Betting Terms and Conditions

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Whether you’re playing an online casino game, placing a sports bet, or making use of a bonus, you’re required to abide by certain terms and conditions. These T&Cs will influence your engagement with a betting site, so it’s important to know what they are and how they work. You’ll find all the information you need right here on this page, so read on to find out more.

Reading and understanding betting terms and conditions can be a laborious task, but they do contain crucial information. By signing up to a site, you’re agreeing to adhere to an extensive range of stipulations, such as not registering multiple accounts and never using fraudulent information. T&Cs also apply to promotions and include things like wagering requirements and time limits.

Operators licensed by the UK Gambling Commission are required to provide ‘fair and transparent’ terms and practices, so that customers can clearly understand what is required of them. Betting sites also have to comply with consumer protection laws, ensuring punters can expect to be treated fairly and can focus on betting on their favourite sports.

T&C Explained

What are the Terms and Conditions?

Betting terms and conditions form an integral part of a bookmaker’s operations. While there are plenty of T&Cs designed to hold customers to account, the stipulations that are mostly likely to affect you are the ones that apply to bonuses. There are lots of opportunities to pick up free bets and bonus credit at betting sites, but it’s vital you understand the restrictions that come with them.

Wagering Requirements

Wagering requirements most often apply to matched deposit bonuses, where you’ll pick up a helping of bonus credit when you add funds to your betting account. Once you’ve placed a bet using the bonus, any winnings will need to be rolled over before they can be cashed out. Let’s say a 30x wagering requirement applies to a £20 bonus — here you’d need to bet £600 (30 x £20) to convert any remaining bonus money into withdrawable cash.

Payment Method Exclusions

Free bets and bonus credit are typically claimed by making a qualifying deposit. However, unlike a regular deposit, there may be restrictions on which payment methods you can use. Often, a qualifying deposit will have to be made using a debit card, rendering other alternatives like an e-wallet or prepaid card ineligible.

Winning Caps

This one is pretty straightforward — essentially, there may be a limit on how much you can win using a bonus. Maximum winnings more commonly apply to online casino bonuses, but it’s well worth checking if they apply to your sports offer, as it may influence your choice of bet and stake size.

Minimum and Maximum Odds

Minimum odds typically apply to qualifying bets — that is, wagers you make with your own cash in order to secure a reward such as a free bet. If the minimum odds were evens (1/1), you’d need to place a bet at those odds or greater for it to qualify. Maximum odds are less common but may apply when using a free bet to limit the potential payout.

Time Limits

After claiming some bonus credit or a free bet, there will usually be a set time period in which you must use up your bonus. Similarly, a time limit will also apply if you have wagering requirements to fulfil. If you run out of time, any remaining bonus money will be automatically forfeited.

Minimum Deposits

When making a deposit in order to claim a bonus, there’ll be a minimum amount you need to transfer to unlock the rewards. This is usually in the region of £10 or £20, but will vary across different promotions and bookmakers. Be sure to take a close look at the betting terms and conditions beforehand — it’s often the case that a welcome bonus can only be activated with your first deposit, meaning if you don’t deposit enough, you’ll miss out.

T&C Attached to Bonuses

Why T&Cs are Attached to Bonuses

You’ll find terms and conditions attached to all aspects of betting, but are they really necessary? Let’s take a closer look at what these sticky stipulations are there for.


Given the fact sports betting sites hand over freebies on a regular basis, it’s understandable that there are some T&Cs attached. Many of these terms are necessary to prevent bonus abuse, such as players attempting to register several accounts to claim multiple welcome offers. 

Debit cards are usually the only payment methods accepted for bonuses as e-wallets tend to have less rigorous identification checks than banks. e-Wallets also tend to charge higher vendor fees, so it may be in the bookmaker’s interest to restrict non-debit card payments where possible. 

Although many T&Cs on bonuses are necessary, others are simply designed to restrict the amount of profit punters can make. Dishing out freebies with no restrictions would be costly for the operator, so it’s understandable punters are required to make a qualifying bet using their own cash first, for example. 


There are far fewer betting terms and conditions to contend with when simply placing a bet with your own cash. Where there aren’t bonuses involved, you really just have to keep in mind the general rules of holding an account with the bookmaker, such as not using any fraudulent details.

Operators will also have T&Cs in place for potentially contentious situations. If you’ve bet on Mason Mount to register an assist in a Man Utd game, you might find some sites have credited him with setting up the goalscorer and others haven’t. The betting terms and conditions will state which statistics are used — bet365, for instance, uses Opta-provided data to settle most markets.

It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of each bet type — for example, ‘team to win’ football markets are typically based on the result at the end of 90 minutes plus stoppage time, rather than including extra time.

If T&Cs Aren’t Met

If Terms and Conditions Aren’t Met

If you break any betting terms and conditions, you may be temporarily blocked from accessing your account or permanently banned from the site. That means you won’t be able to withdraw your cash and all bonus funds that have been added to your account will be removed.

Prohibited Actions

There are several reasons why a bettor might be removed from a site. Each bookmaker will provide a list of prohibited actions on its terms and conditions page. Below, you’ll find some examples.

  • Using illegally sourced funds
  • Uploading false documents
  • Using fraudulent information like someone else’s name, address, or bank details
  • Colluding with another customer
  • Using AI or other technology to cheat
  • Using a VPN to disguise your location
  • Exploiting or manipulating bonuses
  • Opening duplicate accounts
  • Behaving inappropriately towards other users or the customer support team
T&Cs Support

Who to Speak to if There’s a Problem

Most top betting sites provide several lines of communication with the customer support team, including live chat, email, telephone lines, web forms, FAQs, and social media handles. The best sites have support on hand 24/7, so there’s always someone to speak to should any issues arise. You can find all the communication lines under the ‘help’ or ‘contact us’ section of a site.

It’s rare, but a situation may arise where you feel you’ve been treated unfairly by the bookmaker. In this case, the Gambling Commission advises customers to first review the terms and conditions and then contact the bookmaker directly and follow their complaints policy. If you’re not happy with the outcome, you can take your complaint to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.


What are terms and conditions?

Betting terms and conditions are a list of rules that punters are required to follow when using a site. T&Cs apply to everything from account verification to qualifying for and claiming bonuses.

What are the best tips for betting?

Our number one tip is to always gamble responsibly. Don’t chase losses — if you’re on a bad run or feel stressed about your next bet, it’s time to take a step back. Only ever bet when you have a clear head and be sure to set account limits when you sign up to help manage your time and spending.

Are all betting terms and conditions the same across sites?

They tend to be similar. Naturally, some bookmakers will have betting terms and conditions that are unique to them, but generally you’ll find similar rules across each site regarding accounts, bets, and promotional offers.

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