It was Coco Chanel who said that "the best things in life are free". This is definitely the case when it comes to sports betting, where a myriad of bookmakers are falling over themselves to offer lucrative bonuses and promotions in the run-up to this summer’s hottest ticket: the 2016 European Championships or Euro 2016.
The tournament itself kicks off on Friday 10 June with host France taking on Romania. If punters move fast, they can access a suite of outstanding bonuses in readiness for the continent’s showpiece event.
It's a classic tactic from bookmakers to attract new customers with the promise of deposit match bonuses, free bets and a wealth of other goodies. Whenever a major sporting event like Euro 2016 comes around, you can expect competition between bookmakers to go into overdrive.
It's estimated that around £3bn was wagered around the globe on the 2010 World Cup, which gives a flavour of the kind of riches on offer for the betting industry.
From the perspective of the customer, this is no bad thing. Dozens of bookies and betting firms are at their beck and call, so doing the research to find the most rewarding freebies on offer makes perfect sense.
The pay off for punters is that they can cash in and build a rather handy bankroll in time for Euro 2016. Indeed, the first week of promotions involving the tournament is shaping up to be particularly generous. Of the leading mainstream bookmakers, it's NetBet who stands out with a princely £50 free bet offer.
It's not every day you get offered £50 free of charge, so it pays to take advantage of NetBet’s generosity. All punters need to do to get involved is sign up for a new player account, make a deposit of any amount up to £100 and ensure it's ‘rolled over’ once. They will then be rewarded with a bonus of 50% of their initial investment.
What a time this is to enjoy some free betting money: Euro 2016 looks set to offer plenty of potential for profit in a variety of markets, including outright winner, name the finalists, top goalscorer, individual match betting and so much more.
As has always been the case, these bonuses and promotions often have metaphorical hoops that need to be leapt through in order to withdraw any winnings made with bonus funds. The good news is that NetBet’s terms and conditions are rather more lenient than many of their competitors’.
All customers need to do is ensure that any bets placed with the bonus cash are at odds of 1.60 (3/5) or greater, and that they are betting on an eligible market (over/under and handicaps are exempt from the offer).
Should anybody need further convincing that NetBet is a red hot bookmaker at the moment, then surely the chance of winning £1 million provides ample persuasion.
That’s what is on offer via their Euro 2016 Jackpot Game. They’ll even match stake amounts with an equivalent free bet for the first wager placed from a mobile device – more funds to attack Euro 2016 with.
Once those bonus funds have been credited, the time will come to invest them sensibly; fortunately, Euro 2016 offers plenty of options.
Can France claim their third major title on home soil, following their triumphs at the European Championships of 1984 and the World Cup in 1998? The history books dictate that they are worthy favourites with the bookies. But it would be foolish to write off the reigning world champions Germany, who tend to come alive in big tournaments like this.
Spain could re-write European Championship folklore by claiming a record third consecutive title, and surely this is England’s best hope of ending 50 years of hurt given that their key players – Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier – are in France fresh from an outstanding domestic season with Tottenham Hotspur.
The scene is set for an incredible tournament, so don’t miss out on the bonanza of bookmaker bonuses currently available. Start with NetBet Sports' incredible £50 Free Bet to begin your Euro 2016 betting today!