Barstool Sports has officially entered the sports betting business.

Pennsylvania bettors got their first taste of Barstool Sportsbook with the launch of mobile betting in September 2020 for customers 21 and older. Shortly after the launch of Barstool Sportsbook PA, founder Dave Portnoy told followers the company plans to “quickly launch in every state where sports gambling is legal.”

Readers who live in states with legal sports betting will likely be seeing much more from Portnoy and the rest of the Barstool Sports team in the near future. Read on for a full Barstool Sportsbook review for a preview of what to expect as the company expands across the US.

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Barstool Sports is partnered with Penn National Gaming to offer mobile sports betting and operate retail sportsbooks across the country under the Barstool Sportsbook banner. The new Barstool Sportsbook combines its characteristic flair for entertainment and comedy with sports betting to provide an experience like no other.

Pros

  • Operated by the one and only Barstool Sports
  • Bet and watch alongside Barstool Sports personalities
  • Provides a healthy lineup of unique promotions

Cons

  • Could use more in-play betting data

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About Barstool Sportsbook

The news that Barstool Sports would be launching retail sportsbooks and mobile betting was delivered in classic Barstool fashion in January 2020. Dave Portnoy broke the news with an “emergency press conference” to announce an agreement with Penn National Gaming to offer sports betting across the country where permitted by law.

Together, Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports will continue to pursue sports betting and online gambling opportunities under the Barstool Sportsbook brand.

Penn National brings market access and betting experience to the table as the parent company of brick-and-mortar casinos across 19 states. Market access is the key point there because most states that have legalized sports betting to date require online operators to partner with a local land-based casino.

In return, Barstool Sports brings with it a massive database of loyal followers and a marketing machine unlike any other.

Barstool Sportsbook Bonus and Other Promotions

Barstool Sportsbook launched with a two-part welcome bonus consisting of a $10 registration bonus and a 100% risk free bet worth up to $500. Additionally, Barstool Sportsbook maintains a constant lineup of ongoing promos that change regularly.

New customers can give Barstool Sportsbook app a test drive by signing up for an account to receive $10 bonus cash with no deposit needed.

The no deposit bonus is subject to a 1x rollover before it or any winnings may be withdrawn. Additionally, customers must make a real money deposit and use those funds to place a total sum of wagers equal to the amount of bonus cash in the account prior to withdrawal.

In other words, the no-deposit bonus may be wagered immediately with no deposit necessary, but players will be on the hook to make a deposit and meet the wagering requirements in order to free up bonus funds for withdrawal.

Barstool Sportsbook offers a standard risk-free bet offer to all new customers.

New users can claim this bonus by signing up for an account, making a deposit and placing their first wager.

If the first wager wins, new users are paid as normal and the promotion ends there. If the first wager loses, customers are refunded with bonus cash equal to the size of the wager (up to $500).

Bonus funds and winnings from bonus funds must be wagered one time at odds of -200 or greater prior to withdrawal.

Barstool Sportsbook launched with a variety of promotional offers from day one, many of which are targeted based on customers’ locations. For instance, when Barstool Sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania, the Steelers and Eagles were both priced at 55-1 to win the Super Bowl.

Other promotions are intended to generate engagement between customers and Barstool Sports, particularly by providing opportunities to bet with or against BSS personalities. This all plays well into Barstool’s other engagement strategies that include pregame shows and in-game feeds that allow bettors to watch the game live alongside BSS personalities.

The Barstool Sports team has never suffered a lack of creativity, and that mindset extends to promotions as well. As an example of one of Barstool’s more lighthearted promos, the BSS team gave away custom bomber jackets emblazoned with “The Overs Club” to bettors who took the over and won on a select points total each week.

A few examples of more traditional promos include listed pitcher insurance (get your money back if the pitcher changes before the first pitch), enhanced odds offers on select games and reduced juice happy hours.

Barstool Sports Betting Markets

The types of sports covered and betting markets offered tend to be similar across most betting sites, but Barstool Sportsbook debuted with all the usual offerings plus unique options such as “The Hanson” that allows customers to bet on the total number of points to be scored in all Sunday NFL games.

Barstool Exclusives: Users can visit the “Barstool Exclusives” tab anytime for odds-boosted selections and options to bet with or against BSS personalities who name their own wagers each week.

Quick Pick 6: Fans who just want action can visit the Quick 6 Pick parlay builder and select one or more sports to generate a random, six-leg parlay from those sports. From there, users can add or remove legs, view the payout odds and amount to win as selections are added or removed and place the wager with one tap.

Other standard types of wagers on offer include the normal point spreads, moneylines, totals plus many alternative lines, half-time results, player totals, in-play betting and many props. The list of sports covered runs the full gamut of college and pro sports:

FootballAthleticsAussie RulesBadminton
BaseballBasketballBeach VolleyballBoxing
CricketCurlingCyclingCyclo Cross
GolfHandballIce HockeyMotor Sports
NetballOlympicsPesäpalloRugby League
Rugby UnionSoccerSpeedwaySquash
SurfingSwimmingTennisTable Tennis
VolleyballWinter Sports  

Barstool Sportsbook Mobile App Review

The Barstool Sportsbook app is powered by software from Kambi, the former supplier to DraftKings and a reputable provider in its own right.

Additionally, Barstool Sports brings a wealth of its own experience to the table in the form of Barstool Bets, Barstool Sports and other apps that already integrate betting-related content, video, podcasts and more.

