them correctly will ensure that you get the most benefit from them.

What is a sports betting bonus?

In the most simple way possible, a sports betting bonus is a promotional offer put forward by a sportsbook to encourage customers to choose their betting service. These bonuses may be described as Welcome Offers, Free Bets or Cashback bets. In the main, they offer you the chance to bet on a sporting event without risking your own money. The bonuses aren’t “real” money – you can’t cash them out – but you can usually have access to any winnings fairly quickly.


Well, yes. In return for the bonus bet, the sportsbook will often want you to meet some terms and conditions. This might mean re-wagering anything you have won a certain number of times before it can be withdrawn. If, however, you choose your bets carefully, you should still be able to make a decent profit from a “free” bet.

“You just put ‘free’ in quote marks. Why?”

Because you will usually need to make an initial bet to qualify for the bonus bet. It will absolutely be a free bet on its own merits, but you’ll need to meet the terms and conditions first. It is essential that you read the terms and conditions on any betting offer. They’re rarely anything onerous, but it you don’t meet them, you aren’t entitled to the bonuses. And you won’t have any luck arguing the point afterwards.

So how should you use a free bet?

In order for the bonus credit to become real money, you will need to make a winning bet with it first. So make sure you research your bet before you make it. Of course, nothing can be guaranteed with these bets, or any bet, but if you know what you’re betting on and have reason to be confident, then it should be possible to make a reliable bet. Just remember, the higher the odds, the more you win. So try to balance your certainty of success with the chance of higher winnings, and make a bet that fits both categories. It won’t be easy, but it will work out better for you if the bet is successful.

For some people, the terms and conditions may seem excessive, but do remember that this is a bet you are making without having to risk any of your own money. That’s pretty good to begin with, so meeting the Ts and Cs is worth it.