What Five Things You Should Know About Football Betting In Tennessee

Posted on September 15, 2021

Football season is heating up in Tennessee. And since sports betting launched in the state last November, this is the first full season Tennesseans will be able to bet on football.

Whether you are wagering on the Titians or betting on NCAAF, here are five things to know about football wagering in the state.

1. Tennessee sports betting operates online only

Unlike other states that integrate retail betting locations into their market, Tennessee does not have brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

Instead, the Volunteer State operates an entirely online platform.

As a result, bettors must utilize a computer or mobile device to place a wager.

This means Tennesseans can sign up for an online sports betting account from anywhere in the state. They can also bet from anywhere in the state, including sports venues.

As long as you are 21 years or older and within state lines, signing up for an online sportsbook should take a few minutes.

Here are a few key things you will need to provide when signing up for a Tennessee online betting app:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Birthdate
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number
  • Acknowledgment of having received the rules and privacy notice
  • Affirmation that you are 21 years or older

2. New and prohibited deposit methods

Once you have registered for an online sportsbook, there are a variety of options available for funding your sports betting accounts.

Although credit card deposits remain prohibited, the state’s regulatory body recently voted to incorporate a new deposit method for sports betting.

Prepaid gift cards are now permitted as a deposit method in Tennessee. Some operators, such as DraftKings TN, have already incorporated this method into their platform. These cards can be purchased at select retail locations throughout the state.

You must use a debit card or cash to buy these gift cards.

Other deposit methods include:

  • Debit cards
  • Electronic bank transfers
  • Online and mobile payment systems that support online money transfers
  • Winnings or payouts
  • Any other means approved by the TEL or the Board

3. Tennessee limits college football betting markets

Once your account is funded, you can begin betting. However, you should know that Tennessee bans certain bet types for college football.

Tennessee allows those wagering on the NFL to place prop bets on the game as well as wager on the performance of an individual player.

However, Tennessee regulations prohibit in-play wagering on college football games. This means you’ll want to get your wagers in before the game kicks off. After that, there’s nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy the game.

Regulations also ban prop wagers on individual collegiate athletic performances.

The only market available when it comes to an athlete’s collegiate football performance is for the future Heisman Winner.

Vols quarterbacks Harrison Bailey (), Hendon Hooker (), and Joe Milton () are all in the running for the Heisman Trophy.


4. Sportsbook boosts and promos

When placing your football wagers at any of Tennessee’s eight current sportsbook options, go for the two-point conversion with your funds by taking advantage of various sportsbook boosts and promos.

Caesars Sportsbook is running a Free Jerseys For The People promotion from now until the end of September. Bettors that place $100 in qualifying NFL wagers in September can snag a jersey of their choice at NFLshop.com.

FanDuel TN and BetMGM Tennessee offer insurance on same game parlay wagers, providing bettors with a free wager of up to $25 if a single leg of their parlay happens to lose.

New offers become available every week, and game-specific boosts are also intermittently available.

Make sure to check out what each Tennessee sports betting operator has to offer:

  • DraftKings
  • BetMGM
  • FanDuel
  • Action 24/7
  • TwinSpires
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • WynnBET
  • Barstool Sportsbook

5. Ninth Tennessee sportsbook plans to launch in November

Along with the eight operators listed above, a ninth Tennessee sportsbook will take the stage in November.

Wagr, a new social gaming platform, was approved as a Tennessee sportsbook during a special meeting of the Tennessee Education Lottery (TEL)’s Sports Wagering Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The committee also approved Barstool Sportsbook during the meeting, with the stipulation that both operators finalize a handful of requirements before launching.

Barstool subsequently launched on Wednesday, Sept. 8, one day before the official start of NFL season.

Fans looking to try social wagering will have to wait until later on in the football season to see what Wagr has to offer.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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