Your best bets for no-lose World Cup gambling

11 June 2010

England footballer Wayne Rooney

Take no notice of what we said earlier – we’ve got World Cup fever again! And the only prescription is free gambling!

There’s always a flood of offers from bookies as a major tournament kicks off and here are some of the best that have been found by HotUKDeals members over the past week. If you’ve found any better ones that you’d like to add, feel free to mention them in the comments box…

As always, check out the T&Cs before you dive in – some of these are for new customers only, but hey, we’ve all got multiple identities these days don’t we?

888 – Sign up for an account and place a bet of up to £20. If you win, you win. If you don’t win, 888 will refund your stake. A no-lose situation we reckon.

BETCLIC – More or less the same kind of shizzle. Put a £20 bet on and if you don’t win, Betclic will refund your £20. So why not go for a crazy bet – like Maradonagoing through the entire tournament with unfurling a firearm during a match.

LADBROKES –  Place a £5 bet and Ladbrokes will give you five more £5 bets, four to redeem online and one to use in an actual real-life branch of the bookmakers. It’s okay, they won’t eat you.

BETFAIR – Another ‘lose and get your stake back’ offer, which seem to be all the rage this summer. With this one, your bet must be £25, but if it goes wrong, you’ll be back where you started, with your stake nestling happily in your back pocket.

PADDY POWER – The success or failure of this one hinges on one man – Wayne ‘Wazza’ Rooney. If the ginger menace scores for England against the USA, all losing bets covering that match will be refunded. Plus, Paddy Power will match any bet up to a maximum stake of £50. Which is nice.

(deals found by HUKD members andywedge, the goner, selurz, thegroutch and garbage456)


  • PaulH
    World Cup fever? Isn’t that the one that attacks your lower intestines? The 888 deal seems too good to be true.
  • The B.
    More Cowbell, well less girls falling over anyway.
  • BenH
    Is it going to be that the amount of money you place on, if it gets refunded to you, will just be in betting credits though? As that pretty much means they'll still take all your money.
  • BenH
    888's FAQ section: "What is the minimum / maximum withdrawal (cashout)? Minimum limits differ according to the payment method being used to cash out with and the currency being withdrawn (cashed out). Via wire transfer: US $20 , £10 , €14 , DKK 100 , or SEK 130. Via credit / debit card, bank draft, Moneybookers, NETELLER, and UK credit cards via BACS: US $6 , ₤3 , €4 , DKK 30 , or SEK 40."
  • crap
    and if you're a smart cunt like me, you'd use 888 to bet, then betfair to lay against your 888 bet - win win situation
  • PaulH
    Your alright Mr Crap...
  • Randy C.
    Appears like Brazil smokes Chile in World Cup play yet again! Awwww, Chile!
  • Liz T.
    I'm pleased to have found your weblog. I am going to come back. Please excuse my English I am Turkish citizen.

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