The biggest betting day of the year for U.K. punters is coming up – the Grand National on Saturday the 11th April 2015.
What does that mean for regular bettors?
Well, as it is the biggest day for bookmakers with everyone and their granny having a bet, it means that most bookmakers won’t offer the normal new depositors bonus for accounts opened on this day.
Simply put, there are no free bets for people opening new bookmaker accounts on Saturday the 11th April.
This is perfectly normal and happens every year.
It is only for one day though, and the free bets and other promotional offers will be available again from all bookmakers from the following Sunday. Basically, if you are going to open a new account with a bookmaker, either do it today or wait until after the big race.
While it’s a little awkward that the freebies are gone for the day, there might be other promotions available. Some sites, like SkyBet, advertise that they are paying out 5 places on the Grand National. That is not such a great deal in reality as most bookmakers will pay five places on this race. For example, Paddy Power are already offering to pay 5 places on this, as well as some other extended places on other races at Aintree.
However, for those looking for a good promotion on this race, Betfair sportsbook have a nice deal. They are offering a refund of bets on horses that don’t finish the race, up to a maximum stake of £10.00.
That is a pretty good deal considering that their are 40 runners and last year only 18 horses actually managed to finish the course.
On top of that, they are also offering a free bet deal with no restrictions for accounts opened on the day of the big race. For every 3 £10.00 bets settled you can get a free bet of £10.00, up to a total of £30 in freebies. That’s a pretty good deal if you were going to have nine ten pound bets anyway.
So, while we don’t have a prediction of the winner this year, we do predict that there is some good value to be had at Betfair sports.
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