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Does anyone else find that this offer more than a little misleading? I signed up via this link on betting directory.co.uk
Partybets £25 Free Bet Offer
Open a betting account with bookmaker Partybets and they'll give you a £25 free bet to get you started. Just have a bet of £25 or more and they'll match that and give you a £25 free bet to place on any sporting event!
Now to me this says bet £25 and Partybets will give you a free £25 bet, highlighting the "get you started". If say there was a 3x rollover I am betting £75 not £25.
On contacting Partybets customer service I was told to refer to their website which is as listed above:
We’ll give you 100% extra on your first deposit, up to £25, when you open an account at PartyBets.com today.
Here’s how to claim your bonus:
1. Open an account
2. Make a deposit
3. Start betting!
The deposit amount + the bonus amount must be turned over 3 times in our sportsbook on odds of 2.0 or above before the bonus will be released into your player account to be cashed out.
Bonus expires 90 days after making a first deposit.
Any player accounts opened or funded using Webmoney or Moneybookers will be excluded from this promotion.
To my mind this does not make sense either as it states the deposit and the bonus must be rolled over 3 times but as you don't get the bonus until you bet £250 (as I was told) then it all appears a bit misleading to me.
I have emailed CS for clarification.
I would have to say there's nothing particularly wrong with the wording, that is how bonus wagering requirements are usually stated and have been for a few years now. Prior to 2-3yrs ago though yes most bonuses were more straightforward, generally they would say 'bet £25 and get a £25 free bet' and it was as simple as that, you bet your first £25 bet and afterwards you immediately got a £25 bonus/free bet with no extra wagering requirements (WR).
However due to increased pressures on bookmakers for gnomers (people who fraudulently sign up for more than one account at a book to obtain more than one bonus), extra competition, the recession and so on, in recent times the WR have just gone up and up slowly - to the point now where actually this particular one you highlight isn't really that bad at all.
You will find at some places the WR are even more restrictive than what you posted here ^ - for example some places have offers like 'deposit £x, wager it through once and receive £x as a bonus', but the WR will be something like '£x bonus PLUS winnings must be wagered a total of 8 times with a maximum bet size of £x'. This kind of WR is very restrictive and makes it much harder to get value from the bonus.
So in summary - yes it's slightly misleading perhaps, but really on the scale of things it's actually not that bad an offer at all.