If you’re just getting started with betting on CounterStrike, or switching from CSGO skin betting to real money, taking advantage of a free bet is a great way to boost your starting bankroll. Most online bookmakers who offer betting on esports will offer you a free bet when you’re opening an account, and usually it’s worth taking advantage of them. Whilst there will be some terms and conditions, you should be able to meet them easily and the bonus will help add to the enjoyment. We’ll highlight how to claim each of the sign up bonuses and any of the associated T&Cs. You won’t find these CSGO betting bonuses by going direct to the bookmaker’s website, so make sure you click on the links from our site when joining to make sure that you receive your bonus without any problems.
The terms of your free bet will vary depending on the bookmaker you choose to sign up with. Registering an account at the bookmaker’s website using one of the above links is the first step to getting your sign up bonus. Then, you will usually have to deposit some of your own money and bet a certain amount with it – this can sometimes be in one bet, or sometimes you’re able to do it in a number of smaller bets. Once you’ve fulfilled the criteria for the free bet, you’ll find it credited to your account within a few days, usually instantly. You’ll then be able to place a bet with the free bet. If it wins, you’ll receive your winnings but usually won’t receive your stake back. For example, if you place a £10 bet using your bonus at 3/1, you’ll receive the £30 winnings but not the £10 stake.
Sometimes, you may have to keep betting (“turnover”) the free bet a number of times before you can withdraw the winnings.
For example, you bet £10 and get a £10 free bet. You then bet the £10 free bet at 2/1, winning you £20 (stake not returned). If the turnover requirement is 3x, you wouldn’t be able to withdraw the £20 you’d just won until you had bet the value of the free bet three times (3x£10=£30). Usually you can reach that limit in any number of bets.
By setting up accounts with lots of bookmakers, not only can you take advantage of all their free bets, but you’ll be able to bet on more markets and at different prices. Especially in Esports, certain bookmakers only offer odds on certain games. Bookmakers also offer very different prices on CounterStrike matches because they don’t have the same statistical models that they do in other sports, so you can take advantage of their differences in opinions and get much better prices if you shop around.