Bonus Bets Explained

With so many different types of bonus bets available for football betting it can be difficult understanding how they all work. It can also be heavy on your wallet if you don’t fully understand each bet! Hopefully this page explaining all of the bonus bets  which are available at most of the online bookmakers we feature, will help you if you’re just starting out in the world of football betting. Don’t forget to read our bookmaker reviews section before claiming any of the bonus bets or weekly betting offers they promote to new and existing members.

Best Sign Up Offers

888sport Sign Up Offer >

- Register your account at
- Bet £10 on any market offered
- Receive £30 in bonus bets!

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Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+, Gamble Responsible.

Bet Victor Sign Up Offer >

- Signup for an account at
- Bet £5 on any market:
- Receive £30 in bonus bets.

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New Customers only. Deposit, opt in and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, not for Baccarat, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings, game weighting: Slots/Instant Win:100%; Roulette/Table Games/Video Poker:20%; Blackjack:10%. Card Payments only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. 18+| Please Gamble Responsibly.

Bet365 Open Account Offer >

- Signup as a new customer at Bet365
- Once you've registered your account
- You'll then be able to earn...
- Up to £100 in Bet Credits!

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Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

Betfair Sign Up Offer >

- Join and place five bets of £10 or more
- Betfair then give you a £20 free bet
- Repeat process up to four more times!

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New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. Gamble responsible. 18+.

Betfred Sign Up Offer >

- Register for an account at
- Bet £10 on any market offered
- Get £30 in bonus bets & 30 free spins!

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18+, UK & NI only. Promo code 'SPORTS60'. 1st sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, settled in 60 days. Odds evens (2.0)+. £30 free bet paid within 48 hours of bet settlement, 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Game restrictions apply. Max 30 Free Spins on selected games. 7 day expiry. Full T&Cs apply. Gamble Responsible.

Coral Sign Up Offer >

- Register with
- Bet £5 on any market offered
- Coral will give you 4 x £5 free bets!

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18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply. Gamble Responsible.

Ladbrokes Sign Up Offer >

- Register at
- Place a bet of just £5 on any sport
- Receive £20 in free bets (4 x £5)

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18+. New Uk & IRE customers only. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, free bet stake not returned. Restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.

PaddyPower Sign Up Offer >

- Signup today at
- Bet £20 on any market you want
- Get moneyback in cash if it loses!

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PaddyPower Risk Free €/£20: New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Apple Pay will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a €/£10 free bet when you place 5x bets of €/£10+. T&Cs apply. 18+, Gamble Responsible.

Sportingbet Sign Up Offer >

- Register today at
- Bet £10 on any of their sports markets
- Get moneyback as a free bet if it loses!

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18+, Min deposit £10, Max stake £10, Min Odds 1/1 (2.0); Max free bet £10; Excludes Horse racing, New players only; T&Cs apply. Gamble Responsible.

William Hill Sign Up Offer >

- Signup at (Code: P30)
- Place a first bet of just £10
- Receive £30 (2 x £15) in bonus bets!

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New customers using Promo Code P30 only, min £10/€10 stake, min odds ½, free bets paid as £15/€15 (30 days expiry), free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. 18+, Gamble Responsible.

Football Bets to Use Bonus Bets On:

Win Singles Bonus Bets Explained
This is the simplest and most popular of all football bets. Basically your selection has to win for your bet to be successful. Say for example you placed £10 on ‘Team A’ to win the FA Cup at 2/1. That means your basic stake is simply £10. The odds that are offered on Team A, in this case 2/1, reflect the chance that the bookmakers think Team A have of winning the FA Cup. They are predicting that for every three times the competition is run Team A will win one of them – a 33.3% chance. A simple example that explains the way odds work is the toss of a coin. There is obviously a 50% chance of it landing on heads and a 50% chance of it being tails – presuming of course that we are discounting the possibility it lands on its side! This is effectively a 1/1 chance which is known as even money. So going back to our 2/1 against example, let’s imagine that we have placed £10 to win. If ‘Team A’ were to win you would win two times your stake and your stake is returned as your bet is a winner. That equates to 2 x £10 + £10 = £30. If ‘Team A’ get knocked out you lose your bet and stake.

