Have you logged in to your bet365 Sport account today and been notified that you have a free £5 bet for the Real Madrid v Manchester City Champions League Semi Final taking place on Wednesday evening this week?

Well, if you have, what is the best way to go about spending your £5 bonus bet? What is it, why have you received it and will you be getting any more bonus bets as a bet365 customer?

These are all good questions, and they are ones that we will attempt to answer more fulsomely, in addition to giving you clear advice on how you use your free £5 bet bonus.

Let’s begin though by taking a closer look at the offer available right now for this week’s Champions League second leg tie taking place in Madrid.

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UEFA Champions League Free Bet - Real Madrid vs Man City

Real Madrid v Manchester City £ Free Bet

Enjoy a £5 Free Bet on Real Madrid v Man City with bet365.

No deposit required. New & eligible customers only. Account must be fully verified to place the bet. Applies to single bets and Bet Builders only. Returns exclude Free Bet stake. T&Cs apply.

This free bet offer is typical of some of the free bet bonuses that bet365 will regularly offer new and eligible customers.

The bonuses typically come as £5 Free Bets which you can use on a particular event (such as this week’s semi-final in Madrid) or a horse racing meeting (such as the Guineas meeting at Newmarket this past weekend).

You will usually be notified via email that you have been selected to receive a free bet, so do check your folders and junk files for those emails, but even if you can’t find an email, if you log in to your account and you have a free bet offer waiting for you that hasn’t expired, then you’ll have an opportunity to accept it and use it,

How To Use The Free £5 Bet Bonus

Once you have received a Free £5 Bet offer from bet365, using it is very, very easy.

You do not need to do anything special in order to activate the bonus. Simply head over to the market that your bet is for (in our example today, that would be the Real Madrid v Manchester City Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg tie) and then peruse the markets for a bet you would like to make.

Do note that in the terms of the offer, you can only use the bonus for single bets or Bet Builder bets only, so if you add a bet to your slip that doesn’t fit the criteria, then the bonus bet will not be made available for it.

However, if you have added an eligible bet to your slip for the offer, then click on the bet slip to open it and when you look at the information displayed, you will see a check box and next to it is text which indicates that you’d like to use your free £5 bet for this bet.

Simply check that box and when you do, you will see your stake update to £5.00. All you need to do is then click the button to place the bet and you’re done.

Your Free Bet has now been placed and you can sit back and watch how it performs.

What Happens If My Free Bet Is A Winner?

Free Bets are very popular promotions at bet365 because customers know that even if the bet loses, they have not lost any cash themselves. The bookmaker is taking on all the risk for that bet.

So if you lose the free bet, you don’t lose any cash, but what happens if you win?

Well, the great thing about the £5 Free Bet offers at bet365 is that what you win you can keep and the winnings from the bet will be transferred to your withdrawable balance.

Furthermore, there are no restrictions on you when you land a win. You can withdraw the cash, or you can use it on any bet365 site, such as Casino, Games, Poker etc. You can of course use the winnings to place more bets if you would like!

One thing to note is that any winning returns from a £5 Free Bet do not include the free bet stake in those returns. This is a standard procedure for all free bet offers (not just those at bet365 Sport).

So, if for example you placed a bet on the Real Madrid v Manchester City game at odds of 4/1 with your free £5 bet, and your bet is a winner. Your bet would generate £20 in winnings (and with a standard cash wager, you’d also get your £5 stake back for a £25 total return).

With the free bet offer, you would receive the £20 in winnings, but not the £5 free bet stake, so your total winnings would be £20.

Why Do Bet365 Offer £5 Free Bets To New And Eligible Customers?

There are a number of reasons for this, but the simplest and most obvious is that free bet offers are extremely popular and this will engage customers who may not bet with bet365 Sport that often, to come back to the site to use their free bet and perhaps consider placing more bets in the future.

By engaging customers with the site using the free bet offers, bet365 hopes that it will encourage customers to place other bets with them in future. And if you keep getting free bets, you are more likely to do that.

Will I Get More Free Bets In The Future?

Probably. Bet365 can decide to end their Free Bet promotions at any time of course, but this offer has been going on the site for a good while now and customers who receive these offers usually get them at the rate of around one or two per week (sometimes when a special event is on, it may be more, such as the Cheltenham Festival where bet365 offered a free £5 bet on each day of the festival)

So long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements, and bet365 continues with the offer, then it is probable you will get more free bets in the future.

So if you are wondering whether there is a ‘catch’ to this offer, then rest assured, this is a genuine £5 Free Bet opportunity for you to win some money on Wednesday’s Champions League game, so if you have not tried out this offer before, now is the perfect time to do so.

And it won’t cost you a penny, win or lose!