Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:42 22/06/2014
In a remarkable show of good faith, Betfred has refunded bets on England to wn the World Cup as a free bet to all customers who backed the the Three Lions to win the tournament.
The news brings reprieve to punters who were hoping for a run for their money from Roy Hodgson's side at the tournament in Brazil and instead were looking at a betting loss before the third and final Group D games have even been played. Betfred customers who backed England to lift the trophy will find a free bet equal to their losing outright stake in their accounts, some may even be tempted to stick their free bet on the surprise package, Costa Rica!
Betfred have posted the following statement on the promotions page of their website:
"For all the eternal optimists out there, we have refunded all bets placed on Betfred.com on England to win the World Cup as a free bet. We know this won’t take away the pain of having to watch the Three Lions crush our dreams once again, but, to be honest, it’s all we can do. If you backed England to win the tournament, you’ll find a free bet in your account now. We hope it brings you more joy than Wayne Rooney and co have this summer. Deepest condolences, Betfred."
This is not the first time Betfred has taken such action, back in March the Bonus King returned stakes to punters who had backed Manchester United to win the 2013/14 Premier League title after the Red Devils fell well behind the pace and were effectively out of the running.
Betfred is one of the best bookmakers for picking up free bets and bonuses. Most firms have enticing welcome offers, but new Betfred customers can claim a £10 no deposit free bet on mobile as well as getting their first real money stake matched with up to £25 free bet. Once signed up, First Goalscorer bettors can take advantage of up to triple odds on their winnings on Double Delight/Hat-Trick Heaven matches and those who like a punt on the Correct Score market get money back as a free bet on losing stakes if the final score of a live TV match is 1-1.