The 2022 Cheltenham Festival gets under way on Tuesday, March 15th and online betting sites in the UK have already started to set their stall out with a range of lucrative offers for customers.
Free bets will be on offer from various firms, with sign up offers worth up to £60 from the more generous bookmakers.
Historically, Cheltenham has always represented the best opportunity for punters to register with new betting sites and, for the most part, that remains the case this year.
On Bookies Bonuses’ Cheltenham Festival betting promotions page, there are welcome bonuses in abundance but also existing customer offers, which are also a big part of the week.
The best offers for the Greatest Show on Turf are those that only require a small deposit but can unlock a large bonus – preferably in the form of free bets.
Betfred often lead the way in that regard, with their standard Bet £10 Get £30 offer being improved around most big racing festivals, including Cheltenham.
When you claim an offer like this, you just need to register and then place a qualifying bet, ensuring that your qualifying bet meets the criteria laid out in the terms and conditions.
Terms you need to look out for include minimum odds, eligible markets, payment methods, and bet types.
Then, usually upon settlement of your qualifying bet, you’ll get your free bets which you can use across Cheltenham week.
In some cases, it might be best to wait until Cheltenham week before you register with certain betting sites, but that theory doesn’t apply to all bookmakers.
While many firms ramp up their promotions around Cheltenham, some betting sites – such as BetVictor – actually have a better new customer offer in the weeks leading up to the festival.
They are currently offering a Bet £10 Get £40 promotion in which you get three £10 free bets, a £10 slots bonus, plus 100 free spins.
BetVictor, like many other classic British bookmakers, are known for their existing customer offers as much as their sign up bonuses, and that includes Best Odds Guaranteed, and money back promotions like ‘Run For Your Money’ which is a staple of the BetVictor site.
Best Odds Guaranteed should be seen across all top betting sites during Cheltenham, and the beauty of this offer is that it allows you to get the bigger price on your chosen horse if it starts the race at greater odds than what you backed it at.
Each betting site has a specified time from which wagers are eligible for Best Odds Guaranteed. With Bet365, even bets from the night before will count, whereas with most other firms, it applies to bets placed from somewhere between 8-10am onwards.
Coral are always there or thereabouts when it comes to money back deals, and this year they are running with a non-runner no bet offer, as well as a free bet back every race promotion in which you get a free bet if your horse fails to finish.
Paddy Power are taking things one step further by offering existing customers three completely free £5 bets – one on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.