Now I know that the football season is already under way, and that there are a great number of fans, but, honestly, I've just posted this late so I'm changing the title to Premier League betting!
The kick off the 2014/5 Premier League season is rapidly approaching, with the Charity Shield (or Community Shield if you'd rather) providing it's normal opening to the season on Sunday.
As ever there is hope an expectation, but there is also money to be made. Throughout the season this blog will be charting my profit, and there's nothing to stop you joining in as well.
What I now want to look at is Bookmaker new user bonuses for the start of the season. As with all major sporting events, the bookmakers go into overdrive and start competing on a whole manner of things. They'll pretty much do anything to get you to sign up with them as the average mug punter will stick with the first company they sign up with.
Already my inbox has got an interested offer from GoWager (linked to the Guardian, which is odd when you think about it) where if your team is winning the league at Christmas you get a boost on the odds you're getting. They also have a £25 new user bonus. There are better odds available elsewhere, but combining the bonuses (and using the if bets) can make you some cash.
Totesport have a great offer where you place a top scorer bet and get a £5 free bet everytime they hit a brace (or more) in a match. For the record Luis Suarez, 2013/4 Premier League top scorer, managed that feat an impressive eight times in the league. Pick the top scorer and he does that again and you'll have made £40 in free bets over the season as well as the winnings on your bet. Not bad.
And, inspite of them saying it'll be pulled at any moment, BetBright are still running a £30 risk free first bet. Seriously, there's no good reason for not having one of their accounts.
Clearly there are terms and conditions with these offers, but I'll leave you to investigate them, it'll help you understand how to beat the bookies.
On that note, if you're looking to win more bets than you lose, then check out my guide to matched betting, how to use nil nil bore draw refunds to your advantage, and, if you're still looking for more information, join The Gambling Times where you can find all the latest offers, bonuses and inplay chat.