When a bookmaker offers an incentive to get you to sign up to their online gambling site, it will more than likely be a no-strings-attached free bet where you won’t have to use your own funds to start placing bets, or a 100-400% match bonus (up to a certain amount) where your initial deposit will be matched. No matter what you are offered upon sign up, it is better to stick to your rules and play as if using your own hard-earned cash in order to make the most out of free bet offers.
For one thing, playing smart and sticking to your rules, even when you are using the bookmaker’s free cash offers, will keep your mind disciplined and focused on making good decisions for when you eventually start using your own cash. You will not be able to withdraw your winnings until you place a specified number of bets anyway, so you might as well try and grow your gambling account to a comfortable amount, to the point where you will no longer have to rely on the initial free bet / match bonus offer.
If you are new to gambling altogether and have the intention of using a free bet offer to “practice”, this is a surefire way to get the LEAST out of your offer. It is much more beneficial if you acquire the necessary skills for online gambling beforehand with a practice account. When you start to win more practice money than you lose on a consistent basis, then you are ready for the big leagues.
And, as always, the best way to get the most out of a free bet offer is to read between the lines of the agreement when prompted before signup. You may find something in the agreement that could change the way you play, or save you from signing up to a bad bookmaker. With these three points in mind, you will no doubt use your free bet offer to its fullest!