With Royal Ascot already here I had thought that there would be some good promotions and offers available from the bigger bookmakers, especially the UK based ones, but so far the offers have been mainly disappointing.
The best of the lot so far has got to be the new customer offer from BetVictor.
Unfortunately, it was only available for two days earlier this week, and I got the email yesterday, so it was too late to post about it.
Their opening offer of £25 in promo cash for new players is still pretty good though. If you are not familiar with the term ‘promo cash’ then you need to be aware that this type of offer comes with terms and conditions. The most important term is that this is not free money. It is a promotional credit that you can use to place a bet, but you will not get the ‘promo’ stake back – just any winnings that you accrue from the bet.
In other words it is a shot to nothing, no risk to you or your money. If you win then you get the amount of the winnings only (not the stake amount as well), and if you lsoe then you lose nothing.
Other bookies offers are rather underwhelming for this festival so far. Betfair has their standard signup bonus for new sportsbook customers of Bet £10 get £30, with the only concession to Ascot being their offer of a free bet for every winner at 3/1 S.P. that you back. The max you can get from that offer is £25 and that will be paid in their version of promo cash too.
In my opinion that is not a very enticing offer, as there is little value to be had from it.
32RedSport has their standard new customer deal of bet £10 get £10 promo bet, plus get ten free games in their casino. The free games are on the Terminator 2 slots game.
PaddyPower have not enhanced their standard signup deal either, though it is not a bad deal – bet £10 get £30 in promo bets.
They are offering some good prices on the bigger races though, so at least they are making an effort over at Paddy Power, unlike most of the other bookies.
By this stage you know that you don’t get the money from the promo bets, right? You get to bet with it and keep your winnings, but you don’t get the stake amount back, and you will have to do more betting before you can withdraw those winnings. The terms aren’t harsh by any means, and you do get to bet with a lot more money that you need to deposit, but you do need to be aware that any promotion offer will always have terms and conditions attached to it.
All in all, there are no special deals to be had, and if you don’t have an account at any of the bookies mentioned here already you might want to hold off on opening one for a while, as there should be better deals coming up over the summer as traditionally new customer sign ups drop off.
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