Everything you need to know about profiting from Grand National free bets
The biggest betting feast of them all gets underway next Saturday (8th April) when around £150 million of domestic money is expected to be wagered on the annual feast which is the Randox Health Grand National.
And, with an estimated TV viewing audience of 600 million (from 140 countries) joining the ten million UK viewers, the sum total of wagers placed on the historic race could surpass £500m.
Unsurprisingly online bookmakers, who can simply and easily accept bets from punters around the globe, see the Grand National as a series of Christmas Days.
Yes days… You see not only will they turnover obscene amounts of money on the Grand National, they will also generate a substantial number of new clients. Naturally some will only place bets once or twice a year but a significant number will become regularly returning customers.
Consequently online bookmakers have spent months hatching headline grabbing plans which will make their online sportsbook the place where first-time customers head.
Top of the charts is always ‘free bet’ offers. The old chestnut which is ‘something for nothing’ and, more pertinently, the prospect of winning big for no cost never fails to see once-a-year Grand National gamblers jam the internet in their scramble to jump on these promotions.
They are nothing new as most betting companies hand out free bets to new customers throughout the year. It is just the Grand National clearly puts betting on horseracing to forefront of people’s thoughts.
But those bookmakers are a crafty breed and anyone who acquires a free bet as part of a welcome offer following a bet on the Grand National can only place that free bet on a selection after their qualifying bet has been settled.
It’s a sure-fire way of ensuring customers will come back from more fun after the 2017 Grand National has been consigned to the record books. Therein if you want to have a free bet on the Grand National our advice is to open your new online bookmaking account long before Saturday’s big race.
There are several more concessions which conspire to ensure bookmakers have a chance of recuperating the cost of the free bets they give out in addition to encouraging you to place just a few more free bets.
For example, the traditional each-way paying places on the big race is first through to fourth. But, as a one off online bookmakers often do pay-out each-way winnings to customers whose horse finishes as far back as sixth.
This puts winnings of some kind into more people’s accounts and that means more people who may ‘convert’ into becoming regular punters. Do not succumb to the temptation. In fact why not beat the bookies at their own game and use these offers to enhance the chances of making some meaningful profits and then make off with them?
In a classic ‘coupon cutting’ exercise shrewdies can and should open several new bookmaking accounts which give a free bet upon settlement of your first wager. A series of six new accounts which require a bet on each before a free bet is released can be worked very simply. In the case of a football match place two of your qualifying bets on a home win, two on a draw and two on an away win.
Resultantly two of your bets are guaranteed to be winners and you will receive cash ‘winnings’ which could well exceed your stakes More importantly you will now be in receipt of six free bets which can all be used on the Grand National. If you use them on six individual selections and place your bets each-way, you will then have 12 chances of making clear profits.
Anyway, enough of our conniving, just who are the likely candidates for the Grand National? Well, the Irish had a phenomenal time of things at the Cheltenham Festival and that fine form could well run into the Aintree Festival.
In fact, we like one of the Cheltenham Festival winners in the Grand National. His name is ‘Cause of Causes’ and he is trained, like the 2007 Grand National winner, Silver Birch, by Gordon Elliott.
If he is Ireland’s best hope then all of Scotland will be placing their bets on ‘One For Arthur’ who will be attempting to become the first Scottish-trained Grand National winner since ‘Rubstic’ in 1979.
There’s been an even longer wait for a woman jockey to claim the big race. In fact a woman has never ridden the winner of the Grand National. If you think all of that will change this year then you are probably going to place your [free] bets on ‘Wonderful Charm’ who is set to be partnered by leading Irish amateur jockey Katie Walsh.
Whatever your fancy, don’t make it easy for the bookies this Saturday - exploit those free bets they are dangling in front of you and run with your profits.