Pokemon Go is far and away the most popular mobile app on the market right now, with players around the world traveling around their surrounding communities to search for digital monsters to add to their collection, and spending loads of real money to do so. Now an enterprising sportsbook has decided to emulate the craze with a great twist on what makes Pokemon Go popular by mashing up the idea of Pokemon Go with rewards that sports bettors will want to catch.
888sports is the sportsbook behind this genius promotion, called FreeBetHunt, in which they will be giving away free bets to their players at various English Premier League and Championship stadiums each game day. 888sports is sending their iPhone and Android players a link, which will let them know where to travel to claim their free bets, at which point the players will have to physically travel to that stadium in order to claim it, just like Pokemon Go players have to physically travel to various locations to claim items or battle other players.
This is a creative way for 888sports to put their own spin on the Pokemon Go craze, while encouraging players from the UK who have not previously deposited to do so, so they can take advantage of this promotion while it lasts. According to the terms of the promotion, FreeBetHunt is only available for UK players who have previously made a deposit with 888sports, so it will be interesting to see if this does lead to an increase in first time deposits from players accustomed to other sportsbooks.
With a maximum of £35 available to each player over the course of the promotion, it will also be interesting to see what percentage of these free bets will be used right then and there at the football grounds from which they are claimed. While it could certainly be the smarter investment strategy to hang onto them until a more valuable game is set to occur during the 72 hour window before these free bets expire, there's nothing quite so fun as claiming a free bet at the stadium and having action on a game you are there to see in person, is there?