Offering extra money to punters in order to get them to place a free live bet  is becoming an increasingly common practice among bookmakers lately. In-play offers give you an extra incentive when trying to decide where to bet when you are watching an event through a bookie’s live streaming service. You can use this extra in-play bet as an “insurance bet” in order to minimize any possible losses on your pre match bet, or to ensure that no matter the result, you will earn some money. Given that in play betting has become one of the most popular types of free bets worldwide, bookies continue to offer these bets at an increased frequency.

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Types of in-play promotions

Betting before the match

This is the most common offer. Bookmakers will give you a certain amount of free money to bet during a match if you have placed a wager in the same event BEFORE its start. Usually the amount of the free in-play bet is equal or proportionate (from 50% up to 200%) to the amount you have placed on your pre-match bet.

Big event betting

With this promotions you don’t have to place a bet before the start of a match, but you can claim a free in-play wager on a big event, such as a football derby or a Grand Slam tennis final. Usually the amount is low (5-10€), but there are no requirements, besides having made at least one deposit at some point.

Net Losses

Some bookmakers will offer you free bets if your net losses during a specific time period (a week or month) exceed a certain limit. Fox example, if you have lost 25€s on tennis bettting during the last 10 days, you might get a cash back of the same amount via free in-play bets.

Key points

  • You have to make sure that the event you are about to place your pre-match bet on, qualifies for this promotion. This kind of offer does not apply to individual matches, but sometimes for entire competitions as well. If the promo states that you have to “place a bet on tennis”, make sure to check that the tennis match you want to wager on is included in the offer.

  • There are limits on the minimum amount you have to place on your pre-match bet in order to get the in-play bet. Bookies will either require that you bet a specific amount (for example “place a 10€ bet”) or link the pre-match bet amount with the in-play bet amount (“place a pre-match bet of up to 25€ to get an equal in-play bet”).

  • Some bookies set limits on the minimum odds you have to select on your pre-match bets in order to claim the in-play promotion. For example, you cannot place a pre live bet at say, 1.10 odds. However, there’s no restriction in maximum earnings or the odds of your in-play bet.

  • Same rollover rules apply to in-play offers. You have to wager the offered amount a number of times before you are able to withdraw it.