Penn National Gaming noted in a presentation prior to the launch of Barstool Sportsbook that BSS would be retaining an in-house team to continue development on the betting app. As a result, Barstool Sportsbook brings its unique flavor to online betting despite being powered by one of the country’s major software suppliers.

A standard layout and quick signup process make it easy to register and get started. Users can use two menus to navigate through the app to view promos, manage account settings, view open bets, set spending limits, get help and to visit specific sports.

Customers can download the Barstool mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

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In-Play Betting at Barstool Sportsbook

Barstool Sportsbook offers in-game betting on mainstream and niche sports alike from around the world. Each in-play event is covered in detail, providing dozens of opportunities to bet on in-game happenings from start to finish. This includes short-term in-game events such as the outcome of every pitch in an MLB game.

The in-play betting interface currently lacks much in terms of live stats and streams, but those features and others are reportedly in progress.

Barstool Sportsbook is comparable to other major sportsbooks in terms of sports covered and types of markets offered during games but stands out for the unique content it can put out alongside in-play betting events.

While other sportsbooks may offer standard pregame shows, only Barstool Sportsbook can provide its own unique and irreverent take on sports commentary with the likes of the Barstool Sports Advisors show. If and when Barstool Sportsbook gets detailed live stats in place, it will give even the most established sportsbooks a run for their money when it comes to in-play betting.

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Barstool Sportsbook Deposit Methods

Barstool Sportsbooks accepts a standard assortment of deposit methods:

  • Credit or Debit Card: Customers may deposit with Visa, Mastercard or Discover
  • Play+ Card: A Play+ account provides instant online deposits via credit card, debit card, bank transfer and PayPal. Additionally, customers receive a physical card by mail that is linked to their Play+ accounts that can be used to make purchases or withdraw cash at ATMs.
  • PayNearMe: Make a cash deposit in-person at a nearby gas station or pharmacy; player accounts are credited within minutes
  • Wire Transfer: Barstool Sportsbook accepts bank wires but only processes deposits during regular business hours – best reserved for large deposits
  • PayPal: Use an existing PayPal account to bet online with Barstool Sportsbook
  • Online Banking: Works with most national banks; allows customers to initiate an online deposit and sign in to their online banking account to authorize the transaction for an instant deposit
  • ACH / e-Check: Easy and safe way to transfer funds from a personal bank account straight to Barstool Sportsbook

States Where Barstool Sportsbook is Available

Barstool Sportsbook has made it clear the company plans to expand into every state where possible.

To that end, Barstool Sportsbook has a multi-year agreement in place with Penn National Gaming for market access in states where PNG operates land-based casinos. The agreement makes Penn National the exclusive sports betting and online gambling partner of Barstool Sports for up to 40 years and instantly opens the door to expansion in numerous states.

Barstool Sportsbook came to Pennsylvania in September 2020, making the Keystone State the company’s first mobile betting market.

Penn National Gaming operates two casinos in Pennsylvania and has alluded to rebranding the retail sportsbook at each property as a Barstool Sportsbook.

Neither Penn National nor Barstool Sports have confirmed what their New Jersey sports betting plans entail. However, Penn National holds a 50% stake in Freehold Raceway, which still has not yet announced a sports betting partner.

It is possible Barstool Sportsbook will enter the New Jersey market via Freehold Raceway, but no plans have been confirmed to date.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Penn National Gaming had plans to launch a retail sportsbook under the Barstool banner at Greektown Casino in March 2020, but those plans appear to have been thrown off by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In any case, Penn National has stated it is very interested in launching the Barstool Sportsbook brand in Michigan as quickly as possible. A Michigan launch appears to be just a matter of time.

Barstool Sportsbook has entry points to Indiana via Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg and Ameristar East Chicago. Both operate retail sportsbooks and hold licenses to offer mobile sports betting.

The launch of Barstool Sportsbook Illinois will likely be coming soon. Illinois now has mobile betting in place, and Penn National Gaming operates multiple properties across the state.

Penn National runs the Ameristar Black Hawk in Colorado and will likely seek to establish the Barstool Sportsbook brand for Colorado residents soon.

What plans Barstool Sportsbook may have for Iowa are unknown at this stage, but Penn National runs the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs and should have no trouble launching a Barstool Sportsbook app for Iowa customers.

About the Barstool Sports and Penn National Deal

The deal between Barstool Sports and Penn National Gaming makes sense from every angle. Barstool Sports is home to a massive, loyal following that collectively account for some 66 million monthly visits. Just as importantly, the audience skews younger and is heavily invested in sports. This is an excellent target market for a sports betting operation.

As BettingUSA noted in a post detailing the January 2020 announcement, Penn National Gaming research has found that Barstool Sports followers are very much into sports betting:

  • 62% bet on sports
  • 44% bet on sports at least once a week
  • 41% say their average bet exceeds $51

Penn National Gaming explained the financial side of the deal in a presentation detailing its agreement with Barstool Sports:

  • Penn to invest roughly $163 million in Barstool Sports, Inc for a 36% equity position
  • Barstool Sports to exclusively promote Penn National’s online and land-based casinos for up to 40 years with no additional consideration
  • Penn National secures the exclusive right to use the Barstool Sports brand for its retail sportsbook, online sports betting and online casino products
  • Penn National also secures the exclusive right to use the Barstool Sports brand for sports bars and restaurants
  • Penn National to increase its ownership up to 50% after three years
  • Penn National secures a pathway to increase its ownership stake to 100% after three years