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EDITOR'S OPINION

ESPN BET arrives on the wings of arguably the most recognizable brand in sports, and with ESPN comes its famous content and personalities. The ESPN BET online sportsbook could attract thousands upon thousands of sports fans and will boast credible backing from gaming app powerhouse PENN Entertainment.

ByTim Heaney

Sep 7, 2023

Overview of ESPN BET Sportsbook

Pros
  • Trusted Brands Partnering

  • Potentially Favorable Signup Offer(s) from Major Operation

  • Many Possible Betting Markets To Include

  • Live Betting Could Feature Game-Changing Live Streams

Cons
  • Awaiting App Going Live During Peak NFL/CFB Betting

  • Odds May Resemble Many Other Books' Lines

  • Differentiation From Competitors TBD

    ESPN BET Sportsbook QUICK FACTS

    • Established:

      2023

    • Services:

      Sports Betting

    • Available In:

      AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MI, MD, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV

    • Payment Methods:

      Credit/Debit, Online Banking, PayNearMe, PaySafeCard, Skrill, Cash at Cage

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    ESPN BET Sportsbook Hands-on Review

    ESPN, the self-proclaimed “World Wide Leader in Sports," jumped into the online-sports betting game in Summer 2023, when Penn National Gaming sold Barstool Sportsbook and partnered with the media powerhouse to form ESPN BET.

    Soon to be available in 16 states, and with the backing of Penn and the unmistakable WWL brand, ESPN BET Sportsbook should quickly become a behemoth in the sports-betting space.

    The operator is expected to go live sometime in Fall 2023, and we at The Game Day will update this review as we get to try the mobile app and its features.

    Is ESPN BET Sportsbook Legit?

    Yes. ESPN BET has the backing of both ESPN and Penn, which is a titan in the iGaming space. It will eventually be fully regulated and licensed in every state in which it operates.

    Can You Win Real Money Playing at ESPN BET Sportsbook?

    Yes. Bettors play with and can win real money by using the ESPN BET Sportsbook app and at retail locations to be determined.

    ESPN BET Sportsbook Signup Bonus

    ESPN BET has not yet publicized a welcome offer for new users before its launch, which does not yet have a firm date. However, we will track ESPN BET signup offers here when they’re released to the public.

    In the meantime, click to read more about some of our favorite existing sportsbook signup offers:

    ESPN BET No-Deposit Bonus

    This betting promotional bonus allows users to get free funds to use for their wagering wallet even before they make a deposit of their own money.

    At this time, ESPN BET does not offer a no-deposit bonus or risk-free bets.

    Sportsbook Bet & Get

    Bet and get offers allow users to bet a certain amount of money and receive a bonus for doing so.

    ESPN BET has not released details on a bet & get sportsbook offer.

    Deposit Bonus

    Deposit bonuses add a specific amount of funds and receive the same in bet credits or bonus bets. Sportsbooks have run this type of bonus with match amounts of up to $1,000.

    ESPN BET has not released a deposit bonus offer at this time.

    ESPN Sportsbook Pre-Launch Offer

    A majority of sportsbooks will have a pre-launch offer. New states will have a promotional period to sign up for what is usually a monetary bonus leading up to their launch date.

    As ESPN BET Sportsbooks go live in states with legal betting, we’ll monitor their pre-launch offers.

    ESPN BET Promotions

    As expected, ESPN BET likely will with daily promotions, including — we suspect — tie-ins with its on-air talent as the media and betting worlds merge together (long overdue).

    While we wait for the latest ESPN BET promos, you can find our current favorites across all operators here. Stay on top of the latest offers with our betting promotions page.

    My ESPN BET App Experience

    We will provide our mobile app review experience for ESPN BET when the program is released.

    We expect it will resemble a combination of Penn’s Barstool Sportsbook apps with the highly visited ESPN sports app.

    Should You Bet at ESPN BET Sportsbook?

    We’re looking forward to the first chance to wager on this app, looking ahead to the potential betting markets available that could be mixed with the progamming and personalities of the WWL.

    How To Join ESPN BET Sportsbook

    We expect the instructions to be similar to those found at most top betting apps:

    1. While on The Game Day, click the “Get Bonus" or “Claim Now" button to activate the welcome bonus and be automatically taken to ESPN BET Sportsbook.
    2. Click the “Register Now” button, you will be asked to fill out all relevant information you would need at any other sportsbook, such as email, name, address, last four digits of SSN, DOB, etc).
    3. Make a deposit and take advantage of any/all promos.

