Guide to claiming free bets

Online bookmakers throughout the world generally offer some kind of inducement to new members. Australian bookmakers are no different, in fact, in true monetary terms, they offer some of the best free bets available.

Weighing up the true value of each free bet isn’t as straight-forward as it may seem. Not every Australian resident is able to receive a sign up bonus. For those that are, there are terms and conditions pertaining to each registration offer that need to be carefully considered before claiming a bet offer.

How bonus bets work

Sign up bonuses are are relatively straight-forward. They are a form of incentive offered by the betting agency to entice new customers to register an account. When a new player makes a deposit or places a first bet, the bookmaker will match, or sometimes multiple the amount, with a free bet; provided they are eligible!


State legislation dictates whether or not residents of certain Australian states can receive sign up bonus bets. If you are from: Victoria, NSW, SA or WA, unfortunately, you are not able to receive a sign up offer.

Turnover conditions

The terms and conditions for free bets differ between bookmakers. Generally though, any winnings derived from free bets, must be turned over a certain number of times before they can be withdrawn eg. bet through once in full. In addition, turnover rules normally require those bets to be placed on selections at odds greater than $1.50. Some bookies will even demand that the deposit amount is turned over as well. The devil is in the detail, this is why it’s important to compare bookmakers before claiming offers and registering an account.

List of free bets

The free bets listed below are all sign up offers supplied by Australian online betting agencies. New players must open an account with the chosen bookmaker in order to receive the bonus. Please note, that due to government legislation, these bonus bet offers are not available to residents of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia or Western Australia.