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totepool £25 free bet offer

New free bet – totepool

totepool, the exclusive UK licensed operator of tote betting services, has just launched a new free bet offer for new customers. Sign up today with totepool to get a free bet worth up to £25, matching the stake of your first qualifying bet. This replaces the previous £10 free bet offer.

One of the UK’s leading online betting sites, totepool combines pool-based tote bets for horse racing with fixed odds betting on racing and a host of other sports betting markets.

» Join totepool for a £25 free bet

Both your qualifying bet and free bet must be placed at odds of evens or greater, with a bet type of win single, each-way or multiple.

The tote was purchased from public ownership in 2011 by Betfred, which operates tote betting online via totepool (and at racecourses and through betting shops) under an exclusive government licence deal that also brings substantial financial benefits to UK racing.

totepool casino & more

Alongside online betting, totepool also offers an online casino, online games and lotto.

totepool online casino is accessed via the same user account as betting, but offers an additional sign up bonus. The bonus is applied when customers make an initial deposit (as a brand new customer account) or transfer (from their betting balance) into gaming chips.

The current totepool casino bonus is a 100% deposit / transfer match worth up to £100.

» Play totepool casino – £100 bonus

All of our featured online bookmakers and casinos welcome new UK clients aged 18 and over. For more suggested online gaming sites for UK players, see our betting and casino directory.

Grand National 2014 betting

Bet on The Grand National

Today is the third and final day of The Grand National Festival, featuring the 167th running of The Grand National (on Saturday 5 April 2014).

The Grand National is the single most popular horse racing event in the UK’s sporting calendar, pulling in a vast TV audience. Rather than visiting a betting shop this year, more viewers than ever before are expected to place a bet on The Grand National online.

Our pick of the bookies

So which bookie should you choose to place your Grand National bets?

To help you decide, we’ve reviewed Grand National betting offers from some of the UK’s most popular bookies. We looked at features including:

  • How many places do they pay for each way bets?  (§ explanation below).
  • Free bet offers.
  • Live streaming coverage – for watching The Grand National live online.
  • Competitiveness of Grand National odds.

The result of our homework on your behalf is the following list of suggested bookies for your Grand National betting:

Best Grand National betting
1. BetVictor - bet now
* Pays to SIX places on each way bets *
* Free £25 bet for new customers *
* Non-runners refunded as free bets *
* Live streaming of the race (bet required) *
- Plenty of Grand National special bets.
2. Sky Bet
- Pays to 5 places on each way bets.
- £30 matched free bet for new customers.
- Best odds (bet at current price, but get the starting price if it's higher).
3. Ladbrokes
- Pays to 5 places on each way bets.
- Live streaming of The Grand National (bet required).
3. JenningsBet
- Pays to 6 places on each way bets (but BetVictor odds may be better).
5. Coral
- Fun help with choosing your horse: The Grand National Horse Generator.
- Pays to 4 places on EW bets.
- Live streaming of the race (bet required).

As you can see from the table, our clear winner by a length for betting on the Grand National 2014 is BetVictor. At the time of writing, BetVictor offers a winning combination of:

  • Great odds.
  • A free bet offer for new customers (many bookies suspend their free bet offers around the Grand National).
  • Paying each way bets to 6 places (some only pay to 4).
  • Watch the Grand National live online (streaming available when you place a bet).

If you’re placing an each way bet, the additional one or two paid places at BetVictor could easily mean the difference between winning or losing your bet. Odds are, of course, subject to constant change – and the same also applies to free bet offers today.

For a greater choice of Grand National bookies, visit our betting directory. Free bet offers may well be suspended, so visit individual bookmakers to check current offers before joining.

§ Each way bets give you two chances to win:

  • Half your stake is applied as a win single bet, which pays out at your horse’s full odds if it wins.)
  • The other half of your stake is a bet that typically pays out at 1/4 of the horse’s full odds if your horse finishes among the paid placings (eg in any position among the top 4, 5 or 6 horses).

Different bookies may pay each way bets to different numbers of places for the same race. Paid placings may also differ from race to race.

New Ladbrokes free bet offer – 3 x £10 free

New free bet offer from Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes has just launched a revamped free bet offer for new online sportsbook clients. To qualify, simply open a new online betting account with Ladbrokes and place a single bet of just £10 or more. In return, you’ll receive 3 x £10 free bets.

Your first free bet of £10 will be credited to your new sportsbook account immediately, with the second and third free bets (also worth £10 each) credited after 7 and 14 days respectively.

» Claim £30 in free bets at Ladbrokes now (use code: THREE10)

Ladbrokes is one of the UK’s best known online bookmakers. Their site offers online sports betting on a wide range of markets including football, horse racing, tennis, greyhounds, cricket and golf – many with live, in-play betting during the course of the events.

Sportsbook clients can use the same account to play at other Ladbrokes gaming sites including casino, live casino, bingo, games and poker.

Other featured online bookies with generous welcome bonuses for new customers include Bet365 and Bet Victor.

All of our featured online betting sites welcome new UK clients aged 18 and over. For more suggested online bookmakers, see our betting directory.

Live sports streaming & betting on iPhone, iPad & Android

Free live sports streaming on iPhone & Android mobiles and iPad

This month marked the launch of a great new mobile video streaming and betting service for the iPad and for iPhone and Android smartphones from one of the UK’s leading online bookmakers.

Sportsbook clients at Bet365 are already able to view over 20,000 live sports events each year from their PCs. Thanks to the launch of Bet365’s new mobile streaming service, registered customers can now also watch and bet on almost 3,500 live sports events and over 10,000 live UK and Irish horse races using their iPads, iPhones or Android mobile phones.

» Watch live sports & bet via smartphone or iPad with Bet365

Sports included in the live streaming and betting service for mobiles and iPads include football, cricket, tennis, snooker, basketball, squash and darts.

Live streaming events are indicated in Bet365’s betting markets by a video icon, which turns yellow when live streaming has started.

For the best user experience, a good WiFi (ideally) or 3G data connection is required. To access the service, you be registered as a client with Bet365 and either have a funded account or have placed a bet within the last 24 hours. Other than that, this live sports video streaming service for mobiles and iPad is completely free!

More about Bet365

With a generous free bet offer for new clients and a comprehensive range of online sportsbook markets and other gaming opportunities including casino and bingo, Bet365 has consistently topped our list of suggested online bookies.

Bet365 welcomes new UK betting clients aged 18 and over. See our online betting directory for more bookmakers and offers.