Bookie List and Pages
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We have a unique library of bookie pages containing a huge amount of information, along with a list of the best bookies and offers available which is kept as up to date as possible. You can find this by hovering your mouse over “Bookmakers” at the top of any BetClub page. There is also a Red List of rogue bookies to avoid, and a list of Other Bookies, which you may have heard of but which do not have free bets or can’t be used alongside another better bookie in the same group. This guide tells you how to use the lists and pages to best advantage.
All bookies which you are likely to come across on odds matching sites are included in the lists. Any which I feel are worth considering are included in the bookie list, although many of these are not suitable for beginners. If you have found a bookie which is not on the main list, look for it on one of the other lists. If you still can’t find it post on the forum or ask in the live chat and I will research it and add a page for it. None of the information in the lists or pages is fixed – it is continually being researched, updated and added to.
The Bookie List
The basic idea of the bookie list is to give a quick glance guide to the best offer available at each bookie, along with as much information as possible about the safety of the bookie and the simplicity and likely profitability of the free bet. Because of the pressure on space it is not possible to give all the required information in the table, and you should always check the bookie page, which you can access by clicking on the name of the bookie in the list.
IMPORTANT – not all bookmakers are safe to use. If you can’t find the bookie you are interested in on the bookie list, please check the RED List, as these bookies may steal your money.
There is a key to colours used in the list and on the site, and what they mean in this post.
The Bookmaker column contains links to our bookie pages, not to the bookmaker’s actual site. Links to sign up via the best available offer can be found on the bookie pages.
The Group column tells you which bookies share the same odds. Often only one of these bookies will be shown on Oddsmatcher – if there is an entry in this column check the bookie page to see which bookie in the group appears on Oddsmatcher. These entries are coloured only to make them easy to see – in this column the colour does NOT reflect the safety of that bookie.
The SBR/BR column shows the ratings for the bookie at two important sites, Sportsbook Review and Bookmakers Review, and give a measure of the safety of your money should you choose to use that bookie. The ratings are colour coded to make it easier to assess them quickly. There is more information about these sites in this post.
The UK column tells you whether or not the bookie has a UK licence and can accept bets from UK customers.
The Current Sports Signup Offer & Notes column contains relevant information about the free bet offer – see below.
The Date Checked column tells you the last date that the bookie page was updated. On this date the signup offer listed was checked and available via the link indicated on the bookie page. Always check that it is still there – bookies can change their offers at any time without warning even if there is a future expiry date on the offer shown.
Current Sports Signup Offer & Notes
As far as possible a consistent system has been used for this information.
Example 1: £25 SNR 1xD (2.0)
This offer is a simple £25 SNR free bet, of the type “bet £25 get £25 free”. 1xD indicates that the deposit has to be bet through once before the free bet is awarded, and (2.0) is the minimum odds required for this qualifying bet. This simple format in green is the sort of bet a beginner or someone with a small betting bank should be looking for. Unless you make a mistake or take very poor odds you should easily make a nice profit from any free bet shown in green.
Example 2: 100% to £25 SR 3xD+B (2.0)
This is another £25 free bet which at first sight would appear to be the same – “deposit £25 for £25 free”. However this is a SR free bet with a wager requirement (WR) indicated by the 3xD+B. This sort of bet often, but not always, gives you the free money as soon as you deposit, but you have to complete the wagering before you can withdraw. In this case the deposit and bonus are both £25, and the wager requirement is 3xDeposit+Bonus which is £150. Because there is a wager requirement attached to this offer and several bets may be required to finish it, this is not as simple as the bet in Example 1, and is therefore coloured blue. You would be unlucky not to make a profit from a bet shown in blue, but you should consider before you start whether your bank is big enough to cope if all of your bets win at the bookie.
Example 3: 100% to $25 SR 15xD+B (2.0)
This is a very similar bet to Example 2, but with a much larger WR. A big WR will eat away at your profits and may result in an overall loss on the offer if you are unlucky enough to have to bet through the whole thing. Advanced techniques such as underlaying may be required to make the most of these offers and a large bank is needed as your money can be tied up for some time. You should avoid offers coloured orange until you have plenty of experience, a decent sized bank and a good understanding of offers, likely returns and the best methods of finding good odds.
Example 4: 20% to $500 SR 4xD+B (1.5)
This sort of offer looks tempting, with a large free amount and a lowish WR. However because you are only getting 20% of your deposit as free money, you need to bet through a large amount of money before you can withdraw. Exactly the same warnings apply as in Example 3, and for that reason this offer is also coloured orange.
Example 5: 100% to $100 SR 10xD post wager (2.0)
This offer not only has a large WR, but is also “post wager”, which means that you only get the free money once you have bet through the whole WR, in this case £1000. The usual underlaying technique can’t be used here because there is no prospect of “busting out” – should your bets lose, you simply have to deposit more money and continue with the WR. Unless very good odds can be found there is a significant risk of making a loss on this sort of offer, as well as the risk of ending up with a large amount of money tied up in the bookie. Offers posted in red are risky and are not recommended.
Other useful information may be included in this column such as the expiry date of the offer, any restricted countries or markets or anything else which can easily be fitted into the space available. This should not be regarded as comprehensive – it is intended only to guide you as to whether or not the offer is worth further investigation.
The Bookie Pages
Each bookie has its own page with as much information as possible on it. Again I have tried as far as possible to maintain a consistent format for these, although for some of the worst bookies the information may be limited to advice that you avoid that bookie. The emphasis is always on the safety of the bookie and offer, and on giving you information about the best offer available.
The point of these pages is to present all the information in an easy-to-find format, as bookie sites are all different and finding contact information or even the bookie’s T&Cs can be quite tricky on some of them. By collecting the information in this way with appropriate comments we can save you time searching and help to prevent errors such as depositing by moneybookers only to find that the bookie excludes that deposit method from qualifying for a free bet.
Each page contains information about how to contact the bookie, which other bookies it is related to and may share odds with, which deposit methods and currencies it takes, its rules on specific sports and any other specific and relevant information. There is then a section about the free bet offer, with an assessment of its safety and a suggested strategy. The full T&Cs of the offer are reproduced along with a signup link and notes about any available cashback. Some bookies allow telephone betting, and for these there are details of phone numbers and any comments on phone accounts. There may be details about any long standing offers such as best odds guaranteed, as well as refer a friend offers.
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