Published: 11:01 08/04/2011
Countless thousands of punters could miss out when leading online bookmaking firms withdraw their free bet offers for the Grand National.
Due to natural demand, bookmaking giants Ladbrokes and William Hill will be withdrawing their free bet welcome to new customers who register ahead of this year’s John Smiths Grand National on Saturday.
In addition to a full-house at Aintree, the Grand National will be watched by a TV audience of around 3 million with countless more following the action on the internet. It’s long been a tradition in the UK to have a bet on racing’s greatest spectacle and millions of once-a-year ‘gamblers’ have made it the biggest betting event in the racing calendar.
Ladbrokes has been offering £60 in free bets to new customers since the Cheltenham Festival last month, but is set to remove the offer at midnight on Friday and plan to replace it on Sunday with a different offer, worth up to £30.
William Hill is acting sooner, its £25 Free Bet will be withdrawn at 5.00pm on Friday and will return after the Grand National at 5.00pm on Saturday.
Totesport has announced its £10 Free Bet offer will be removed all day Saturday and customers signing up with Betfair, the world’s largest betting exchange, between 2.00pm and 4.30pm will not be entitled to its £30 risk free bet.
However, many bookmakers will be extending a free bet welcome to Grand National customers. bet365 is giving away up to £200 in free bets to new customers; Coral, Paddy Power, Boylesports, Betfred, Sportingbet, Stan James and Victor Chandler are among the leading online bookmakers who will continue with free bet offers for the Grand National.