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bettingexpert picks out Paddy Power’s first day Cheltenham deal

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has launched an “incredible offer for all small staking punters” to mark the first day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival (13-16 March).

The offer, which stipulates that money will be given back as free bets on all each-way singles with stakes of £10 and under so long as the favourite is victorious, was just one of the pre-festival offers analysed by bettingexpert as part of an exclusive build-up for SBC News.

Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Expert at bettingexpert, said of the deal: “Although only up to ten pounds in value, this is an incredible offer for all smaller staking punters, especially as there are numerous short priced favourites on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival.”

Elsewhere, bet365 has thrown down the gauntlet with the offer of £100 credit to new customers. Customers must deposit £5 or more after signing up, which will then be matched in credits. The offer will be further reinforced by a best-odds guarantee from the Staffordshire-based firm.

Harris added: “This is a terrific offer for all new customers who have yet to open an account with bet365. bet365 are the industry leaders who have a huge customer base, and offer best odds guaranteed to all their recreational customers (which is an excellent incentive to take their competitive early morning prices at the Cheltenham Festival).”

Meanwhile, smaller bookmaker Matchbook is hoping to make the most of the week with 0% commission on horse racing and up to £500 cashback; while Unibet is offering money back as bonus up to £30 if your first Cheltenham bet loses.

Harris said: “The new kid on the block in terms of betting exchanges, Matchbook are making a real bid to gain liquidity from the dominant exchange, and their offer of 0% commision on all horse racing bets until the end of the Cheltenham Festival is well worth taking up.

“Unibet is a small firm looking to attract recreational players, and this generous opening offer is a good one for those without an existing account.”

William Hill’s ‘Double Up’ offer gives double winnings on the Supreme Novices Hurdle. The deal applies to first single wins or each bet placed after 18.00 on 2nd March, with winnings of up to £100 cash.

Coral’s generous money back welcome deal offers £20 in free bets for every fiver staked, while BetVictor goes one further with its ‘Bet £10 get £60 deal’. Unlike Coral’s, BetVictor’s deal can only be accessed from a qualifying bet with odds of 2.00 or greater.