    Payment Methods Available

    ESPN BET is expected to carry the typical assortment of payment options available.

    Deposits

    All deposit methods are free of fees with a $10 minimum deposit, though credit-card deposits typically come with a cash-advance fee from your bank.

    • Credit/Debit Cards
    • Online Banking
    • PayPal
    • bet365 Mastercard
    • Pay Near Me: Arrange a pay with cash transaction at one of your local stores that offer this service
    • Paysafe Card
    • Skrill

    Withdrawals

    All withdrawal methods likely will be free of fees and could include the following

    • Online Banking: 1-5 days typically to process with a $10 minimum
    • Credit/Debit Cards: If you have deposited by Credit Card, all withdrawals will be processed by Bank Wire. If you have deposited by a Debit Card, all withdrawals will be processed to the same card where possible. It takes 1-5 days to process with a $10 minimum.
    • PayPal: Processes typically within 24 hours with a $10 minimum
    • Skrill: Processes typically within 24 hours with a $10 minimum

    ESPN BET Odds

    Like most sportsbooks, we’ll expect ESPN BET to have competitive odds. In the Penn-Barstool partnership, theScore tech provided lines by most accounts, though the Penn/ESPN have not yet confirmed which company will provide the boards and markets.

    Best ESPN BET Betting Odds

    When the app launches, we will monitor the top lines to bet with our betting odds comparison tool.

    Leagues You Can Bet On at ESPN BET

    You likely will be able to bet on any or all of these major sports:

    • Football (NFL, NCAA, CFL, XFL, USFL)
    • Basketball (NBA, NCAA, WNBA, G-League)
    • Baseball (MLB, MiLB, NCAA)
    • Hockey (NHL, NCAA, KHL)
    • Soccer (EPL, MLS, La Liga, others)
    • Tennis
    • Australian Rules
    • Boxing
    • MMA
    • Cricket
    • Cycling
    • Darts
    • Handball
    • Golf
    • Bowls
    • Water Polo
    • Motor Sports (NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, etc.)
    • Rugby League
    • Rugby Union
    • Snooker
    • Table Tennis
    • Virtual Sports

    ESPN BET Wager Types

    • Moneyline
    • Parlay
    • Over/Under Totals
    • Futures
    • Spread
    • Live Betting
    • Props
    • Teasers
    • Round-Robins
    • If-Bets
    • Parlay Builder

    Live Betting & Streaming

    Given ESPN’s powerful broadcast apparatus, we are wondering and potentially excited at any inclusion of live streaming on the ESPN BET app.

    As is the case in most live betting, we’re considering the impact of streaming speeds and quality on the setting of live-betting odds.

    Rewards System

    Whether ESPN BET employs a rewards system is yet to be determined, but we figure they will find ways to integrate the app into their diverse multi-platform features.

    Customer Service

    Given that ESPN and Penn are well-established operators of media and gaming, they should employ plenty of options for

    We’re guessing it will be some combination of these features:

    • Live Chat: Available possibly 24/7 and is typically the quickest way to resolve any issues.
    • Email: You will typically get a response within 24 hours.
    • Phone: It exists, but it is not the most effective.

    States Where You Can Bet At ESPN BET Sportsbook

    The WWL’s product is lined up to become operational across 16 betting states in which Penn Gaming already has a license:

    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Indiana
    • Illinois
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Louisiana
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • New Jersey
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Tennessee
    • West Virginia
    • Virginia

    Does ESPN BET Sportsbook Have An Online Casino?

    ESPN BET does not offer online casino gaming at this time. Penn National’s new app, however, will include the existing, separate Hollywood iCasino where legal and available.

    Author

    Tim Heaney

    Before joining The Game Day, Tim spent more than a decade in the fantasy sports and betting industry. Having written for ESPN, RotoWire, and USA TODAY, Tim earned an FSWA award nomination for Best MLB Print Article and multiple Top-5 finishes in fantasy baseball rankings contests. Tim has competed in Tout Wars (1 championship), LABR, Scott Fish Bowl, NFBC/NFFC, TGFBI, and RazzBowl (recent 4th-overall finish out of 200+). Drop him a line about TV, music, craft beer & pro wrestling.