Betlion’s free jackpot
Create an account and you’ll get a bonus. That’s it. No deposit necessary. Their free bet is in form of a free ticket to their Pick6 jackpot. Here, you’ll win the jackpot prize by correctly predicting correct scores for six events. No deposit. No wagering requirement. 6/6 correct scores would see you win Kes 1M at the time of this review. 5/6 correct scores have a Kes 100,000 bonus and there was nothing for 4 and below correct scores.
Triple5bet’s free bet
All new players get a Kes 30 free bet. No wagering requirement. No deposit required. A match is chosen where you have to make a 1X2 pick. If you win, these funds are transferred to your account and can even be withdrawn. No strings attached.
Odibet’s Kes 30 free bet
No deposit required. This can be claimed by all new players. You have to use this free bet to wager on a match they choose.
Wazibet’s (formerly Spotika) Kes 25 free bet
All new customers are eligible. No deposit.
What is a no deposit free bet?
Just as the name implies this is a free bet where you’re not required to make a deposit to claim it. Bookies and especially ones running casinos are kings at arm twisting. They’ll give you a free Kes 1,000 free bet ONLY AFTER you’ve wagered 100 times that; this is the wagering requirement. A no deposit free bet is no strings attached in that you won’t be required to deposit X amount, wager X times, wait X days or invite X people with your link before claiming it. The only requirement is that you have to be a new customer and they’ll choose an event of their liking – usually the 1X2 market on that day’s most popular game – where you have to use it on. The typical free bet has Kes 20 to 30 stake. Winnings can be withdrawn too. I find them generous in that you get to test and feel a bookie before committing.
Types of free bets given by bookies to Kenyans
No deposit free bets
This is what we’ve gone through. Unlike Sign up free bets, these may be given to existing customers too. Crafty bookies like Betin and betWay used to give them after they noticed that you hadn’t wagered in a few weeks. These are a marketing tool used by betting sites and they may see you ending a planned sabbatical leave.
Deposit free bets
This is where the bookie will give you a bonus that’s proportional to your first deposit. They usually give a 100% bonus on your first free bet. The typical deposit free bet has a mimimum deposit requirement – usually Kes 300 – and a maximum deposit they’ll give – usually Kes 5,000. This bonus is stored in a bonus account that’s separate from your main account. There may be wagering requirements you’re supposed to fulfil before withdrawing proceeds from this bonus. There are rules on how you can use this bonus too. Typically, you’re supposed to use it on bet slips exceeding 2.5 odds and there’s no cash out on such slips. This is to prevent abusing the bonus team where cunning players may try to get around the set wagering requirements.
Cash back free bets
This is where you get a certain percent of your past stakes (usually losses) as a free bet. They are usually very tight and you’ll be lucky to get more than 3% of the stake used on a losing slip.
Sign Up free bets
This is a no deposit free bet except that it’s exclusive to new players only.
Matched bet bonuses
These are very rare and I’m yet to see a Kenyan betting site with one. A matched bet is one where you’re guaranteed profit irrespective of the event’s outcome. Let’s look at the BTTS (GG) market. Let’s say that bookie one had these odds
GG 2.06 odds
NG 1.65 odds
GG 1.54 odds
NG 2.2 odds
If you could bet GG with the first bookie and NG with the second, you’d be guaranteed a profit. Of course this never happens as they all get them from the same bookmarker (an odds provider like Odds Portal) and they use mathematical models to safeguard against this.
How to claim your free bet offer
This will vary by bookie and the type of bonus I question. The good news is that they’re almost always pushing these offers down your throat and you’ll never miss them. Sign up free bets are displayed on the registration page. No deposit free bets are communicated by SMS and you’ll get a notification on the betting site’s dashboard on the same. Deposit free bets will either be added to your main account or be credited to a bonus account. Cash back free bets will be credited to your account.
What sports can I bet on with free bets
There are no sport restrictions on free bets. Please confirm with your sportsbook. However, they may have wagering requirements such that you must have deposited X amount before being eligible. They almost always have odd-related restrictions on where they can be used such that you must have 3+ picks in your multibet (accumulator) slip with each exceeding 1.5 odds
How wagering requirements work
A wagering requirement or turnover is what multiple of a bonus you’re supposed to have bet before this bonus is unlocked. They’re not common to sportsbooks but casinos love them. The typical casino will ask you to wager 65x to 100x before getting that bonus. If they had promised a 200% first deposit bonus with a 70X wagering requirement and you deposit Kes 1,000 as your first deposit, you’ll be guaranteed a Kes 2,000 bonus. That’s great. Except that you have to wager 2,000*70 = Kes 140,000 before getting this bonus. Modern day slavery if you ask me. You’re almost always getting the shorter end of the stick with bonuses that have wagering requirements from my personal experience.
Bonuses/free bets across popular betting sites
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