Sports Betting Officially Live In Tennessee: What You Need To Know

Posted on November 1, 2020 - Last Updated on March 6, 2024

Sports betting has traveled down a long, winding road to get to its legalization in Tennessee, with plenty of roadblocks and detours along the way.

Today’s official sports betting launch marks the end of that journey and the beginning of a new frontier for the state.

Industry giants DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel along with Nashville-based startup Action 24/7 are the first sportsbooks to launch.

It’s finally time for Volunteer State bettors to get in on the action.

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Tennessee’s digital sports betting world

Tennessee’s sports betting biosphere is especially unique. While other states offer retail betting locations inside casinos, casinos are illegal in Tennessee. As a result, Tennessee is the only state where sportsbooks operate entirely online.

Players can conveniently bet from their own mobile devices without having to travel to a physical sportsbook location.

The caveat being, bettors must be at least 21 years of age and physically located within the state of Tennessee.

How to sign up at your first TN sportsbook

Before you can begin betting at any sportsbook, first you must complete the registration process.

To register, visit any Tennessee sportsbook’s website and click the “Join” or “Register” button. You will need to provide your:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number

Then, select a unique username and password and complete two security questions.

Finally, agree to the sportsbook’s terms and conditions and verify that you’re at least 21 years of age.

If you have any bonus codes, this would be the time to enter those.

You will then receive an email with a click-through link to verify your account.

Optimize your first deposit with a bonus offer

The final step in the pre-betting process is to make your first deposit. Get the most bang for your buck by taking advantage of a sportsbook’s bonus offers.

Depositing funds into your account can be done via:

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Wire transfer
  • PayPal
  • Prepaid card

Once you’ve made your first deposit, you’re free to wager at will.

How to download a sportsbook app

Betting can be easily done through each sportsbook’s website. For even more mobility and ease of access, you’ll want to download the sportsbook’s mobile app.

All four of Tennessee’s first sportsbooks are available for download on both Apple and Android platforms.

Apple users can download sports betting app from the Apple app store or from each sportsbook’s website. Google, on the other hand, prohibits gambling apps from the Google Play marketplace. Consequently, Android users must download their app directly from a sportsbook’s website.

Tennessee gears up for sports betting

Sports betting has been a long time coming for Tennessee. The bill legalizing sportsbooks was signed into law back in May 2019.

With so many NFL football games set for Sunday, this launch date is especially dense.

Players can delve into the action with plenty to wager on.

The sports betting world is in the palm of Tennessean hands.

Photo by AP / Tyler Barrick
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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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