Free bets for Victorians
One topic that generates a lot of discussion amongst sports betting fans is the availability of free bets offered to residents of Victoria, Australia. There is confusion around the topic due to the Victorian State Government’s ban on bookmakers offering new customers a free bet in return for opening a new account.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that there are different types of free bets. The most popular free bets are those offered by Australian bookmakers to new customers, often referred to as sign up or deposit bonuses. However, there exist other forms of free bets, for example, there are: reload bonuses, no deposit free bets and weekly promotions where bonus bets are offered.
In Australia, gambling is regulated by State Government legislation. The Victorian Gambling Act legislates against bookmakers making free bet offers, or enticing new customers with the promise of free bets. Details of the Act can be found on the Victorian Commission for Gambling website.
So how can you get a free bet?
There are number of ways Victorians can still get access to free bets, including sign up bonuses:
Ask nicely after registering an account
It’s fairly common for a bookmaker to honour a free bet to a Victorian customer once they have registered an account. One of our members reported this happening within the past few weeks. Bookmakers are able to offer bonuses to existing account holders. As a course of action, we recommend you ask the bookie for a free bet once you have registered your account, believe us – this is an effective strategy.
- Try this tactic with any of the bookmaker free bets listed on our home page or those published below.
Unibet has 3 ways that you can earn a free bet
It’s worth searching around for different offers with bookmakers that offers bonus bets or immediate refunds simply for placing a bet. For example, Unibet, a recent entrant to the Australian bookmaking industry, publishes on their website that they will refund your first bet placed on any horse race up to $50 if it loses. This is effectively a free bet, and; this offer is most definitely available to Victorian residents. The key is, they are advertising a promotion to existing customers and not enticing new customers, but if you register an account, you will be entitled to the offer.
- Receive a refund up to a maximum of $50 on your first horse racing bet if it loses.
- Unibet is running the same offer if your first live bet loses, again, the maximum bonus amount is $50.
- From time to time Unibet will also provide this offer on different events, eg. If your first eSports bet loses, you’ll instantly receive another bet to the same value up to $50. So the first bet is effectively a free bet!
AFL promotions and bonuses
All of the top betting agencies offer bonus bets and promotions on AFL matches. The start of the season is always the best time to cash in on some of these betting specials. You can view the bonus bets on offer for AFL matches here.
The reload bonus
Another way to receive a deposit free bet is via a reload bonus. If you haven’t bet with a bookmaker for a period of time, then they will likely encourage you back to their agency by offering a matching free bet if you deposit a certain amount of money. This is commonly referred to as a reload bonus. The key to this strategy is to withdraw all of your account funds once you have bet through your initial deposit. Within months, the betting agency will be keen to have you back, and will be prepared to offer a free bet in order to do so. This form of offer is particularly prevalent in the lead up to the Spring Racing Carnival.
- Tip: It may be worth withdrawing from all of your betting accounts in the dead of winter and then waiting for the Spring offers to arrive in your inbox. Ladbrokes, below have been known to offer reload bonuses.
Take advantage of free bets that are available
If you are not able to earn a sign up bonus by asking nicely, it’s time to get a little more creative. Each week, Australian betting operators post a series of betting promotions in order to entice existing customers to bet. These offers are becoming more and more valuable to bettors. In fact, it could be said that these promotions have increased in value due to the restrictions placed on sign up offers to Victorian residents.
Leaders in this space are CrownBet, Sportsbet and William Hill. Some of the offers are simply too good to refuse. For example, if you’re looking for a free bet on the horses, CrownBet often provides its members with free bets if they bet on a particular race and their selection loses. In fact, they have been known to do this for up to 4 races on any given Saturday; that’s 4 free bets!
There are ways to receive free bets
In summary, yes, as per the law, Victorians are not entitled to free bets when they register a new account with a bookmaker. However, by asking nicely, looking around for good betting offers and taking control of your existing accounts, you’ll find that in actual fact there are plenty of ways to secure a free bet if you’re from the great state of Victoria.