Each-way Singles Bonus Bets Explained
This bet is usually used when betting on horse racing and is effectively a split stake bet between win only and place only. It means that you can still get a return even if your selection does not win. Let’s pretend you placed £10 each-way on ‘Horse A’ to win at the Cheltenham Festival at 12/1. The first thing to realise is that your stake is now £20 with £10 on the horse winning and £10 on the horse getting a place. If ‘Horse A’ came first, your winnings would be £120 (£10 stake x 12) and your stake would be returned too. As well as that the place section of the bet is also successful (though there is no differential between the horse coming first, second or third). The fraction of the odds varies from race to race depending on how many runners there are and whether or not it’s a handicap. Let’s imagine that in this case the place terms are a quarter the odds for first, second or third. Therefore in addition to ‘Horse A”s £130 for a win, we get a further £40 for being placed (a quarter of 12 multiplied by the £10 stake plus the original stake). If ‘Horse A’ came either second or third the win section of this bet would lose but you’d still get £40 back thanks to the place bet being correct.

First Scorer/Correct Score Double Bonus Bets Explained
As the name implies this bet combines the first scorer (of a football match) with the correct score. Often known as a ‘scorecast’ or an FS/CSD at some bookmakers we feature.

First/Last Scorer Betting Bonus Bets Explained
This is a bet on which player will score the first (or last) goal in a game. Bookmakers normally quote any player they expect to take part in the match with the odds related to their ability to find the net. These sports bets are highly popular, especially in live Premier League fixtures. It is worth remembering that if your chosen player has been left out of the team or is still on the bench when the first goal goes in then bets will be refunded on that player. Football betting odds are also available for a player to score at anytime.

Correct Score Bonus Bets Explained
This involves predicting what the actual score of a match or series will be and is most commonly used in football. The odds are dependent on the actual match odds between the two teams. For example ‘Team A’, if quoted at 1-3 to beat ‘Team B’ at home, would be in the region of 6/1 to win the game 1-0. In contrast, ‘Team C’, 7/2 to beat ‘Team A’ at home, would be around 8/1 to win 1-0. ‘Team C’ are perceived as having a much smaller chance of gaining the home win than ‘Team A’ and therefore their odds to win 1-0, or any score, are greater.

Double Result Bonus Bets Explained
This involves predicting the outcome of a match at both half and full-time. For example if ‘Team A’ were playing ‘Team B’ at home, three of the possible nine double-result bets are ‘Team A’-‘Team A’ 11/8, Draw-‘Team A’ 4/1 and ‘Team A’-‘Team B’ 28/1. Backing ‘Team A’-‘Team A’ means you want them to be winning at both half-time and full-time. This is a popular alternative to simply backing an outright ‘Team A’ victory which would be odds-on. Obviously the risk is greater as if ‘Team A’ are not winning at the interval then the bet is lost regardless of whether they win the match, say 5-1. If you fancy ‘Team A’ to start slowly but come on strong in the second half you would back Draw-‘Team A’. And if you think ‘Team A’ will make a fast start but then collapse in the second half then you would back ‘Team A’-‘Team B’. Obviously the likelihood of this is much less and hence the quote of 28/1.

Handicap Bonus Bets Explained
This is a very common form of sports betting – make sure you check out the British Bookmakers article ‘Asian handicapping explained’ for a more detailed rundown on the subject. Basically the bookmakers attempt to give the perceived weaker selection a start that effectively should make the two selection level. Let’s say that ‘Team A’ are playing ‘Team B’ in a Six Nations match at ‘Team B’s’ ground then ‘Team B’ may be ‘awarded’ a 20 points start on the handicap by the bookmakers. If you felt that ‘Team B’ had been underestimated and would either actually win the match or lose by less than 20 points you would back them on the handicap. The prices available would generally be around 5/6 each team with 14/1 or 16/1 offered on the tie (i.e. if ‘Team A’ beat ‘Team B’ by exactly 20 points). However if you felt confident that ‘Team B’ would actually win the match you may simply want to back them on the match betting odds without a handicap. That means you wouldn’t get the 20 point start but the price would be more attractive – they may be 5/1 against to win the game with ‘Team A’ long odds-on favourites at around 1/7. The draw (in this case an actual draw/tie in the match) would again be around the 14/1/16/1 mark.

Win Margins Bonus Bets Explained
This works on exactly the same principle for both rugby union and league matches. The bookmakers offer prices on how many points one of the teams will win by. So let’s say for example that in a particular Super League game ‘Team A’ are playing ‘Team B’ with ‘Team A’ rated around the 10 points favourites on the handicap. The best bookmakers split the various possible winning margins into sections – so ‘Team A’ to win by 1-5 points, 6-10 points, 11-15 points and so on up to around 46-50 points. The bands offered for ‘Team B’ (given that they are the underdogs) will probably only go up to around 21-25 points. With ‘Team A’ the 10 points favourites it will come as no surprise that the shortest priced bands in this case are ‘Team A’ to win by 6-10 points (around a 5/1 chance) and ‘Team A’ to win by 11-15 points (around a 9/2 chance). A price is also offered on the draw (i.e. if the two teams finish level at full-time) of around 16/1.