What do you get when you cross one of the most irreverent blogs in sports with a national betting icon? You get Barstool Sportsbook, the new online betting platform from Barstool and Penn National Gaming.
The result of a $163 million deal, this soon-to-launch sportsbook is expected to enter the Tennessee market in the coming months.
Now, at this point, we should say Barstool Sports hasn’t launched its betting site. However, by all accounts, the plan is to go live in the third quarter of 2020. Coincidentally, that’s when legal sports betting in Tennessee is set to begin.
Fortuitous or just a coincidence? We don’t know. What we do know is the new sports betting site from Barstool should be interesting to watch. It may turn out to be the first-ever book under the brand, and it remains to be seen whether Barstool’s controversial track record as a company proves to be a help or a hindrance in this undertaking.
In this preview, we’ve used our industry insights to speculate on what the app will look like. There are certain facts we know. And certain things we have speculated about. We will update this review when Barstool Sportsbook is up and running. But for now, here is what we think you can expect.
Whenever we carry out a Tennessee online sportsbook review, we always deal in facts. If an operator has an offer, we’ll look at the details and tell you what we think of it.
In this instance, we can’t do that. Barstool Sportsbook isn’t live in Tennessee. In fact, it’s not live anywhere in the world right now.
Because this sports entertainment company is so new to the game, it hasn’t published details of any promotions it might offer.
However, welcome bonuses are offered at the vast majority of sportsbook operators currently live in other states. So while there are no guarantees, we’d be surprised if Barstool Sports did not follow suit.
|Online Sportsbook||Barstool Sportsbook|
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Different operators structure their welcome bonuses different ways. They include free bet credits just for signing up, first deposit matches, risk-free initial bets, or even risk-free first days on the site. These offers all have conditions and maximums, of course, but generally speaking you can expect to find valuable incentives when considering whether to try out Barstool Sportsbook.
To take a closer look at what a specific offer might entail, we can consider other operators. At DraftKings Sports and PointsBet, for example, the following offers are in place:
If Barstool has something similar in place, you can expect the wagering conditions to follow industry standards.
This means you’ll either receive your rewards in the form of free bets or free credits. If it’s the former, you can use the bets on any specified market with odds over a certain line. If it’s the latter, you’ll have to meet a playthrough target. What that will be, we can’t say.
Barstool will want to come out hard. Therefore, the bonuses are likely to be competitive from the start.
What will the Barstool mobile sportsbook look like? Without a crystal ball, we can’t say for sure. However, Penn National Gaming will no doubt have a say in the underlying structure of the site.
You can count on the desktop and mobile apps being slick and, importantly, secure. Penn isn’t going to risk its reputation by allowing an unsafe site to go live.
Based on that, you can expect Barstool Sports to comply with Tennessee gaming laws. In practice, this means everything from the betting lines to the software will be legal and fair. All your money will be processed and held in accordance with strict financial regulations.
In terms of the Barstool Sportsbook app, the brand’s irreverent style will be on display, for better or worse.
Indeed, Penn National might help to provide the site’s backbone, but it’s Barstool that will flesh it out. This means you can expect lots of added extras in the form of video content, blogs, social media, and more.
Before it entered the betting world, this was the founding idea for Barstool. Created by David Portnoy in 2003, the aim was to develop a sports-focused magazine (later an online blog) for the average joe.
Far from the corporate world of ESPN and Fox, Barstool takes a sideways look at things. This pop culture and everyday sports fan vibe will no doubt characterize the mobile sports betting app. For those who like a mixture of entertainment, sports and betting odds, and aren’t offered by some of Barstool’s questionable content, Barstool may prove an enticing option.
Penn National Gaming has a working relationship with a company called Kambi Sports, which will power their apps and should result in a top-notch product.
Kambi is a major name in Europe and supplies online and retail sports betting solutions to many of the top names in the business.
From a technical perspective, Kambi’s range of provisions include integrity monitoring, responsible gambling, data feeds, visualizations and more.
Data feeds are important because they allow the oddsmakers to keep their lines competitive. By monitoring what everyone else is offering, they can play with the odds to ensure you get the best value possible.
If Barstool features video blogs and expert tips, the best way to complement these insights will be raw data. From statistics and results to historical trends, data feeds can give you a better perspective on a showdown.
The upshot of all these features, in theory, is you can make better picks. This drive to improve your overall experience is also a driving force behind visualization features. By creating animations and visuals for games or events, you get a better feel for what’s happening in the absence of a live stream.
When you piece these elements together, you can expect an online sportsbook that’s equipped with the latest features and designed to maximize your enjoyment.
In terms of the betting options you can expect, the Barstool Online Sportsbook will likely feature the following:
Barstool has already dabbled in the sports betting world although it’s never had a fully functioning sportsbook. It has offered sweepstakes in the past which gave members the chance to speculate on a variety of sports, including:
As we’ve already said in this Barstool Sportsbook review, the app will be safe and secure.
All payments will be processed in accordance with local and international banking standards. Expect to see deposits start around $10 and withdrawals to be at a similar level.
In terms of the payment processing options, at least initially Tennessee bettors will not be able to use credit card.
Options will include:
We can’t tell you how to contact the support team at Barstool Sportsbook, but we know that it will have customer service agents on hand at all times.
One of the licensing conditions in Tennessee is support. A section for FAQs will handle the general queries, while agents will most likely be able to address specific problems via email, phone and live chat.
Of all the US states that have regulated sports betting, Tennessee has taken one of the toughest lines. Just getting Bill S 16 passed wasn’t easy. Because of this, responsible gambling will be a hot topic when sites start going live.
Looking forward, this means the Barstool Online Sportsbook will likely feature all the latest protective measures.
All customers will be asked to prove their identity and location when creating an account. Extra identity checks may be performed before an initial withdrawal is authorized.
You can also expect to see deposit limits, time-out options and betting guides. Additionally, you’ll be able to get professional help and advice via links and contact numbers listed on the site.
You can expect Barstool to bring something different to Tennessee’s online sports betting scene. It will be up to you to decide if that’s a good thing or not.
With the help of Penn National Gaming and possibly Kambi, the foundations of the site will be solid.
The software is going to be safe and trustworthy, while the odds will be competitive. On top of this, Barstool has the opportunity to put its own unique spin on things.
There’s a reason it’s become one of the hottest sports blogs in the US. While it has not been without controversy and the brand has plenty of detractors, it was clearly enough for Penn National to be excited about the possibilities. We will see soon enough if their gamble pays off.
For more updates and to join Barstool Sportsbook when it goes live in Tennessee, make sure you bookmark PlayTenn.com and check back regularly.