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It’s Cheltenham Festival silly season, dear reader, and that means that the bookies are falling over themselves to get us to give them our cash. In fact, so ridiculous has it got that they’re now actually giving punters cash!
Most of the bookie offers for the Festival focus on Tuesday, as a means of getting money in the betting accounts to ensure players are betting with their firm. And, naturally, we can turn this to our advantage, by playing the bookie game with the ten best Cheltenham Festival 2013 bookmaker offers!
Bet Victor has covered itself in glory in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival with their unique and hugely popular non-runner free bet all season; and they are the bookie that keeps on giving, as they’re now promising to refund all losers on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Note, this is not conditional on My Tent Or Yours, the hot favourite, or any other particular horse, winning. No. Here’s how this one works: you place a bet on the race with Bet Victor and, if it doesn’t win, you get your stake refunded to your account as a free bet.
If you want to get the meeting off to a flyer, you could whack fifty quid on My Tent Or Yours. If he wins (currently 6/4), you’d get £75 profit plus your £50 stake back. If he loses, you get your £50 back. No. Brainer. No?
They’re also going non-runner money back now as well, so if your fancy fails to show up, you get your cash back. And they’ll match your first deposit if you’re a new customer with a free bet of up to £25.
SkyBet have been running this promotion for ages, and if you haven’t taken advantage of it already, what better time than just before Cheltenham? This is a really simple offer: register an account with SkyBet, and they’ll immediately deposit £10 into your account to bet with. Any winnings can be withdrawn straight away.
Why wouldn’t you?!
Although this is not a free bet, it’s as close to one as you’ll ever get at the Cheltenham Festival. Sprinter Sacre is the highest rated horse in training. He’s a mile clear of his rivals, most of which are dodging him and running in a different race. Even money means you get 100% interest on your loan to Coral in the space of a week. That’s almost as good as the burglars behind wonga.com do!
Obviously, in the interests of transparency, I need to remind you that certainties do get beaten, and that you shouldn’t bet this if you can’t afford to lose. But, getting evens about a 1-5 shot is about the best value this side of free money (see 2. above and 4. below)
Oh, and for new customers, they’ll match your first deposit with up to £50 of their own betting vouchers. So you’ll have more wonga to wager when Spwinta wins the Kween Muvva. (sorry)
Yes, another free tenner bet (terms apply). Race Bets will also match your initial deposit with up to £100. But the fun really starts with their race concessions.
1. RaceBets refund losing Champion Hurdle Ante-Post bets if Hurricane Fly wins
2. RaceBets refund losing Supreme Novices Hurdle day of the race bets if My Tent or Yours wins
3. If your horse finishes 2nd to the SP favourite in any race at Cheltenham, RaceBets will refund your losing bet
4. If your horse loses by a nose in any race anywhere, RaceBets refund it
5. If your horse falls at the first in any race anywhere, RaceBets refund it
Those are pretty nice concessions indeed and, allied to the free betting voucher – enter ‘geegeez’ in the Bonus field to get that (see this post for full details) – this is a no brainer account to avail of.
Not quite such a standout as some, but still well worth considering if you fancy anything they’re best price on. As well as guaranteeing to pay you SP if that’s bigger than the price you take, they’ll also return your wedge if your nag no-shows.
And, for new customers, they’ll give you £200 in free bets (some qualifying conditions apply, as even they’re not that generous!)
Five of the last eight Champion Hurdles were won by three lengths or less. So too were three of the last four World Hurdles. If yours is the unlucky beast to bag a close up silver medal, Bluesq will refund your losing stake.
This offer applies to the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
New customers can also look forward to £25 in free bets, through Bluesq’s ‘free bet Friday’ promo. Very nice too.
Those six offers – all of which are available to new and existing clients – should net you at least £40 (2 x £10 free bet, plus £20 when Sprinter Sacre wins). If things go your way in the Supreme or the Champion Hurdle, they’ll net you more… or at least you’ll get your cash back.
Armed with information, you’d be mad not to thank the bookmakers for their rare outbreak of Cheltenham Festival fever, and the generosity it engenders!
p.s. if you know of any other bookie concessions, do please leave a comment below, so we can all get involved. (Thanks)